St. Petersburg Peterhof Palace Excursion Reviews

Peterhof Palace, Peter the Great’s imperial palace near St. Petersburg, features an enormous park adorned with fountains and statues.
Sail Date: May 2018
Magnificent. Be sure tobe there at 11am when the waterfalls are manually turned on.
Magnificent. Be sure tobe there at 11am when the waterfalls are manually turned on. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Sail Date: October 2017
The other excursion we took in the afternoon was of the Peterhof. We only were able to book a exterior grounds tour so we didn't get to see the Versailles-like buildings of the Peterhof. I didn't mind too much because the walk ... Read More
The other excursion we took in the afternoon was of the Peterhof. We only were able to book a exterior grounds tour so we didn't get to see the Versailles-like buildings of the Peterhof. I didn't mind too much because the walk through the grounds was wonderful. Our tour guide did a good job explaining about the history of the period and grounds. The best way to see St. Petersburg would be to get a visa and spend a few days there, at least. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
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Sail Date: September 2017
Packed like sardines in a gold tin, and shovelled along by grim faced Russian guards. Very difficult to see much and do not dare stop! You will be run over by the next batch, and ticked off by a tough looking official. The bets of this by ... Read More
Packed like sardines in a gold tin, and shovelled along by grim faced Russian guards. Very difficult to see much and do not dare stop! You will be run over by the next batch, and ticked off by a tough looking official. The bets of this by far was the Meteor hydrafoil back to St Petersburg. That was great fun Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Sail Date: September 2017
So beautiful. Though no pictures were allowed inside, just to be able to see the grandeur in which the royalty lived is spectacular. The outside is almost as stunning. the fountains littered with gold statues and grounds and gardens that ... Read More
So beautiful. Though no pictures were allowed inside, just to be able to see the grandeur in which the royalty lived is spectacular. The outside is almost as stunning. the fountains littered with gold statues and grounds and gardens that stretch out of your site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: September 2017
Unfortunately due to the wait on entering this palace we had to move rather quickly, and our guide unfortunately could not allow for shopping time. She voiced her regret, but we had to get back to the ship for departure. We loved our ... Read More
Unfortunately due to the wait on entering this palace we had to move rather quickly, and our guide unfortunately could not allow for shopping time. She voiced her regret, but we had to get back to the ship for departure. We loved our guide. Somehow this place needs a quicker entrance process. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: September 2017
This is a can't miss! Bring your patience because there are so many other people wanting to take pictures of the fountains. You will have to check your coats and backpacks.
This is a can't miss! Bring your patience because there are so many other people wanting to take pictures of the fountains. You will have to check your coats and backpacks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: August 2017
Also very crowded but a must see. The fountains are turned on at 11am everyday and it a sight you won't forget seeing.
Also very crowded but a must see. The fountains are turned on at 11am everyday and it a sight you won't forget seeing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: August 2017
I've been to Versailles, but this tops all of it. A spectacular building, with parquet floors, gilded everything, and a vast garden. The highlight of our cruise.
I've been to Versailles, but this tops all of it. A spectacular building, with parquet floors, gilded everything, and a vast garden. The highlight of our cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Sail Date: August 2017
No pictures allowed. Very crowded but full of gilt like Catherine Palace. Opulent describes both places.
No pictures allowed. Very crowded but full of gilt like Catherine Palace. Opulent describes both places. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: August 2017
BEautiful place. Too crowded to really enjoy. Would have liked more time in the gardens.
BEautiful place. Too crowded to really enjoy. Would have liked more time in the gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: July 2017
Just don't go. Treated like sheep. Only one toilet block for 1000's of people. Herded about hardly saw anything no time to even buy water. Then we were locked outside no seating,no toilets no cover and then it rained and we all ... Read More
Just don't go. Treated like sheep. Only one toilet block for 1000's of people. Herded about hardly saw anything no time to even buy water. Then we were locked outside no seating,no toilets no cover and then it rained and we all got wet. Ivan the guide was terrible told us to meet at 12-15 at 12-30 we had to go and find him in the rain. DON'T GO !!!!!!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: July 2017
Don't get me wrong. Peterhof Palace is a great place to visit. The grounds make it a fun place to explore with all of the fountains. However, our guide wasn't that great and didn't explain much. We were with probably ten ... Read More
Don't get me wrong. Peterhof Palace is a great place to visit. The grounds make it a fun place to explore with all of the fountains. However, our guide wasn't that great and didn't explain much. We were with probably ten thousand of our closest friends the day we visited! The site was great, the tour guide only so-so. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: July 2017
Loved visiting the Peterhof. Very crowded because we toured it in the afternoon. Beautiful grounds and interesting architecture. Enjoyed getting picture made with period characters to make it more authentic.
