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St Petersburg, Russia

Elaborate palaces, grand churches, sumptuous estates and gilded façades: St Petersburg is rich in architectural masterpieces and artistic treasures. The second city of modern Russia, it is the country’s intellectual and cultural centre. Be sure to explore its grandeur in full, from comprehensive day tours to a delightful evening on a river boat or at the ballet.

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St Petersburg, Russia

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Explore the iconic Hermitage, featuring more than 3 million exhibits, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Get a close look at masterworks from Michelangelo, da Vinci, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt and countless more.

Peterhof Palace

Discover the ‘Russian Versailles,’ Peterhof Palace, one of the summer residences of the royal family. Marvel at the Gala Staircase, lavish throne room, Peter the Great’s Oak Study and more.

St. Isaac's Cathedral

Climb the spiral staircase within the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. At the top, walk under a gilded dome decorated with more than 200 pounds of pure gold, plus enjoy superb views of St. Petersburg below.


Recommended Tours

St. Petersburg 2-Day Tour Package
See the city’s key sights and leading landmarks over two days on a guided tour with no overlapping of attractions that include the gilded St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the exquisite Hermitage Museum. Learn More

St. Petersburg Ballet
Treat yourself to a performance by an acclaimed Russian ballet company, with the opportunity to meet the leading soloist. Learn More

Peterhof: Grand Palace and Fountains
Explore the spectacular summer residence of Peter the Great whose designers created a Versailles-inspired palace that overlooks a cascade of fountains and gardens leading down to the sea. Learn More

Matryoshka Doll Workshop and Tea Party
Experience Russian folk-art traditions at a hands-on Matryoshka doll workshop, followed by a traditional Russian tea party – making for a satisfying half day on shore. Learn More

Climbing St. Isaac Colonnade
Climb the 262-step spiral staircase within the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Walk under the mid-19th-century cathedral’s golden dome and enjoy a birds-eye views of St. Petersburg. Learn More


Did You Know?

  • In July 1941, during the 900-day siege, the entire Hermitage Museum staff – from curators to cleaners – mobilised to pack and evacuate more than 1 million artworks with the help of hundreds of citizen volunteers.

  • During World War II, the Nazis looted the great palaces outside the city, including the magnificent Amber Room in the Catherine Palace. Russian craftsmen worked for decades to create the replica that is on display. To this day, the whereabouts of the original contents are unknown.

  • St. Petersburg – with its 93 rivers and canals stretching about 185 miles – features more bridges than any other European city.


Weather in St Petersburg, Russia


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