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Breaks in St Petersburg

Annabelle's verdict:

St Petersburg is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Its art collections, palaces and grand architectural set pieces are matched only by its magnificent hotels. Whether you go in winter when the snow is thick under foot, or in summer when the “white nights” offer dazzling evening skies, you’ll be beguiled.

Recommended tour operator: Exeter International

Guard duty at Catherine PalaceThe interior of St Isaak churchSee the ballet at the Mariinsky TheatreArchitecture on a grand scale

Exeter International says

St Petersburg is a treasure trove – and not a small one. The city is the crucible of Russian culture and so well endowed with artistic and architectural treats that first-time visitors can feel daunted.

Can St Petersburg be seen in a few days? We think so – but you’ll need a knowledgeable local guide to plan your itinerary and show you around.

Exeter International is the UK’s leading specialist tour operator to Russia, and we know St Petersburg intimately. We also have the all-important contacts to get you beyond the tourist queues to experience the finest that the city has to offer.

At the world-renowned Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace, we can arrange an exclusive tour of the Gold Treasure Rooms. Our team can secure tickets to a performance at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre, and arrange a private meeting with a ballerina at the intimate Hermitage Theatre.

We recommend you spend two days exploring the city, then venture out into the surrounding countryside to see the tsars’ summer palaces. You should not miss a VIP tour of the Amber Room Workshops at the Catherine Palace.

We offer exclusive deals at the luxurious Hotel Astoria and we can also arrange private travel to Moscow, another great city that can be seen in a short break.

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