Meeting with tour guide at hotel lobby. Departure to Peterhof.
Peterhof is one of the most popular, beautiful and attractive places for tourists in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. Peterhof was founded in 1710 as the emperor's country residence. It received the city status in 1762. The town is famous for a luxurious palace and a series of parks, gardens and fountains – hence the other Petershof’s names – “the Russian Versailles” and “the capital of Russian fountains”.
The Grand Peterhof Palace, majestic and elegant, with its facade stretching for almost 300 meters, occupies the dominant position of the Peterhof ensemble composition, connecting the Upper garden and the Lower park, in a single artistic entity.
The Palace represents a symmetrical baroque composition. However, during the reign of Peter the Great, the palace looked somewhat different from what is seen now. A small royal mansion was erected at the site in his time. Because of peculiarities of the terrace soil the mansion started to subside. Its reconstruction was carried out by the French architect Le Blond and after his death, by the Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. Works were halted after Peter’s death and the royal mansion was almost abandoned until Peter’s daughter Elizabeth acceded to the throne. The chief architect of the royal court Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli was the one who enlarged the Great Palace to its present size and remodeled it into a masterpiece of Baroque art.
In 1990, the architecture and park ensemble "Peterhof" was included in the world’s list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, and was recognized in 2008, as one of the seven wonders of Russia.
Departure Point Pick up from your hotel
Departure Time Morning
Return Details Return to your hotel
What is included
entry tickets, services of guide, transport
The cruise lines say that no one is allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg cruise port that does not purchase a ship sponsored excursion or have arranged a Russian visa on their own. Is that correct?
That is false! The third option is to purchase an excursion with a government licensed St. Petersburg shore excursion operator who has permission to give visa-free excursions. Your "visa" is the excursion guide! With this excursion, you are ready to explore St. Petersburg with your guide for the duration of the excursion, everything is taken care of.
Can I go wander and explore on my own during this private St. Petersburg sightsee excursion?
Unfortunately no, as part of the visa-free St Petersburg cruise excursion, guests must stay with their excursion guide.
What documents will I need to get off the ship in St. Petersburg Russia?
Guests must present their valid passport and official EXCURSION Ticket from the operator and will have no problems clearing customs and immigration for their excursion.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the St. Petersburg Private Peterhof Palace with Hydrofoil Boat Excursion for Small Groups to show along with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
YES, it is necessary to take along your passport. You will need to print and show your Electronic Ticket as well as any other documents required or sent to you for this excursion. Everything needed will be listed on your E-ticket.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on EasyTravel and TripAdvisor reviews
My favorite shore excursion ever see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
csporich, Nov 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site