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St. Petersburg Peterhof Palace Excursion Reviews

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Peterhof Palace, Peter the Great’s imperial palace near St. Petersburg, features an enormous park adorned with fountains and statues.

pchase1

1 review

Worth the visit


Provider: Holland America Line

avidreaderatl

2 reviews

Only toured the grounds, but that's what is important here. The fountains are great!


Provider: Independent Operator

bz

3 reviews

stunning inside, unbelievable park-like grounds outside.


Provider: Independent Operator

lagottogal

1 review

Don't miss this one


Provider: Independent Operator

max_power_000

1 review

There are no pictures allowed inside. We toured the gardens and fountain areas first. We had a short wait to get inside. No pictures are allowed. I bought a great St Petersburg overview book at the hermitage. Excellent guide who kept everyone together and made sure we had timely washroom breaks.


Provider: Princess Cruises

alanoconnor

1 review

A wonderful, if tiring experience, which swept away all preconceptions of Russia and her people. The Neva River was awash with every kind of river traffic, including boats preparing for a Regatta and wedding parties having pictures taken on the banks. The cruise liner quay and terminals are set in a landscaped area which can be reached by car and on foot, and which the locals call "Area 51" It was mutual- we thought we were in another world too! Absolutely unforgettable.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

tipitina

3 reviews

Less crowded on this day. Absolutely stunning.


Provider: Princess Cruises

George Elliot

1 review

my favorite of the St. Petersburg palaces. Loved hearing the history from our TJ Travel guide.


Provider: Independent Operator

nybumpkin

17 reviews

Wow. This was my favorite part of the tour. The fountains are unbelievable.


Provider: Independent Operator

NantahalaCruiser

1 review

tour of only the fountains - which were beautiful engineering feats


Provider: Independent Operator

head4heights

1 review

The weather was fine and this, according to our guide, was most unusual. St.Petersburg is well known for its rain. We arrived via hydrofoil and left by bus (there's a bridge) to see a different perspective. Impressive determination of the Russians to rebuild their heritage after German WW2 occupation and wilful destruction of priceless heritage. I did spot the odd 18th century pozidrive screw head which suggests that perhaps all that glitters is not entirely gold... but you've got to look quite hard. Well worth visiting.


Provider: AmaWaterways

Free cruising

1 review

It rained hard all morning but guide was very upbeat and knowledgeable. Hydrofoil ride had to be cancelled due to weather but all in all it was a good tour.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

babouchka

1 review

Worth checking out.


Provider: Viking Cruises

wickers

1 review

Saw the grounds but not allowed inside. No reason given.


Provider: Independent Operator

beachluver9

2 reviews

Beautiful grounds. I would recommend this over Catherine's palace if your time is limited.


Provider: Independent Operator

shirleyuk

1 review

We took the Hydrofoil to Peterhof and it was just a Wow factor The gardens and fountains are just magnificent,. We had lunch in the restaurant in Peterhof which, although a set meal, was very good.


Provider: Independent Operator

karbop1

1 review

Had a private two day tour for three of us which allowed us to visit pretty much every main destination and a few others besides. i would recommend SPB Tours highly.

Provider: Independent Operator

lewisltd

2 reviews

great, but fast moving. good guide


Provider: Independent Operator

blethers

1 review

Amazing gardens - look for the trick fountains to the left of the main buildings in a strange little water-garden.

Provider: AmaWaterways

Dodifra

1 review

This was included in our 2 day tour but we didn't go inside, just visited the gardens and beautiful fountains.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cactus77

1 review

Fascinating. How the other half used to live.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Harrisontig31

1 review

Peterhoff is just one of those places you have to visit if you are into Architecture, Culture and History. It is stunning. The interior is breathtaking and the gardens extensive and very pretty. I particularly like the canal from the main fountains down to the sea and the seaside "villa".

Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Lochani

1 review

Wonderful place!

Provider: Viking Cruises

Cruisin-Geezer

6 reviews

We took the 30 mins hydrofoil from the city to the amazing Petergof Palace. We didn't have time to visit the palace, but immensely enjoyed the magical gardens. I have never seen such spectacular fountains with golden statues and features abounding. The palace from the outside gleams in yellow and white, with golden turrets, etc.

Provider: Independent Operator

PianoGirl00

2 reviews

Incredibly beautiful. Reminds me of Versailles only better because all the fountains are working!!!

