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St Petersburg

St Petersburg holidays

Introduction

St Petersburg is the most European of Russian cities, imbued with elegance, glamour, and the lingering romance associated with the Romanovs, Russia's last reigning royal family. The rarefied atmosphere emanates from the neoclassical and baroque Italianate buildings that line the graceful streets and canals - it's hard to imagine the swamp that existed here before. It also emanates from the high culture here - from the incomparable Bolshoi Ballet to the vast riches of the Hermitage museum, one of the world's best and biggest, overflowing with great art and relics of Russia's rich past.

St Petersburg has always been rich in ideas - its citizens sparked off the Russian Revolution, the most sophisticated, gilded city in all Russia bequeathing upon the country decades of communist control. But the bohemians have always been here, and remain today, hence the preponderance of performance art and art galleries.

And they know how to party in St Petersburg, with everyone coming out to play during the magical White Nights of the summer, when the sun never sets. International stars of ballet and opera flock to the city during the White Nights festival, to perform at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, while musicians and street performers aplenty flock to the banks of the mighty Neva river where revellers drink, dance and picnic while watching fireworks and the ships go past as the bridges on the river are raised.

There's entertainment to be had all year round in this cultured city - with so much to see, from the famous Bronze Horseman statue, to the Winter Palace, the Peter and Paul fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, the homes of Pushkin and Dostoyevsky, and a trip by hydrofoil to Peterhof Palace, designed to rival Versailles, and sitting pretty in extravagantly designed gardens that slope down to the waterfront.

Getting here from Moscow can be pretty romantic too, although the overnight train is not quite as charming as that depicted in Anna Karenina, arriving in the early morning light and setting off down the famous Nevsky Prospect is thrilling. As is an alternative option, the delightful river cruise route between the two cities.

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Russian Explorer

8-day escorted tour from £1,335 pp

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offer

selected 2018 dates – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

Explore Russia's urban powerhouses in Moscow and St Petersburg as you uncover everything from imposing neoclassical cathedrals and 18th-century citadels to Stalinist metro stations and museums containing masterpieces by Raphael and Rembrandt.

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Top itineraries in St Petersburg

Highlights Of St Petersburg

5-day tailor-made city break from £1,035 pp incl. flights

This short break takes in all of the above and includes private guiding throughout, along with 5-star accommodation at the stunning Angleterre Hotel.

Russian Giants: Moscow & St Petersburg

6-day tailor-made city break from £1,770 pp incl. flights

Russia is undoubtedly one of Europe's biggest cultural draws and this five-night tour lifts the lid on its two most celebrated cities: Moscow and St Petersburg.

Russian Explorer

8-day escorted tour from £1,335 pp

Special
offer

selected 2018 dates – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

Explore Russia's urban powerhouses in Moscow and St Petersburg as you uncover everything from imposing neoclassical cathedrals and 18th-century citadels to Stalinist metro stations and museums containing masterpieces by Raphael and Rembrandt.

Visa-Free Cruise to Russia

6-day tailor-made journey from £885 pp incl. flights

Travel from Helsinki to St Petersburg by sea without the time-consuming process and expense of applying for a Russian visa. An overnight cruise from the Finnish capital Helsinki arrives in St Petersburg mid morning the following day.

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Top places to stay in St Petersburg

Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, St Petersburg

Traditional hotel

Located in the historical centre of St Petersburg, Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel offers contemporary rooms, unique dining experiences and world-class facilities with easy access to St Petersburg’s downtown attractions.

Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg

Contemporary hotel

At this central hotel, chic rooms offer a fine counterpoint to views of historic golden domes that set the tone for St Petersburg’s storied past.

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg

Grand & elegant hotel

Discover the pulse of one of Europe's most culturally rich cities in St Petersburg’s oldest and most venerated hotel. A stay in a place like this is worthy of a souvenir, known as St Petersburg's answer to the Champs-Elysees.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, St Petersburg

Contemporary hotel

Located in the very heart of St Petersburg, The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is in a charming and historical area, just opposite the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square the hotel is also just two minutes walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping.

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When to go to St Petersburg

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