Overview: Russia is a culture, history and art lover’s dream come true. It’s somewhat overlooked because of visa requirements, but St. Petersburg’s beauty and hospitality make it a gem of the Baltic region.
Inspiration: Russia had been on my list for a long time. The 2018 World Cup made traveling visas very easy so I took advantage and booked my trip. I loved every minute in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I found both cities to be very friendly and easy to navigate as a foreigner.
Highlights: - The Hermitage and Erata museums - St. Catherine Palace - St. Isaac’s Cathedral - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - Mariinsky & Mariinsky II theatres - Russian ballet and opera
Food & Wine: St. Petersburg offers a great variety from Russian classics to international favorites. You will have no problem wining and dining and finding nightlife in the former capital.
Ideal for: Art and history lovers, solo travelers, couples and group travelers.
Getting There & Away: Via boat/cruise from the major Baltic cities. Direct flights from major US cities to Moscow. From Moscow, it is a one-hour flight to St. Petersburg or four hours by high-speed train.
Recommended Length of Stay: One week minimum.
Best Time of Year to Visit: June through September.
Good To Know: Visas are required for citizens of most countries. If you are arriving via boat into St. Petersburg, you can forgo a visa and have 72 hours in the country.
Budgeting Tips: St. Petersburg has a wide variety of accommodations and food options that are amenable to all budgets. In addition, you will find very affordable tickets to the ballet, live music and opera – making it a great city to take advantage of the performing arts.
Packing Considerations: It’s quite cool here at night and can be in the daytime as well, even in summer. I recommend bringing a packable down jacket and wool or cashmere layers and carrying them with you, along with an umbrella, throughout the day.
JILL'S PACKING TIP OF THE DAY: Keep separate toiletries and containers for vitamins and medicines that you use exclusively for travel.
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