Total time allocated inside the Palace is up to 50 minutes, plus some time in the gardens. Although an early opening has been arranged for cruise ships, the Palace can become crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. There is up to 2½ hours’ total walking on this tour including stairs and gravel pathways. Protective overshoes are provided inside Catherine Palace, which can make the floor slippery and care should be taken. Camera and video fees are included in the tour cost. Flash photos are not permitted inside and photography is prohibited in the Amber Room. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside.