Destination - RUSSIA

Where2Next? Travel, LLC took clients to St. Petersburg, Russia on a Baltic Capitals Cruise. Below are a few highlights of our visit to the city. All photos by Where2Next? Travel, LLC.

Posing at the Neva River, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sign at the Grand Church of the Winter Palace, Peterhof, Russia
Church of the Grand Palace, Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia

Who wants to go to Russia? WE DO! Where2Next? Travel, LLC took clients to St. Petersburg as part of a Baltic Capitals cruise. We sailed from Amsterdam, with ports of call in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia, Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

The St. Petersburg port of call included three days and two nights in port. We decided to tour the city over two of the three days with Dancing Bear Tours (ask me about them - I have RAVE reviews!). Our guide Tatiana was absolutely wonderful and she and our driver took excellent care of us! Our first stop was the Neva River and then on to the Grand Church of the Winter Palace, an unconsecrated exhibition hall of the State Hermitage Museum. We then moved over to the Hermitage, and since we were a private group with an early start, we were among the first to enter that morning. The Hermitage is a must-do while in St. Petersburg, but go EARLY - the museum is very large and crowds build fast which leads to long lines and less time to actually enjoy the beauty of not just the artifacts but of the former palace itself. A private tour can get you ahead of bottlenecks of tourists. Virtual Visit

The artworks on display are exquisite - you won't see the exhibits anywhere else in in the world. There is also an entire Egyptian artifact museum on the lower level!