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Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

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Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

From US$ 160 per person

Discover stories of the Russian imperial family and aristocracy on a visit to two former imperial residences. Admire the Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk Palace, together part of a UNESCO Heritage site.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up in St. Petersburg. Pick-up from the port is possible if you have your Russian tourist visa. You can also purchase an add-on visa-free service which includes a round port transfer.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Take a day to explore two beautiful imperial residences a short trip from Saint Petersburg
  • Visit Pavlovsk residence situated in the largest landscape park of Europe
  • Admire Catherine Palace with the world-renowned Amber room
  • Take in the elegant Cameron's Gallery
Full description
Take a trip from Saint Petersburg to admire two of Russia’s grandest and most beautiful imperial residences, Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk. When St. Petersburg became the new Russian capital in 1712, a series of glamorous imperial palaces and parks appeared in and around the city, among them these two impressive estates. Tsarskoye Selo was developed as a royal country residence by Elizabeth I and Catherine II and contains two beautiful palaces: Catherine Palace, an immense and lavish Baroque residence and the slightly smaller Alexander Palace, a neoclassical masterpiece. Visit the breath-taking Amber Room at Catherine Palace, decorated by Elisabeth’s court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and containing stunning mosaic panels made of real amber. During her reign, Catherine II ordered the park enlarged and commissioned major landscape compositions and the creation of more impressive buildings, notably the elegant Cameron’s Gallery. The nearby Pavlovsk Palace was built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was the imperial residence of Paul I and for several Grand Dukal families later on. The palace is considered to be one of the finest examples of the classical architecture in Europe. Several ornate rooms and beautiful park grounds containing fine sculptures make this a favorite destination of tourists and locals alike. The Pavlovsk Palace along with the Tsarskoye Selo together form part of a UNESCO Heritage Site. Take a trip to admire these wonderful works of architecture, made during one of the golden ages of Russian history.
  • Pre-booked museum admissions
  • Air-conditioned chauffeured transportation
  • Guide service
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Photo and video permits
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Alcohol and drugs

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  • Maximum group size is 8 people
  •  Please note that Catherine Palace/Pavlovsk tour is an open time frame tour and pick up time is possible from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You will be advised the exact pick up time a day before the tour. It is strongly recommended not to make any firm plans for the same day, as the local partner is not able to change the tour start time once it has been appointed.
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4.8 /5

based on 92 reviews

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Lovely tour; helpful, punctual driver, excellent knowledgeable guide.

Pick up was on time in a good, comfortable people carrier. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable as she came from the area and gave us a history lesson both on the drive there and back, pointing out all the important buildings and statues which I thought was great. The tour of both Palaces and gardens was wonderful, our guide also told us the local legends as well as telling us the stories behind behind every room. I don’t usually do tours, preferring to muddle through myself but I would recommend this tour without hesitation.

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September 12, 2019

Excellent Tour and no 4 hour wait

Our tour guide Katya was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the history of Catherine’s & Pavlovsk palaces and the royal family that lived there. The door to door service from our hotel to the palace was excellent and the fact that we avoided the lines and got to walk through the group tour entrance was really nice. This is not a cheap tour but the quality of the tour guide the white glove service and the fact that you don’t have to wait in a 3 to 4 hour line and battle all the other tourists to get a glimps of each room makes it well worth the price. I will recommend this tour to all my friends

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July 6, 2019

Initially we had issues with getting any confirmation of the tour - despite asking couple of times through mail and WhatsApp as suggested in the invitation. Finally after calling in the office we found out that the tour had to be postponed due to unavailability of the tickets... My expectation would be to get this information from the tour office well upfront and on their own initiative. If it comes to the tour itself it was at the end well prepared - no need to wait in any queues; the guide was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Since we saved some time we had opportunity to see additional things on the way back. Recommend to book a tour to Catherine Palace in advance through any travel office, otherwise one needs to spend several hours standing in the queue like 1 km long with no guarantee to even get a ticket at the end.

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August 6, 2018

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