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

Capital Cities of the Baltic

Capital Cities of the Baltic

Departs: Southampton • Mon 01 Jun 2020
13 nights • Braemar • M2014

  • Visiting five diverse cities in five different countries aboard Braemar, including three magnificent Baltic capitals, you’ll experience cultural discovery at its finest on this enriching 13-night adventure.
  • You can delight in Copenhagen’s palaces, monuments and beautiful waterfront; indulge in an authentic Finnish sauna experience in Helsinki; and delve into Tallinn’s fairytale-esque Old Town.
  • Elsewhere, savour world-famous sights and an unforgettable night at the Russian ballet in St Petersburg; and in Germany, visit charming Travemünde before sailing the size-restricted Kiel Canal.

From £1,799pp

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Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Mon 08 Jun 2020
14 nights • Balmoral • L2012

  • This immersive cruise is as rewarding as it gets, affording opportunities to uncover the seemingly endless highlights of big-hitting, attraction-packed destinations in the Baltic and Scandinavia.
  • In Scandinavia, you can immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s Royal heritage and Stockholm’s pop culture; sail the spectacular Stockholm Archipelago; and uncover Oslo’s artistic and aesthetic treasures.
  • You’ll also visit enchanting Riga, UNESCO-listed Visby, and stop overnight in St Petersburg, for chances to see world-famous landmarks and spend savour an evening at the quintessential Russian ballet.

From £1,999pp

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Sailing to the Heart of the Baltic

Sailing to the Heart of the Baltic

Departs: Southampton • Tue 28 Jul 2020
14 nights • Braemar • M2019

  • Docking closer to the heart of a string of attraction-packed rich cities, Braemar brings the Baltic’s greatest architectural treasures, legendary landmarks and cultural highlights within easy reach.
  • See the art-nouveau delights of Riga and Helsinki; explore Visby’s beautifully preserved Old Town; see the impressive Royal Palaces of Copenhagen; and unwind with an authentic Finnish sauna experience.
  • Spectacular St Petersburg will be a highlight to savour: stopping overnight affords opportunities to seek-out the gems of the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’ and even feel the emotion of an evening at the magical Russian ballet.

From £1,999pp

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Capital Cities of the Baltic

Capital Cities of the Baltic

Departs: Newcastle • Sun 02 Aug 2020
14 nights • Balmoral • L2019

  • With visits to six diverse destinations, including four charismatic capitals and the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’, you’ll revel in an extensive list of unforgettable sights and experiences on this immersive cruise.
  • In Scandinavia, you can immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s Royal heritage and Stockholm’s pop culture; sail the spectacular Stockholm Archipelago; and uncover Oslo’s artistic and aesthetic treasures.
  • You’ll also visit enchanting Riga, UNESCO-listed Visby, and stop overnight in St Petersburg, for an opportunity to see world-famous landmarks and spend savour an evening at the quintessential Russian ballet.

From £1,999pp

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Uncrowded Baltic

Uncrowded Baltic

Departs: Dover • Tue 29 Sep 2020
12 nights • Boudicca • D2024

  • Explore the Baltic when it’s less crowded but no less rewarding, for a chance to experience the region’s genuine essence and greatest attractions at your own pace, with fewer tourists around.
  • Enjoy a leisurely and relaxing exploration St Petersburg, with ample time to take in the city’s spectacular palaces, cathedrals and museums by day, before perhaps spending a magical evening at the Russian ballet.
  • Your rewarding journey also takes you to UNESCO-listed Tallinn, with its fairytale-esque Old Town, castles and merchants houses; as well the attraction-packed Scandinavian cities of Gothenburg and Copenhagen.

From £1,699pp

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Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 13 May 2021
14 nights • Balmoral • L2114

  • Combining visits to intoxicating destinations, including five capital cities, with spellbinding scenic cruising, this classic Baltic exploration will have you captivated from the moment you set sail.
  • Revel in the artistic, historic and cultural attractions of three Scandinavian capitals – Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm; and experience unforgettable navigations of the sprawling Stockholm archipelago.
  • You’re sure to be left spellbound by the enchanting old towns of Riga and Tallinn, as well spectacular palaces, grandiose churches, iconic landmarks and quintessential Russian ballet in St Petersburg.

From £1,999pp

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