Saint Petersburg, the Venice of the North, is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. Russia’s former imperial capital never fails to amaze tourists with its magical frozen in time atmosphere. Built from nothing by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg soon became Russia’s first modern city with breathtaking cathedrals designed by European architects and threaded with canals and baroque bridges.
Amongst the top activities in St. Petersburg for first time visitors would certainly be a city walking tour, including a stroll down Nevsky Prospekt, one of the best-known streets cutting right through the historical center of the city. Many incredible buildings such as Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Kazan Cathedral and the largest department store Gostiny Dvor are open to view on the way.
Nevsky Prospekt can bring you to another amazing location: the State Hermitage Museum, consisting of five linked buildings on Neva riverside. Book a four hours long excursion to discover the stunning collections of art acquired by Catherine the Great with over three million works of art and world culture artefacts currently on display. The experience is even more special as the main complex of the museum is located in The Winter Palace, built by the architect Rastrelli on the orders of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna.