Private Tour of Tzar's Village: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room

from 45 USD
4 hrs
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Private Tour of Tzar's Village: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room

Skip the entry lines and enjoy a private guided tour of Tzar's Village (Tsarskoye Selo) and its most famous attraction: Catherine's Palace and the opulent Amber Room. Learn about historic sights en route to this famed former Imperial family summer residence. Afterward, spend some time exploring its surrounds – where photo ops are plenty.

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  • Catherine's palace (Amber Room) & Park

This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the peaceful gardens with multiple photo opportunities. Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were created by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as 'village of the tsar's' (Tsarskoe Selo). The Palace, with its famous Amber Room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. The gardens of Catherine Park, which are spectacular in the snow, are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village.

Closed Tuesdays and the last Monday of the month.
2 hrs

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting place: at your hotel lobby
09:00 Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby.
Transfer by mini-van to the Tzar's Village (the Imperial Residence of Tsarskoye Selo), located in the South of Saint Petersburg
10:30 - 12:30

Enjoy a spectacular guided tour of Catherine's Palace with Amber Room with Special Fast Track Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time. 

During the tour, you will learn the history of Tsarskoye Selo, its secrets, and its hidden gems. 

Inside Catherine's palace, explore the stunning golden interiors of the Baroque loved by Empress Elizabeth and see the world-famous Amber Room with your own eyes. Some say the Room is the 8th wonder of the world, created exclusively of all kinds of amber and precious stones. Learn the story of this legendary place, of its innovative creation, tragic disappearance, and glorious reconstruction.

After the palace tour, you will have a chance to walk in the park and admire beautiful gardens and ponds surrounding the residence.

You are also welcome to have a quick lunch break in one of the park's local cafés (not included).

12:30 - 13:00  Return to your mini-van and set off back to Saint Petersburg
approx. 13:30

Return to your hotel

Book this tour
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($ 25)
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  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned sedan/minivan/minibus (depending on the group size)
  • Admission to Catherine's palace with Amber Room and Park, 
  • Photo permit for small cameras (separate ticket required for pro cameras) NO photography allowed in Amber Room!
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Radio head-sets for groups of 7 and more people
  • Food & drinks
  • Photo pass for professional equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Surcharge for other languages:
  • - German, Spanish or French: 15 USD per group
    - Portuguese or Italian: 25 USD per group
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
  • Infants (0-3 y.o.) and children (4-5 y.o.) are free of charge if they do not occupy a seat in the vehicle!
  • Not recommended for children aged 5 and under!
  • A substantial amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Meeting place: You will be picked up from your hotel.
Meeting time: 09:00 (or set your own time)

Children 6 y.o. and students 7 - 17 y.o. = 5 USD OFF

Any changes to the tour are possible up to 24 hrs before the start time. Read more about Tour Changes Policy.

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