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1 Day Bus Tour Suburban Royal Palaces

Highlights

Catherine Palace

Peterhof park

Hydrofoil

Metro Tour

Description

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St. Petersburg: to the south to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the west to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century that belonged to the Russian tsars.
Catherine Palace –Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more. Alternatively, you will visit the Palace of Paul (Pavlovsk) –another masterpiece of the 18 c. located nearby (10 min. drive). The ensemble’s fame rests on the splendor of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe.
Peterhof Park –Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent parks, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, but has been restored to its full splendor. The parks are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses.The diversity of the fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.
Take a Metro (Underground) ride.The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.
If the weather permits, we provide a complimentary Hydrofoil trip. Hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

Itinerary

9:00 - 17:00

What you see:

- Catherine Palace.
- Petehof park.
- Hydrofoil.
- Metro tour.

Pickup

at the cruise ship terminal.

Dropoff

at the cruise ship terminal.

Things to bring

printed voucher.

photo / video camera.

Inclusions

- English speaking guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry fees as per program
- Welcome gift pack
- Bottle of water daily
- Ear piece set ( for groups larger than 6 pax)
- Photo permits
- Visa-free visit
- Port fees
- Local taxes

Exclusions

- lunches (at your cost)

Cancellation

Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Prices:

Mini bus tour: 122 EUR per person (16 pax in a bus maximum).

Big bus tour: 89 EUR per person (40 pax in a bus maximum).

Duration: 8 hours.

Languages: English.

Please note: this tour is for cruise ship passengers only!

- Metro tokens are not included. The price is $1 (pay while on tour).
- Hydrofoil is provided complimentary, if the weather permits.
- an order of sights visited may vary.

- this a moderate level tour.