Ingvar, Waterways of the Tsars ex Moscow to St Petersburg

12 Night Cruise sailing from Moscow to St Petersburg aboard Viking Ingvar.

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Ingvar, Waterways of the Tsars ex Moscow to St Petersburg
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Moscow, Russia
Length: 12
18/05/2020
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Viking Ingvar
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Ship:
Viking Ingvar
Cruise line:
Viking River Cruises
Duration:
12 nights
Departs:
Moscow, Russia

12 Night Cruise sailing from Moscow to St Petersburg aboard Viking Ingvar.

Thinking of Russia, two great cities immediately come to mind: Moscow and St. Petersburg. This monumental 13-day itinerary includes multiple days in both cities, touring such landmarks as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and the Catherine Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg. But, there is another side of Russia; quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich that only a river cruise can provide. See opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and visit beautiful churches and cathedrals. It is an unforgettable way to experience the history and culture of this unique and mysterious country.

Day 1 | Moscow, Russia
Arrive in Moscow and embark your ship. After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (D)

Day 2 | Moscow, Russia
Relax this morning and enjoy an early lunch before your half-day tour of Moscow. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral and a visit to the famous GUM Department Store. You will also get the chance to experience the city’s Metro. Stay in the city center for an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Moscow, Russia
Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. Or you may choose an optional experience: Take a morning tour to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. This afternoon you may visit the Cosmonaut Museum with displays that trace the history of space exploration or take a Jewish Moscow tour, illustrating the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled in the city. Dine aboard for dinner, then relax or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Moscow, Russia
After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. You’ll go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Canon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Moscow Canal after lunch as we depart the city. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Uglich, Russia
We cruise through the morning. After lunch, disembark for your walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserve the memory of Russia’s historical events. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Depart before dinner; cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Yaroslavl, Russia
Arrive this morning in Yaroslavl, another Golden Ring city. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for lunch and departure. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Kuzino, Russia
We dock this morning in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. From here, you visit the renowned Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. Take a guided walk through the monastery’s historic grounds, seeing several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon departure. Spend the remainder of the day cruising along the Volga-Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Kizhi, Russia
We cruise through the morning, admiring the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and arrive this afternoon at the island village of Kizhi. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart in the evening and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 9 | Mandrogy, Russia
Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the scenic Svir River, traveling the 139-mile “Blue Route” as it takes you southwest from Lake Onega. Stop in Mandrogy and take some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya; (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, on your way to the Neva River. All meals are served aboard your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 10 | St. Petersburg, Russia
Sail on the Neva River into St. Petersburg early this morning. After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Winter Palace to tour the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return aboard for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (B, L, D)

Day 11 | St. Petersburg, Russia
Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars, named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. Return to your ship for lunch. After lunch embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine aboard, then relax or attend an optional evening folkloric performance. (B, L, D)

Day 12 | St. Petersburg, Russia
You have the day free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, with its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 13 | St. Petersburg, Russia
After breakfast, disembark (B)

