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St. Petersburg

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Overview

The majestic Russian city of St. Petersburg is one of the most popular ports of call in a Northern Europe cruise itinerary. It's located at the Gulf of Finland, on the Baltic Sea. This magnificent city was known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, and it was the capital of the Russian Empire for over 200 years. It's Russia's second largest city (after Moscow), and it's the fourth largest city in all of Europe. St. Petersburg is known by many to be the cultural and political center of Russia, and is also known as being a city filled with many palaces.

It is highly recommended to take a shore excursion that is offered by the cruise line. Reason being that by doing this the cruise line will usually provide you with a Russian visa for entry into Russia (verify this with your particular cruise line). If you decide to go off on your own be sure to get a Russian visa prior to your trip.

Summers in St. Petersburg are usually short, cool and humid, while the winters are typically long and cold. June, July and August are the warmest months of the year while January and February are the coldest.

Few cruises actually depart from St. Petersburg; however, many cruises are offered that include this amazing city as one of its ports of call. In fact, many cruise itineraries include an overnight stay in St. Petersburg (since it has so much to offer its visitors).

While walking around the city of St. Petersburg be mindful of your valuables, as pickpockets have been known to roam the streets of this city. Also, be sure to agree on a price prior to departing with any taxi driver you may use.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from St. Petersburg, Russia:
Northern Europe
River Cruises



Cruise Lines Departing Here

Costa Cruises
Uniworld Grand River Cruises



Currency
The official currency is the Ruble (RUB). ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using. ATM machines will usually give you a better exchange rate than a bank or hotel. Using a credit card is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. Many vendors will accept US dollars as well.


Language
The official language of Russia is Russian. Don't count on many people being able to speak English (aside from your tour guide, if you have one).


Tourist Attractions
Palace Square is St. Petersburg's central square. It has been the located on many major events over the city's history, such as the Bloody Sunday (of 1905). In the center of the square is the tall Alexander Column, the focal point of the square.

The English Embankment, also known as the English Quay, is a famous street in St. Petersburg that is the home to various former palatial houses of Russian nobility and is a very popular sightseeing area for tourists.

The Bronze Horseman, located in Decembrists Square, is a monument built in tribute to Peter the Great. This statue is very symbolic to the city of St. Petersburg.

The Winter Palace was built in the 18th century as a winter home for the Russian czars. It's located between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square. This palace is now a part of the famous Hermitage Museum, one of the largest (and oldest) museums in the world. The Hermitage is home to one of the world's most famous art collections. In fact, it currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the world's largest collection of paintings. Be warned - the Hermitage is usually extremely packed, so be ready for crowds!

Other major landmarks in St. Petersburg include Saint Isaac's Cathedral (the largest cathedral in the city), The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (one of the main Russian Orthodox churches in St. Petersburg) and the Catherine Palace (one of three summer homes of the Russian czars).

The Peter and Paul Fortress, established during the 18th century, is St. Petersburg's original citadel. In fact, it's the oldest landmark in St. Petersburg. There are many buildings within this fortress, including the Peter and Paul Cathedral (where many Russian tsars were interred). Many famous people of Russian nobility were buried there too.

Alexander Palace, located in the Alexander Park in a town named Pushkin (that is considered a part of St. Petersburg), was the home of the last Russian czar.



Port Location
The main cruise port is located about 25-30 minutes from the city center. It actually happens to be quite a large commercial port. Many taxis are typically available at the pier.
 
The English Embankment
The English Embankment
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
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The Bronze Horseman
The Bronze Horseman
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The Winter Palace
The Winter Palace
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Inside the Hermitage
Inside the Hermitage
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Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
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The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
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Palace Square
Palace Square



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