St Petersburg is a city unlike any other. Glorious and extravagant palaces line many of its waterways and its largely preserved Baroque and neoclassical buildings of the 18th and 19th century are best admired on foot.
Created 300 years ago by Peter the Great, many great writers and composers created their finest pieces of work here.
Well known for its waterways and canals, making use of the river buses to beat the city’s downtown traffic is highly recommended.
The impressive Peterhof Imperial Estate, world-famous for its spectacular fountains and St Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest in St Petersburg are both “must-sees” along with Peter and Paul Fortress. Located on an island near the North bank of the Neva River, the Fortress is home to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place for Russian Tsars.
For shopping, Nevsky Prospekt has everything from designer to souvenir shops. Take time out for lunch and try this cities own speciality – blini served with red or black caviar and borscht (beetroot soup) before heading back to purchase a traditional souvenir or two.