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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.

The Peterhof Palace

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

St Isaac’s Cathedral

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

The Hermitage Museum

Explore hidden treasures of the Hermitage on a private tour.

The Volga River

Cruise the Volga River between Moscow and St Petersburg.

Fabergé Museum

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

Need Inspiration?
Browse our Russia holiday ideas.

Our Russia experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

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.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.

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Really helpful over the visa hurdles. Couldn't have negotiated the Russian questions without the excellent guide sheet.


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