Founded by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has for centuries been the cultural center of Russia, with its spectacular architecture, Tchaikovsky operas and the famous Kirov ballet. It has undergone many changes over the decades, but “The Venice of the North” remains a dazzling cruise destination, a Russian city with a European flair, a city with more than 200 museums, and one of the largest English gardens in Europe!
Grand Palace The town of Peterhof, 22 miles west of St. Petersburg, boasts the Grand Palace and is resplendent with fountains and gardens. The Peterhof summer estate was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles.
Cathedral of St. Peter A majestic landmark that is the burial site for many Romanovs. Next, explore The Church of Spilled Blood, featuring a collection of mosaics that cover 8,400 square yards with jeweler’s enamel.
Catherine’s Palace In 1710 he presented Catherine’s Palace to his wife. You’ll find it in Tsar’s Village in Pushkin. A palace tour takes you through a series of magnificent rooms, including the Picture Gallery, Great Hall and world-famous Amber Room.