During this driving tour, just outside of the city, we visit the legendary Peterhof: the so-called «Russian Versailles» complimented by the magnificient fountains park.**
Visit to the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe selo (Pushkin) is optional.
4-5 hours + options
daily 9.00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fountains are closed in Oct - Apr
car / minivan (or by hydrofoil as optional)*
the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe selo (Pushkin)
ALL RATES ARE TOTAL PER TOUR
* Please note that hydrofoil to Peterhof is not operating starting from October until the end of April, extra cost of this option is 15 Euro per person(one way trip). ** During the winter season the park is covered with snow and all fountains are kept under wooden boxes for their preservation. In the off-season you will have more time to explore one of the small palaces.
Our guide will come to your hotel (lobby area) or any other indicated address to begin the tour from there. There also will be a driver waiting at your hotel entrance. The tour is done by car/minivan. We use licensed drivers with cars (up to 3 people) or minivans (4 - 15 people).
Peterhof, perhaps the most beautiful park residence in the world, contains 173 fountains, 3 large cascades and a number of Palaces. The central architectural construction of Peterhof is the Grand Palace. The building was started in 1714 in accordance with the sketches of Peter the Great. Tickets are included Day off is Monday.
This is the most grandiose fountain construction of Peterhof. The Grand Cascade together with the Grand Palace forms the compositional centre of the Lower park, the central axis of the «Russian Versailles». Peter the Great himself was the designer and author of the first sketches, drafts of the world's greatest fountain system. In his decrees many instructions were found of how and where the fountains, cascades and water amusements should be erected.
The main compositional parts of the Grand Cascade, with an area more than 3,000 sq.m, include the upper grotto and two waterfall staircases to¬gether with the lower grotto, culminating in a massive stone cup at the bot¬tom. The water mass of 142 fountains crashes down to this cup.
In the middle of the cup there is a gilded statue of Samson forcing open the jaws of a lion (height -3 m, weight - 51). A water jet shoots upfrom the lion's mouth to a height of 20 m. Allegorically, in the biblical figure of Samson, the creator of sculptural group M. Kozlovsky had in mind Peter the Great, the victor over Swedish King Karl. The lions around pedestal symbolize the four points of the compass of the world amazed by the Samson's victory.
Peterhof, one of the most visited Russian attractions, will win your heart with its romantic atmosphere and picturesque views. It is also an engineering state-of-the-art system as all the fountains work just like it was 300 years ago. Tickets are included
Visit to the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe selo (Pushkin)
If you want to continue sightseeing, we would be delighted to take you to another remarkable place – Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe selo (Pushkin). This ex-royal residence was used as a backdrop for many scenes in the latest BBC’s adaptation of War And Peace. Even if you haven’t seen the series, this palace is worth seeing! Day off is Tuesday.
At the end of the tour we will take you back to your hotel or any other place you would prefer.