Peterhof & Hermitage
Peter the Great planned Peterhof as a summer residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with a foothold on the shores of the world’s oceans, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles.
The Lower Garden is embellished by many handsome palaces and sculptures, but the most important ornaments are the fountains. They are supplied by water thanks to a unique engineering system created with the direct involvement of Peter the Great.
The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world (Rubens, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, French impressionists & other). The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
Time : 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Price: 350$ US Dollars) for the tour guide with a car (4 PAX), for 2 persons 250$ + entrance tickets to the museums:
Hermitage - 12$per person
Peterhof: (Palace + Park) - 25$ per person.
Or Peterhof Park only - 12$