St Petersburg

Couple walking around Peterhof in St. Petersburg, Russia
Couple walking around Peterhof in St. Petersburg, Russia
The coach for walks on the winter palace square in St. Petersburg, Russia

The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia's most European city, elegant St Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, and Tsar Peter the Great's 'Window on the West'. The sheer grandeur of the city, and its revolutionary spirit, never fail to impress.

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great – immortalised by the city's iconic Bronze Horseman statue – St Petersburg remains Russia's cultural centre. The Mariinsky Theatre hosts world-class opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcases a wide collection of superb Russian art.[ReadMoreMob]

St Petersburg is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops.

On Neva embankment, the Winter Palace, with over a thousand rooms, is the most magnificent of six buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum. It is one of 125 museums and galleries, including the imposing seafront Peterhof Royal Palace and Park. The city is enchanting during the “White Nights” of midsummer, when a brief twilight blends into dawn, and street entertainment lasts throughout the long days and short, white nights.

Cruises to St Petersburg

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Uncrowded Baltic • T2124

 Dover
Bolette
Tue 05 Oct 2021
13 nights
  • Visiting incredible cities when they are less crowded
  • Enjoy a magical night at the Russian ballet
  • Meet bell ringers at one of Tallinn’s historic churches
Couple walking in Peterhof gardens, St Petersburg, Russia Couple walking in Peterhof gardens, St Petersburg, Russia Couple walking in Peterhof gardens, St Petersburg, Russia

Baltic States with St Petersburg • L2213

 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 18 May 2022
14 nights
  • Explore St. Petersburg on an overnight stay
  • Wander through Tallinn’s medieval old town
  • Delve into Soviet history in Saaremaa and Liepaja
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Baltic States with St Petersburg • M2221

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Braemar
Sat 16 Jul 2022
13 nights
  • Visit the Palaces & ballet in St. Petersburg 
  • Explore the medieval old town in Tallinn 
  • Discover soviet landmarks in Kaliningrad 
Peterhof, St Peterbsurg, Russia Peterhof, St Peterbsurg, Russia Peterhof, St Peterbsurg, Russia

Baltic States with St Petersburg • L2228

 Dover
Balmoral
Tue 13 Sep 2022
14 nights
  • Explore St. Petersburg on an overnight stay
  • Delve into Soviet history in Saaremaa and Tallinn
  • Sail the Kiel Canal en route to Lithuania