Itinerary

Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia, and the largest city in Europe, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world. Moscow is the country's political, economic, religious, financial, educational and transportation centre. There are many not to be missed sites in Moscow. Red Square is the heart of Moscow and the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls. This gigantic site can not be missed. The Diamond collection in the Armoury is worth a visit on its own. There are several stunning churches that warrant a visit. One of the most notable art museums in Moscow is the Tretyakov Gallery, which was founded by Pavel Tretyakov, a wealthy patron of the arts who donated a large private collection to the city. The Tretyakov Gallery is split into two buildings. The Old Tretyakov gallery, the original gallery in the Tretyakovskaya area on the south bank of the Moskva River, houses the works of the classic Russian tradition. Things to See & Do * Red Square * The Kremlin * Old Arbat Street * Tretyakov Gallery * Gorky Park General Information Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 1,091 km² Population - 11,503,501 Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The North Station, in Khimki neighborhood, provides berths for cruise ships to Saint Petersburg, as well as Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don and other cities along the Volga. Travel Links - There are five primary commercial airports serving Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport. Sheremetyevo International Airport is the most common entry point for foreign passengers, handling sixty percent of all international flights. Moscow lies at the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok. You can reach here from almost anywhere in Europe and Central Asia. Intercity buses to Russian and some former Soviet Union cities depart from the intercity bus station (автовокзал) at Shelkovskaya Metro station (the last station of the dark blue line, in northeast Moscow). This is the only place in Moscow from which public transportation is available directly to Suzdal. Also, some intercity buses depart from Komsomolskaya, Tushinskaya, Yugo-Zapadnaya, Vykhino, and Domodedovskaya Metro stations.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia, and the largest city in Europe, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world. Moscow is the country's political, economic, religious, financial, educational and transportation centre. There are many not to be missed sites in Moscow. Red Square is the heart of Moscow and the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls. This gigantic site can not be missed. The Diamond collection in the Armoury is worth a visit on its own. There are several stunning churches that warrant a visit. One of the most notable art museums in Moscow is the Tretyakov Gallery, which was founded by Pavel Tretyakov, a wealthy patron of the arts who donated a large private collection to the city. The Tretyakov Gallery is split into two buildings. The Old Tretyakov gallery, the original gallery in the Tretyakovskaya area on the south bank of the Moskva River, houses the works of the classic Russian tradition. Things to See & Do * Red Square * The Kremlin * Old Arbat Street * Tretyakov Gallery * Gorky Park General Information Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 1,091 km² Population - 11,503,501 Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The North Station, in Khimki neighborhood, provides berths for cruise ships to Saint Petersburg, as well as Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don and other cities along the Volga. Travel Links - There are five primary commercial airports serving Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport. Sheremetyevo International Airport is the most common entry point for foreign passengers, handling sixty percent of all international flights. Moscow lies at the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok. You can reach here from almost anywhere in Europe and Central Asia. Intercity buses to Russian and some former Soviet Union cities depart from the intercity bus station (автовокзал) at Shelkovskaya Metro station (the last station of the dark blue line, in northeast Moscow). This is the only place in Moscow from which public transportation is available directly to Suzdal. Also, some intercity buses depart from Komsomolskaya, Tushinskaya, Yugo-Zapadnaya, Vykhino, and Domodedovskaya Metro stations.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia, and the largest city in Europe, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world. Moscow is the country's political, economic, religious, financial, educational and transportation centre. There are many not to be missed sites in Moscow. Red Square is the heart of Moscow and the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls. This gigantic site can not be missed. The Diamond collection in the Armoury is worth a visit on its own. There are several stunning churches that warrant a visit. One of the most notable art museums in Moscow is the Tretyakov Gallery, which was founded by Pavel Tretyakov, a wealthy patron of the arts who donated a large private collection to the city. The Tretyakov Gallery is split into two buildings. The Old Tretyakov gallery, the original gallery in the Tretyakovskaya area on the south bank of the Moskva River, houses the works of the classic Russian tradition. Things to See & Do * Red Square * The Kremlin * Old Arbat Street * Tretyakov Gallery * Gorky Park General Information Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 1,091 km² Population - 11,503,501 Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The North Station, in Khimki neighborhood, provides berths for cruise ships to Saint Petersburg, as well as Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don and other cities along the Volga. Travel Links - There are five primary commercial airports serving Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport. Sheremetyevo International Airport is the most common entry point for foreign passengers, handling sixty percent of all international flights. Moscow lies at the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok. You can reach here from almost anywhere in Europe and Central Asia. Intercity buses to Russian and some former Soviet Union cities depart from the intercity bus station (автовокзал) at Shelkovskaya Metro station (the last station of the dark blue line, in northeast Moscow). This is the only place in Moscow from which public transportation is available directly to Suzdal. Also, some intercity buses depart from Komsomolskaya, Tushinskaya, Yugo-Zapadnaya, Vykhino, and Domodedovskaya Metro stations.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia, and the largest city in Europe, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world. Moscow is the country's political, economic, religious, financial, educational and transportation centre. There are many not to be missed sites in Moscow. Red Square is the heart of Moscow and the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls. This gigantic site can not be missed. The Diamond collection in the Armoury is worth a visit on its own. There are several stunning churches that warrant a visit. One of the most notable art museums in Moscow is the Tretyakov Gallery, which was founded by Pavel Tretyakov, a wealthy patron of the arts who donated a large private collection to the city. The Tretyakov Gallery is split into two buildings. The Old Tretyakov gallery, the original gallery in the Tretyakovskaya area on the south bank of the Moskva River, houses the works of the classic Russian tradition. Things to See & Do * Red Square * The Kremlin * Old Arbat Street * Tretyakov Gallery * Gorky Park General Information Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 1,091 km² Population - 11,503,501 Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The North Station, in Khimki neighborhood, provides berths for cruise ships to Saint Petersburg, as well as Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don and other cities along the Volga. Travel Links - There are five primary commercial airports serving Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport. Sheremetyevo International Airport is the most common entry point for foreign passengers, handling sixty percent of all international flights. Moscow lies at the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok. You can reach here from almost anywhere in Europe and Central Asia. Intercity buses to Russian and some former Soviet Union cities depart from the intercity bus station (автовокзал) at Shelkovskaya Metro station (the last station of the dark blue line, in northeast Moscow). This is the only place in Moscow from which public transportation is available directly to Suzdal. Also, some intercity buses depart from Komsomolskaya, Tushinskaya, Yugo-Zapadnaya, Vykhino, and Domodedovskaya Metro stations.

Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, which stands on the Volga River. It is known for its delicious cheeses and dairy products and for its watchmakers. The church of Dmitry is one of the landmarks of the town. A team of restorers has been working on the town’s historical center since 1952. Uglich’s historical center is under permanent conservation. Things to See & Do * Alexeievsky and Resurrection monasteries * Church of St. John the Baptist * Dmitry on the Blood Church * Transfiguration Cathedral Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Population – 34,505 approx Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The port at Uglich is located on the VolgaRiver.

Yaroslavl is a city and the administrative center of Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located 250 kilometres (160 mi) northeast of Moscow. The historic part of the city, a World Heritage Site, is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. It is one of the Golden Ring cities, a group of historic cities northeast of Moscow that has played an important role in Russian history. Yaroslavl boasts a city centre with around 140 individual federally-protected architectural monuments. Since 2005, this ensemble, along with the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery has been included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Things to See & Do * Yaroslavl old town * Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery * Bogolavyenskaya Square (Epiphany Square) * Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve * Church of Elijah the Prophet Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 565 km² Population – 591,486 approx Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The port at is located on the VolgaRiver. Travel Links - Yaroslavl is well served by rail, with a four hour trains from Moscow (Yaroslavsky Railway station) leaving 30 times daily, and a 12 hour overnight sleeper to St. Petersburg leaving every night.. Journey by elektrichka needs connection in Alexandrov. Daily trains include other destinations of Arkhangelsk, Ivanovo, Vorkuta, Cherepovets, Tolyatti etc. There are buses from Moscow Central bus station (Schyolkovskaya metro station) at 8.30, 12.15, 14.15, 17.30, 23.15 daily. Time travel: 5 hours.

Kuzino is an urban locality (an urban-type settlement) under the administrative jurisdiction of Veliky Ustyug Town of Oblast Significance, Vologda Oblast, Russia, located on the right bank of the Northern Dvina River at the confluence of the Sukhona and the Yug, opposite to Veliky Ustyug. Municipally, it is incorporated as Urban Settlement of Kuzino, one of the three urban settlements in Velikoustyugsky Municipal District. General Information Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Population – 1,131 approx Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location - The port is located on the right bank of the Northern Dvina River. Travel Links - Kuzino is connected by a passenger ferry with Veliky Ustyug. In winter, the rivers freeze, and cars and trucks cross the Northern Dvina over the ice. In spring and autumn, when the ice melts or sets up, there is no crossing to Veliky Ustyug. The Sukhona, the Yug, and the Northern Dvina are all navigable, but there is no passenger navigation except for the ferry crossings.

The Volga-Baltic Waterway, formerly known as the Mariinsk Canal System is a series of canals and rivers in Russia which link the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Its overall length between Cherepovets and Lake Onega is 368 km. The Waterway starts in Rybinsk and follows along the Svir and Neva Rivers, emptying into the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea in St. Petersburg. Travel along the Volga-Baltic Waterway takes in Moscow and St. Petersburg. As well there are many villages and quaint towns along these Waterways, like Yaroslavl, Uglich and Goritzy. See grand monuments and opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and beautiful cathedrals. Things to See and Do * Moscow * St Petersburg * Yaroslavl * Uglich * Goritzy Cruise Season – March - Nov Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Electricity – 2 round pins European style Time – GMT plus three hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location – The main ports are located at Moscow and St Petersburg. Travel Links – Moscow lies at the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok. You can reach here from almost anywhere in Europe and Central Asia. Moscow has nine train stations, 8 of them offering long-distance and local train services. Moscow has four main airports. Sheremetyevo, north of the city centre, is the closest airport to downtown Moscow but the major thouroughfare leading to it, Leningradskoye Shosse, is one of the busiest in the city and is normally a giant traffic jam most of the day. Intercity buses to Russian and some former Soviet Union cities depart from the intercity bus station at Shelkovskaya Metro station.

Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk. The KIZHI museum is one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. This is an unique historical, cultural and natural complex enlisted on the Code of the Most Significant Cultural Heritage Sites of the Peoples of the Russian Federation. The basis of the museum collection is the architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The collection of the Open-Air “Kizhi” Museum includes 89 monuments of wooden architecture: old chapels and houses, windmills and granaries, threshing barns and racks for drying crops…The gem of this collection is the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, 37 meters height. The Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and the Bell-Tower located nearby emphasize the harmony and magnificence of the main Church. Things to See & Do * Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior * Monuments of wooden architecture * Peasant homesteads * Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary * Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus from Murom Monastery General Information Cruise Season – March - Dec Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 5km² Electricity – 2 round pins European style. Time – UTC plus two four hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Travel Links - Access to Kizhi is provided by hydrofoil (several trips a day from Petrozavodsk during the summer months), cruise ship, helicopter and snowcat (in the winter). Transportation over the island is mostly on foot. During the winter, snowmobiles are also used.

Svir river is located in the north-east of Leningrad Oblast, Russia. It flows from Lake Onega west to Lake Ladoga, thus connecting the two largest lakes of Europe. It is the largest river flowing into Lake Ladoga. After Peter the Great connected the Svir with the Neva River by the Ladoga Canal, the river has been part of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. There are two hydroelectric power plants on the Svir. The towns of Podporozhye, Lodeynoye Pole and Svirstroy are located on the Svir River. The river flows past the Alexander-Svirsky Monastery, which used to house Svirlag (one of the most infamous gulags). Things to See and Do * Podporozhye * Lodeynoye Pole * Alexander-Svirsky Monastery * Svirstsroy Cruise Season – March - Nov Currency – Ruble (RUB) Language – Russian Land Area – 84,500 sq km (Leningrad Oblast) Population – 1,700,000 approx (Leningrad Oblast) Electricity – 2 round pins European style Time – GMT plus three hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location – There are ports located at towns situated along the Svir River. Travel Links – The Svir River can be accessed by boat from St Petersburg.

Situated in the west, on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is a city of magnificent palaces and elaborate churches in grandiose Baroque and neo-classical designs. Highlights include Trezzini’s gold-spired landmark of St Peter and St Paul, the bright color, domes and gold of the Church on Spilled Blood and the carved and gilded extravaganza of St Isaac’s Cathedral. On Nevsky prospekt, St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, the styles of three centuries, from classical to Baroque to Style Moderne, have created one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Adding to the beauty of the buildings are the canals and rivers, which cross Nevsky prospect and have been compared to Venice. The winding waterways lead to the broad River Neva, at the heart of St Petersburg. Although the capital moved to Moscow after the revolution, St Petersburg is certainly Russia’s first city in terms of beauty. It is also the center for classical culture – from opera to ballet to music – with historic venues, such as the Mariinsky Theater. Things to see and do * Hermitage museum * Isaakievsky sobor (St Isaac’s Cathedral) * Petropavlovskaya krepost (Peter & Paul Fortress) * Muzeh-domik Petra I (Cabin of Peter the Great) Cruise Season – March - Nov Currency – Russian Roubles (Rb) Language – Russian Land Area – 600km’s Population –5,000,000. Electricity – 2 round pins European style Time – GMT plus three hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location – Morskoy vokzal, the Marine Passenger Terminal, on Vasilevsky Island is situated at the West end of Bolshoy prospect, Morskoy Slavy Square 1. Transport Links – Pulkova II is located some 17km (10.6 miles) southwest of St Petersburg and has links with most European and International countries. It is possible to travel to and from St Petersburg by rail from most European capitals via Warsaw, Berlin, Helsinki or Moscow. There is also national and international coach connections to and from St Petersburgh. Most people in St Petersburg rely on public transport, so the city is well served by buses, trams and trolley buses.

