Delve into the charm and splendour of St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a city unlike any other, with one of the largest and most eclectic collections of palaces, churches and cathedrals in the world. Everywhere you walk in this Russian city, you will be greeted by an amazing example of architecture – each with its own story to tell. Dig deeper beneath the surface and you will be amazed by what this incredible city has to offer.
Pullmantur Cruises will enable you to dig beneath the surface of St Petersburg and many more cities throughout Europe with their Baltic Capitals itinerary. The 2,733-passenger Monarch is due to arrive in Europe later this month and will operate a series of cruises to St Petersburg and other cities such as Helsinki and Tallinn throughout July and August. This week, we take a closer look at some of the excursions available in St Petersburg with Pullmantur throughout 2017.
Not only does this experience enable you to visit one of St Petersburg’s most amazing theatres, but it also provides an opportunity to witness an authentic work of art like no other. This highly technical form of dance originates from the 15th century and has led to the production of many famous works including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. You will be dazzled as talented ballerinas and ballerinos take to the stage to perform before your very eyes.
Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood
Arguably one of the most iconic sights of St Petersburg, the colourful and glistening twisting spires of the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood can be seen for miles around. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, in 1881, this elaborately decorated church features 600 square metres of stunning mosaic designs. This has to be considered an absolute must-visit landmark to see during your time in this iconic Russian city.
Originally built in 1717, Catherine Palace was used as a summer residence for Russian tsars throughout history. This original design was considered outdated in 1752 and, in its place, a huge 352-metre residence was constructed and decorated in bright blue colours. More than 100kg of gold were used to gild the façade and this venue, while every interior room was also intricately designed. A tour of the building will enable you to admire some of the magnificently-designed rooms for yourself and is another must-see landmark.
Peterhof Palace is an almost overwhelming sight. This stunning palace has been so intricately designed from top to bottom – and that’s before any mention of the extensive gardens. Stroll through the plethora of rooms and you will soon realise that every single detail offers a story of its own. The maze of gardens, each of which is well-maintained, makes for a very pleasant and intriguing stroll. There are more than 140 different fountains situated within the gardens, each displaying a unique method of cascading water.
Many of these landmarks and cultural events can be seen on a comprehensive excursion which covers the whole city. St Petersburg is truly a magnificent city which really does have to be seen in order to be believed.
A Baltic cruise provides a fantastic alternative to the Mediterranean and will enable you to delve into the history and culture of a range of destinations that you may not otherwise consider visiting. If you would like to find out more about the range of all-inclusive cruises available with Pullmantur this summer, why not get in touch?
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