Side Trips from St. Petersburg

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  • 1. Catherine Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The dazzling 18th-century Catherine Palace is a perfect example of Russian baroque, its bright-turquoise exterior distinguished by row after...Read More

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  • 2. Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    It's hard to believe that virtually all of Peterhof and the other palaces were almost completely in ruins toward the end of World War II. Many...Read More

  • 3. English Landscape Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    After touring the palaces, you may want to head down to the lakes for a little relaxation. Rowboats and catamarans are available for rent—look...Read More

  • 4. Gatchina Palace

    Town/Village

    In 1712, following the final conquest of the area by Russia, Peter I gave Gatchina to his sister, the tsarevna Natalya Alexeyevna. The land...Read More

  • 5. Konstantine Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Of the palace's 50-odd rooms, several are open to the public on guided tours when no state functions are taking place. Grandest of all is the...Read More

  • 6. Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The original palace on the property, Menshikov's Great Palace (Bolshoi Menshikovskii Dvorets), stands on a terrace overlooking the sea and...Read More

  • 7. Naval Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Kronshtadt's highlights is the finest example of neo-Byzantine architecture in Russia, built between 1902 and 1913 by Vassili Kosyakov...Read More

  • 8. Pavlovsk

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The golden yellow Great Palace (Bolshoi Dvorets) stands on a high bluff overlooking the river and dominates the surrounding park. The stone...Read More

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  • 9. Prioratsky Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A 10-minute walk from Gatchina Palace bring you to Black Lake and this white palace, a unique construction made of rammed earth (compressed...Read More

  • 10. Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)

    Town/Village

    The town of Pushkin was a summer residence of the Imperial family from the days of Peter the Great to the last years of the Romanov dynasty...Read More

  • 11. Valaam monasteries

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A guided tour of Valaam takes about six hours, although with a break for lunch this isn't at all as arduous as it might sound. You can also...Read More

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