Pushkin: Catherine's Palace

Approximately 5 hours
Moderate Activity 

After a brief drive through St Petersburg, leave the city and head for the countryside to the town of Pushkin.

Visit the magnificent Catherine's Palace, named after Catherine the Great and restored over the past 40 years to its original splendor. Inside the palace, marvel at the magnificent Grand Hall (or Throne Room) -- a gilded wonder with a spectacular painted ceiling and mirrored walls that are breathtakingly beautiful. Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed the Cavalier's Dining Room, and you'll also see Alexander the first's State Study with its splendid marble fireplace.

See the main staircase and look up at the palace ceilings decorated with paintings by Italian artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. Decorative plates and vases of Japanese and Chinese porcelain are placed throughout. The Picture Gallery contains more than 130 paintings by Dutch, Flemish, French and Italian masters of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Above all, don't miss the outrageously beautiful Amber Room -- a brilliant and painstaking re-creation built in semi-precious stone by Russian craftsmen, after the original amber panels were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. They have never been found and what happened to them is one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.


Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Expect long lines and crowding at most locations. Special note: Holland America Line pre-pays the required fee for you to use your camera and video camera inside Catherine's Palace, so there is nothing additional for you pay upon arrival at the palace. This is a convenience and a courtesy we are pleased to extend to all our guests on this tour. Photography is not allowed in the Amber Room. There will be a restroom stop along the way at a souvenir store, with just a brief amount of time for shopping. Bring Euros or US dollars; credit cards are also accepted.


This excursion is led in English