Why is it that some of the world’s greatest cities were built in swamps or in the middle of the driest deserts? Not that it matters—if they turn out as rich in history, art, and architecture as the cultural capital of Russia, then sign us up for a holiday in St. Petersburg! Long a city of the Tsars and briefly the nation’s capital, the city was built as a testament to the greatness of Russia—a goal that St. Petersburg still meets today.
The single most impressive attraction for St. Petersburg holiday packages is The Hermitage. Also known as the Winter Palace, it’s a massive museum that showcases more than three million pieces of art from around the globe. Then there’s the Russian Museum, which houses tons of Russian art, and includes Mikhailovskiy Palace, Stroganov Palace, Marble Palace and Mikhailovskiy Castle.
See where the city of St. Petersburg began from Peter the Great’s Cabin and the Narva Triumphal Arch that was built to greet returning soldiers. Visit Andreyevsky Cathedral with its two-tiered bell tower and the five-domed Church of the Assumption of Mary on Vasilievsky Island. Wander around Rumyantsevky Park and check out the Theban Sphinxes, excavated all the way from the Temple of Amenhotep III in Egypt. Cool, huh?
There are many other incredible museums, cathedrals, statues and government buildings, so take a guided walking or boat tour. Or use one of lastminute.com.au’s St. Petersburg car hire options to get the most out of your adventure!
Looking for great souvenirs and a bit of history? Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg’s largest and oldest shopping centre, dates back to the mid-18th century. Nevsky Prospekt is lined with department stores and high-end shops, while Udelnaya flea market has more unique finds.
Now, you saved a ton of money booking a St. Petersburg holiday through us, so why not spend it on food? Traditional Russian dishes like stroganoff, kasha (porridge) and vatrushka (pastry) are everywhere, and so are richly flavourful Georgian dishes like chakapuli (stew), Pkhali (a kind of salad) and gozinaki (desert). There’s also a large Central Asian population, so try some Uzbek or Tajik food while you’re here. Choose a rooftop restaurant to enjoy Russian cuisine and gorgeous views of the city.
Use your St. Petersburg package like a Moscovite and crack open a tinny in this beer destination. That, and try some vodka straight from the capital. The city is full of pubs perfect for a crawl. In fact, the city set one up just for tourists; it covers 6 bars, so pace yourself. Then stop by a few nightclubs. You’ll find a wide variety of music, but techno is the most popular.
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No matter how you like to roll, there's a room for you in St. Petersburg. For a place that won't break the bank, book in at either the Art-House Guest House (Marata Street 10-6) or the Rinaldi at Petrogradskaya (Bolshoy Prospect Building 74). But if you'd rather live like royalty while you're here, the Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel or the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe might be more to your liking. Just sit back, relax and let the experienced staff do what they do best.
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