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Things to do in St. Petersburg

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The State Hermitage Museum , St. Petersburg
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Saint Petersburg's prime cultural attraction, The State Hermitage Museum houses a collection of over 3 million artworks from around the globe
Tours from $25
Saint Isaac's Cathedral , St. Petersburg
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Famous for its gold-plated dome, Saint Isaac's Cathedral features an observation deck offering arguably the finest views of the city. Built d
Tours from $25
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Easily recognized by its richly decorated facade and onion domes, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood marks the spot of Emperor Alexander I
Tours from $5
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Duration: 2 days
Discover St. Petersburg with your English-speaking guide on this active and comprehensive two-day excursion. You will visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens, the iconic Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace (the site of Rasputin's murder) and more. Your local tour guide will bring the city's fascinating and grandiose history to life with stories and anecdotes. You will ride on the city's River and canals, enjoy two traditional Russian lunches and immerse yourself in this beautiful city on this small-group shore excursion for ships in port for 2 days. This excursion is visa-free for cruise ship passengers. Please provide passport information at the time of booking so that we may issue the Visa-waiver document prior to your arrival.
Book on Viator from $319
Russian Museum , St. Petersburg
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Housed inside a classical building designed by famed architect Carlo Rossi, Russian Museum boasts a permanent collection tracing the history
Tours from $21
Palace Square , St. Petersburg
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Saint Petersburg's historical heart, monumental Palace Square provided the setting for some of the 20th century's most dramatic events. In 19
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St. Petersburg

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Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great. Today called simply "Peter" by its residents, for much of the 20th century the city bore the name of the country's first communist leader, Lenin. With its ornate mansions and tremendous cathedrals lining the riverbanks and winding canals, this dazzling metropolis seems almost frozen in time. The historical palaces are home to many museums, including Russia's largest collection of art and memorabilia from the country's political history. The birthplace of the Russian ballet and home of many celebrated composers, today the city has a growing underground art and music scene to offer. In early summer the legendary "white nights," when the northern sun barely dips below the horizon, add to the romantic atmosphere of the city aptly called the "Venice of the North," due to its network of canals crossed by more than 300 bridges. A full and diverse itinerary awaits visitors who choose to stay in the city more than just a few days. Make your own St. Petersburg vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Russia online trip itinerary maker.

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Where to stay in St. Petersburg

For luxury hotels with a price tag to match, you can't beat the city's historical heart--Palace Square--and Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue that connects the square to the Neva River. The area around St. Isaac's Cathedral, at the west end of Nevsky Prospekt, also offers a great selection of luxury and mid-range options. If you want to see the other side of the city, consider staying on Vasilyevsky Island, at the mouth of the river. Increased competition means that St. Petersburg now offers a wide range of inexpensive but funky hostels scattered throughout the city.
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