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3 days in St. Petersburg

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3 days in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is a magically beautiful city dotted with stunning palaces and bisected by romantic canals. The best time to go is during the "white nights" of summer when the whole city revels in the near-constant light.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Nevsky Prospekt
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Nevsky Prospekt

This famous Russian street that cuts through the center of St. Petersburg is a hub for shopping, nightlife and entertainment, and is lined with historic and picturesque buildings and churches.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)
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Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)

Contrasting architectures and wide open spaces are the hallmarks of this extraordinary plaza, which has witnessed historic events like Bloody Sunday and the storming of the Winter Palace and is now the rallying place for every imaginable political demonstration.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
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State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

One of the most famous art museums in the world, this museum is housed in the Winter Palace, and contains over 2.7 million exhibits including some of the world's greatest works of art.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Day 2
Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
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Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (known locally as Spas na Kravi) is a beautiful gold-draped onion-domed church on Griboedova Canal, one of... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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State Russian Museum
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State Russian Museum

Countless masterpieces, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings, are displayed at this important art museum housed in the splendid and historically significant Mikhailovsky Palace.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)
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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

Built as a fortress in 1703 by Peter the Great, this building was used instead as a political prison under the czars, and houses the City History Museum, the Mint, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
Peterhof Palace and Garden
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Peterhof Palace and Garden

Once a formal garden built for Peter the Great, this popular park still has more than 80 of the original marble statues and sculptures and houses Peter's Summer Palace, a simply designed two-story building that now displays many of the ruler's own artifacts.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Mariinsky Theatre
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Mariinsky Theatre

The stage of this internationally renowned theater was graced by Russia's most celebrated classical performers in pre-Revolution days, and is today best known for its famous Kirov Ballet.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Catherine Palace and Park
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Catherine Palace and Park

Filled with 18th-century paintings and ornate rooms, this white and gold palace is surrounded by a 1400-acre park complete with fountains, bridges, the Agate Pavilion bathhouse and the Great Pond. The Palace also has a famous Amber Room, stolen by Nazi troops during WWII, but now recreated by Russian craftsmen.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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