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Off the ship in… St. Petersburg, Russia

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Did you know Oscars are not exclusive to actors? Cities can also have the honour of receiving one… That is the case with beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia!

As the city was hosting the World Travel Awards ceremony in September 2017, it had the pleasure of receiving the award of Europe’s Best City! It was well deserved. St. Petersburg is a fascinating and surprising city definitely worth exploring. Considered Russia’s cultural heart, the country’s second-largest city, only after Moscow, is home to centuries of history and compelling architecture that will please every curious traveller.

Most locals describe St. Petersburg as the “Gorod Muzei,” the museum city. The city itself is an open-air museum with reconstructed historical buildings. St. Petersburg counts over 100 museums, the first one founded by Peter the Great, the city’s founder and namesake. Take in the Russian culture as you delve into the city’s 300-year history of art, music, literature and music or unveil secrets about Russia’s greatest writers. Explore mesmerizing cathedrals built to show the prestige of Russia’s rulers. The sights of the Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ or the Smolny Cathedral are sure to leave you in awe. There is no better way to explore the city than by strolling along the majestic Neva River, nestled in the heart of the historic centre. Hundreds of canals and over 500 bridges will take you through the “islands” the city is built on. Discover the treasure troves hidden in St. Petersburg.

Whether you are enjoying a relaxing river cruise along Russia’s waterways or discovering the jewels of the Baltic onboard Holland America Line’s magnificent MS Rotterdam, St. Petersburg will leave you wanting more.

If you’re not sure which itinerary will best meet your travel desires, contact Craig Travel’s cruise specialists at 1.800.387.8890 or visit craigtravel.com. They will be happy to assist you in reserving your dream cruise.