Provider: Oceania Cruises

johnl.szabo@gmail.com

1 review

Everything was perfect, including the weather. The tour inside was wonderful, and watching the fountains being turned on was exciting.

Provider: Viking Cruises

Niall Fleming

3 reviews

In the afternoon we moved on to the Peterhof and this is where things started to go wrong. The gardens are excellent but the guide allocated two thirds of the tour to walking round them, not particularly bright when it started raining. The palace itself therefore became a bit of a race and the Russian staff there are particularly unpleasant. As a result of the overruns we were very late back.


Provider: P&O Cruises

Two 2 Tango

4 reviews

The gardens, fountains and palace are spectacular, but you can't take photographs inside the Palace. there are a lot of market stalls outside on the carpark where you can get souvenirs at a fraction of the price on the ship, don't forget to bargain the price.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

sailing1001

1 review

Well worth a visit, we arrived by hydrofoil and departed by bus. The palace was built and framed on the Palace of Versailles in France and the fountains were lovely.

Provider: Independent Operator

muly

1 review

A must see. Do not miss the photos of the WWII destruction at the beginning of the tour. The senselessness of war should trigger rage within the common man. The reconstruction is remarkable. The fountains and grounds are as magnificent as the palace.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

MlleMag

1 review

Denrus gave us a very spirited Russian lady, Lana, who kept us moving for 11 hours the first day and 8 the second. This was the Royal St. Petersburg tour; there were 13 of us. We did not wait in any lines exc. briefly at Yusupov Palace. She spoke excellent English, had a dramatic flair and lots of smiles (concert pianist by training). We knew it was to be an "intense" tour, and it was, esp. w. temperatures close to 90 F. Walked miles. A little too much time at Peterhof gardens for us but, oh well. I recommend this company. This tour was $399 per person for the two days. There were 6 of us. She was good with the kids (12 and 14)

Provider: Independent Operator

txtonc

2 reviews


Provider: Oceania Cruises

AgouraTraveler

2 reviews

Our tour group was the first to enter on the 2nd day of our visit to St. Petersburg. Therefore, we got an excellent view of the ornate rooms although photos were not allowed. I purchased some postcards at the giftshop. The palace grounds are amazing with gardens, statues, fountains, aviaries, and views of the Gulf of Finland. Some of the fountains, all powered by gravity, are tricky--they only go on when one walks closeby, thereby getting soaked. The main fountain area went on at 11:00 to the sound of music.

Provider: Princess Cruises

kdub24

2 reviews

Peterhof is beautiful, from the gardens to the famous fountains, to the Baroque palace itself. Going on an organized tour meant that we got in first, and avoided a bunch of the crowds later. That's the only way to do it.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

flcruiser3

1 review

Peterhof fountains and gardens were spectacular. We did not go inside the Palace, our guide told us that it is very similar to Catherine Palace. The hydrofoil ride back to the city was very pleasant.

Provider: Independent Operator

rmgjg

1 review

travelled by hydrofoil.Beautiful grounds,very opulent with lots of gilt. Poured rain-would be marvellous to see on a sunny day.

Provider: Independent Operator

DawgVoyager

1 review

This was part of our 2-day independently booked small group tour. Our car dropped us at the entrance and our guide led us through the gardens. We did not go inside the palace. Of course the palace, fountains and gardens were developed by Peter the Great to rival the Palace of Versailles and they are quite impressive. When we reached the Gulf of Finland after walking through the gardens, we took a hover craft to return to St Petersburg where our driver met us with the car.

Provider: Independent Operator

supersecdd

1 review

We enjoyed walking through the Peterhof Palace and then walking outside in time for the fountain show in the gardens. It was better than Versailles!

Provider: Independent Operator

ShaNayNay34

1 review

There are 1000's of people touring through on a daily basis and the employees do a nice job of moving people along. There is a bit of a feeling of being pushed through like cattle but listen to your earpiece as the guide is describing each room and ignore the people that are bumping into you!

