Excursion to Tsarskoye Selo is the most popular day trip from St Petersburg. You may find two other names of this suburb:
- Pushkin town, which is the nowadays geographic name;
- Tsar's Village (or Royal Village) which is simply the translation from the Russian.
History of the place goes back to Peter the Great. He liked the farmstead on top of the hill, which was located to the south from St Petersburg. Peter’s decision was to give it as a gift to his new wife Catherine. The palace is named after her. This small manor has developed into the magnificent summer residence of Russian emperors over the years.
Pushkin town visit: Tour itinerary
Excursions to Pushkin from St Petersburg start from your hotel. Drive to Pushkin town takes about an hour, depending on the traffic. Upon arrival by bus tour to Pushkin from St Petersburg you find yourself in the center of the town right by Catherine Palace. You start with Catherine Palace, than continue the tour in the park and have free time for lunch and shopping. Finally the group gets together and starts back to the hotel by bus. Overall itinerary time is about 6 hours, given the fact that Catherine Palace is immensely popular and there might be the line to get in.
The greatest highlight of each excursion to Tsarskoye Selo is the Catherine Palace tour. The modest manor house of Peter the Great’s wife was completely rebuilt by their daughter Elisabeth. Empress Elisabeth preferred splendid luxury palaces glittering with gold and endless mirrors. Architect Franchesco Rasstrelli did this for her, making Catherine Palace his best creation. You will enjoy the gala suite of rooms, seeing Baroque and Classical style halls. Catherine Palace in Pushkin town was occupied by the Nazis. It has taken decades to restore. We can only admire the skills and knowledge of restorers, who brought Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo back to its former glory.
Catherine the Great loved this countryside estate as much as her predecessor Elisabeth. She was fond of gardening and landscaping. The Catherine Park, established around the Palace, was her favorite place to walk, breathe fresh air and admire the view of the lake.
Probably this is the most amazing interior in the world. That’s the key reason everybody wants tour to Tsarskoye Selo. Amber Room is decorated with the panels of natural Baltic amber. The captivating history of Amber Room, including Peter the Great’s diplomacy and Hitler’s maniac plans, you will hear during the tour to Catherine Palace.
Rates and schedules of excursions to Tsarskoye Selo
Tsarskoye Selo tour price makes a challenging subject since it depends on the season and the quantity of tourists in the group. Private tour to Pushkin is always tailor-made and calculated accordingly.