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Stop At: Pavlovsk State Museum, Sadovaya St 20, Pavlovsk, St. Petersburg 196621 Russia
Pavlovsk is famous for its wonderful palace and park ensemble. Its construction began during the reign of Catherine the Great, in 1782. After the accession to the throne of Paul I, the Palace became his favorite residence, which by his decree was significantly expanded and acquired a more majestic and impressive appearance.
During our tour you will visit amazing example of Russian classicism style - Pavlovsk Palace. It is the last summer royal residence, which was created by Romanov dynasty in St. Petersburg surroundings. In its halls you will a find very rich and diverse collection of porcelain, faience, ceramics and glass, which has the unique pieces of the most famous manufactories of Europe and Russia. Pavlovsk Palace is also famous for its collection of art fabrics, which is admitted as one of the most significant in our country. It includes various items from the refined handkerchiefs, sewed round by the finest handmade lace, to monumental tapestry.
To make you feel the authenticity of country estate life we included a 30 minutes Russian Troika horse riding in the tour. The park is planned to preserve the natural landscape and emphasize the beauty of the Russian North. While riding in the horse drawn sleigh you will see the snowy plants and shrubs, bridges and a cascade of ponds, pavilions and sculpture are harmoniously inscribed in the natural relief and listen to the interesting narration of your guide. In case of not snowy weather you will ride in a carriage with a hood.
Duration: 3 hours
Traveler pickup is offered
Your guide and a driver on a vehicle will meet you in the agreed place and after the tour you will be taken to your hotel back or to another place in St. Petersburg boundaries you prefer.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
It is a good tour to consider among the places to visit. The palace at Pavlosk holds lot of history and it is very well preserved. The guide was very knowledgeable providing lot of information, even while driving thru the city out of St Petersburg. We enjoyed the ride in the troika too. Information with lot of fun, that is a productive vacation. I highly recommend this tour and the guide.
The Pavlovsk Palace is very different from the other grand ornate palaces in St Petersburg. It is a must see. It has much more of a family atmosphere with excellent collections of all sorts of art and architecture. We enjoyed the palace interior very much and we went for a long walk in the beautiful gardens. Our guide was good. She knew her stuff and our private tour was well worth it. Unfortunately the palace grounds were not yet frozen and they did not permit our horse and carriage ride in the park, so we went instead through the nearby village. It was still a fun thing to do. The palace is 45 minutes to one hour drive from St. Petersburg but it is worth the time to do the tour. Allow about 4-5 hours total.
Winter and snow make St. Petersburg even more beautiful in some respects. This also applies to the suburbs which can offer some special entertainments for the cold season.
That is why we invite you to Pavlovsk - the last royal summer residence. Here you will visit the beautiful Russian classicism style palace and have a 30 minutes Russian Troika horse riding along the wonderful park. And that's probably going to be the highlight of the entire tour as you are going to get the most exciting impressions with this ride. Troika appeared and got its name about 200 years ago. It is the only harnessing in the world with horses racing in different gait. The shaft horse in the center must have a quick and efficient trot, and the trace horses on both sides need to gallop. Herewith a very high speed of 45-50 km/h can be developed. The guide will accompany you in the sleigh and show the most interesting constructions and landscape peculiarities.