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

from 50 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 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 Tue and the last Mon of the month.
2 hrs

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting place: Your hotel lobby. 
09:00 Meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel. Your guide will carry a sign with the Lead Passenger's name on it.
Transfer by mini-van to the Imperial Residence of Tsarskoye Selo located to the south of Saint Petersburg.
10:30 - 13:30

Enjoy an spectacular guided tour of Catherine's palace with Amber Room with Special Fast Track Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time. 
While on tour you will lean the history of Tsarskoye Selo, its secrets and hidden gems. Will pass by the monument to Murdered Jews of Pushkin (optional stop, on request) and will hear the story of the WWII terrors and destruction brought by Nazis to the Russian land.

When inside Catherine's palace, you will explore the stunning golden interiors of the Baroque loved by Empress Elizabeth and will see the world-famous Amber Room with your own eyes. After tragic disappearance during the Siege of Leningrad, Amber Room was reconstructed in its original glory in 2003.

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

If you are hungry, you are welcome to enjoy a quick lunch at one of the park cafes, or just keep exploring with your guide.

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

Return back to your hotel.


  • 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

NOT Included

  • Food & drinks
  • Photo pass for professional equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Surcharge for non-English-speaking guides:
  • - Spanish,German or French: 30 USD per group
    - Chinese: 55 USD per group
    - Portuguese, Italian or Japanese : 70 USD per group
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.


Additional surcharge as 30% of package cost may be applied to any bookings for period from June 10th to July 20th  2018.

  • Infants (0-3 y.o.) and children (4-5 y.o.) are free of charge if they do not occupy a seat in vehicle!
  • Not recommended for child 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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