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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


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Customizable itinerary
    • Friendly local guide
    • Private walking tour
    • Multiple start times available
    • Must see and off the beaten path
    • Iconic places for photoshoot
    • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
    • Meeting in the hotel lobby
    • Entry/Admission - Prioratsky Palace
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District

    Start your fascinating culture-fueled journey by travelling with your guide from your hotel in St. Petersburg to Gatchina. Visit the Gatchina Estate Museum and Reserve and see the majestic Gatchina Emperor Palace with its luxurious marble interior, grandiose exterior and the mysterious underground tunnel. Proceed to the wonderful Prioratsky palace made by means of the rare building technology. Enjoy the scrumptious nature of Russia while passing the Venus Pavilion.

    Delve deep into the marvelous parks of Gatchina and admire the beauty of the Sylvia and the Menagerie landscape parks. Arrive at the delightful Palace park and explore the rare trees and charming flower meadows of the English, Dutch and Botanical gardens.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District

    Your next stop is the splendid Pavlovsky cathedral, built in the traditional Russian style where you will learn more about the Russian religious customs.
    As a grand finale visit two of the finest museums in Gatchina, the Museum of the History of Aviation Engine that possesses full-scale models of turbojet, aircraft, turboprop and turboshaft engine and the historical “House of the nurse of A.S. Pushkin” museum.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, 1 Krasnoarmeyskiy Ave, Gatchina 188300 Russia

    The Gatchina Estate Museum and Reserve is an architectural complex that consists of several parts. The first one is the Gatchina Emperor Palace. Luxurious marble interior and grandiose exterior, mysterious underground tunnel and art collection make this place the one you must visit.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Prioratsky Palace, улица Чкалова Гатчина, Санкт-Петербург, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188304

    The next one is the Prioratsky palace, the only building preserved in Russia that was erected with the dirt-hit technology. Its walls are made of the cheapest material – soil, which was compacted in "machine-forms" and reinforced every few centimeters with lime mortar.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gatchina, Gatchina, Gatchinsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Northwestern District

    The Venus pavilion is built at the water's edge on Love island. Its walls are decorated with bright panels, griffins, cupids and other mythological characters are embroidered on an amber background with gold threads. The main decoration of the pavilion is the "triumph of Venus" plafond. It shows the Venus sitting in a gilded chariot drawn by swans.

    The "Birch house" pavilion looks like a woodpile of birch firewood, but its facade hides gilded stucco and an abundance of mirrors. A stone portal called "Mask" is hiding the unpresentable appearance of the pavilion. The funny house was a generous gift from Maria Feodorovna to Grand Duke Pavel.
    In the pavilion the wife treated her husband and guests to fresh milk and fruit grown in the Park's greenhouses.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Palace Park, Krasnoarmeysky prospekt, 1, Gatchina 188307 Russia

    Parks are what Gatchina is known for and you will visit several best parks of this area. The first one is the landscape Sylvia park, next is the Menagerie landscape park that was used for Imperial hunting and the last one is the Palace park. It consists of the English garden, the Lower and Upper Botanical garden, the Love island, the Lower and Upper Dutch garden, the Flower hill, a forest and a water maze.

    During the water tour you will get acquainted with the numerous islands, admire the magnificent views of the Palace, witness beautiful waterfall under the Carp bridge and throw a coin into the Jordan well in the hope of returning to Gatchina again.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gatchina Pavlovsky Cathedral, Sobornaya St., 26, Gatchina 188304 Russia

    The next step is the Pavlovsky cathedral, a splendid cathedral built in the traditional Russian style. Here you have a chance to get close to the religion traditions of this country. If you desire, you can venture inside and explore the ancient icons and relics that cathedral possesses.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Gatchina, Gatchina, Gatchinsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Northwestern District

    Museums are also an important part of the Gatchina complex. You will see the Museum of the History of Aviation Engine that possesses full-scale models of turbojet, aircraft, turboprop, and turboshaft engine. Next one is the “House of the Nurse of A. S. Pushkin” museum. This is a unique place, as it is the only museum that is named after a serf woman. It tells everything about life of the person, who was of the most important people to Pushkin.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gatchina, Gatchina, Gatchinsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Northwestern District

    The next step is Pokrovsky cathedral where you can embrace Russian culture and traditions.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rentalYou don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • We are serious about taking extra precautions to stop the spread of this virus by practicing regular hand washing and sanitization. We practice social distancing measures through providing private tours only.This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-11498P196

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