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Catherine Palace and Park
Once the summer residence of the Russian tsars and now a museum, Catherine Palace was named after Catherine I, who had it built in 1717. The structure was later rebuilt into an elaborately decorated Rococo-style palace in 1756 by Bartolomeo Rastrelli under the direction of Empress Elizabeth, meant to rival the Palace of Versailles in France. Today, the palace is famous for its baroque style and neoclassical interior that exemplifies Russian wealth and extravagance. Its main attractions are the Grand Hall, the opulent Amber Room, which is lined with gilded amber wall panels and ornate furniture, and the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) Catherine Park with its masterful landscaping.

The Basics
The blue-and-gold Catherine Palace is a highlight for visitors to St. Petersburg, from where it makes an easy half- or full-day trip destination. Many travelers combine a visit to Catherine Palace with a city sightseeing tour of Pushkin or stops at Peterhof Grand Palace and Pavlovsk Palace. It’s also possible to combine a palace tour with a tour of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful Metro stations.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend at least three hours exploring the palace’s 18th-century decor and exhibits, plus its sprawling park, to which entry is included in general palace admission tickets.
  • Lines can get long, especially in summer; consider purchasing tickets in advance or booking a tour.
  • Photography is not allowed in the Amber Room, and selfies are not allowed in Catherine Palace at all.
  • Official palace tours are typically in Russian, but most tours from St. Petersburg include an English-speaking guide. Audio guides are also available in English and several other languages.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Catherine Palace and Park are located about 12 miles (25 km) outside of St. Petersburg in the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo). To visit by public transport from the city, take a suburban train from St. Petersburg’s Vitebsky railway station to Pushkin and then catch a bus or minibus to the palace. Alternatively, take the Metro to Moskovskaya or Kupchino and then take a minibus to the palace, or book a small-group or private tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff in St. Petersburg.

When to Get There
Catherine Palace and Park are open year-round, but the park is best visited in late spring when flowers are in full bloom and in fall when the leaves change colors. The palace’s opening hours vary by season, but the site is generally open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm or 7pm.

Things to See in Catherine Park
After touring Catherine Palace, travelers should definitely check out Catherine Park. More than a dozen pavilions are spread throughout the green space, including the Grotto, the Upper and Lower Bathhouses, the Cameron Gallery, the Creaking Summer House, and the Concert Hall.
Address: Sadovaya St., 7 (Садовая ул., 7), St. Petersberg, Northwestern District 196601‎, Russia
Hours: Park open daily. Palace closed Tuesdays and last Monday of the month
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Skip-the-line: Catherine Palace and Gardens tour in Pushkin

Skip-the-line: Catherine Palace and Gardens tour in Pushkin

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Enjoy a 3-hour group tour in of Catherine Palace without waiting in line. Enjoy the beauty of Catherine Palace with a professional guide, who will tell you the history of the palace, describe rooms as you walk through them, and tell you some Russian monarchy secrets. All Russian monarchs lived, worked, greeted audiences, and held diplomatic receptions, gala balls, and masquerades in these gorgeous palace halls. Explore the beautiful Tsarskoye Selo park and experience the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great and unlock the secrets of the Amber Room. Step into the world of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine, as you walk through the gilded ballrooms and imperial halls, and marvel at the opulent decorations. The park that surrounds the palace is a spectacular work of Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines masterpieces of architecture with the stunning beauty of nature.
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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 2 days
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St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

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When your cruise visits St. Petersburg, discover the many splendors of the city on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion, with no Russian visa required. Learn about the city’s past from an informative guide, and discover landmarks including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress. Witness the art highlights of the world-famous Hermitage Museum, cruise along the stately canals, visit the fountain-dotted Peterhof Park, and explore the Catherine Palace at Pushkin, including its world-renowned Amber Room.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' and choose to upgrade your experience with a tour extension featuring visits to the Faberge Museum and some of the city's top nighttime attractions.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

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Embark on a 2-day private guided tour of St Petersburg and immerse yourself in the city's many wonders. This multi-day excursion allows you to delve beneath the surface of some top attractions for a more thorough and rewarding experience. Learn the story behind the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood, marvel at Peterhof's magnificent fountains, and see the ongoing restoration of Catherine Palace, largely destroyed during WWII. Cruise along the canals of this 'Venice of the North' and explore both the Hermitage and the city's metro stations: artworks in themselves.
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  • 2 days
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Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

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Spend your days in port exploring the highlights of St. Petersburg. Your guide meets your small group at the port each day to take you in a comfortable minibus to the sights. Visit the Hermitage, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace and famed Amber Room, the fountains and gardens of Peterhof Palace and more, including a cruise along the canals of the city.
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  • 2 days
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St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

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Make the most of your time in St. Petersburg on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 15 people. Spending two days exploring offers the opportunity to not only see the city's top sights, including the Hermitage Museum, but also to go outside the city to explore the cities of Peterhof and Pushkin.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and riverboat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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Maximize your time in St. Petersburg and see the sights on a tour that covers two full days. The in-depth sightseeing experience takes in all the must-see St. Petersburg landmarks including Catherine Palace and Park, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Grand Palace, and more. You’ll have commentary on each sight you visit, plus ample free time to explore on your own.
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  • 18 hours
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Simply The Best of Saint Petersburg 2 day mini-group Shore Excursion

Simply The Best of Saint Petersburg 2 day mini-group Shore Excursion

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This easygoing 2-day program includes all musts of St. Petersburg highlights. Our VISA-FREE Shore Excursion in St. Petersburg will be indeed a truly mother-of-pearl of your Baltic Cruise.
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Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

