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Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

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St. Petersburg, Russia
icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Rewind to imperial Russia on a private tour to Pushkin from St. Petersburg. With a private guide, travel to Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoye Selo and famous for its tsarist-era palaces. Stroll around Tsarkoye Selo Park, and after lunch, visit Catherine Palace, first built in the 1700s for Catherine I and later embellished by Empress Elizabeth. Behold the spectacular Amber Room and lavish rococo interiors, and then visit the Zubov Wing. The itinerary is flexible, so you can see more or less of any sights as you wish.
  • Private day trip to Pushkin from St. Petersburg
  • Explore Tsarkoye Selo Parks and stroll around the Great Pond
  • Learn about the town’s history and stop for photos in front of Catherine Palace
  • Take a walking tour of Catherine Palace and hear tales of its designer, Francesco Rastrelli
  • Gaze in awe at extravagant rooms like the Great Hall and Amber Room
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private tour lets you take your time exploring the Catherine Palace—both inside and out.
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Professional guide
Transport by private vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in the city center, he will have a sign with your name on it.

Begin with a pickup from your central St. Petersburg hotel at a time arranged with your private guide. Hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your private tour.

As you travel to Pushkin, named after Russia’s great poet, Alexander Pushkin, and formerly known as Tsarskoye Seloe, tell your guide if there’s anything you want to see more or less of during your tour. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to your personal interests.


After a short journey, arrive in Pushkin and explore Tsarskoye Selo Park, also called the Catherine Park—the gorgeous gardens that frame the majestic Catherine Palace.

Stroll around the Great Pond, the central lake, as you hear tales of Pushkin’s history and why it was given its present-day name on the centenary of Pushkin’s death.


Then, after a stop for lunch (own expense), enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace, once the summer residence of Russia’s tsars. Drink in the blue-and-white façade of the 18th-century palace, built for Catherine I and later remodeled by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the 1750s for Empress Elizabeth.

Take in Rastrelli’s architectural artistry as you explore the sumptuous interiors, and listen as your guide describes the life of Catherine I here after the death of her husband, Peter I. See the vast Great Hall with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and marvel at the spectacular Amber Room, a replica of the palace’s original amber-covered showpiece. Learn how the Nazis plundered the amber panels in 1941, and gain insight into how the room was painstakingly recreated and reopened in 2003.

Finish with a tour of the palace’s Zubov Wing, used by Empress Catherine II. Browse the exhibits and apartments and learn about the history of this grand annex.

Afterward, drive back to St Petersburg, where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catherine Palace and Park
You will see the palace of Catherine the Great, you will be shown interiors and masterpieces in the palace and of course you will see The Amber room.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Catherine Palace and Park
You will be shown beautiful park with fountains and buildings of different epochs.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please note that every last Monday of a month the Catherine Palace is closed
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Moscow Smart Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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I had Anastasia for this tour too...
DEBORAH C
, Oct 2017
I had Anastasia for this tour too. This tour was just as wonderful as other. Anastasia brings to life the history of Russia in her stories and accounts. Again this is tour customize to what your interests are. I highly recommended this tour too! Both tours pick up at hotel and drop off at hotel which is wonderful in own right. Big thank for that!
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Great tour to learn about the...
Olga R
, Oct 2017
Great tour to learn about the Romanov's with Olga Shmeleva as the tour guide I was able to learn a lot about the history of this dinasty, I highly recommend this tour. Lots of history and gold.
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excellent tour in the winter...
Sue M
, Dec 2016
excellent tour in the winter...... not crowded with tourists and we get to enjoy the beauty of the palace at our own pace
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A thorough but relaxing visit to the...
Robert G
, Oct 2016
A thorough but relaxing visit to the palace and grounds. The guide was informative without overloading you with information. Great flexibility to take in some areas of the grounds not mentioned in the brochure, which afforded the opportunity to see inside the secluded Hermitage.
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Anastasia, our guide, arrived...
James K
, Jul 2016
Anastasia, our guide, arrived exactly on time. She was very knowledgeable and provided a flexible schedule. English speaking and easy to understand.
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Our tour guide Valentina was...
Elise C
, Jan 2016
Our tour guide Valentina was passionate and very good. It was freezing but still we went for a walk around the park at Catherine's Palace and it was worth it. She also told us about the many monuments while we drove from St. Petersburg to Pushkin. Valentina and our driver Paul, went out of their way to make this day enjoyable and it was. Highly recommend this tour.
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A fantastic day trip out from the...
Elizabeth S
, Oct 2015
A fantastic day trip out from the centre of St Petersburg! I fell in love with the photographs of the Catherine Palace and was not disappointed. Valentina, our guide, was lovely and went out of her way to make the trip interesting and informative. She was also very good company! I would definitely recommend this tour.
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Wonderful tour and wonderful guide...
Julie E
, Oct 2015
Wonderful tour and wonderful guide. We had the best seat in the house for the fountain exhibition at 11 am. Super duper!!
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This tour was hands down on of the...
Marc Michael T
, Sep 2015
This tour was hands down on of the best guided tour we have ever taken. Our guide Alina was very knowledgable and a charming, insightful and witty company throughout the day. The tour's main attraction, the Catherine Palace, is a very unique site that stuns with it's size, lavish exterior and interior, the rebuild amber room, a beautiful park with an adjacent lake and many smaller mansions and more hidden bridges, pyramids, etc. in it, which make the trip out of the city center very worthwile. But the tour neither started or stopped there. Alina made sure that we saw sites outside of the regular tourist trails, got local food and had time to stroll around. The tour was never rushed, packed with amazing things to see and full of interesting conversations. We had arrived in Saint Petersburg just the afternoon before and this tour was our first full day. We couldn't have wished for a better start into this city trip or for a better guide. Thank you very much!
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The local tour operators were...
Alexander T
, Aug 2015
The local tour operators were excellent, fabulous guide, informative and entertaining.

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