Once you have seen Peterhof, you’ll never forget it. It’s one of the most visited sights in Russia. Peterhof known as Petrodvorets is a series of palaces and gardens. Often called the “Russian Versailles”, it formerly was a residence of Russian tsars. The initiative of its construction belongs to Peter the Great: on the basis of his sketches a blueprint was made of the first emperor’s favourite residence.
Before the Great October Socialist Revolution, Peterhof was the Romanovs’ residence. Later Russian communists made it a museum. World War II influenced Peterhof quite tragically: in spite of the fact that the staff of the museum had evacuated thousands of exhibits and about 50 statues, damages caused by fascists were colossal.
Peterhof is being restored from 1945 up to the present. For example, the first renewed rooms of the Grand Palace were reopened for the public only after a 12-year period of restoration!
Peterhof comprises the Upper and Lower Gardens.
The Upper Peterhof Garden is surrounded with a 300-year-old fence made by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It’s also decorated with 5 fountains: the Neptune Fountain, the Mezheumny Fountain, the Oak Fountain, the Square Pond Fountains. Peterhof is world famous for its Lower Gardens stretching over 102, 5 hectares. The main attraction here is the Samson Fountain – a sculptural masterpiece that shoots a 20-meter high water jet. Nearby there are also two Grand Fountains (“French” and “Italian”). Several architectural ensembles are situated in the Lower Gardens of Peterhof, but the most spectacular and immense one is represented by the Grand Palace and the fountains of the Grand Cascade. During World War II the Lower Gardens suffered the most. After all of this, they preserved the style of the 18th century. Restoration work continues to this day.
The Grand Cascade is world famous for its size and the abundance of sculptures serving to decorate it. The idea of the Grand Cascade belongs to Peter the Great, but further work on its decoration lasted for about 100 years. During the war some sculptures and many decorations of the Grand Cascade were destroyed but due to hard restoration work, it was soon reopened to the public and fully renovated in 1950. Only in the late XXth century much of what had been lost in the 40’s was returned and restored according to documentary data, historical records and old photos.
The sightseeing tour includes only admission to the Grand Palace.
Off-duty days: Monday and the last Tuesday of each month.
- Services of a professional guide;
- Guide’s advice and recommendations;
- Sightseeing tour of the Lower Gardens;
- En-route excursion to Peterhof;
- Guided tour of the Lower Gardens;
- Guided tour of the Grand Palace;
- Transport services;
- Entrance ticket to the museum (the Grand Palace, the Lower Gardens).
To be met by a guide in your hotel,please specify its name and address in your comments when paying.
Documents to take along: passport (ID) or copy. Other recommended items: a camera, suitable clothing and shoes for the weather.
Tourists’ safety provision follows the requirements of All-Union State Standard (GOST Р 5064494).
Tour Confirmation Within 24 Hours.
No cancellation fees more than 72 hours in advance
Reservation changes can be processed up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to the start of a tour. In case cancellations are carried out more than 72 hours in advance, 100 % of the total cost of a tour is refunded. If reservation is cancelled within 24-72 hours prior to the start of a tour, 50 % of its total cost is refunded. If reservation is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance, no refund is granted.
Payment for a child under 18 is equal to that of an adult.