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.
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga.
Sail Date: June 2019
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
St Petersberg, Day 1 we went to Catherine Palace and we were lucky with the weather as it was sunny ...
Sail Date: June 2019
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
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Wow, an amazing display of opulence.
Sail Date: September 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This palace was stunning.
Sail Date: September 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
This was a private night tour and included dinner.
Sail Date: August 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
One could spend many days visiting St.
Sail Date: August 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very interesting tour to Pushkin, a suburb of St.
Sail Date: August 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Everything was amazing.
Sail Date: July 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Beautiful place.
Sail Date: July 2018
Beautiful place. Especially the Amber room.
Beautiful place. Especially the Amber room. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Again, a terrific one-of-a kind experience, although somewhat akin to Versaille.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
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 ...
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
One of the highlights for sure.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We also visited Catherine's Palace.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Alexandria was the best tour guide we've ever had, and we've been all around the world.
Sail Date: May 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful palace with many open rooms to explore
Sail Date: May 2018
Beautiful palace with many open rooms to explore
Beautiful palace with many open rooms to explore Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a beautiful palace.
Sail Date: May 2018
This was a beautiful palace.
This was a beautiful palace. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Amazing public rooms.
Sail Date: May 2018
Amazing public rooms. The sheers exuberance of the guilted decoration made me laugh out loud
Amazing public rooms. The sheers exuberance of the guilted decoration made me laugh out loud Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
So much history, great restoration work.
Sail Date: May 2018
So much history, great restoration work.
So much history, great restoration work. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We took this tour just to see the Amber Room.
Sail Date: May 2018
We took this tour just to see the Amber Room. We entered early so it wasn't real busy. I would have liked more time to see the gardens, too.
We took this tour just to see the Amber Room. We entered early so it wasn't real busy. I would have liked more time to see the gardens, too. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We saw a lot in the two day tour best of excursion.
Sail Date: September 2017
We saw a lot in the two day tour best of excursion. Guide and things seen were good. It was too extensive a schedule done in two days time for older people due to the waits outside, stairs and walking. We did not get enough bathroom or ... Read More
We saw a lot in the two day tour best of excursion. Guide and things seen were good. It was too extensive a schedule done in two days time for older people due to the waits outside, stairs and walking. We did not get enough bathroom or shopping time. I think a full day and then maybe a half day the second day would have been better for us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did not want to spend 2 full days on shore, so we took 2 short excursions that NCL was offering.
Sail Date: September 2017
We did not want to spend 2 full days on shore, so we took 2 short excursions that NCL was offering. Guiee Sergei was excellent and kept us busy with interesting information all through the drive to Pushkin and back
We did not want to spend 2 full days on shore, so we took 2 short excursions that NCL was offering. Guiee Sergei was excellent and kept us busy with interesting information all through the drive to Pushkin and back Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Must see.
Sail Date: August 2017
Must see. The Marble Room is quite possibly the most amazing room you will ever see.
Must see. The Marble Room is quite possibly the most amazing room you will ever see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Catherine's Palace was beautiful but very overcrowded.
Sail Date: August 2017
Catherine's Palace was beautiful but very overcrowded. There was a lot of gold throughout the palace.
Catherine's Palace was beautiful but very overcrowded. There was a lot of gold throughout the palace. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The tour guide was excellent and the Palace was incredibly beautiful, but very, very crowded.
Sail Date: August 2017
The tour guide was excellent and the Palace was incredibly beautiful, but very, very crowded.
The tour guide was excellent and the Palace was incredibly beautiful, but very, very crowded. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The other highlight of the Russian excursions.
Sail Date: August 2017
The other highlight of the Russian excursions. Here again crowds were a problem.
The other highlight of the Russian excursions. Here again crowds were a problem. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises