We took a one day tour to Pavlovsk (about an hour away from St. Petersburg) in the middle of October. Our tour was supposed to start at 12:30 pm and we were told that we would be back by 5 - 5:30 pm. That worked for us since we had 7:30 pm dinner reservations. We were on the bus by 12:15 pm waiting. For next 45 minutes we had 3 sales people on the bus trying to sell us tickets to Marinskij ballet, calendars, and DVDs. At this point I got out of the bus and asked if we ever were going to live. I was told by one of the tour guides, Tat'yana Osipovna, that they were on the fall schedule and didn't have to leave on time. Then we were told that they didn't have enough people for Pavlovsk to feel out the bus and that we would have to drop some people of at Pushkin on the way. Finally after an almost hour delay we took off. We got to Pavlovsk between 2:30 & 3 pm. It started to get cold and little dark, so I asked tour guide if we could walk around park first (it is one of the most beautiful parks in St. Petersburg's surroundings) and then see palace. I was told that we couldn't. We spent more then an hour in palace, more then half an hour trying to find half of our small group, and then we were told that we would have to leave no later that 5:30 pm to pick up people from Pushkin. We had to follow our tour guide through the NOT most beautiful parts of the park for less that an hour and then we were told to go back to our bus. When we got to Pushkin, another sales person tried to sell us his staff for another 30-45 minutes. Needless to say, we got back to a city way pass 7 pm and had to cancel our dinner plans. Overall, entire tour took us more then 7 hours, but we spent in Pavlovsk only ~2.5 hours. We were very disappointed.
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