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St. Petersburg in Russia is probably an overnight stay on your Baltic Cruise. This is an overview that will help you figure St Petersburg out, because there is a lot on offer. The first thing that hits you about Russia is that it is just the same as everywhere else, people and places and the Roman old religions form part of...
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The Grand Cascade Peterhof is modelled on one constructed for Louis XIV at his Château de Marly. Our guide who was extremely well informed said there were some three hundred and fifty fountains throughout the gardens. 30,000 litres of water are used an hour, there are no pumps. The water is collected and held in the upper gardens so...
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The Park and Gardens fail to get described in most searches of Catherine Palace, that is because the Palace is so overwhelming.We have to admit that the fountains and gardens at Peterhof do manage to gain their own attention for reason. This will be a half an hour tour and try to insist on seeing the vocal group that...
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With so many ships berthed at St Petersburg, and so many tourists in town, venues and functions can sell out. So this tip is to make sure you get what you wanted. Or, to be clear, the Russian Ballet evening does not necessarily mean you are going to see the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi or any other large...
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The photography ban in Catherine Palace has been lifted and you are free to film. We understand that they sometimes impose a ban on the Amber room, but that was not there when we were. So, the whole palace interior is filmed, the legendary Ballroom and the Amber Room. This film covers all the first floor front rooms that...
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While the others went round the Fields of Mars and the church (entrance not included in the St Petersburg Explorer), as we were left on our own, we went rogue and crossed the river. We were not the only ones who crossed the bridge to the Peter & Paul Fortress. We had just enough time for an overview and to know...
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How to do St. Petersburg on your own? - It is actually easy and after the world cup myth buster on Russia maybe more people will feel easier about visiting. Cruise ships normally stay overnight because there is a lot on offer, which means there is a lot for you to figure out here on the banks of the river...
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Peterhof means "Peter's Court" in German. Their royal family, like ours was infused with Germans. One of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions, the Peterhof Palace is many cruisers first choice, and with the ship tour you are taken there and back and no visa is required. Please note that wheelchair access can be non existent, and more...