Days: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 09:00 or 14:00
Duration: 5 hours
Prices are in USD per person per tour
Discount for kids (3-12 yo) - 10 USD
Infants (0-3 yo) are free of charge
All port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes; Visa-free formalities; Private vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French local Guide; Entrance tickets to the museums; One pass for the camera per person in the museums (photo and video is prohibited in Amber Room of Catherine Palace); 1 bottle of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Gratuities to the guide and driver
While being ashore in St. Petersburg, witness the wealth and extravagance of the Russian imperial family and visit one of the most marvelous Tsar's residences - Catherine Palace.
Your tour guide will meet you at the pier and take you for a scenic, one-hour drive along the Moscow Prospect and Kiev Highway to Tsarskoe Selo, or Pushkin. Explore the magnificent beauty of the Catherine Palace and learn an amazing story about its restoration.
The palace is best known for The Great Hall, or Light Gallery, and the Amber Room that disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was looted by the Nazis, it was known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
We will bring you back to your cruise ship for your lunch or dinner.
Catherine Palace and The Amber Room
The Romanov Imperial Estate built in Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village) illustrates the extravagance and wealth of the Romanov family. The palace far surpasses famous French palaces and gorgeous Italian villas in terms of luxury and indulgence.
The palace grounds are almost 1 km in diameter. The palace, completed in 1756, is embellished with blue and white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids, and pilasters. It took over 100 kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors.
The interior of the Catherine Palace is in the same degree spectacular. The Golden Enfilade of grand suites, designed by Rastrelli, starts at the spacious airy ballroom, the "Grand Hall" or the "Gallery of Lights", and comprises numerous distinctively decorated smaller rooms, including the world-famous Amber Room.
Originally designed in 1701 in Prussia and decorated the Berlin City Palace at one point, the Amber Room was gifted to Peter the Great by Frederick William I who sought for a Russo-Prussian alliance. The treasure of 13,000 lb of amber and gold was installed at the Catherine Palace, where the Russian Imperial family typically spent their summers. The room decor disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was looted by the Nazis, it was known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".