River with Boats, Saint Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a vibrant and bustling Russian city of ideas which has firmly established itself as one of the major cultural centres of the world.

The city has a striking array of neoclassical and baroque architectural delights in the form of its many spectacularly designed palaces and museums, most of which were renovated for its 300th anniversary in 2003.

It was here the Russian Revolution was instigated and it was here that democracy was encouraged when a change was required. The city has a different feel from that of Moscow; it takes on more of the western perspective, allowing the feeling of a more European styled city.

Interior of Peter and Paul cathedral in Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
Alexander Column in front of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg St. Isaac's Cathedral, Russia
St. Petersburg St. Isaac's Cathedral, Russia

A rich heritage in exploration

Steppes Travel’s roots lie in Russia which is where it all began for us. As such, we have a wealth of knowledge and passion for this vast country – and a whole host of ‘must-visits’ to suggest.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Egg faberge, St Petersburg, Russia

Fabergé Museum

Marvel at the rare and unique artworks of the Fabergé Museum.

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

The Peterhof Palace

Visit the Peterhof Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along the St Petersburg seafront.

Interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg, Russia

St Isaac’s Cathedral

Look upwards toward the frescoed ceilings of St Isaac’s Cathedral.

Winter Palace, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage Museum

Explore hidden treasures of the Hermitage on a private tour.

Aerial view of Kirillo Belozerskiy Monastery, Goritsy, Volga Dream Cruise, Russia

The Volga River

Cruise the Volga River between Moscow and St Petersburg.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hotel Astoria £££££

  • Russia
  • City

Part of the Rocco Forte portfolio, the Hotel Astoria is a glorious five-star hotel. The hotel is an icon of stylish design and St Petersburg elegance. Located in the heart of the city overlooking St Isaac’s Cathedral, the main shopping street, Nevsky Prospekt is just a five-minute walk away. Facilities include a top-class spa and gym. Guests of the hotel can also use the facilities of the adjacent Angleterre hotel, which includes an indoor swimming pool. The signature restaurant, Davidoff is one of the finest places to dine in the city serving traditional Russian haute cuisine.

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Four Seasons St Petersburg £££££

  • Russia
  • City

With 157 rooms and 26 suites, a spa, three restaurants and a bar, this stylish hotel is the latest choice in the city. Set within a 19th-century Russian royal palace with its entrance guarded by two marble lions, the Four Seasons have restored a historical building in the Admiralty district, just two blocks from the Hermitage Museum.

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Angleterre Hotel £££££

  • Russia

Located opposite St Isaac’s Cathedral and next door to the Astoria, its sister hotel, the Angleterre has one of the best views in the city. The Angleterre has had the interior fully refurbished and offers a smart and good value option for a stay in St Petersburg. The hotel has a small swimming pool and leisure facility including a spa and fitness area, Borsellino restaurant serving Italian cuisine and an in-house art cinema.

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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe £££££

  • Russia
  • City

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is arguably one of the most luxurious hotels in St. Petersburg. All rooms are exquisitely furnished and the hotel’s restaurants, from the authentic ‘Chopsticks’ to the lively ‘Sadko’s’, offer some of the best cuisines in the city. All the cities major attractions are only a short walk away. Positioned adjacent to the Arts Square, the hotel has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and ballet.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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