THE RESIDENCE OF THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

The Russian Residence, St. Petersburg, Russia

Today you will visit one of the most majestic palaces in the vicinity of St Petersburg – Constantine Palace – home of the Russian president.

Arriving at Constantine Palace, your tour will begin in the park before you continue to the monument of Peter the Great in front of the palace. Upon entering the impressive building you will proceed to its largest hall – the Blue Hall. The Blue Hall presents a fine example of Russian classicism, full of quiet dignity and laconic chic, and preserves the memory of its noble owners.

Next, see the Marble Hall, which really lives up to its name, before proceeding to Belvedere Hall, possibly the most interesting room of the palace. Its interior decoration is reminiscent of a royal yacht - the walls and ceiling are faced with cherry wood, while the inlaid floor is designed in the form of the wind rose. The central decorative feature of Belvedere Hall is the spiral wooden staircase that leads to the open terrace located in the tower mounting Constantine Palace. From the windows here, the beautiful view of St Petersburg and Peterhof opens up. The whole atmosphere here is conducive to confidential meetings for which the hall is intended.  

Following your tour of the palace, you will descend into the former wine cellars of the building, where the famous collection of Tokay wines was kept since the time of Empress Elizabeth. The present-day wine collection of Constantine Palace includes 13 thousand bottles, and its estimated cost is about 20 million Roubles. The Hungarian president presented this collection to President Putin in May 2003. Experienced sommeliers will tell you many interesting facts and teach you how to distinguish good wine from excellent wine. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

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Activity Tour
PortSt Petersburg
Price£110.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Spaces
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires walking and standing of approximately two and a half hours, with approximately 70 steps to negotiate throughout. Please note that Constatine Place is not a regular museum and visits here are very rare. There are no seats and no lifts available in the palace for public use – therefore this tour is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Large coats and bags are not permitted inside the palace – they should be left on the coach. Photo fees are included in the price of the tour. Please note that this tour can be cancelled at very short notice.

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