Frontal view of the Saint Isaac cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Cruise to St. Petersburg, Russia

Since its founding by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has been one of the most impressive cities in Russia, Europe and the world. Marvel at the Baroque and neoclassical architecture on display within its UNESCO World Heritage historical center. Enjoy the relaxing charm of the Baltic Sea as you stroll along it. Cruise to St. Petersburg and hop on a boat and see the colorful variety of the city's sights and architecture on a canal tour. Or spend the day meandering the action-packed 3.5-mile stretch of Nevsky Prospect, where you'll find the can't-miss Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and plenty of cafes where you can fuel up on cured sausage and thick rye bread.
National Language Russian
Currency Accepted Russian Ruble (RUB)

Things To Do in St. Petersburg

Front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, Winter Palace

Czars and Saviors

Czars and Saviors

Located near the waterfront and housed in the former Romanov Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum sits due north along Nevsky Prospekt from the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg's other most iconic attraction.

View of Saint Isaac's square in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, Saint Isaac's Square

Discover the Unusual

Discover the Unusual

St. Petersburg's city center is overflowing with history — why not choose museums that offer something a little different? Visit the quirky Faberge Museum, dedicated to the work of Russian jeweler Carl Faberge. Or enjoy an interactive experience at the Museum of Emotions.

Close up of the fountains at the front of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, Peterhof Palace fountains

Imperial Excursion

Take a drive to some imperial palaces outside the city center. Under an hour away by car lies exquisite Peterhof, whose fountains alone are worth the price of admission. Cruise to St. Petersburg and go by train to the Baroque-style Catherine Palace — can you guess which Russian ruler often stayed here?

A bowl of boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

St. Petersburg, Russia, Boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

Local Cuisine

Russians flock to St. Petersburg because of its cosmopolitan vibe, but use your stop here to discover local cuisine. Head to the restaurant-rich Nevsky Prospect to sample borscht beet root soup (the cold version in summer), dumplings of meat (plmeni) and sour cherries (vareniki) or hearty beef stroganoff — yes, that's a Russian dish!

Wooden dolls in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, Wooden Dolls


St. Petersburg's shopping options are as grand as its architecture. The luxurious Gostiny Dvor mall is an essential stop with your St. Petersburg cruise. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth experience, try your luck (and your Russian language skills) at Udelnaya Flea Market and bargain for one-of-a-kind antique samovars or imperial porcelain.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Keep your cruise documents with you. Being on a cruise (and stopping for 72 hours or less) is all that exempts you from needing a visa, so you'll want to have your papers in case authorities ask for them.
2 Dress in layers even in the summer, when it go can from cool to hot in the course of a morning and afternoon.

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