St Petersburg, the jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown, is an enchanting city with a rich history and elegant buildings, formed around a series of canals, making it reminiscent of Venice. It was from St Petersburg that the Autocratic Tsar’s ruled Russia for two centuries until the revolution in 1917. If it is history you like, then there is plenty in this grandiose city to keep you entertained.
Visit the fabulous Winter Palace- once home of the Tsars, where you will find the world famous Hermitage collection (one of the biggest art collections on earth!) Explore St Peter and Paul Fortress with its impressive baroque interior- the oldest building in the city, which up until 1917 was a political prison that housed famous political prisoners, including Trotsky. Take a look around St Isaac’s cathedral– one of the world’s largest cathedrals and the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood, which was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881. You can also pay a visit to the Summer Gardens at palatial Peterhof, which overlooks the Gulf of Finland and Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo.
St Petersburg is a real favourite of visitors and great for walking around, with most of the inner city sights on or just off the main thoroughfare – Nevsky Prospekt. St Pete’s boasts more than 90 museums, many housed in imperial palaces, flamboyant galleries, churches and a host of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Vibrant St Pete’s, city of the Tsars, is really not to be missed!
To get you started with planning your holiday to St Petersburg, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Russia
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