No cruise around the Baltic would be complete without a visit to Russia to explore St Petersburg; a city widely regarded as one of the most beautiful to be found anywhere in Europe.
Located on the banks of the Neva River on the edge of the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg has been dubbed as Russia’s 'Cultural Capital' thanks to the wide selection of historical locations that it contains.
Indeed, such is the collection of grand palaces and gardens to be found within the city limits, St Petersburg as a whole has its own place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
One of the main attractions in St Petersburg is the Hermitage, a huge museum that features highly on the ‘must see’ list for those who are spending time in the city.
In amongst the impressive buildings that make up the Hermitage, which includes the famous Winter Palace, visitors can marvel at works from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Gaugin – making St Petersburg hugely attractive to lovers of fine art.
Other highlights of the city include the Peterhof Palace with its impressive gardens and elegant fountains, the stunning golden dome of St. Issac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – the imposing building constructed on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated.
Add into the mix the chance to travel along St Petersburg’s network of canals, to hit the shops for some retail therapy and to sample the best in Russian cuisine and it’s clear to see why the 'Venice of the North' is one of the Baltic’s most popular destinations.