Tsar's village and Peterhof tour
The tour of Tsars'a village and Peterhof is a wonderful combination of two most famous summer residences of the Russian Royal family. You will enjoy Catherine's palace and park with its baroque style pavilions,gazebos and man-maid lakes. After this you continue the trip to Peterhof, Russian Versailles, where our guide will take you around the incredibly beautiful park areas and introduce the unique fountain ensemble of a total of 174 different fountains and 4 water cascades.
The Catherine’s Palace was originally built for Catherine the First, wife of Peter the Great, as her personal summer residence. It is located in the famous historical town of Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s village), which is approximately 30 kilomiters (23 miles) south of St.Petersburg, about one hour’s driving time. Today it is considered to be the best remaining example of baroque palace architecture from the 1700’s still exiting in St.Petersburg. One of many highlights is the unbelievable, reconstructed Amber Room, where all the walls have been decorated with genuine amber.
The park of the Catherine's palace is beautifully dicorated with flowers and little stones of different colors, which make it more attractive in all the seasons. There are many pavillions from the 18-th and 19-th centuaries, original sculptures from the Emperor's collection and artifitial lakes. All these attractions are part of the walking tour of Catherine's park.
It takes about an hour drive to reach the old Russian village of Peterhof, in Russian Petrodvorets (both names mean Peter’s Palace in English), where the palace is located. There 25 state rooms in the palace and the unique atmosphere of the past time well preseved. You will get aquainted with the beautifully decorated rooms, which look exactly the same as they where in the Tsar's time.
There are a total of 175 different fountains, and 4 water cascades, of which the most majestic one is called the “Samson”. The Peterhof gardens also reveal some playful personality features of Peter the Great. Some of the Peterhof fountains are so called “trick fountains”, which are activated by people walking on a cobble stone path, and not knowing on which stones to step. Among the 20 mini-palaces, located inside the lower garden of Peterhof, can be mentioned the Monplaisir, where Peter the Great enjoyed his life. The Imperial Baths and Kitchens offer a most unique opportunity to see the opulence of the cold, warm and steam bathrooms, the royal reception and dressing rooms.
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