St. Petersburg River Cruising
With what seems like a palace or cathedral around every corner, you could spend a year in St. Petersburg and still not see all that this marvelous city has to offer. A river cruise through St. Petersburg offers the opportunity to explore St. Isaac’s Cathedral – the world’s largest Russian Orthodox cathedral. Or you could stroll the decadent foyers of the Yusupov Palace, where Grigori Rasputin was murdered in 1916.
The State Hermitage, a museum of art and culture in the heart of the city, is one of the world’s oldest and largest, with a collection of almost three million items. With its bold Rococo architectural style, Catherine’s Palace is an impressive place to visit as well. There is also the spectacular series of palaces – Peterhof Palace – laid out on the orders of Peterthe Great. Stroll the stunning gardens and buildings that are frequently referred to as the ‘Russian Versailles’.
Travelling the waterways of St. Petersburg on a river cruise also offer wonderful sights, as water frontage was a priority when the great Imperial palaces were built. There are over 400 bridges in this beguiling city and you’ll gain a greater appreciation of Russian architectural styles as we cruise on a small boat between traditional and contemporary buildings, with the distinctive colorful onion cupolas easily spotted atop many Russian churches.