Private Tour by Hydrofoil: Peterhof Grand Palace and Park

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Private Tour by Hydrofoil: Peterhof Grand Palace and Park

Feel like a local and spend a fascinating day exploring Peterhof Imperial Residence with a round trip by hydrofoil boat. Visit Grand Palace of Peterhof and enjoy exquisite interiors, learn about opulent balls and grand receptions. Learn about Peter the Great and his maritime passions while visiting Monplaisir Palace, and of course roam unique gardens filled with flowers and fountains.

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  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Peterhof Park
  • Grand Palace of Peterhof

The fastest way to get to or from Peterhof during the busy summer season. Saves a lot of time and gives you a chance to take a nap:). The boats depart from the piers in the very center of the city, thus giving you a unique free bonus - a chance to enjoy the stunning panorama of the Neva banks.

30-45 min

A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engineering masterpiece with no pumps, it a unique location, selected specifically to make this miracle happen. All the force and the power of the fountains are provided by the force of gravity. A great photo opportunity for keen photographers. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately in winter, the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.

1-3 hrs

Explore one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces - the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Badly damaged during the Second World War, thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff, this palace was brought back to life and restored to its former beauty from photographs and maps in the 1950s. A complex combination of Baroque and NeoClassical styles, this palace is a true gem of Russian architecture, and you will surely fall in love with it the way we have. Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace - Russia's answer to Versailles. Unfortunately in winter, the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.

1 hr

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting place: Your hotel lobby. 
10:30 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.
WALK to the HYDROFOIL dock
11:00 - 11:30 Take fast hydrofoil boat to the Imperial Residence of Peterhof located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Please note that boats depart approximately every 30 minutes.
11:30 Upon arrival to Peterhof, you will enter Lower Gardens from the Pier side and will walk towards the Grand Palace. Guided tour of the Grand Palace of Peterhof.
  Please note that since you will be arriving by hydrofoil, you will not be able to use the Early Admission feature, as hydrofoils start running at 10:00 the earliest, and 10:00 is the last Early Admission time available.
  The beauty of Peterhof rivals the one of French Versailles and in our opinion far exceeds it.
  The Grand Palace at Peterhof was designed to be the centrepiece of Peter the Great's "Russian Versailles". Inside, the Grand Palace is considerably more lavish, and the fact that the interiors had to be almost entirely reconstructed after World War II does nothing to distract from their grandeur.
  After the Palace tour you will proceed to explore amazing Lower Gardens with numerous fountains, and if you are lucky, you will witness the ceremony of turning the fountains on.
  Guided tour of the Monplaisir Palace of Peter the Great. (please note, that Monplaisir is closed on the LAST Monday of each month).
  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.
17:00 - 17:30
Set off back to Saint Petersburg by hydrofoil
18:00 Return back to your hotel  
Book this tour
  • Professional English-Speaking tour guide
  • Roundtrip by Hydrofoil (IF for weather conditions hydrofoils are not running, transfer by private vehicle will be provided
  • Skip-the-Line admission to Peterhof Grand Palace (No photography is allowed inside Grand Palace!) 
  • Admission to Peterhof Lower park
  • Admission to Monplaisir Palace 
  • Radio head-sets for groups 7+
  • Food & drinks
  • 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
    - other languages on request
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
  • Infants (0-3 y.o.) are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat on the hydrofoil.
  • Children 4-6 must pay for the hydrofoil only (10 USD one way) on the spot to the guide.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • A large amount of walking is involved

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