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A convenient two-day tour of city sights, with visits to the imperial palaces in the suburbs, is great for first-time visitors to St. Petersburg. The comprehensive guided overview includes admission to the Hermitage, daily restaurant lunches, boat tour along the canals, a visit to Catherine Palace, and a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof. Cruise-ship port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 2 days
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Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

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Explore St. Petersburg the way you want with a private, full-day flexible tour. Customize your perfect itinerary in advance and relax with pre-arranged logistics and pre-booked skip-the-line tickets. Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedal and Church on the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof — you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included.
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  • 8 hours
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Private Tour

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Private Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, explore the city and surrounding sights over two days on a private shore excursion that does not require Russian travel visas. With a private guide, take a city tour on Day 1 to see attractions like Cathedral on Spilled blood, and visit the Hermitage Museum. On Day 2, visit Catherine's Palace with Amber room and Peterhof Gardens. A nice extra will be a boat tour along rivers and canals and metro tour
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Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

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Group shore excursions can sometimes feel rigid and impersonal. This private guided tour of St. Petersburg offers the flexibility to customize according to your interests and spends two days exploring so that you get a comprehensive view of the city and its surroundings. Visit such landmarks as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace, and enjoy a scenic canal cruise.
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  • 20 hours
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VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

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Take a worry-free and visa-free trip to the former imperial city of St. Peterburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks such as Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum, and much more. Learn about Russia’s rich history, art, and culture from your tour guide, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and even sample the gastronomy with two included Russian lunches.
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  • 2 days
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Imperial St. Petersburg - get the most of the city with 3-day tour

Imperial St. Petersburg - get the most of the city with 3-day tour

3-day Imperial Tour gives the fullest impression of the sumptuous city. It includes all must-visit landmarks, provides an opportunity to walk in historical downtown feeling the rhythm of the city’s present-day life and, at the same time, being surrounded by the previous centuries’ glory. That is a unique experience in the so called “Venice of the North”, and what is more, you will not only see the city from the street level or through a mini bus window, but also from the water – and that gives a completely different perspective.
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  • 3 days
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The Best of SPb in 2 Day Shore Excursion

The Best of SPb in 2 Day Shore Excursion

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Make the most of your time at shore and get a comprehensive overview of Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg. This 2-day tour includes visits to the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Fountain Park, and much more. Take a relaxing cruise along the city’s canal’s and Neva River and discover many important works of Russian art on this small-group tour.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
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  • 3 days
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Tour to the Grand Palace of Peterhof and Catherine's Palace

Tour to the Grand Palace of Peterhof and Catherine's Palace

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Visit two former homes of the Russian imperial family on this day tour from St. Petersburg that gives you the opportunity to explore outside the city. You'll head to the Lower Park of Peterhof Grand Palace, known for its fountains and golden statues, plus see the extravagant interiors of the palace. Then continue to Tsarskoye Selo, part of the town of Pushkin, to visit Catherine Palace and Park, known for its baroque designs and its Amber Room.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$275.00
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2-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof & Catherine's Palace

2-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof & Catherine's Palace

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Some city tours can feel rushed and impersonal. This private tour of St Petersburg, however, offers a personalized immersive experience by spending two days exploring the city and its surroundings. As well as touring by vehicle, visiting such landmarks as the Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace, you'll enjoy a sightseeing canal cruise.
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  • 2 days
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$435.00
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1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Excursion to Peterhof & Tsarskoye Selo

1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Excursion to Peterhof & Tsarskoye Selo

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Step back to the days of Russia’s 18th-century Tsars on a 4-hour tour of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoe Selo. Travel from St Petersburg by air-conditioned vehicle and tour the the blue-and-white baroque palace, sometimes dubbed the Pushkin Palace. Ogle the gold and marble interiors, including the Amber Room, spectacularly coated in amber and mirrors; and admire the gardens. Upgrade to include a visit to the Pavlovsk Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in St Petersburg. Numbers are limited to nine for a more personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$222.55
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2-Day Family-Oriented Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion

2-Day Family-Oriented Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion

Find yourself getting up close and personal with the history and cultural highlights of Saint Petersburg in this special tour created by experts in children tours.This Visa-Free shore excursion offers an unforgettable time in St Petersburg to all the family members of all the ages.
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  • 2 days
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$400.00
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$400.00
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St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg includes transport, lunches, and all entrance fees for places shown on the below itinerary, so you can relax and enjoy your time exploring what the city has to offer. Go to the famous Hermitage and the Faberge Museum to learn about Russia’s history. Along the three days, see Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets), the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Catherine Palace and Park.
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  • 3 days
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$431.16
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Private Shore-Excursion: 2-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 2-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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Explore the best that St. Petersburg has to offer on this flexible 2-day private shore excursion. Set your own pace and itinerary with your guide and discover famous landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, the Grand Palace in Peterhof, the Yusupov Palace, and much more. Learn about the history and culture of the city and get insider tips from your guide and this worry-free excursion.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$380.00
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$380.00
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What are Catherine Palace and Park hours of operation?
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Catherine Palace and Park hours of operation: Park open daily. Palace closed Tuesdays and last Monday of the month. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Catherine Palace and Park tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Catherine Palace and Park can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 339 Catherine Palace and Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Catherine Palace and Park 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Catherine Palace and Park costs USD 79.00. Guided Catherine Palace and Park tours start around USD 79.00 per person. See all 339 Catherine Palace and Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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