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Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo)

The Most Breathtaking Russian Palace

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 Russia.

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 later with the famous Catherine's 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!

Interestingly, Catherine's daughter, Elizabeth I, was the one responsible for one of the last reconstructions of the building and was the one who approved the design it has today.

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. Also, this restored building which suffered terribly during the war, proudly boasts being part of the list UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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.

See it on following tours

Private tour | Classic, Soul

Definitive Treasures of Two Capitals
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11 days

2 cities

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Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Cross Russia off your bucket list of "must" journeys of a lifetime with the ultimate private itinerary, built around your preferences. Enjoy all the unmissable sights with local pros, stay at best 5-star central hotels, private transfers, free visas, and plenty of free time to explore on your own.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
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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.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 10, 2019

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Find your inspiration and fall in love with genuine Russia, exploring the must-sees of Moscow and St. Petersburg with the professional local guides, our signature service, and the best value for money.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 08, 2019

11 days

3 cities

1 country

Moscow | Suzdal | 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.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
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12 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.
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7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Meet Saint Petersburg, Russia's most beautiful city. Our private St. Petersburg tour shows you the very best of what the city has to offer with professional guides. Complimentary Russian visas and accommodation in best central 4-star hotels included.

Private tour | Classic, Heritage, Soul

Premium tour to Russia
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16 days

5 cities

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Moscow | Suzdal | Saint Petersburg | Petrozavodsk | Kizhi Island

Get an in-depth exploration of Russia during the fully-customizable private tour with included Russian visas and best hotels that covers it all: ancient towns called "Russian Vatican", the gorgeous region of Karelia, Kizhi Island and traditional villages, as well as the unmissable sights of both capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Private tour | Platinum, Heart

Platinum Venice of the North
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7 days

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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:
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9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true: accommodation in select 5-star properties, sightseeing tours with professional local guides, private drivers, included visa processing, and all the must-sees in one trip.

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7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Travel to St. Petersburg with our hallmark private tour with free Russian visas. Stay at best 5-star hotels, travel on high-speed trains, and enjoy the services of private drivers and professional local guides. From Russia with love!

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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.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
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11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Prepare to savor your time during 5-star stays next to Kremlin and Nevsky. We have planned a perfect combination of expert touring and activities, so you can experience the best of Russia with local pro guides.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 10, 2019

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

See the glorious Russian capitals at their best with the Premium tour package. Central 5-star hotels, top local guides, and all the highlights in one nine-day trip.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 08, 2019

11 days

3 cities

1 country

Moscow | Suzdal | Saint Petersburg

Treat yourself to an impeccable Russia experience and tour the two capitals and the historical Golden Ring towns with our Premium package. Best 5-star hotels, Russian visas, top sights, and all the must-sees included.

5-star cruise | Gold

Volga Dream Gold Moscow - St. Petersburg
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May 31, 2019

13 days

5 cities

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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 | Platinum

Volga Dream Platinum Moscow - St. Petersburg
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5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 31, 2019

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:
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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.

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