St. Petersburg Journals

4 Days in St. Petersburg

A May 2005 trip to St. Petersburg by LetsGoThere

Peterhoff & Gardens Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: When I first planned my trip to St Petersburg, I had images of the former Soviet days - wrong! Anybody who loves amazing architecture, fascinating history, entrancing culture, friendly people, and great food will also love St. Petersburg, because it delivers all this and tons more.

4 Days in St. Petersburg

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Overview

Nevsky River & Winter Palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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My travel companion, Lisa, and I were both up for getting as much as possible out of our time in Russia, so we lined up a personal guide and driver using an outfit called "Optima Worldwide." They are somehow linked with a very useful website (http://www.visitrussia.com). They have an 800 number and an office in NYC, which helps for efficient planning. These people can help you get through all the hoops necessary to obtain a tourist visa. It’s not difficult, just time-consuming and a little irritating. They can also arrange for a car to pick you up or drop you at the airport, tours, and excursions, and will even ferry you around town as needed. When you don’t speak Russian, it really helps to have...Read More

Hotel Radisson SAS Royal

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Hotel

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This hotel may be built in an old Nevsky Prospekt building, but everything about it is new. My room cost about $250 per night (total), which is what you would pay for a similar quality place in the U.S. The staff is friendly, attentive, and English-speaking (which made it nice). Our room was very comfortable, well furnished, and QUIET. It’s easy to forget that this place is right on the busiest street in the city; once you close your door, it’s virtually soundproof, couple this with good blackout drapes to cope with he 11pm sunset and the whole place is a great place to unwind from long days of sightseeing, eating, drinking… It’s an awesome hotel if it’s in your budget! You can’t be the locat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Hotel Radisson SAS Royal
Nevsky Prospekt 49/2
St. Petersburg
+7 (812) 322-5000

Peterhoff (Summer Palace)

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Peterhoff & Gardens Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Spending a half a day at the summer palace at Peterhoff is a great way to kick of your trip. Getting there without a guide will be difficult; it’s about an hour out of town. Our visitrussia.com guide was excellent at getting us where we needed to be. The gardens are spectacular. With over 150 fountains and hundreds of gold-leaf statues, looking up at the place from the gardens is a spectacular experience. The palace itself is as good a knock-off of Versailles that you will ever see. Apparently, Peter the Great spent a little vacation time in Italy and France and fell in love with the place. His favorite architect, Rastrelli, was a master of baroque, and ornate wood carvings painted in gold aboun...Read More