How to see the top sights in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2 days; Tamara Elliott; Globe Guide

Russia – Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

With its grandiose buildings, intricate architecture, grand boulevards and storied past, St. Petersburg, Russia is one of the world’s most historically significant cities. Made up of 47 islands connected by winding canals and 500 bridges, the city is like a mix between Paris, Amsterdam and Venice—just as Peter the Great intended when he commissioned the best architects from around Europe to design the city centuries ago.

For most people a visit to Russia is the trip of a lifetime, yet due to costly visa requirements it’s not always easy to get there. Fortunately those restrictions are waived for those arriving in St. Petersburg as part of a cruise, which means most tourists experience the city for the first time by arriving via the Gulf of Finland.

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