Evening at Catherine Palace

4.25 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-860
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Points of Interest

  • Catherine Palace
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Travel back in time to 18th-century Russia on this delightful evening in the company of "Catherine the Great," at her magnificent gilded palace.

After boarding your motorcoach at the ship you will enjoy a scenic drive through the city's modern suburbs to the countryside, ending up at the palace complex at Tsarskoye Selo. En route, you will view the many industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, including Victory Square, Pulkovo Airport, Pulkovo Heights, the Observatory and the villas in Tsarskoye Selo.

On arrival at the lavish baroque-style palace, which was designed by Rastrelli, and features an ornate blue façade and gold domes, wander through the palace's former stable houses and view a collection of 23 ornate carriages that once belonged to the Imperial family and other Russian high nobles.

Enjoy canapes and Russian vodka to the sounds of the Royal Guardsmen Orchestra who will escort you inside the Catherine palace where you will view the spectacular interiors of this breath-taking building. Visit the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, Portrait Hall and the stunning Crimson Pilaster Room.

You will then be greeted in the Throne Room at a reception by "Great Catherine," Empress Catherine II. Listen out for the Imperial hussars, who will herald the arrival of this noblewoman with a fanfare of trumpets.

The hall, which is decorated with chandeliers and mirrors, then plays host to a performance of classical music from a string quartet, while dancers in period costume demonstrate courtly dances.

Enjoy the performance at the Court Yard with dancing couples and carriages before boarding the bus for the drive back to the ship through this enchanting city.

Special Notes:

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN ST. PETERSBURG.

Camera and video fees for Catherine Palace are included. Flash photography is not allowed in areas where paintings are displayed. Photography is not permitted in the Amber room.

Wear elegant casual dress and low-heeled comfortable shoes that will not damage the Palace's floors.

This tour involves stair climbing and is not wheelchair friendly.

Child Price:

12 years and under

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart ship for a guided tour to Tsarskoye Selo

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
01:15

Tour of the Carriage Museum

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Welcome shot of vodka and canapes to the sounds of the Royal Guards Orchestra

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:10

Guided tour of Catherine Palace

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:40
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
700
Steps:
96
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Reception and concert of the Classical Quartet in the Throne Room

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:25
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Greetings by Catherine the Great, performance at the Court Yard, walk to the buses

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:25
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
150
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
01:00