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St. Petersburg, the impressive capital of Tsarist Russia, reflects the tumultuous history of a complex land through the years. It was rechristened Leningrad during the Soviet era, only to return to its original avatar. The port city by the Baltic Sea and the great Neva River was fashioned into an imperial capital by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great. The grand architecture of St. Petersburg, with its opulent palaces, picturesque canals, bridges and cathedrals, showcases the best of European design from the 18th and 19th centuries. Its network of waterways, baroque mansions, neoclassical buildings and many plazas often draw comparisons with Venice. A haven of the arts and culture, this is the place to catch a classical opera or watch star ballet artists performing The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre. Browse through the many museums and art galleries, such as the State Russian Museum. Dine in style, relishing traditional dishes like Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev and Russian dumplings, paired with fine wines.

Highlights

  • State Hermitage Museum
  • The Mariinsky Theatre
  • Boats & Cruises
  • Peterhof
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Golden Triangle Hotel
Boutique Hotel Golden Triangle

Style: Boutique

The Boutique Hotel Golden Triangle is a delightful hotel, located on Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg’s city center. The hotel’s prime location allows you to visit the Hermitage museum, Palace square, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Kazan cathedral, all located within a 5-minute walk.

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Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Style: Heritage

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace is an opulent historic hotel on St Isaac’s square, in close proximity to St Petersburg’s landmarks like the State Hermitage, Mariinsky Theatre, Kazan Cathedral and Mikhailovsky Castle. It’s situated inside an actual 19th-century royal palace and true to its name, the front entrance is guarded by Renaissance marble lions.

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Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Helvetia Hotel
Helvetia Hotel

Style: Boutique

Helvetia Hotel on Marata Street is a stone’s throw away from Nevsky Prospekt, Saint Petersburg’s central avenue. The city’s notable landmarks, the Hermitage museum, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Kazan cathedral are all within easy reach.

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Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Hotel Astoria
Hotel Astoria St Petersburg

Style: Boutique

Hotel Astoria is prestigiously located opposite the golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral. It’s a short walk from the main street of Nevsky Prospekt, and the Mariinsky Theatre. Built in 1912 in elegant Art Nouveau style, this hotel was completely renovated in 2012.

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