An approximate one-hour drive will take you to Peterhof, the town of Palaces, fountains, parks and the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian tsars. Conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles, the complex was officially opened in 1721. Explore the Palace with its opulent staterooms and priceless art. See the breathtaking Grand Cascade, a series of 64 fountains, 37 gilt statues and 3 waterfalls. Following a Russian lunch, return to the heart of the city to visit the famous Hermitage Museum. Discover Russias largest art museum with an astounding collection of over 2 million pieces of art. Founded by Catherine II in 1764, the collection is housed in four buildings, the most impressive of them being the Winter Palace.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 2.25 miles over gravel paths, cobblestones and even surfaces with approximately 200+ steps in Peterhof and approximately 120 steps covering 2 stories in the Hermitage. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Special shoe covers must be worn touring the Peterhof Palace. Camera and video fees for the Hermitage are included in the tour cost. Flash photos restrictions might apply in certain rooms. Museums may change their expositions or close some of the halls without notice. Large carry bags, umbrellas and heavy coats are not permitted in the palaces, and must be checked prior to entering the museums. Effective with the 2009 season, video and still photography are not permitted in the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Please be aware that the Peterhof fountains are subject to maintenance work without advance notification. As heavy traffic can occur along the route to/from Peterhof Palace, guests should expect delays and tour interruptions due to same. As a result the total time spent at Peterhof might be impacted.This is beyond the control of the local agent and/or Royal Caribbean International.