St. Petersburg, Russia
For the Baltic Seas leg of our journey, we got the opportunity to spend two jam-packed days in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia requires you to get a visa unless you’re staying less than 72 hours and take an organized tour, so rather than mess with the visa process, we decided to go with a well-rated tour company (TJ Travel) we had researched online. St. Petersburg is both culturally and architecturally stunning, with museums, palaces and cathedrals galore.
Sites we saw included: Hermitage museum, Church on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac Cathedral, Peterhof Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, Yusupov Palace, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Neva River by cruise and hydrofoil, and an incredible clean metro (subway) station. It was a tiring two days but made us really excited to return to Russia (Sochi and perhaps Moscow) later on in our trip.