Discover one of the most splendid summer residences, Tsarskoye Selo, loved for its palaces and beautiful parks. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the lavish imperial Catherine's Palace, a masterpiece of world architecture. Feast your eyes on its incredible Baroque façade – it’s definitely one to capture on your camera. Your guide will tell you the history of this amazing palace as you walk through several rooms. Be mesmerised by the Amber Room that was once considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. After a tour of the palace, take a short walk in the park, which is dotted with charming pavilions set around a central lake. The romantic landscape of the park is peppered with treasures like the Chesma column, Turkish bath, Marble bridge, Chinese pagoda, the Grotto pavilion and the Hermitage.
This is an active walking tour with about 1.5 hours of walking in the palace and no area to sit. It is not suitable for guests who have limited mobility or anyone using a wheelchair as there are no lifts, a number of steps and uneven terrain. The Catherine Palace can get busy which is unavoidable for such important historical sites, therefore please expect crowds and queues. Photo and video fees are included in the cost of the tour. Restrictions apply on flash photography in certain areas.
If you’re planning to go ashore in St Petersburg don’t forget, if you join us on one of our organised shore excursions, you’re covered by our group visa. But if you wish to go ashore independently at anytime you’ll need to obtain your own visa from the Russian Federation Embassy prior to your cruise.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.