St. Petersburg Catherine Palace Excursion Reviews

Catherine Palace, in the small town of Pushkin outside St. Petersburg, is a breathtaking example of baroque design. The bright blue exterior is gilded with more than 200 pounds of gold.
This is a good excursion to take.
This is a good excursion to take. The palace and grounds are very beautiful. The palace was badly damaged in World War II and restoration is still continuing but there is plenty to see
This is a good excursion to take. The palace and grounds are very beautiful. The palace was badly damaged in World War II and restoration is still continuing but there is plenty to see Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
all of these locations were just incredible.
all of these locations were just incredible. Also our guide got us to the front of the lines at every location. That made a huge difference in time inside when you are talking about there being 9 cruise ships in town when we were there. ... Read More
all of these locations were just incredible. Also our guide got us to the front of the lines at every location. That made a huge difference in time inside when you are talking about there being 9 cruise ships in town when we were there. Only thing lacking was more time to explore and see incredible things. Warning to all when you are in these places do not mess around, Russians do not joke about when it comes to security or following rules. They are very proud of these places and there is a literal army of old, cranky russian ladies everywhere that will set you straight if do anything silly or against the rules. You will be overwhelmed at the sheer size and opulence of this place. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wow what opulence!
Wow what opulence! Very interesting place to visit and really enjoyed the grounds.
Wow what opulence! Very interesting place to visit and really enjoyed the grounds. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The evening at the Catherine Palace was OK, but there were 2 issues: (1) We departed at 6:30 PM, ...
The evening at the Catherine Palace was OK, but there were 2 issues: (1) We departed at 6:30 PM, and we incorrectly assumed this meant we'd be served dinner. That was not the case, so by the time we got home around 10:30 we were very ... Read More
The evening at the Catherine Palace was OK, but there were 2 issues: (1) We departed at 6:30 PM, and we incorrectly assumed this meant we'd be served dinner. That was not the case, so by the time we got home around 10:30 we were very hungry. Princess should have advised us the eat before we left. (2) It was raining, and many of the guests were not prepared (we were). Given the conditions Princess should have had some umbrellas on the bus. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Took a night time panoramic double decker bus tour which was terrible: guide poor,bus audio ...
Took a night time panoramic double decker bus tour which was terrible: guide poor,bus audio equipment did not work, entire windows missing from bus so we got wet in rain. in rain.
Took a night time panoramic double decker bus tour which was terrible: guide poor,bus audio equipment did not work, entire windows missing from bus so we got wet in rain. in rain. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Busy.
Busy. Lots of people. I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel. We were a little weary because their private tour cost was about the same as a group tour for two days. Our tour guide and driver - Leeza and Vadim - were great at ... Read More
Busy. Lots of people. I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel. We were a little weary because their private tour cost was about the same as a group tour for two days. Our tour guide and driver - Leeza and Vadim - were great at getting us around and avoiding the crowds. We liked to think Vadim actually worked for the KGB, or whatever agency does that sort of thing now in Russia. He didn't say much. ;) Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The second day in St.
The second day in St. Petersburg we visited Catherine's palace. Very crowded, and we had to wait in line about 20 minutes to get in. A band played music while we waited. And there was a huge jam of tourists at the coat room, which was ... Read More
The second day in St. Petersburg we visited Catherine's palace. Very crowded, and we had to wait in line about 20 minutes to get in. A band played music while we waited. And there was a huge jam of tourists at the coat room, which was a big problem. We could hardly move. Once inside, we quickly moved through the rooms without a lot of time to stop and look. I would have liked more time to look at the artwork on the ceilings and walls. The rooms of the palace were magnificent -- lots of gold on the walls and displays in the rooms such as a dining table set-up. The amber room was nice. It's not that large, but the walls are tiled in amber, almost like a quilt. After we toured the palace we walked past some other pretty buildings on the grounds but didn't go in any of them. Then we stopped at a gift shop where all manner of nesting dolls and other tourist junk was sold. Then back to the ship via bus. Our tour guide, Serge, was great, and on the bus ride back talked a lot about current Russian culture and politics from the perspective of a 30-year-old. I found that super interesting. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Catherine Palace was jaw-dropping!
Catherine Palace was jaw-dropping!
Catherine Palace was jaw-dropping! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga.
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga. Wouldn't choose anyone else now have been with TJ. if all their tours are like this
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga. Wouldn't choose anyone else now have been with TJ. if all their tours are like this Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Lovely palace, such grand opulence!
Lovely palace, such grand opulence! However, we spent as much time on the bus, stuck in traffic, as we did at the palace. The grounds were beautiful and would have been lovely to stroll and relax in had we more time.
Lovely palace, such grand opulence! However, we spent as much time on the bus, stuck in traffic, as we did at the palace. The grounds were beautiful and would have been lovely to stroll and relax in had we more time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
St Petersberg, Day 1 we went to Catherine Palace and we were lucky with the weather as it was sunny ...
