St. Petersburg, or Piter as it is affectionately known to locals, offers a wealth of history and culture. The city has dizzyingly beautiful buildings, 60 rivers and canals, endless (but easily visited) attractions, and its tragic and triumphant history can be felt around every corner. One cannot help but be affected by the humbling rush of history and sheer beauty, yet there is a great frustration in knowing that visitors cannot begin to scratch the surface. The city, though familiar with its European aesthetic, has (understandably) hard edges and touring the sights should be done with a local guide.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Families | Intellectuals | Romantics
When to goJune-August | March-May | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
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Essential St. Petersburg
In St. Petersburg, history, architecture, art, food and sheer natural beauty all intersect. Here is just one example of what our travel specialists can create for you.
With your private guide, begin with the Winter Palace, the royal residence until the 1917 Revolution. Enjoy VIP access to The Hermitage, and explore the museum when it is closed to the public. The State Hermitage collection was founded by Catherine the Great and today encompasses nearly 3,000,000 works of art. Finish with a traditional dinner of Russian dishes like borscht and Beef Stroganoff.
Today you will have a private, full-day VIP tour of Catherine Palace. Bypass the entry lines and enter through the main Golden Gates, where you will be met by a palace representative for your tour. The favored summer home of Catherine II (or Catherine the Great), the palace was designed in the 1750s in the Rococo style. Continue to Peterhof, the palace built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. Return to St. Petersburg in time for your tickets to the ballet or opera at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Today you will tour the Fabergé Museum at the Shuvalov Palace, which boasts more than 1,500 pieces. Continue to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. Petersburg and the city’s original citadel, built in 1701 to defend the city from attack by Swedish forces (that never materialized). The cathedral is the final resting place of many tsars, including Nicholas II and his family. End your St. Petersburg visit with dinner at one of the city’s contemporary hot-spot restaurants.
Where To Stay
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Four Seasons Lion Palace
From its awesome vaulted entrance to the charming room service attendants, everything at St. Petersburg’s finest hotel impresses and pampers guests.
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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
This large hotel located just off the Nevsky Prospect has a storied Russian history—it is where Tchaikovsky spent his honeymoon and was a favorite with Dostoevsky.
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