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St Petersburg: Peterhof Tour with Return by Hydrofoil

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St Petersburg: Peterhof Tour with Return by Hydrofoil

From US$ 298.09 per group up to 1

Enjoy a half-day private tour of the Peterhof (Petrodvorets) palace, one of St Petersburg’s most popular attractions. Explore the world’s largest system of fountains at the gorgeous Grand Cascade, and return by hydrofoil.

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Duration 5 hours
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English, Russian, Spanish, French, German, Italian
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  • Visit the stunning Grand Palace
  • Admire the world’s most elaborate fountain system
  • Behold the ornate Throne Room, Ballroom and other opulent interiors
  • Explore the Upper Garden and Lower Park, including the Grand Cascade and Peter’s Monplaisir retreat
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This tour will take you to the Peterhof palaces and parks, conceived by the Peter the Great as a seaside residence, and unmatched in Europe. The Grand Palace was designed to capture the imagination of foreign visitors and includes the first picture gallery in Russia. The estate's Lower Park lies between the Grand Palace and the seashore and boasts the world's largest system of fountains, earning it the title 'the Russian Versailles'. The park's unique fountain system was designed in the 18th century and doesn't require the use of any pumps to operate the fountains. There are three major cascades and over 140 fountains in the park. The most impressive is the Grand Cascade, located directly below the Grand Palace, which features an impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the mighty jaws of the lion. After visiting the palace and walking through the park you will enjoy a hydrofoil trip back to the city center, which will return you in just 30 minutes. In winter time, you are welcome to the Grande Palace and to the garden. Fountains are drained out in order not to be frozen, but the tranquility of the snowy park and the beauty of the Russian winter will give your never-to-be forgotten memories.
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private tour of the Peterhof (Petrodvorets) palace
  • Transportation by air-conditioned car or minivan
  • Small-group tour to ensure a more personalized experience
  • Return journey by hydrofoil
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • When the hydrofoil is not available you will be taken back to your accommodation by car
  • If for any reason the Grand Palace is closed you will visit one of the small ceremonial palaces instead
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4.7 /5

based on 29 reviews

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Well organised, informative and over all fantastic.

Anna, our guide, was early, took us on a tour through St Petersburg on the way to Peterhof. She was very knowledgeable about the history, the architecture and anything thing else we could ask. She was prepared with tickets and guided pass most of the crowds. Anna spoke excellent English and I would highly recommend this tour with Anna.

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July 21, 2019

Good. Exceptionally expensive tour Peterhof is stunning but sadly crazily busy with us tourists! Enjoyed going by bus and returning by hydrofoil. The guide was little jaded, it was obvious she has done this tour many times and her English was at times difficult to understand. The English was not unique to this guide, in general the Russian guides we had, had very heavily accented English and struggled to understand questions. They just like to talk with no interruption! Her knowledge of history was excellent. We had two children in our group and she didn’t even acknowledge them at the start, during or end of tour.

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July 12, 2019

todo estuvo bien, el transporte, la guía Marina y la organización. Nos defraudó no ver el palacio grande y sus jardines, la guía nos dijo que estaba abierto sólo para grupos grandes. Nos parece un precio excesivo para ver sólo un palacio pequeño y el jardín de las cascadas. Tienen que avisar que el palacio grande no se podrá visitar, ya que sólo dicen que si estuviese cerrado se visitaría uno pequeño, cuando ya tienen que saber que en verano sólo está abierto para grupos de cruceristas. De haberlo sabido hubiéramos cogido la excursión al palacio de Catalina.

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August 31, 2019

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