Royal Parks and Residences of St Petersburg. A Bicycle Tour

Beautiful residential palaces of Saint Petersburg are highly visited by tourists nowadays, however their huge green and quiet delightful parks still remain unexplored by many visitors. They also include dozens of fine architectural items of different styles such as music pavilions, playing fountains, bathes, Greek rotundas, foot-bridges, graceful marble sculptures. Peter the Great introduced parks for pleasure and they became an essential part of the Royal family and nobility life. Wedding and coronation ceremonies, games, tricks, daily processions and love stories happened there.

We offer you to relax riding bicycles and having pick-nicks on the background of spacious residential woods of Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Pushkin. Instead of crowds in Catherine’s Palace or The Grand palace of Peterhof visit small pavilions and gardens around them decorated by green meadows, blue pounds and the ruins of the 18-19th century classical style like similar scenes of nature and nobility on the canvases of Claude Lorren and Antonie Watto.

Our guide has plenty of funny and intrigue stories to tell you about the court life and relations of Russian princesses, kings and dukes.

Your advantages in bicycling Royal Parks & Residences tour:

- avoiding crowds and stuffiness in the palaces

- viewing outside beauty of the palaces

- exploring minor but refined architecture in the parks which is never observed during ordinary excursions

- exploring great parks of Russian royalty

- having oral excursion about architecture plus lots of intrigue stories about royalty and nobility

- professional licenced guides

- active and healthy rest

Details

Start: You are taken by a shuttle bus from your hotel or cruise ship to the park in Pavlovsk or Pushkin in case of the group. If you are individuals joining to the group – ask managers about the meeting place. Then we take our bikes to ride depending on the residence chosen.

Duration: It’s a day tour. The bike tour lasts from 3 to 5 hours (if booking Pavlovsk palace), plus 2 hours the round trip by a car or a shuttle bus.

A tour can be customized and made shorter to have just half a day taken.

Options: in addition to cycling, you can book a visit to Pavlovsk's, Catharine's Palaces. This option should be booked in advance.

Food: eating in the Russian traditional wooden restaurant can be booked in the tour. If you feel more like a backpacker and like picnics – you choose this option taking some snacks with you to eat in the park.