St Petersburg offers insight into an extraordinary history epitomised by its glittering spires and palaces.
Twin your trip to this iconic city with a visit to Moscow. Rail transfers are available between the two cities in each direction. The fast 'Sapsan' train takes 4.5 hours with several departures throughout the day.
You'll find no shortage of places to eat in St Petersburg serving both European and local dishes, from restaurants serving local specialities such as Stroganov to hip international cafes. A speciality of this Russian city is the blini, or pancakes, served with red or black caviar and borscht (beetroot soup).
The majority of St Petersburg's shopping, from designer to souvenirs can be found on or just off the Nevsky Prospekt. Traditional souvenirs include lacquered boxes, engraved amber and, of course, Matryoshka dolls.
St Petersburg City Tour
A private tour including all the main sights with brief stops at Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt and the Church on the Spilled Blood.
Departs: daily. Duration: 3 hours.
Adults from £53 based on 2 adults sharing.
Hermitage Winter Palace
Tour the Hermitage Museum with a private guide including the Winter Palace state rooms and the main fine arts and archaeological exhibits. Entrance included.
Departs: Tue-Sun. Duration: 3 hours.
Adults from £66 based on 2 adults sharing. Can be combined with City Tour.
Yusupov Palace with Rasputin Exhibition
The former noble Yusupov family used to live in this intriguing palace in the centre of St Petersburg. Second only in wealth to the royal family the Yusupovs were extremely powerful in the city and known for their philanthropy and art collection. Notorious as the scene of the murder of the monk Rasputin, there is now an exhibition within the palace detailing his life and death.
Departs: daily. Duration: 3 hours
Adults from £80, based on 2 adults sharing.
Location 29km out of St Petersburg in Pushkin, this former summer residence of the Russian Tsars is a glorious blue Rococo building set in a grand French style park. This guided tour will take you through the incredible Great Hall and other impressive rooms extraordinarily decorated in the styles of the late 18th and early 19th century.
Departs: Wed-Mon. Duration: 4-5 hours
Adults from £64, based on 2 adults sharing.