Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Russia - Firebird City Guides

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Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Russia

Located in Pushkin - a small town 24 km (15 miles) south from Saint Petersburg, Catherine Palace (aka Tsarskoye Selo) is among the most stunning luxurious royal residences in the country.

Peter the Great gifted the estate to his new wife Empress Catherine I in 1708 for “her pleasure.” It took almost ten years for Catherine I together with German architect Johann Friedrich Braunstein to create the new gorgeous royal Summer Palace. The royal country residence was amplified with the Blagoveschensky church in 1724 and the later with the famous Catherine Palace.

Empress Catherine I had the reputation of a great spendthrift - her luxurious palace was decorated with more than 100 kilos of gold, the roof was covered with expensive metals and a total of around 1.6 million rubles were spent on the construction of the palace. As the Russian Empress was a perfectionist it is rumored that the palace was rebuilt 6 times during the construction.
One of the greatest treasures of the complex is the renown Amber Room, gifted to Peter the Great by King Friedrich Wilhelm. The room, decorated with panels made almost entirely of carved precious stone, was designed by Andreas Schlüter, a Hamburg architect. It was the integral room of the palace representing the wealth of the Romanovs.

Unfortunately the Amber Room was ransacked during World War II and the location of the original amber panels is still unknown. It took more than 20 years and 3.5 million dollars to reconstruct the room which can be seen today.

As of now there are 2 imperial palaces in the Tsarskoye Selo: the baroque beauty Catherine Palace and the neoclassical Alexander Palace with mouth-dropping parks and gardens adjacent to the palaces.

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See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Going to Russia is always an unforgettable experience to remember for years and years! Enjoy top sights of Moscow & St. Petersburg: from the beauty of the Red Square and the Kremlin to Peterhof Parks and Catherine's Palace, with our tailor-made private tour.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 04, 2018

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true. Choose one of our fixed dates to benefit from the excellent hotels at the exclusive rates. Choose between 4 and 5-star options and have it all with our special offer.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 02, 2018

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour and see the best of extraordinary Russia. Stay in the centrally located hotels, enjoy guided sightseeing tours, see the highlights of Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 10, 2018

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Prepare to savor your time during a stay next to Kremlin and Nevsky. We have planned a perfect combination of expert touring and activities, so you can experience the best of Russia in the small group format of only up to 8 travelers.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Embark on an incredible journey to Russia's northen capital - Saint Petersburg and see the best of the city with your fully customizable seven day tour. Explore the most beautiful Russian city and visit famous sights like the Hermitage Museum.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Discover Saint Petersburg, often referred to as Venice of the North, a real must-see for every devoted traveler, with its many canals, fountains, streets and buildings, each with its own history, are truly fascinating.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
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11 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg | Petrozavodsk | Kizhi Island | Murmansk

Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore the brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the inspiring Karelia region and make your way up north to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

3 cities

1 country

Moscow | Irkutsk | Saint Petersburg

Discover the most sought-after gems of Russia and enjoy the best of Moscow, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and the outstanding Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 03, 2018

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Goritsy | Kizhi Island | Mandrogi | Saint Petersburg

FREE FLIGHTS: Take advantage of our exclusive Suites offer on board the 5-star MS Rostropovich with free flights and suites. From stunning palaces and monasteries to wooden architecture miracle of Kizhi Island, the Kremlin and the Hermitage Museum, you will see it all!

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 13, 2018

11 days

7 cities

1 country

Saint Petersburg | Svirstroy | Kizhi Island | Goritsy | Yaroslavl | Uglich | Moscow

FREE FLIGHTS: Enjoy included free airfares for 2018 cruise departures! Go on the most popular Russian river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow onboard the luxurious ship MS Volga Dream. The river cruise is the perfect combination of relaxation and exciting sightseeing of the famous Russian landmarks.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 12, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Have the time of your life while discovering the best of Russia aboard the boutique MS Volga Dream. This premium river cruise has it all: best tours of Russia's major landmarks, uniques experiences, impeccable service.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 12, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an amazing journey on Volga River aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream ship. Discover the authentic Russian culture by visiting quaint villages while traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg and enjoying the impeccable service.

Private rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

23 days

7 cities

3 countries

Saint Petersburg | Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan Bator | Beijing

Start your exploration from royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, cross over Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Next - Mongolia's Ulan Bator before crossing the Gobi Desert and arriving in the capital of oriental magic, Beijing.

See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Going to Russia is always an unforgettable experience to remember for years and years! Enjoy top sights of Moscow & St. Petersburg: from the beauty of the Red Square and the Kremlin to Peterhof Parks and Catherine's Palace, with our tailor-made private tour.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 04, 2018

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true. Choose one of our fixed dates to benefit from the excellent hotels at the exclusive rates. Choose between 4 and 5-star options and have it all with our special offer.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 02, 2018

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour and see the best of extraordinary Russia. Stay in the centrally located hotels, enjoy guided sightseeing tours, see the highlights of Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 10, 2018

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Prepare to savor your time during a stay next to Kremlin and Nevsky. We have planned a perfect combination of expert touring and activities, so you can experience the best of Russia in the small group format of only up to 8 travelers.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Embark on an incredible journey to Russia's northen capital - Saint Petersburg and see the best of the city with your fully customizable seven day tour. Explore the most beautiful Russian city and visit famous sights like the Hermitage Museum.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Discover Saint Petersburg, often referred to as Venice of the North, a real must-see for every devoted traveler, with its many canals, fountains, streets and buildings, each with its own history, are truly fascinating.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

11 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg | Petrozavodsk | Kizhi Island | Murmansk

Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore the brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the inspiring Karelia region and make your way up north to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

3 cities

1 country

Moscow | Irkutsk | Saint Petersburg

Discover the most sought-after gems of Russia and enjoy the best of Moscow, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and the outstanding Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 03, 2018

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Goritsy | Kizhi Island | Mandrogi | Saint Petersburg

FREE FLIGHTS: Take advantage of our exclusive Suites offer on board the 5-star MS Rostropovich with free flights and suites. From stunning palaces and monasteries to wooden architecture miracle of Kizhi Island, the Kremlin and the Hermitage Museum, you will see it all!

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 13, 2018

11 days

7 cities

1 country

Saint Petersburg | Svirstroy | Kizhi Island | Goritsy | Yaroslavl | Uglich | Moscow

FREE FLIGHTS: Enjoy included free airfares for 2018 cruise departures! Go on the most popular Russian river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow onboard the luxurious ship MS Volga Dream. The river cruise is the perfect combination of relaxation and exciting sightseeing of the famous Russian landmarks.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 12, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Have the time of your life while discovering the best of Russia aboard the boutique MS Volga Dream. This premium river cruise has it all: best tours of Russia's major landmarks, uniques experiences, impeccable service.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 12, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an amazing journey on Volga River aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream ship. Discover the authentic Russian culture by visiting quaint villages while traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg and enjoying the impeccable service.

Private rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

23 days

7 cities

3 countries

Saint Petersburg | Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan Bator | Beijing

Start your exploration from royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, cross over Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Next - Mongolia's Ulan Bator before crossing the Gobi Desert and arriving in the capital of oriental magic, Beijing.