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  1. Russia
  2. St. Petersburg
  3. Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace and Gardens Half-Day Tour

Product ID: 10866
No trip to St Petersburg in summer is complete without a tour of Peterhof, the beautiful summer residence of the Russian Imperial family. Commissioned by Peter the Great, this stunning palace and its expansive gardens are sure to impress.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup optional

Your guide will meet you at the hotel reception with the company logo sign.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful and majestic Peterhof Palace and its stunning grounds
  • See the impressive Grand Palace and its amazing mix of baroque and classical styles
  • Wander through the stately gardens and see the gorgeous fountains that cover the estate
  • Discover the stunning halls of the Grand Palace of Peterhoff before the museum opens to the general public
Full description
Commissioned by Peter the Great, Peterhof is the oldest of the Imperial residences of Russia.

Today it is a park complex that includes the principle palace and a number of smaller palaces.

The main Palace itself is the unique product of two centuries of work. The original design was worked on by Peter himself and was designed with the Palace of Versailles in mind.

Today the palace contains a remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and much more.

Rooms dating back to Peter’s time can be found alongside golden shining baroque halls and calm and austere rooms from the Classical period.
Peterhof is often referred to as the Russian Versailles.

The idea of creating a residence to rival the luxury of the French Kings was Peter’s ambition and he personally chose the site where several underground water springs were located.

Thanks to these underground springs, the amazing garden complex surrounding Peterhof has over 100 beautiful fountains and four spectacular cascades, covering the gardens in summer with a refreshing cooling mist.
Includes
  • Pre-booked "early entrance" (before the museum opens to the general public) admissions during the May to October high season
  • Air-conditioned chauffeured transportation
  • Guide services
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • A round trip transfer from the port and visa-free documents, if a visa-free add-on option has been booked
What’s Not Included
  • Meals & gratuities

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Meeting point

Your guide will be meeting customers at the arrival area of the port with the company logo.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Maximum group size is 8. Private arrangements and discounts for larger groups are available. Please contact GetYourGuide representatives for discount options.
• There are no concession tour prices available in summer period
• The tour duration in high season (May-October) is 5 hours
• The tour duration in the low season (15 October - April) is 4 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 153 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Anna picked me up from my hotel, I was the only one in attendance so it was a private tour. She drove me to Peterhof in her car, pointing out Stalinist architecture along the way and chatting to me about imperial and Soviet history. We toured both the palace interior and gardens, except it was winter, so we spent less time in the gardens. The ability to "skip the queue" was very helpful as we bypassed several large tour groups and it was cold outside. Anna was very knowledgeable and engaging when it came to touring the palace staterooms. I asked her for recommendations for Georgian cuisine, and she dropped me off at a restaurant close to the city centre on the way back. The tour was 4-5 hours in total, including travel time, and I think it would have taken me much longer had I decided to visit Peterhof by myself (and would have been less informative - audioguides are great, but a poor replacement for a real, live guide). Would recommend. Pro-tip: message the guide to confirm meeting

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January 4, 2020

Fantastic day trip of this Palace and extensive gardens

Really enjoyable day trip from St Petersburg. There were only three of us plus the guide on this trip, which made getting around so much easier than larger groups. The guide picks you up from your hotel, and private transport to the palace, about an hour away. Once inside the knowledge of our guide was great. Our only problems were larger groups holding us up as we walked around the palace. The gardens are as extensive with all the gravity fed fountains. A great insight into how Royalty lived, and how they were influenced by many other cultures around Europe.

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October 15, 2019

Great for solo travellers. Joined a small group which seems to be something really hard to organise in St Petersburg for lone travellers. Hotel pick up was great and the guide very knowegable. Olga navigated around the large tour groups and we saw all that Peterhof had to offer.

September 18, 2019

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Marina Wilson Private Tours

Product ID: 10866