The guided tour of St Petersburg that combines visiting two imperial residences Pushkin and Pavlovsk lasts about 6 hours and begins in the city where it is suitable for you. Then it takes about one hour to get to Pushkin (former Tsarskoye Selo) by car or mini-bus. On the way to Pushkin you will have an opportunity to see Russian countryside. Originally this land was a present from Peter the Great to his second wife Catherine I. He presented her with it for hunting. Later in the middle of the 18th century their daughter Elizabeth decided to make one more summer residence in this area. For that the palace with the landscape park was created according to her order. It is a piece of Baroque architecture created by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli. Later during the reign of Catherine the Great this residence was developed even more. Nowadays Catherine’s Palace with its gilded sparkling cupolas looks like a magic dream both inside and outside. The magnificent guilded façade of the palace stretches for 300 meters. Its inside design is also quite impressive as it includes porcelain, velvet, marble, amber and other precious materials. Of course, the main masterpiece of the palace that attracts most of its visitors is Amber Room.
Usually after the inside tour of Catherine’s Palace we have a walk around the park, a quick lunch and then drive to Pavlovsk as it is only 10- min drive from Pushkin. There we offer to have the second guided tour inside Pavlovsk Palace. Pavlovsk residence is different from other palaces and parks because nothing can be compared to it from the point of view of elegance. It was founded according to the order of Catherine the Great when her first grandson, future Emperor Alexander I, was born. She presented this land to her son Paul. The original design of the palace was created by the Scottish architect Charles Cameron who introduced the Neo-Greek style in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. After the private tour inside the palace with our best St Petersburg guide you will be offered the opportunity to have a walk inside the park. Then it will take about one hour to return to St Petersburg. We can finish this one of the best private guided tours in Saint-Petersburg where it is suitable for you. Book more than one tour with us to get a great discount!
The price includes a professional English-speaking guide and a professional driver with a comfortable air-conditioned car or mini-bus for six hours, tickets to both Catherine’s and Paul’s Palaces and parks for everyone.
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