Peterhof is one of the world’s most famous palace-park ensembles: 500 acres of wonderful parks, 200+ statues of ancient gods and heroes, 144 fountains of various forms and styles, four cascades, majestic palaces and a whole lot of decadence. ⠀ Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles. ⠀ 𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: about 5 hours ⠀ 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲: Peterhof is located about one hour from St.Petersburg. It’s possible to go there by car/bus or by hydrofoil (recommended) ⠀ 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲: 📍 Big lower park (must see!) - It’s famous ensemble of fountains classed as a World Heritage Site, where the Grand Cascade comprises 64 different fountains, and over 200 bronze statues and other decorations. 📍 Big Palace - The centerpiece of Peter the Great’s “Russian Versaille”. Rastrelli’s incredibly ornate Ceremonial Staircase, crystal chandeliers, exquisite hand-crafted furniture, and sumptuous bedroom chambers as far as the eye can see are all in store for you here. 📍 Small Palaces (Monplaisir (private palace of Peter the Great), Bath wing or Peterhof Hermitage) ⠀ You can visit everything or choose something that you’d prefer more. ⠀ 𝗪𝗛𝗬 𝗬𝗢𝗨’𝗟𝗟 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 🔹 A private conversational tour with a certified Peterhof expert (it’s me ☺️) 🔹 Get the royal treatment: skip-the-line tickets plus escort to and from the palace 🔹 Lose yourself in the luxury and splendor of a palace for the ages 🔹 Enjoy a promenade fit for a king in the palace gardens 🔹 Each stop along your itinerary will be packed with tasty details and interesting facts, but never in a dry academic style. ⠀ 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧’𝗦 𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗗 🔹 VIP skip-the-line tickets for entry into the palace 🔹 An exclusive private tour of the palace and gardens accompanied by your guide 🔹 Fun, fascinating tales about Peter the Great ⠀ 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧’𝗦 𝗡𝗢𝗧 🔹 A private audience with Peter the Great (he’s busy that day) ⠀ ❗️All the palaces closed on Monday and last Tuesday of every month. ⠀ ❗️Fountains work from mid-April till mid-October. ⠀ #svetlanaguidetour.