Provider: MSC Cruises

bobby3334

3 reviews

Outstanding

Provider: Independent Operator

cathpiano

2 reviews

St. Petersburg: It's all about the bathrooms, and traffic. Peterhof, St. Catherine's, the Hermitage are somewhat similar, all full of gilded treasures. But logistics, getting there, were awful. Both Peterhof and St. Catherine's are about 20 km from the city center. We were in a 2 hour traffic jam to both and I swear the guide never drew breath the whole time, never stopped telling us things. Logistically, the visit to Peterhof was very frustrating. Our coach left an hour late, and spent an hour in traffic. Once at Peterhof, there's the obligatory potty stop. There are 5 ladies stalls. There were 75 women in line. And our guide told us that he could not let us use pay potties, even though they were availble, no lines, and we were willing. Supposedly he would be reprimanded, since our fee "paid" for the potties. But we wasted 2 hours getting there, and 45 minutes waiting for 7 of our group to use the ladies' room, and of course, the group could never separate. So we never did see the gardens or walk to the sea as promised. The ship did make a concession and refunded 15% of the price back to us (I don't know if it did to others, but I made a friendly but pointed complaint about the mechanics of the trip to the shore excursion desk). I'm told that if you book with an independent group, and your group is small, you can cut to the front of the line, and probably have a little more flexibility. We used EP but if I were to do it again, I'd try something else. It's difficult to appreciate the sights when you're so frustrated by the iron control the Russians still exert over their guests. Check your other options.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Philip Lowe

1 review

A superb sight which we travelled to by hydrofoil.

Provider: Independent Operator

iceclutz

1 review

We walked through the gardens, which are impressive and beautiful. We arrived there by hydrofoil, which was included in our tour. We did not go inside since we were going to Catherine's Palace next.

Provider: Independent Operator

geekguy1

7 reviews

Actually, we had time on the FULL 2 day tour to only do the gardens, but they were worth every bit of the time spent there. Besides excellent landscaping and plantings, the statuary and Palace as a backdrop make this a Must See site.

Provider: Independent Operator

aaallison

1 review

Our personal favorite, don't miss it. Note that the famous fountains are turned on at 11am in the summer. The turning on ceremony is not worth the crowd scene. All the tours can be done independently, but having a knowledgable guide is a big plus.

Provider: Viking Cruises

KenCT

1 review

I've been to St Petersburg before, but hadn't been to Peterhof. Without a visa I needed to take a organized tour and a ship-sponsored half-day trip excursion seemed to fit the bill. Although our guide was a lovely young woman, there were the lines. To enter the building, to use the restroom, the mandatory bag and coat check, the required plastic booties. Being herded from room to room by grim faced matrons. I was miserable throughout. Wish I had skipped it. Perhaps the private companies handle it better.

Provider: Princess Cruises

TheJoneses

1 review

Tour was good. Unfortunately, it was Friday, so the traffic was hoorible getting through the city. This caused our tour at the Peterhof gardens and fountains to be rushed. I would have liked more time to take pictures. It was beautiful, however!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

financesec

1 review

We took a hydrofoil to Peterhof. It was a gorgeous day. Then went to Catherine's Palace. We got box lunches from the ship so we could eat on the van between stops.

Provider: Independent Operator

ivanchemist

2 reviews

We only saw the fountains and the grounds. Both were amazing, particularly the amount of water moving around and the use of gold. I'm used to copper and other base metals for fountains in American cities.

Provider: Independent Operator

Misschad

1 review

How the Russians could have done so much in such a short time is unbelievable, when you see the photographs from after the war.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

chileno first time cruise

1 review

We did a really thorough tour of inside the palace and walk around the grounds. we were there from 9 to 11am so that we could see the cascading fountains turn on at 11. Truly magnificent!

Provider: Princess Cruises

slix1

2 reviews

Amazing

Provider: Independent Operator

Bonica Rose

1 review

I don't know why photos were not allowed inside. This palace was impressive but very similar decor to Catherine's Palace. The intricate wood in Peter the Great's study had been undamaged. It was interesting to see the bedrooms with the doors on either side of the bed. The fountains were nice and the trip back to St. Petersburg on a hydrofoil was interesting.

Provider: Holland America Line

MNDutchGirl

5 reviews

We did not go into the palace as this is more famous for the outdoor fountains. It's compared to Versailles and is beautiful, even in the rain.

Provider: Independent Operator

jimlaneart

4 reviews

Peterhof Palace is surprisingly different from Catherine's Palace. The grounds and fountains are spectacular, even in early spring (May 9th when we were there). Inside the decor is rich but more varied and maybe a little more restrained than Catherine's over-the-top tastes. No photos inside, please. What? No photos?

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

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