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Top Parks and Gardens in St. Petersburg

Top Parks and Gardens in St. Petersburg

You’re never far from nature in St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s greenest cities. From the landscaped gardens of Peterhof to the urban greenery of Maritime Victory Park, here are our top picks of parks and gardens around Russia’s second city, including options for out-of-town trips.

Catherine Park

Once the summer residence of Catherine the Great, this 18th-century estate just outside St. Petersburg is a must-see for any first-time visitor. As well as a peek inside the ornate palace, tours typically include access to the wider park’s paths, ponds, and landscaped gardens—keep an eye out for the elaborate outdoor sculptures, pavilions, and monuments commissioned by the former empress herself.

Pavlovsk Park

If you like a spot of hiking with your history, don’t miss this 1,500-acre (607-hectare) park, encompassing deep forest, boating ponds, and the imperial residence of Paul I. Located on the outskirts of Pushkin, less than an hour from St. Petersburg, this 18th-century oasis is worth a full day’s attention—though if you’re tight on time, consider booking a combo tour to check it off along with neighboring Catherine Park.

Peterhof Park and Gardens

As Russia’s answer to the Palace of Versailles, the Peterhof boasts fanciful fountains, spectacular structures, and bountiful blooms over 500 acres (200 hectares) of outdoor space. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site between May and October to see the gardens in all their glory, taking advantage of early access packages to avoid the major crowds.

St. Petersburg Botanical Garden

No need to travel outside the city to be immersed in nature—you can discover flora from across the world in the St. Petersburg Botanical Garden, just north of the modern center. Join a greenhouse tour for an intimate glimpse of tropical and subtropical species, including giant water lilies, or take a relaxing stroll through the outdoor grounds to see perennial herb gardens and regional flora. 

Maritime Victory Park

Situated on Krestovsky Island, Maritime Victory Park offers a slice of seclusion in the city, making it a favorite among locals. The 600-acre (243-hectare) haven boasts bike-friendly paths, plus plenty of rest stops, play areas, and wildlife-laden lakes, making it a top choice for families—especially in winter, when the on-site amusement park opens its annual ice rink.

Summer Garden and Field of Mars

As symbols of St. Petersburg, these two parks feature on most city tours, with their close proximity making them a convenient sightseeing combo. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a romantic stroll along the statue-lined avenues of the Summer Garden toward the Neva River, nor the chance to visit the Field of Mars memorial—guided experiences are particularly useful here, as information in English is limited.

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Small-Group Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace Tour with Transfer

Small-Group Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace Tour with Transfer

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Delight in the imperial majesty of Russia’s architectural treasures on a half-day tour to Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace from St Petersburg. With a knowledgeable guide, travel by luxury vehicle to Catherine Palace, a magnificent 18th-century summer residence of the extravagant Tsars. Delve into the Baroque beauty’s opulent chambers and ornamented halls and then discover Pavlovsk Palace and its beautiful gardens. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to only six people.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$143.59
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$143.59

St. Petersburg Small Group or Private Walking City Tour

St. Petersburg Small Group or Private Walking City Tour

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Discover beautiful St. Petersburg by foot on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour of its architectural treasures. With a guide, set out to explore the signature sights of this spectacular city, Russia’s capital during the 1700s and 1800s, as you uncover its history. See top St. Petersburg attractions including St Isaac’s Cathedral and Palace Square, walk along Nevsky Prospect, and learn about the city’s present-day culture and life. Numbers are limited to 12 tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$56.00
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$56.00
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Small-Group Tour of Peterhof: Grand Palace and Park

Small-Group Tour of Peterhof: Grand Palace and Park

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Enjoy a special early entry into Peterhof's Grand Palace, part of a larger complex that's often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles.' Join a small group (maximum 6) on a skip-the-line guided tour of the former imperial residence, filled with ornate rooms  that were mostly destroyed―and since reconstructed―during WWII. Then embark on a guided stroll through the property's stunning lower gardens, dotted with gold sculptures and mesmerizing fountains throughout. There's also ample time to savor lunch (own expense) at one of the onsite cafes before returning to St Petersburg.
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  • 4 hours
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$95.00
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$95.00

Small-Group Early Access Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens from St Petersburg

Small-Group Early Access Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens from St Petersburg

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Escape the tourist crowds and delight in the imperial majesty of the Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens on a half-day tour from St. Petersburg. With a professional guide, explore the opulent chambers and ornamented halls of Peterhof, declared the ‘Russian Versailles’, and delve into the rich history of the regal residence. Stroll amid the botanical grandeur of the garden, roaming past more than 100 fountains and swathes of exotic flowers. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
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  • 5 hours
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Private Peterhof Grand Palace and Park VIP Admission Tour

Private Peterhof Grand Palace and Park VIP Admission Tour

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Get the most from a visit to St Petersburg's Peterhof Grand Palace and Park with VIP early admission to the palace’s interiors on this private 5-hour tour. Accompanied by an expert personal guide, enjoy VIP skip-the-line access inside the palace, ahead of the main crowds. Learn about Peter the Great’s maritime passions and plans for the seafront estate; and admire the grand interiors, including the Throne Room and White Dining Room. Then, take a walking tour around the fountain-adorned Lower Park, seeing the showpiece Grand Cascade fountains and other highpoints.
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  • 5 hours
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$116.00
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$116.00
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Private Walking Tour of St Petersburg

Private Walking Tour of St Petersburg

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It seems that in our city you can walk for a very, very long time. You will have a professional guide telling fascinating stories about the facades of buildings, architectural styles and directions, and about those who lived in mansions and palaces, about historical eras and events. Why not combine business with pleasure and go on a walking tour of St. Petersburg? We invite you to take another look at such familiar sights of St. Petersburg. Your journey will take a few hours: we will see three main squares of the city - Palace, Senate and St. Isaac’s, we will visit the place where the Admiralty Square used to be. Let's take a look at people and show ourselves in Summer Garden, have a look at the Winter Palace, freeze in front of the formidable Bronze Horseman and walk along the beautiful Neva.
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  • 4 hours
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$62.89
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$62.89
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Pavlovsk Palace and Parks Guided Tour

Pavlovsk Palace and Parks Guided Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the Pavlovsk Palace on a private 4-hour trip from St Petersburg. Leave the city to visit the 18th-century imperial residence, gifted to Paul I by his mother, Catherine the Great. Admire the elegant, yellow-and-white exterior and courtyard as your guide sheds light on the much-maligned Paul and how the palace was badly damaged during World War II. Explore the lavish, restored interiors, including highlights such as the Italian Hall; and end with a stroll in the gardens, a vision of woodland, bridges and streams.
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  • 4 hours
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$120.75
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$120.75