Duration

5-6 hours

Place of the beginning of an excursion

Nevsky Ave., 35 (Gostiny Dvor), parking of buses opposite to the Perinny Ranks art center

Place of the end of an excursion

Nevsky Ave., 35 (Gostiny Dvor), parking of buses opposite to the Perinny Ranks art center

Time of the beginning of an excursion, frequency

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 13.00 (during summer time); Tuesday, Saturday 13.00 (during winter time).

What’s included in the price

Transport service, guide service

Language

English/Russian

  • Route: Gostiny Dvor, Monument to Paul I, Gatchina Palace, Palace Park, Venus Pavilion, Birch House, Sylvia Gates, Gostiny Dvor

The excursion to Gatchina offers you the excellent opportunity to learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of St. Petersburg and Russia as a whole, enjoy the beauty of the architectural masterpieces and the magnificent landscapes of the suburban Imperial residence.

Historical perspective

The countdown of the glorious history of the famous suburb of St. Petersburg began on the very day when Catherine the Great purchased the Gatchina Estate and gave it to Count Grigory Orlov as a gift. General of the branch received Gatchina farmstead in acknowledgement of participating in the coup d’etat which allowed Catherine II to ascend the throne.

Magnificent Park

You will be surprised by Gatchina’s magnificent palaces and invited to stroll along the shady alleys of the Park, where the tsars once used to walk. Then you will walk through a real conduit. It was built several centuries ago, but, as before, is in excellent condition and paves a safe way underground from the Palace to the Silver Lake.

An excursion through the splendid Park will guarantee you an unforgettable experience. The beautiful islands, the exotic wooden bridges, the Menagerie for the Royal family hunting, the Octangular pit and the «Echo» grotto - all these attractions coexist harmoniously in Gatchina, amusing the guests with their wondrous beauty and charming forms. The Eagle Column and the famous Chesma Obelisk are also to be found here.

Eclectic and Palace luxury

The luxurious Gatchina Palace, which is the conceptual core of the Palace and Park Ensemble, is located on the hill above the Silver Lake. It was built in accordance with A. Rinaldi’s drawings. The blend of different styles can be clearly traced in the architecture of the Palace. Here you can find elements of the English hunting castle and the Russian country estates.

After the death of Count Orlov, the Empress bought the estate from his heirs and gave it as a gift to her son, later known as Emperor Paul I. A new arrangement of the Palace and the Park immediately followed. As a result, Gatchina saw the emergence of the regular gardens and The Sylvia Park, which harmoniously fitted with the ensemble.