Saint Petersburg, on the Gulf of Finland of the cold Baltic Sea, is Russia's second largest city and it's undisputed cultural capital. Visitors on St. Petersburg travel packages can enjoy peaceful canals, grand palaces, galleries and theatres, world-renowned ballet and music, fine art collections and much more. So what are you waiting for? Book your travel package to St Petersburg with Direct Flights today.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, on the Gulf of Finland of the cold Baltic Sea, is Russia's second largest city and its undisputed cultural capital. Founded 300 years ago by Peter the Great and nicknamed "The Venice of the North," during its history the city has also been called Petrograd and Leningrad. Although it was once the centre of the Russian Empire and the home of the Tsars, St. Petersburg took a back seat to Moscow during the Soviet era. It is now making up for lost time, and St. Petersburg is by far the country's most sophisticated and cosmopolitan city. Russia offers many fascinating holiday destinations but a few shine above the rest and St. Petersburg is at the top of most people's lists.
Built on the delta of the Neva River where it empties into the Baltic, St. Petersburg rivals Venice and Paris as one of the world’s most beautiful and most romantic cities. The Neva has always played an important part in the culture and life of the city, and visitors on St. Petersburg travel packages are treated to peaceful canals, grand palaces, galleries and theatres, world-renowned ballet and music, fine art collections and much more. The wealth and sophistication of the old imperial capital have most assuredly left their mark on this city. Hauntingly magnificent with an unsurpassed cultural legacy, the grandeur of St. Petersburg evokes the glories of the old Russia.
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The Winter Palace is the most famous building remaining from imperial St. Petersburg. At one time the winter residence of the Tsars and the backdrop for revolutions, its opulent baroque facade and interior now houses the vast collections of the Hermitage, the world's finest art museum with nearly three million works on exhibit. Especially strong in Italian Renaissance and French Impressionism paintings, the Hermitage also showcases works by Rembrandt, Picasso and Matisse, an excellent Greek and Roman antiquities collection and Siberian and Central Asian art.
Like the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, St. Petersburg's Russian Museum contains one of the finest collections of Russian art in the world. However, while the Tretyakov features an unparalleled collection of icons, the Russian Museum's international reputation is based on its extensive collection of fin de siècle and early 20th century Russian works. Speaking of unparalleled arts, witnessing a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre, better known under its old name the Kirov Ballet, is almost a requirement of any visit to St. Petersburg. The Mariinsky's internationally-renowned opera and ballet has long rivalled that of Moscow's celebrated Bolshoi Ballet and Opera. Direct Flights is your online travel specialist, offering cheap flights to St. Petersburg, and discount accommodations for your holiday in St. Petersburg.
The Alexander Column is a monument to Napoleon's defeat in 1812. Topped by an angel of peace, it is positioned in perfect alignment with the entrance to the Winter Palace and the triumphal entry arch of the General Staff building that faces the palace. The Admiralty building is best known for its central tower and golden spire, but its windvane, shaped like a sailing ship, has become the symbol of St. Petersburg. The Peter & Paul Fortress, built to defend Peter's new capital city, was the first major building in St. Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed to be the tallest structure in Russia, stands within its walls. St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the city's skyline. Its dome, covered with 100 kg of pure gold, is more than 100 meters high, visible far out to sea. The interior is handsomely decorated with a variety of frescoes, mosaics and bas-reliefs, and the view of the city from atop the dome is spectacular. Direct Flights offers discount accommodation and cheap flights to St. Petersburg. Whether you'll be arriving in St. Petersburg from the United States, South Africa or Australia, Direct Flights can set up all your discount travel needs.
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