In this four-hour Peterhof Palace and Gardens Tour from St. Petersburg, we will join a historian to see the magnificent palace and gardens of Petrodvorets. As we walk with an expert in history or art history, we’ll contextualize the architectural and historical significance of this immense site—including the expansive royal gardens designed by renowned landscape.
Peterhof is perhaps St. Petersburg's most spectacular imperial estate. Nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (part of the Baltic Sea), the palace was built on a sixteen-metre-high bluff lying less than a hundred metres from the shore.
The palace was initially built by Peter the Great as a resting place. Some buildings still retain the modest style of “Peter’s Dutch”. First Peter, and then Elizabeth, intended to rival the famous Versailles in France, so the garden was decorated with fountains operating without pumps while the palace was redecorated by F. Rastrelli in the glamorous style of “Elizabeth’s Baroque”.
Peterhof reminds us both of the epoch of Peter with his passion for the sea and water, and the time of generous and frivolous “Merry Empress”, Elizabeth.
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After working with Tailored Tours team to customize a tour for my family (2 seniors, 2 adults, and a 12yo), we spent a day in St. Petersburg with Sergei and a driver. We toured the Peterhof Fountains and many great sites throughout the city of St. Petersburg. Sergei was engaging, informative, and fun to be around. Also, because we were in St. Petersburg on the day of a marathon that disrupted traffic, Sergei took us on an unexpected tour of the metro - giving us the history of each station along the way. That wound up being a highlight of the day!For our group, the personalized tour was less expensive than the excursions our cruise ship offered and we got to see a lot more. This group gets my highest recommendation.