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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

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  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 4-hour Pushkin tour
    5-hour Pushkin and Pavlovsk tour (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3887TS
Visit the magnificent summer residence of the Russian Tsars. A comfortable chauffeured drive will take you to the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), where you will find a jewel of Russian baroque- Catherine Palace with the Amber Room inside, which is considered to be one of the world's wonders. Numbers are limited to 6 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide. For more Russian royal history, upgrade your tour to include Pavlovsk Palace.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
A pleasant walk through the park will let you feel like you're an important guest in the Residence of an Empress.

The town of Pushkin, which was called Tsarskoye Selo until 1917, is 24 km (14.9 miles) south of St Petersburg. It was the residence of the Tsars from the beginning of 18th century onwards (from the mid-18th to the early 19th century palace and park complex were built, including the Catherine and Alexander Parks).

The Catherine's Palace is one of the best examples of Russian baroque. It’s also famous for housing the world famous Amber room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World". After several other 18th-century renovations, it is covered with more than 55 square meters and contained over six tonnes of amber.

Then stroll along the alleys of the Catherine Park, a wonderful work of the Russian art of gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines the masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of the transforming nature of the north.

You have the opportunity to include with your tour a visit to the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace, which was the summer residence of the great Paul I, which is only a 5 miles drive from Pushkin. The interiors have influences of many cultures, as there were several architects throughout the years. Inside the palace you'll see the Egyptian Vestibule, the Italian Hall, a Greek Hall with French furnishings and Paul's War Hall.

After visiting the Pavlovsk, you can relax in the beautiful palace gardens, where where Johann Strauss once performed with his orchestra. Have a seat in one of the many pavilions -- the Temple of Friendship, the Colonnade of Apollo, the Pavilion of the Three Graces, the Dairy Farm or the Rose Pavilion.

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TSARSKOYE/PALACE
Code: TTS

Tsarskoye Selo and Catherine Palace (TS)

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TSARSKOYE/PALACE/PAVLOVSK
Code: TTSP

Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

Inclusions:
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional English-speaking Local guide (commentary in German and French is available upon request. Italian & Spanish commentary also available upon request with a supplement of EUR 20 per person, and is paid directly to the guide.)
  • Transportation by air conditioned comfortable vehicle
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  • Optional gratuities
  • Food and drink, unless specified
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Glenn I, August 2014

Well organized and the ONLY way to see these sights. Enormous lines are bypassed with a guide making the tour pleaseant. Information provided by the guide significantly enhanced the experience. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by: David T, August 2014

The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and vey helpful, and she made our trip very memorable.
She picked us up at our hotel at the nominated time and everything went without a hitch from there on. We saw everything we had expected, and more, and could not fault the tour..

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