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Peterhof Palace and Gardens Tour from St. Petersburg

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Peterhof Palace and Gardens Tour from St. Petersburg

From US$ 109.48 per person

Skip the long lines for the Grand Palace of Peterhof, and discover the former residence of the Russian royals on a 5-hour tour from St. Petersburg.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 4 - 5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Italian, French
Pickup included
In the lobby of your hotel/outside of the apartment. The guide will be holding a sign with the GYG logo on it.


  • Visit the country residence of the Russian tsars at Peterhof Palace
  • Go for a walk around the formal French-style Lower Gardens
  • Marvel at the largest cascade in Europe and stroll in the Fountain Park
  • Avoid the long lines to enter the Grand Palace
Full description
The tour will start at your hotel where your guide and driver will pick you up. Get comfortable in an air-conditioned vehicle during the 45-minute drive to Peterhof Imperial Residence. Snap some photos and listen to your guide's commentary on the way. Explore the Grand Palace at Peterhof, using the early admission ticket to skip long lines (available only May-September). Visit the imperial palaces and gardens of Peterhof, founded in 1710 as the country residence of the Russian tsars. Get a better appreciation for life in Russia before the revolution on a small group tour of the buildings and park. Enter the Grand Place, designed as the centerpiece of Peter the Great's personal Versailles complex. Marvel at the lavish interiors, and learn how they had to be almost entirely reconstructed after World War II. Visit the Lower Garden, which retains its appearance of the mid-18th century and gaze out over the Gulf of Finland. In the middle of the park you’ll see the largest cascade, and one of the most exquisite in Europe. The Upper Garden with the oldest Neptune fountain in the middle is another gem of Peterhof. The fountain’s fascinating history can be traced back to the 17th century when it was produced in Germany. Drive back to St. Petersburg and get dropped off at your hotel/at the city center at the end of the tour.
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to the museum and gardens
  • Meals and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour of between 2 and 18 people
  • The guided tour of the palace and park will take approximately 3 hours.
  • This tour is available for all hotel guests and for tourists with a Russian visa
  • The Grand Palace is closed on Mondays (also on the last Friday of the month), so in those instances you will visit Monplaisir Palace and Bath Pavilion instead
  • Please note that fountains are not in operation from mid October - mid April due to weather conditions
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We took a sightseeing tour of Peterhofnpalace and gardens with GYG! Pardon me, but i have forgotten the name of our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and funny! She gave us just the right amount of insight about the Russian culture, and did not bombard us with a history lesson. All in all, it was a great experience. Much recommended!

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September 2, 2021

today we had a guided tour of the Peterhof Tsar residence and gardens olga was our guide and she made it a wonderful experience not only was she knowledgeable her english was excellent and she had a lovely personality on top of that the palace and gardens were amazing we will be recommending the tour and hopefully they will be lucky enough to get olga as a guide

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November 8, 2019

Wonderful guide, amazing palace

Expect crowds around the outside entrance and in public areas, coat room, bathroom, etc. Once you go upstairs and start going into rooms, the palace staff is really good about limiting people in each room and keeping them moving. Our guide was fantastic about giving the information in each room. We did not feel rushed and the highlights from each room was presented to us on the provided headphones (provided by the guide}. We could take pictures, move freely around and did not miss anything. Great small group tour and I feel is a must do!

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July 18, 2019

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