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Among stiff competition, the elegant Neo-classical crescent of Gatchina Palace is one of St. Petersburg’s loveliest palaces, built for Count Gregory Orlov, a favorite (read: lover?) of Catherine the Great, in 1782 by the maestro Antonio Rinaldi, who was responsible for many churches and Imperial palaces around the city. After Orlov’s death, Gatchina was home to four generations of the Romanov Tsars before being requisitioned by the state in 1917. All but destroyed in World War II, the doors of the palace only reopened when refurbishment started in 1985; it is so breathtakingly huge that restoration still goes on today.

Today a visit to this most romantic of palaces encompasses a treasure trove of Romanov riches — what style these guys lived in — in a series of ever-more opulent rooms; the standout collections among the art, coins and armory being the moving black-and-white photographs charting the life of the Romanov family, more than 30,000 rare Russian books and priceless 16th-century Sèvres porcelain.

The palace is surrounded by landscaped gardens that could take all day to explore. They are ornamented by winding pathways through birch trees, bridges hopping across to islands in the lakes, fountains, orangeries, aviaries and a variety of wood and stone follies — including the Priory Palace, which was given to the Romanovs by the Maltese Knights of St John in 1799 — as well as greenhouses nurturing tropical plants and botanical gardens neatly divided into parterres.

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Tue–Sun 10am–6pm; closed Mon and first Tue of month
1 Krasnoarmeysky prospect, Gatchina, Leningrad Oblast, 188306
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St Petersburg Custom Day Tour with Private Guide & Vehicle

St Petersburg Custom Day Tour with Private Guide & Vehicle

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See St Petersburg your own way on a flexible, private full-day tour. Decide your own itinerary beforehand with pointers from your local guide, and enjoy skip-the-line access on tickets booked in advance. Then, relax as you’re chauffeured around the sights by private vehicle. Choose to visit sights such as the Peter and Paul Fortress or Yusupov Palace; tour the Catherine Palace or fountain-dotted Peterhof; admire the priceless art at the Hermitage or simply sightsee, lunch and shop as the urge takes you — it’s entirely up to you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.00
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Tsarskoye Selo with Amber Workshop and Gatchina

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Tsarskoye Selo with Amber Workshop and Gatchina

This full-day tour is created for those travelers who want to get more thorough information about the splendid suburbs of St. Petersburg. With your qualified guide you will visit Tsarskoye Selo and its famous Catherine Palace and Park, have an excursion in wonderful Amber Workshop and afterwards visit unique Feodorovsky cathedral. Then you will travel to another former royal residence Gatchina and visit its beautiful Palace and Park. For your comfort we have included skip the line admission tickets to all museums in the itinerary. If you arrive by a cruise ship, see the Options for cruise passengers.
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  • 8 hours
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St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour

St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour

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Enjoy your perfect sightseeing itinerary in St Petersburg with a full-day, private custom tour. Inform your personal guide in advance what you want to see, and enjoy the priority access that comes with pre-booked tickets. Perhaps visit the Hermitage and tsarist retreats of the Peterhof or Catherine Palace. Or, enjoy a mix of smaller gems such as the Yusupov Palace and Fabergé Museum, leaving time to discover St Petersburg’s food or shopping scene in between.
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  • 8 hours
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$71.00
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Private Gatchina Tour from St Petersburg with Friendly Local Guide

Private Gatchina Tour from St Petersburg with Friendly Local Guide

Explore the lovely Gatchina on this half-day guided private tour. Wander around the unique palace-and-park complex and enjoy a perfect blend of traditional and modern architecture solutions. Visit the most notable attractions of Gatchina, such as the Prioratsky Palace and the Gatchina Emperor Palace. Admire the picturesque nature and landscapes of this magnificent region. • See several gorgeous palaces, including the Gatchina Emperor Palace and the Prioratsky Palace • Wander the amazing parks of Gatchina and enjoy the beautiful nature of this place • Witness the fascinating Museum of the History of Aviation Engine and the atmospheric “House of the nurse of A. S. Pushkin” • Listen to your local guide’s stories about the charming Russian culture
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  • 5 hours
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Gatchina Palace Private Tour with transfer from St. Petersburg

Gatchina Palace Private Tour with transfer from St. Petersburg

You will be picked-up at your hotel by your guide and your private driver, and head to the Gatchina Palace, located around 30 km from St. Petersburg, in a private car. Your guide will tell you during this unique tour all the secrets of this magnificent palace, whose architect is the famous Antonio Rinaldi. This palace, bought by Catherine the Great for her lover, the Count Orlov, used to have more than 500 rooms. During this tour, you will visit approximately 10 of them, among the most beautiful ones. One of them is the Marble Room: your guide will give you all the details and secrets of this room, worldwide famous for its columns made from Italian marble (from the city of Carrara). During this tour you will be told why did Louis XVI offer tapestries to Paul I in the throne room. This magnificent palace is not the most visited one in St. Petersburg, and is not overcrowded by tourists: this tour is a great way to visit one of the Tsars’ palaces in a quiet atmosphere.
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  • 4 hours
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Pavlovsk & Gatchina (Park&Palace's) tour in 1 day

Pavlovsk & Gatchina (Park&Palace's) tour in 1 day

You will visit two unique summer imperial residences. These are masterpieces of a restoration master. The collections presented in these palaces are unique and contain personal objects of the imperial family. And our professional and friendly guide will tell you many fascinating stories. You will also admire the beauty of the parks' landscapes.
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  • 8 hours
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Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk and Gatchina Tour

Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk and Gatchina Tour

If you have few days in Sant-Petersburg, but you are eager to see as much as possible, this option is a good choice. Take a tour of the Catherine Palace with the Amber Room + one or two more imperial residences (Pavlovsk and Gatchina). Enjoy the tranquil Pavlovsk Palace and Park. Visit the remote Gatchina Palace and walk in its gorgeous park. All 3 residences are from the 18 century. The Catherine palace is the most famous of them, it belonged to Catherine the Great. Pavlovsk and Gatchina were constructed for her son Paul. Each residence is unique with it's own style and mood, they don't repeat each other. The Catherine Palace is gorgeous and fancy, Pavlosk is romantic and family atmospheric, Gatchina is masculine and military. This is a private tour with skip-the-line admissions. On tour you will travel in a comfortable minivan. A professional guide will guide you through the main museum exhibits so the full tour will be rich with sights, history and photo stops.
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  • 9 hours
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Admission ticket to the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum

Admission ticket to the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum

The unique atmosphere of the Royal country seat and glorious 18th century interiors are at your service. Valuable collections of painting, furniture, porcelain, antique weapon as well as Gobelin tapestries, embroideries and Italian sculpture will let a visitor get a vivid impression of the royal court life.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Gatchina Tour in St Petersburg

Gatchina Tour in St Petersburg

Gatchina is a very unusual imperial suburban residence. The palace looks absolutely different from the others. It looks more like French and Swiss hunting castle. Originally it was a gift from Catherine the Great to her favorite Grigory Orlov who helped her to become the empress. After his death it was passed to her son Paul I. He spent many years here and he loved this place despite the fact that Orlov was one of his father’s killers. Take a comprehensive tour of the museum with a professional guide and comfortable transfer.
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  • 5 hours
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What are Gatchina Palace hours of operation?
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Gatchina Palace hours of operation: Tue–Sun 10am–6pm; closed Mon and first Tue of month. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Gatchina Palace can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 9 Gatchina Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Gatchina Palace 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Gatchina Palace costs USD 14.40. Guided Gatchina Palace tours start around USD 14.40 per person. See all 9 Gatchina Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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