Loved visiting the Peterhof. Very crowded because we toured it in the afternoon. Beautiful grounds and interesting architecture. Enjoyed getting picture made with period characters to make it more authentic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Sail Date: July 2017
The funds and time to restore this grand palace to it's place in history was well worth it. The art, the furnishing, the frescos, the gold statues in the fountains, the ceilings in the grand rooms. What a grand palace.
The funds and time to restore this grand palace to it's place in history was well worth it. The art, the furnishing, the frescos, the gold statues in the fountains, the ceilings in the grand rooms. What a grand palace. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Sail Date: July 2017
lovely gardens. but we were not taken into the palace and afetr a point fountains, and more fountains can be a bit monotonous.
lovely gardens. but we were not taken into the palace and afetr a point fountains, and more fountains can be a bit monotonous. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: July 2017
We did the 10 hour Peterhof/Hermitage excursion. The Peterhof piece should have been excellent, but was a major disappointment. Bad things NOT the responsibility of the organizers: No indoor pictures allowed, extremely crowded ... Read More
We did the 10 hour Peterhof/Hermitage excursion. The Peterhof piece should have been excellent, but was a major disappointment. Bad things NOT the responsibility of the organizers: No indoor pictures allowed, extremely crowded corridors, cloak room area (they made me check even my light windbreaker type jacket) is crazy and takes away valuable time. Negatives that are the responsibility of the organizers: poor timing resulted in just a few minutes in the beautiful outside gardens, an arrogant tour guide who, while very knowledgeable, was not very personable or mindful of our time, and finally, a total waste of time eating lunch at a horrible restaurant in the city. Overall, what should have been a great experience was a terrible morning saved a little by the afternoon at the Hermitage. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: July 2017
Beautiful gardens. Great way to arrive by Hydrofoil
Beautiful gardens. Great way to arrive by Hydrofoil Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: July 2017
It was great seeing natives enjoying the park like atmosphere.
It was great seeing natives enjoying the park like atmosphere. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: July 2017
Exterior: Fantatic and worth it. Interior: Avoid like the plague. We had seen the Catherine Palace in the morning which was better and sufficient. Not only was the Peterhof interior redundant and disappointing after having seen ... Read More
Exterior: Fantatic and worth it. Interior: Avoid like the plague. We had seen the Catherine Palace in the morning which was better and sufficient. Not only was the Peterhof interior redundant and disappointing after having seen Catherine's (it was really very much the same), but Peterhof was the most disorganized, horrible tourist attraction I've ever seen. It was crowded, no staff knew what to do or where the throngs should go, people were herded into various doors and crammed into hot rooms to put on booties, and rudely forced to randomly check bags and umbrellas, then herded through crammed bottlenecks and tiny hallways while there were numerous other visible hallways adjacent that could have greatly increased comfort and capacity. it was a total zoo. Then when we mercifully exited, I forgot my checked item so I had to swim upstream for a few meters and the one lone Russian staff member actually hit my arm and yelled at me for doing so. It was a very Soviet-era style experience and totally unnecessary to go inside. The grounds and fountains are fantastic, however, and very much worth a see. The hydrofoil service back to St. petersburg was fun and fast. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
Sail Date: June 2017
We got in early and were not rushed. The palace was beautiful. However, we had about an hour of free walking time in the gardens after the guided tour. That would have been great in good weather, but it was pouring rain. There should be a ... Read More
We got in early and were not rushed. The palace was beautiful. However, we had about an hour of free walking time in the gardens after the guided tour. That would have been great in good weather, but it was pouring rain. There should be a “Plan B” for those days with heavy rain and no-where else to go but outside. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Sail Date: June 2017
Our visit was part of a combined all-day tour to this and the Catherine Palace. It was a Sunday afternoon when we visited so it was very crowded with tourists and locals. The interiors are not as impressive as Catherine Palace but the ... Read More
Our visit was part of a combined all-day tour to this and the Catherine Palace. It was a Sunday afternoon when we visited so it was very crowded with tourists and locals. The interiors are not as impressive as Catherine Palace but the grounds are spectacular, with cascades and many fountains and waterfront views. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: June 2017
Again stunning - and the fountains in the garden were spectacular
Again stunning - and the fountains in the garden were spectacular Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International