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Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide

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If you have time for one big attraction during a summer visit to St. Petersburg, the Peterhof is a must. This 5-hour private tour takes you to this grand royal complex, the brainchild of Peter the Great, between May and September, when its fountains are running. Explore the Grand Palace, gardens, and Peter’s Monplaisir summer villa, and admire the playing fountains of the Grand Cascade. Skip-the-line entry, return hydrofoil transport, and hotel pickup included.
  • Tour the Grand Palace and hear about the royals who lived here
  • Stroll the gardens and visit Monplaisir, Peter’s summer villa on the waterfront
  • Priority access with skip-the-line entry, and round-trip hydrofoil tickets included
  • Personalized attention and commentary from a private guide
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Professional private guide service (5 h)
Hotel pick-up
Hydrofoil (public speed boat) tickets to/from Peterhof
Entrance tickets to the museums
One-way transfer hotel to pier by taxi
Food and drinks

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Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may be picked up from APARTMENT/RAILWAY STATION/AIRPORT/ANY HOTEL located in the city center (Palace Square) or 6km/miles away from it. The guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartment is located. The guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.


  • Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg Russia

Meet your private guide at your central St. Petersburg hotel, and receive a city map, bottled water, a raincoat in case of rain, and a souvenir gift. Your guide will accompany you throughout your tour.

Travel to the pier on the River Neva for the high-speed hydrofoil to the Peterhof, the palace and garden complex masterminded by Peter the Great between 1714 and 1721. Board with your guide and enjoy the views of passing landmarks such as the Winter Palace as you speed across the Gulf of Finland to the waterfront palace.

After around 40 minutes, dock at Peterhof pier, and skip the main entrance lines with your pre-booked ticket, enjoying priority access to what’s known as the ‘Russian Versailles.’  

Stroll through the gorgeous lawns and parkland of the Lower Gardens, and see some of their celebrated fountains and water features. Marvel at the Grand Cascade, the showpiece terraced fountains that were partly designed by Peter the Great. Admire the gold-coated sculptures, including the central statue of Samson and a lion, and delight in the playing fountains, only operational between May and September.

Take in the Baroque exterior of the Grand Palace, largely the work of architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli for Peter’s daughter, the Empress Elizabeth, in the late 18th century. Then, tour the opulent interiors, richly decorated in Baroque and Rococo style, and adorned with paintings and gilded furnishings.

View the highlights as your guide tells stories of the Tsars and empresses who lived here, and then continue to Monplaisir, a waterfront palace in the gardens. Explore this villa-style residence, a favored summer retreat of Peter the Great, who often stayed and entertained here.

Later, ride the hydrofoil back to the city center, where your tour concludes.
Pass By:  
Neva Embankments
Start your tour with a local guide meeting you at your centrally located hotel. Your private guide will be accompanying you throughout the duration of this tour.
Stop At:  
Park And Gardens of Peterhof
From your hotel you will be taken to the pier. We offer an exciting way to reach Peterhof. Hydrofoil (fast speed boat) will take you down the Neva river and Gulf of Finland to the famous "Kingdom of Fountains" in a very short time! The ride to Peterhof was approximately 40 minutes. After arrival to Peterhof you will head inside the vast palace complex to explore its gardens and palatial buildings. Peterhof is often referred to as the Russian Versailles – a nickname that testifies to the site’s opulent grandeur – and your guide will introduce you to its best bits while talking about its history. Wander through the Lower Park to discover some of 140 fountains and water features. The most impressive is the Grand Cascade, located directly below the Grand Palace and featuring an impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the mighty jaws of the lion. Stop for photos by the incredible Grand Cascade – a masterpiece that was partly engineered by Tsar Peter the Great himself.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grand Peterhof Palace
Then, head inside the Grand Palace and marvel at the lavish interiors left by the successive emperors and empresses who once called the place home. Tour the lush chambers inside the Grand palace. After exploring the best places in Peterhof Grand palace and garden complex, you will be taken back to St Peterburg by a hydrofoil (public fast speed boat).
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We don't operate this tour for cruise ship passengers
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The tour includes a wait before visiting the palace and an itinerary on foot. This is a walking tour meaning that it will be necessary to walk and stand all the time during this tour.
  • This is a sample itinerary in description. The order of museums and activities may change depending on your tour route or hotel location.
  • The order of museum visits (park and palace) may change depending on availability of entrance tickets
  • If you want to take this tour at your preferable time, please leave a note upon making booking or call to confirm your preferred time at least 2 days after making reservation
  • After experiencing the sights, your tour will conclude near Hermitage Museum (Palace Square) located in the center of St Petersburg when your guide departs. Transportation back to your hotel is not included.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Transportation time from your hotel to the hydrofoil pier is included in tour time (duration)
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Horosho
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Do this. You won’t regret it :)
, Sep 2021
Sofia was an outstanding guide, taking her time to answer questions, manage our expectations and making sure we didn’t miss any details of the place. Highly recommended!
Great tour guide foe a Must see place
, Aug 2021
This was a great tour. Irena was excellent and we were very glad we went ahead and got a tour guide for this.
10 Stars
, Aug 2021
Good trip Exelant tour guide 10 star Good trip Exelant tour guide 10 star Good trip Exelant tour guide 10 star
A tour that will never forget
, Jul 2021
I do recommend to select this tour with the guide Irina because she is too much friendly and very helpful by providing you with the needed information
Fabulous tour
, Sep 2019
Great morning tour of Peterhof. Kate, our guide was so friendly, knowledgeable and informative. Thoroughly recommended!
One afternoon at Peterhoff
, Sep 2019
Excellent tour guide, gave us the time to investigate, answered all our questions. Without her guidance it would have Ben lacking on understanding the history.
A very pleasant experience.
, Aug 2019
Despite the touristic crowd and pressure, our guide managed to drive us efficiently throughout the queues, while displaying a communicative feeling of quietness . She spoke perfect French, had a large historical culture and knowledge and shared with us her experience of Russia. Very pleasant.
Lovely visit to Peterhof
, Jul 2019
Our guide Kseniya arrived spot on time to collect us from our hotel. We went by Hydrofoil both ways to Peterhof, a good choice, considering the awful traffic in St Petersburg. We chatted non stop, asking many questions and always supplied with courteous, informative answers. Her English was impeccable. Peterhof was delightful and the grounds with so many fountains were absolutely beautiful. It was apparent from the beginning that Kseniya was passionate about Russian history and we so enjoyed our time with her. I would recommend Kseniya to anyone.
, May 2019
We had a fantastic tour of the Peterhof Palace and the Fountains. I highly recommend arriving by hydrofoil. Our guide Irina was the best and gave us great information and tailored the tour for us. I would personally ask for her in the future. I plan to use this tour company again.
We had a really marvelous day, Kate...
Anne B
, Aug 2017
We had a really marvelous day, Kate, our guide was most informative and helpful, without her expertise to quickly negotiate the crowds we would not have been able to experience the many wonderful sights, the gardens of the Peterhof Palace, the interior of the Palace and the very special experience of the river trip to and from the Palace.

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