RUSSIA, ST. PETERSBURG
Land of the Tsars
The creation of westward-looking Peter the Great, St Petersburg was intended from its inception as a display of imperial Russia’s growing status in the world.
Venice of the North
Whether you are cruising along the elegant canals, crossing one of the 342 bridges in the city, or just watching them being raised in summer over the Neva River at night to allow ships to pass through, you are never far from water in St Petersburg.
Summer White Nights are legendary: the northern sun barely dips below the horizon. Revelry begins in May, with parks and gardens greening with flowering trees, and peaks in mid-June when performing arts festivals pack out concert halls and the entire city seems to party all night long.