Situated in the west, on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is a city of magnificent palaces and elaborate churches in grandiose Baroque and neo-classical designs. Highlights include Trezzini’s gold-spired landmark of St Peter and St Paul, the bright color, domes and gold of the Church on Spilled Blood and the carved and gilded extravaganza of St Isaac’s Cathedral. On Nevsky prospekt, St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, the styles of three centuries, from classical to Baroque to Style Moderne, have created one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Adding to the beauty of the buildings are the canals and rivers, which cross Nevsky prospect and have been compared to Venice. The winding waterways lead to the broad River Neva, at the heart of St Petersburg. Although the capital moved to Moscow after the revolution, St Petersburg is certainly Russia’s first city in terms of beauty. It is also the center for classical culture – from opera to ballet to music – with historic venues, such as the Mariinsky Theater. Things to see and do * Hermitage museum * Isaakievsky sobor (St Isaac’s Cathedral) * Petropavlovskaya krepost (Peter & Paul Fortress) * Muzeh-domik Petra I (Cabin of Peter the Great) Cruise Season – March - Nov Currency – Russian Roubles (Rb) Language – Russian Land Area – 600km’s Population –5,000,000. Electricity – 2 round pins European style Time – GMT plus three hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location – Morskoy vokzal, the Marine Passenger Terminal, on Vasilevsky Island is situated at the West end of Bolshoy prospect, Morskoy Slavy Square 1. Transport Links – Pulkova II is located some 17km (10.6 miles) southwest of St Petersburg and has links with most European and International countries. It is possible to travel to and from St Petersburg by rail from most European capitals via Warsaw, Berlin, Helsinki or Moscow. There is also national and international coach connections to and from St Petersburgh. Most people in St Petersburg rely on public transport, so the city is well served by buses, trams and trolley buses.

Situated in the west, on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is a city of magnificent palaces and elaborate churches in grandiose Baroque and neo-classical designs. Highlights include Trezzini’s gold-spired landmark of St Peter and St Paul, the bright color, domes and gold of the Church on Spilled Blood and the carved and gilded extravaganza of St Isaac’s Cathedral. On Nevsky prospekt, St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, the styles of three centuries, from classical to Baroque to Style Moderne, have created one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Adding to the beauty of the buildings are the canals and rivers, which cross Nevsky prospect and have been compared to Venice. The winding waterways lead to the broad River Neva, at the heart of St Petersburg. Although the capital moved to Moscow after the revolution, St Petersburg is certainly Russia’s first city in terms of beauty. It is also the center for classical culture – from opera to ballet to music – with historic venues, such as the Mariinsky Theater. Things to see and do * Hermitage museum * Isaakievsky sobor (St Isaac’s Cathedral) * Petropavlovskaya krepost (Peter & Paul Fortress) * Muzeh-domik Petra I (Cabin of Peter the Great) Cruise Season – March - Nov Currency – Russian Roubles (Rb) Language – Russian Land Area – 600km’s Population –5,000,000. Electricity – 2 round pins European style Time – GMT plus three hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location – Morskoy vokzal, the Marine Passenger Terminal, on Vasilevsky Island is situated at the West end of Bolshoy prospect, Morskoy Slavy Square 1. Transport Links – Pulkova II is located some 17km (10.6 miles) southwest of St Petersburg and has links with most European and International countries. It is possible to travel to and from St Petersburg by rail from most European capitals via Warsaw, Berlin, Helsinki or Moscow. There is also national and international coach connections to and from St Petersburgh. Most people in St Petersburg rely on public transport, so the city is well served by buses, trams and trolley buses.

Situated in the west, on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is a city of magnificent palaces and elaborate churches in grandiose Baroque and neo-classical designs. Highlights include Trezzini’s gold-spired landmark of St Peter and St Paul, the bright color, domes and gold of the Church on Spilled Blood and the carved and gilded extravaganza of St Isaac’s Cathedral. On Nevsky prospekt, St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, the styles of three centuries, from classical to Baroque to Style Moderne, have created one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Adding to the beauty of the buildings are the canals and rivers, which cross Nevsky prospect and have been compared to Venice. The winding waterways lead to the broad River Neva, at the heart of St Petersburg. Although the capital moved to Moscow after the revolution, St Petersburg is certainly Russia’s first city in terms of beauty. It is also the center for classical culture – from opera to ballet to music – with historic venues, such as the Mariinsky Theater. Things to see and do * Hermitage museum * Isaakievsky sobor (St Isaac’s Cathedral) * Petropavlovskaya krepost (Peter & Paul Fortress) * Muzeh-domik Petra I (Cabin of Peter the Great) Cruise Season – March - Nov Currency – Russian Roubles (Rb) Language – Russian Land Area – 600km’s Population –5,000,000. Electricity – 2 round pins European style Time – GMT plus three hours International Country Telephone Code – + 7 Port Location – Morskoy vokzal, the Marine Passenger Terminal, on Vasilevsky Island is situated at the West end of Bolshoy prospect, Morskoy Slavy Square 1. Transport Links – Pulkova II is located some 17km (10.6 miles) southwest of St Petersburg and has links with most European and International countries. It is possible to travel to and from St Petersburg by rail from most European capitals via Warsaw, Berlin, Helsinki or Moscow. There is also national and international coach connections to and from St Petersburgh. Most people in St Petersburg rely on public transport, so the city is well served by buses, trams and trolley buses.

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