St Petersberg, Day 1 we went to Catherine Palace and we were lucky with the weather as it was sunny in the morning. Reasonably quick access into the Palace but we were in a group of 41 so had to wait for the group to regroup after a visit ... Read More
St Petersberg, Day 1 we went to Catherine Palace and we were lucky with the weather as it was sunny in the morning. Reasonably quick access into the Palace but we were in a group of 41 so had to wait for the group to regroup after a visit to toilets and cloakroom which you have to put standard size backpacks so leave on coach if possible to save time. Then you are herded through to an area where you have to put on some fabric over shoes to protect the floor. It if then a slow process moving from room to room which were lovely particularly the Amber room where you are not allowed to film or take photos. We had very little time to walk around the garden area due to a shortage of time and were told no time to shop but I saw this little kiosk in the gardens and bought a pack of 30 postcards that had lovely pics of the palace for 250 roubles ( about £3). Tip Here: we were told before leaving the ship we could not take water off the ship. There is a vending machine near the exit door you can use rouble notes or coins. You put the note (or coins) in the machine THEN select the number of the item you want i.e 52 for water it drops out the bottom and gives you change price of water 45 roubles (50Pence) or coke 65 roubles(80 Pence) much cheaper than aboard ship St Petersberg, Day 2 We booked the Picturesque St Petersberg trip and it started with a boat trip which went along the river /canal? Which was lovely and we saw some wonderful buildings then we went under some very low bridges you cannot stand up on the boat under these as you could be seriously injured. Suddenly this guy started appearing on the bridges waving like a tourist but then he would appear at every bridge on the way back then he was at the dock for our return and expected but did not push for a tip. Be careful here though because someone said after that with some of these they act in pairs look where you take the money from and try to pickpocket. We enjoyed this trip and then we were taken to the Church of the spilt blood which is fantastic inside, the mosaics are spectacular and look like paintings. We then were taken to a gift shop for free coffee or vodka. Try the vodka the coffee is cold and horrible due to lukewarm water also no milk. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
The best two days of my cruise.
The best two days of my cruise. It was a lot of walking but in all my travels never seen anything so magnificent! Loved the city, a truly view of the way the dynasty of Russia lived, while others starved to death. A real history lesson.
The best two days of my cruise. It was a lot of walking but in all my travels never seen anything so magnificent! Loved the city, a truly view of the way the dynasty of Russia lived, while others starved to death. A real history lesson. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Wow, an amazing display of opulence.
Wow, an amazing display of opulence. The czars lived the good life
Wow, an amazing display of opulence. The czars lived the good life Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This palace was stunning.
This palace was stunning. Although extremely crowded we very much enjoyed this palace the Amber Room unbelievanle
This palace was stunning. Although extremely crowded we very much enjoyed this palace the Amber Room unbelievanle Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
This was a private night tour and included dinner.
This was a private night tour and included dinner. It was an interesting way to see it. I littel "kitchy"
This was a private night tour and included dinner. It was an interesting way to see it. I littel "kitchy" Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
One could spend many days visiting St.
One could spend many days visiting St. Petersburg. We enjoyed the tours we chose. On par with the beauty of Versailles. The grounds are also extensive and beautiful.
One could spend many days visiting St. Petersburg. We enjoyed the tours we chose. On par with the beauty of Versailles. The grounds are also extensive and beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very interesting tour to Pushkin, a suburb of St.
Very interesting tour to Pushkin, a suburb of St. Petersburg where Catherine's Palace is located. Our guide was informative and the Palace quite amazing!
Very interesting tour to Pushkin, a suburb of St. Petersburg where Catherine's Palace is located. Our guide was informative and the Palace quite amazing! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Everything was amazing.
Everything was amazing. The gold the grounds the fountains were just jaw droping
Everything was amazing. The gold the grounds the fountains were just jaw droping Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Beautiful place.
Beautiful place. Especially the Amber room.
Beautiful place. Especially the Amber room. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Again, a terrific one-of-a kind experience, although somewhat akin to Versaille.
Again, a terrific one-of-a kind experience, although somewhat akin to Versaille. Still being reconstructed after terrible damage by the Germans in WW II, the amount of actual gold gilding is outstanding. The "new" Amber Room (the ... Read More
Again, a terrific one-of-a kind experience, although somewhat akin to Versaille. Still being reconstructed after terrible damage by the Germans in WW II, the amount of actual gold gilding is outstanding. The "new" Amber Room (the original was stolen by the Germans and is now lost) is wonderful and a world treasure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
We enjoyed this tour which included a second palace, a tour of the grounds, former boat house and a ...
We enjoyed this tour which included a second palace, a tour of the grounds, former boat house and a few other things.
We enjoyed this tour which included a second palace, a tour of the grounds, former boat house and a few other things. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
One of the highlights for sure.
One of the highlights for sure. Over 150 golden fountains in the rear gardens!
One of the highlights for sure. Over 150 golden fountains in the rear gardens! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We also visited Catherine's Palace.
We also visited Catherine's Palace. I was excited to see they were preparing in St Petersburg for the World Cup. Catherine's Palace started out amazing but then it became almost boring as each room looked the same. Loved our
We also visited Catherine's Palace. I was excited to see they were preparing in St Petersburg for the World Cup. Catherine's Palace started out amazing but then it became almost boring as each room looked the same. Loved our guide Anna. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Alexandria was the best tour guide we've ever had, and we've been all around the world.
Alexandria was the best tour guide we've ever had, and we've been all around the world. The palace was interesting and the grounds really pretty. The drive from the ship through town was nice, too.
Alexandria was the best tour guide we've ever had, and we've been all around the world. The palace was interesting and the grounds really pretty. The drive from the ship through town was nice, too. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful palace with many open rooms to explore
Beautiful palace with many open rooms to explore
Beautiful palace with many open rooms to explore Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line