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.