Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), incl. Catherine Palace with Amber room AND Pavlovsk, incl. Palace of Paul I
Please note: This tour includes table reservation for lunch in famous Russian restaurant "Podvorie", located between Pushkin and Pavlovsk
Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were create by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as "village of the tsars" (Tsarskoye Selo). The palace, with its famous Amber room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate room. The gardens of Catherine Park are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village.
Pavlovsk Palace and park ensemble is located 13 miles (27 km) away from St.Petersburg. The original estate was around 1500 acres and was a gift from Catherine to Paul on the birth of his first son, the future Tsar Alexander I, in 1777, so that he could build his summer residence here. Work on the palace began in 1781 under the direction of the famous Scottish architect, Charles Cameron. Being one of Catherine's favorite architects he however was not in favor for Paul and his wife Maria. Paul detested his mother and had a habitual aversion to her favorites. After Cameron's departure, many other architects worked at Pavlovsk, including Voronikhin, Brenna, Rossi and others. After the murder of Paul in 1801, Pavlovsk became the primary residence of his widow. After her death in 1828 the palace passed to their son, Grand Duke Mikhail Petrovich. Mikhail was childless and bequeathed Pavlovsk to his nephew Konstantin Nickolaevich, who left in turn to his son, the famous poet Konstanin Konstantinovich. During this period the main building of the palace was recognised by the Romanov family as a unique artistic and historic legacy and was preserved as a virtual museum. Very few changes were made to the decoration and it continued to have the look and feel of the early 19th century.
Length: 8 hours
Price includes: car (minibus) + guide + entrance tickets
Price: 15600 RUB (240 EUR/260 USD) p/person
Minimum amount of people: 1 people.
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