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Admire the most beautiful summer residences of the Russian Tsars
Express to Russia » Shore excursions » Three Imperial Summer Residences: Peterhof, Pushkin (Catherine Palace) and Pavlovsk

Three Imperial Residences

Tour program
08:00 - 09:00 Panoramic city tour (no interior visits)
09:00 - 10:00 Drive to Pushkin
10:00 - 12:00 Visit to Catherine Palace, a short walk in the Catherine Park
12:00 - 13:00 Drive to Pavlovsk (10-15 min) and time for lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Pavlovsk Palace
14:00 - 15:15 Drive to Peterhof
15:15 - 16:45 Visit to Peterhof Upper Gardens and Lower park
18:00 Return to the ship

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Tour highlights

Pavlovsk, Tsar Pauls stronghold
Built in the late XVIII and early XIX centuries, the palace and park was used as a summer residence for emperor Paul I and his family. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares. The museum in the palace displays an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings. Residential rooms of the Empress Maria Fedorovna are enrapturing with their harmonious beauty and are open the public.
Peterhof Lower Park and Upper Gardens
Peterhof was founded by Peter the Great as Russia's answer to Versailles. Peter the Great is famous for the westernization of the country, and the main purpose of this particular residence was to impress foreign guests and to show that Russia was able to compete with Europe in architecture and park design. The Peterhof Upper Gardens and Lower Park are genuine masterpieces of landscape design. They include over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. What differentiates Peterhof fountains from those of Versailles is that the water runs using its natural pressure without any pumps - the idea belonged to Peter the Great and it still works! On the territory of the park you can see the Grand Palace and several pavilions which were turned into museums - Monplaisir, Catherine's Block, Marli, Hermitage and the Bath Block
Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)
The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian Emperors. Its three parks occupy an area of 600 hectares and have over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. The center of Tsarskoye Selo is Catherine Palace containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms and bronze sculptures. The palace is also home to one of the world's most exquisite pieces of architectural and decorative art, the Amber Room, an entire room made of amber panels, mirrors and gold leaf with a fascinating history.

Optional tours

Optional tours are not available for this tour as the program is very intensive as is.

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Prices in USD per person Total number of travelers
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All seasons 609 406 335 268 228 201 195 180

Prices are per person based on the group size. Prices for groups over 8 people are on request

Prices include

  • Pick-up and drop-off in the port
  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Tour ticket (also called a blanket visa) - - the document which allows you to go ashore in St. Petersburg without a visa.

Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request.

Booking procedure
To book your tour we need a prepayment of 10% of your tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival to St. Petersburg. As soon as you are ready to confirm your booking we will need the following information from you via e-mail for each member of your group:

  • Full name as per passport
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth
  • Citizenship
  • Dates of the tour with us
  • Name of the ship

After this, we will issue tour tickets for each member of your group (one ticket for each day) and forward them to you via e-mail. As of that moment we consider your tour officially booked with us.

Payment policy
To book your tour we need a prepayment equal to 10% of your total tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival to St. Petersburg. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard. Payment by bank transfer is also possible.

Cancellation policy

  • You may cancel your tour reservation 14 days before your tour begins with a fee of 20 USD per person .
  • For cancellations received less than 14 days before the start of your tour or in case of not appearing on the pier on the day of your tour, we will apply a penalty equivalent to 50% of the total cost of the tour program.
  • Concert and theatre tickets: There are no refunds for evening tours (theatre, tickets, folk show or boat rides).

Child/Student discounts
Children 6 years and under are free of charge. A 20 USD discount per day is offered to children 7-17 years old.



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