From marshland to the majestic historical stage of complicated conspiracies and revolution, St. Petersburg’s baroque and neoclassical legacy remains. St. Petersburg is quintessential Russia with a theatrical European touch. Land of wistful white nights, tragic love stories and Tchaikovsky, the former imperial capital on the Baltic tells a romantic tale of tenacious tsars, palaces built on passions and a creativity that keeps the city up-to-date.
The 872-day Leningrad Blockade during World War II was one of the longest and most destructive in history with millions of lives lost.
Take your time soaking in the treasures in the Hermitage Museum, head to Nevsky Prospect for some upscale shopping or encounter the city's mix of Middle Eastern, Slavic and Mediterranean flavours at the Kuznechny Market. Pay your respects to the Russian greats at the tranquil Tikhvin Cemetery and end the evening at the Mariinsky Theatre, or with a nocturnal boat ride to watch the bridges open on the River Neva.