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Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide

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    What to Expect
    Meet your private guide at your central St. Petersburg hotel, and receive a city map, bottled water, a raincoat in case of rain, and a souvenir gift. Your guide will accompany you throughout your tour.

    Travel to the pier on the River Neva for the high-speed hydrofoil to the Peterhof, the palace and garden complex masterminded by Peter the Great between 1714 and 1721. Board with your guide and enjoy the views of passing landmarks such as the Winter Palace as you speed across the Gulf of Finland to the waterfront palace.

    After around 40 minutes, dock at Peterhof pier, and skip the main entrance lines with your pre-booked ticket, enjoying priority access to what’s known as the ‘Russian Versailles.’  

    Stroll through the gorgeous lawns and parkland of the Lower Gardens, and see some of their celebrated fountains and water features. Marvel at the Grand Cascade, the showpiece terraced fountains that were partly designed by Peter the Great. Admire the gold-coated sculptures, including the central statue of Samson and a lion, and delight in the playing fountains, only operational between May and September.

    Take in the Baroque exterior of the Grand Palace, largely the work of architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli for Peter’s daughter, the Empress Elizabeth, in the late 18th century. Then, tour the opulent interiors, richly decorated in Baroque and Rococo style, and adorned with paintings and gilded furnishings.

    View the highlights as your guide tells stories of the Tsars and empresses who lived here, and then continue to Monplaisir, a waterfront palace in the gardens. Explore this villa-style residence, a favored summer retreat of Peter the Great, who often stayed and entertained here.

    Later, ride the hydrofoil back to the city center, where your tour concludes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guests may be picked up from ANY HOTEL/APARTMENT located in the city center or 5km/miles away from it. Guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartments is locates. Guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.
    Return Details
    Pier of hydrofoils in St Petersburg
    • Professional private guide service (5 h)
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Hydrofoil (public speed boat) tickets to/from Peterhof
    • Rain coats (in case of raining)
    • City maps
    • Farewell gift
    • Bottles of water
    • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
    • Entry/Admission - Peterhof Grand Palace
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • We don't operate this tour for cruise ship passengers
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The tour includes a wait before visiting the palace and an itinerary on foot. This is a walking tour meaning that it will be necessary to walk and stand all the time during this tour.
    • This is a sample itinerary in description. The order of museums and activities may change depending on your tour route or hotel location.
    • The order of museum visits (park and palace) may change depending on availability of entrance tickets
    • If you want to take this tour at your preferable time, please leave a note upon making booking or call to confirm your preferred time at least 2 days before the tour
    • After experiencing the sights, your tour will conclude near Hermitage Museum (Palace Square) located in the center of St Petersburg when your guide departs. Transportation back to your hotel is not included.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed June 2, 2019

    We had a lovely tour guide for this trip to Peterhof. We were so happy we decided to go by hydrofoil instead of car, as there is a lot of traffic in and around St Petersburg. She picked us up at the hotel and took...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Reviewed January 14, 2018

    As for me, this is a very unusual place in the cultural capital of the world. This is incredible beauty. The Peterhof is famous for its Grand Cascade. The largest cascade is the most magnificent fountain structure of the Petergof ensemble and one of the...More

    Date of experience: July 2017
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    horoshoteam, Владелец at Horosho! Tours, Trips & Guides, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2018

    Hello there! Thank you so much for your kind words! For us it is more important than anything else that people leave my tours happy and satisfied. The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versailles"....More

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