Catherine palace tour

from $90.00

A private Catherine palace tour  is a “must do” for the majority of tourists .  The Catherine palace was a summer residense of tzars built in the first half of the 18th century. It boasts lavishly decorated rooms that impress visitors with the abundance of gilded woodcarvings & elegant decorations. A real gem of the Catherine palace is the Amber room that is all decorated with semi-precious stone – we will also see it on a tour as well.

After the tour of the Catherine palace, we will take a walk in the gardens. They are beautiful any time of the year. We will see elegant and unusual pavillions and will enjoy the peace and beauty of nature after a busy palace.  If you are interested, a visit to Pavlovsk palace or Peterhof can be included  into the tour .

Catherine palace tour advantages:

  •  Skip the line entry – we book tickets in advance,
  • We can do to the Catherine palace tour by public transport (which is really cheap) or by private car.  Private car is a must for cruise ship passengers and is highly, recommended for parties with children and groups of 4+ people,
  • If you choose public transport, we stay in Tsarskoe Selo as long as you wish,
  • We take a walk in the gardens of the Catherine palace,
  • If you are moving around by car, we will stop at the most impressive and moving monument in St Petersburg – a monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad,
  • It’s a private tour – that means your interests, your pace and only your friends and family with you

Other popular tours – Peterhof, Hermitage museum, St Petersburg city tour, etc.

Ready-made programs for 1-3 days

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Leisurely
All about the Catherine palace tour.

Tour details:

Meeting point: your hotel
Duration: about 5 hours (may take longer by public transport)
Availability: Daily except Tuesdays. The last Monday of each month is a sanitary day
Requirements: Russian visa. It can be customized as a visa-free shore excursion, please contact us for details.
Payment: In USD via bank transfer beforehand or cash in roubles on the day of the tour.   If payment is made in roubles,  Russian Cental Bank’s rate on the date of payment is used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

– a private guide
– tickets to the Catherine palace and the garden
– transportation (public transport or a private car with driver)

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

– lunch or any kind of personal expenses

Yes, The Amber room is a part of the Catherine palace and it’s always included.

The Catherine palace is situated about 24 km from St Petersburg, so we take a metro and a minibus to get there.

Overall Rating
Marion Cole
Reviewed On 15/10/2017

My husband and I booked a tour of the Cstherine palace with Alisa in September. We chose public transport because we wanted to learn how to use it during our time in Russia. We were one of the first people to arrive to the Catherine palace , so the rooms were still empty and we were able to take very good pictures! I did some group tours to other attractions while in Russia. When you are on a group tour, you see what the group leader wants to show you, which is not necessarily what you want to see. A private guide shows you what you want to see, making it well worth the additional cost! Our day with Alisa was perfect - I cannot thank her enough for the wonderful experience!

Angus Shen
Reviewed On 08/11/2012

Catherine’s palace is like a time capsule that brought me back to the imperial Russia time where elaborate parties were held. It’s like the movie Mid-night in Paris where i felt i travelled back in time. I enjoyed it a lot. Everything was so glamourous. In particular, i was in complete fixation with the Amber Room depicting our 5 senses: smell, taste, touch, sound and sight. The architecture of the palace was magnificent and full of history.I like Alexander palace as well. I learned a lot of history from both palaces and their importance in Russian history. The marble bridge, turkish bath and Chinese garden were all interesting to me. I really enjoyed the tour!!