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Tour of Catherine Palace and Park

Tour of Catherine Palace and Park

Tour of Catherine Palace and Park in St Petersburg

The majestic  Catherine Palace and Park was one of the most beautiful summer residences of the Russian Tzar’s family. It was originally built for Catherine I as her “palace of 16 chambers”. The grounds were presented to her as a wedding gift by her dear husband Peter. Later the palace was redesigned for her daughter Elisabeth in luxurious baroque. The Tour of Catherine Palace and Park is a fantastic opportunity to see it live.

Catherine Palace is very popular among tourists and thousands of people queue 6 hours in advance to get in. Red Sun Tours have an exclusive contract with the Catherine Palace which lets us visit the museum from different gates and not wait for admission. Skip-the-line system is very valuable for the Catherine Palace and if you book the tour with us, you don’t have to wait to see the palace interiors.

Catherine Palace
Catherine Park after the Palace Tour

During the tour of the Palace, you will walk through the majestic gallery of the state halls where balls, receptions and gala dinners took place.  The Golden suite of rooms is made with gold leaf. It is luxurious and opulent.

With our guide, the Palace will get alive with its mysterious stories,  intrigues, and plots. In the Palace, you will visit the famous Amber Room or “the Eighth Wonder of the World”.

Amber Room
Amber Room
What’s in the Catherine Palace

The main hall of the palace, largest among all palaces in St Petersburg, is the Throne room; its ceilings reach about 47 m in height. Attention is immediately attracted to the magnificent parquet and majestic plafond covering the entire ceiling.   Strolling through the rooms of the Palace along with its huge ceiling-high windows, you can see the Silver and Blue cabinets, the Lyon and Arabesque living rooms, the domed dining room and the Chinese hall, the waiters’ room, the bedchambers, and the front office.   Among tourists, the Amber room (Amber study) of the Catherine Palace is one of the most popular. This famous masterpiece of jewelry was enveloped in legends and myths from the very moment of its creation.  

Catherine Palace inside
Catherine Palace Interiors

Initially, the decorations of the Amber room were created by the order of Prussian kings. In 1716, Friedrich Wilhelm I presented the room to Peter the Great. Later, it was extended and mounted in the Winter Palace, but then moved to Tsarskoye Selo.   During the Second World War, the Nazis displayed elements of the Amber room in the Amber Museum in Koenigsberg. Since 1979, works were carried out to recreate the lost Amber room; in 2003, on the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, it was restored in the entirety of its grandeur. The restoration was partially funded by German enterprises.

Meeting guests
Meeting at the port before the tour

Catherine Palace could be a fantastic addon to the Hermitage Museum, called the Winter Palace. You can learn more about it in our Hermitage Museum tour.

Our licensed  English-speaking guide and chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of your hotel or cruise port terminal with the Red Sun Tours sign. The drive in a comfortable vehicle to Catherine’s palace will take you about 1 hour. Pushkin town is located in 25 km from St Petersburg.

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Elena was our tour guide n her expertise was clearly visible with the vast amount of knowledge she shared about history, art and the way she made our tour so very interesting and exciting. Additionally we had the opportunity to visit the great memorial of the 900 day seige too which was a bonus.
She was ably assisted by our pretty driver Anna who is definitely shaping up to be an excellent guide herself.
I would definitely recommend Elena and her company for all travels to Russia.
We really wish we could spend more time and see the countryside with her.
SPACIBA Elena! You just made it memorable for us !

Never saw so much gold in one place. Elena made it so easy to get in!  
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Catherine Palace was probably the most luxurious place I've been to. It is covered in gold everywhere! But when we saw the crowds of people waiting at the park it felt like we were going to lose a lot of time. But Elena guided us through a separate entrance and it all went smooth. Elena you were fantastic! Thank you so much for the experience. We recommend it to all St Petersburg visitors!

1 day(s)
5 hours
  • This tour includes
    • Hotel pickup
    • Professional guide
    • Transfer
    • Admission to the Catherine Palace and Park
  • The itinerary of the tour

    10.00 — Meeting by the hotel

    10.00 — 11.00 — Drive to Catherine Palace

    11.00 — 14.00 — tour of Catherine’s palace with the Amber room and park

    15.00 — return to the hotel

  • Tour price includes
    • professional and personable English-speaking guide for 5 hours (other languages available  for private tours upon request).
    • – A/C vehicle for 5 hours
    • admission tickets to the museum and park


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