Skip-the-Line Peterhof & Catherine Palace Tour from St Petersburg


125 USD

Discover the most magnificent imperial residences with a local guide! During the tour you’ll visit Peterhof Palace, often referred to as the Russian Versailles, and Tsarskoye Selo, featuring the majestic Catherine Palace with its mysterious Amber Room.

Duration: 8 hours
    Available in
  • French,
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • German


  • Get early access to Peterhof Palace, designed by Peter the Great to rival Versailles
  • Behold the lavish interiors, and admire the fountains in the Lower Gardens
  • Drive to Tsarkoye Selo and visit the Catherine Palace, the summer residence of Catherine I
  • See the dazzling Golden Enfilade suite and mysterious Amber Room, and take a relaxing walk in the park
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to both palaces


After meeting your local guide and driver in your hotel lobby, you’ll set off to the suburbs of St Petersburg in a private vehicle.

To avoid the crowds, you’ll first travel to Peterhof for special early admission to the Grand Palace. It was designed to be the centrepiece of Peter the Great’s “Russian Versailles”.

Following your palace tour, you’ll explore the amazing Lower Gardens and admire its numerous fountains, and have free time for lunch in the park café.

You’ll then drive to Tsarskoye Selo/Pushkin, where you’ll pass the Egyptian Gate. It previously marked the main entrance of the Tsarskoye Selo imperial residence.

During the second half of the tour, you’ll enter the Catherine Palace via a spectacular courtyard, continuing through the Golden Enfilade and grand palace interiors to the main staircase.

You’ll then see the Amber Room, and the private rooms of Alexander I and Paul I (please note that the museum reserves the right to close these rooms without notice).

After your palace tour, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a relaxing walk in the park.

You’ll be driven back to St Petersburg at the end of the tour.

What’s included & not included

  • Hotel transfers
  • Local tour guide for the day
  • Private vehicle (depending on the group size)
  • Early admission to the Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens
  • Admission to the Catherine Palace (including Amber Room + Park)
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entry to both palaces
  • All taxes/fees/handling charges
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

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Meeting point

The lobby of guest's hotel Any place in the city specified by guest

Reviews from travellers (3)


A very enjoyable day with a very knowledgabe and engaging guide. Thankyou!
One day trip from St. Peterburg to Peterhof
So glad we arranged this one day trip with a private driver and a tour guide from Ulko Tours. The driver was punctual and friendly and tour guide was very kind and knowledgable. Very pleasant experience,would totally do it again!
Day tour to Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace
I was traveling alone to St. Petersburg and only have a limited time there, and this day tour allows me to visit the 2 palaces in a day! My guide Marianna, and driver Akin, are both really friendly and helpful, making my tour a very pleasant and seamless one, not to mention that we have the privilege to skip the lines for entering each of these palaces. Marianna is very knowledgeable and cheerful, and speak very good English. She is also very accommodating and flexible in terms of the tour schedule. Last but not least, I got a very beautiful St. Petersburg picture guide book from Ulko tour as a gift, which is a really nice surprise! Highly recommend, worth the price.
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  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

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