Imperial Residences: Catherine Palace & Peterhoff Gardens Tour

Imperial Residences Tour

Tour availability: any day except Tuesday from May, 1 till October, 15.
$ 160.00 per person
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Tour Duration: 7 hour
Group size: 8 PAX
Departures are guaranteed for minimum 2 PAX

Start time: 14:00

Imperial Residences: Catherine Palace and Peterhoff Gardens Tour is a day tour specially designed for customers who want and need to maximize their limited time in Saint Petersburg. This is your chance to visit 2 most popular Imperial suburban residences of Saint PetersburgCatherine Palace and Peterhoff in one day.

A brief history of Peterhof and Catherine Residences

At the start of the XVIIIth century, the same time as the new capital, Saint Petersburg, was springing up, suburban residences for the Russian monarchs also started to be built.

Triumphant and resplendent Peterhoff was the first Imperial summer residence, a brainchild of Peter the Great, conceived with more than an eye to Versailles.


The project had started in the early XVIIIth century, the official opening of the new residence took place in 1723 with Peter the Great orchestrating the magical event.

Our day tour of the Imperial Residences includes a visit to Peterhoff Lower gardens filled with fountain jets. You will have a chance to get familiar with the intricate and technologically advanced fountain system. The high-quality piping system still remains intact in many sections. Unfortunately, it was badly damaged by the mines of the WWII.

Peterhof Fountains

You will have a chance to see exteriors of the exquisite Grand Peterhoff Palace, the Grand Cascade, the Bath House, the Catherine Block, Monplaisir Palace and will enjoy the vista of the Finnish Gulf. If you would like to visit Peterhof Grand Palace, there is an option to book Peterhof Palace and Lower Gardens Tour.

Grand Peterhoff Palace and the central fountain cascade were designed by the architect, Francesco  Bartolommeo Rastrelli.

He also was the principle architect for the splendid Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar Village) which you will tour.

amber room

Catherine Palace was the second summer Imperial residence built by Elizabeth I. Peter the Great and Catherine I’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, when she inherited Tsarskoe Selo, treated it with special affection and commissioned the finest architects then in Saint Petersburg to work in the new residence.

The Catherine Palace is a definite «must see» place of Saint Petersburg and mostly known for the renown Amber room and the Golden Enfilade of staterooms.

The Catherine Palace is available on three different tours. The Imperial Residencies Tour, Catherine Palace Small Group Tour and Catherine Palace by Public Transport

Catherine Palace and Peterhof Gardens Tour
Imperial Residences Review

The tour starts with a hotel pickup at 14:00 (Please note that tour start time may vary depending on limited Catherine Palace availability).

On tour our professional guide will tell you the history of the Russian Imperial family and their favorite residences. Hotel pick up and drop off in a comfortable, air-conditioned transportation is included too.

Peterhof Fountains

Imperial Residences tour includes the Catherine palace admission and Peterhoff Lower gardens admission. It is a 7-hour tour; time for a coffee/snack break will be offered. No meals are included.

Take a look at the official Catherine Palace video about the museum:

Take a look at the tour route on our map: 

Please note!

If you want to customize your tour and add any other museums, please, visit our Tour Constructor where you can create any itinerary you like. 

You need to send us your hotel address for a pickup in advance:


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The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration depends on the time of day and traffic conditions

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Catherine Palace is wheel-chair accessible as well as Peterhoff gardens.

Catherine Palace has limited number of pre-booked admissions, therefore, the tour start time is likely to be adjusted.