Grand Hotel Emerald
Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... and off we went. The bus pulled up briefly so we could get some pics of the outside of the Hermitage (Winter Palace), and then the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood before taking us to the canals to board our cruise of the canals and rivers. It was the most beautiful day with glorious sunshine and so the cruise was spectacular – especially since apparently they’d had rain for the previous week! We were all able to sit on deck on the boat ...
... we purchased? The clerk at the ticket booth warned us that they were bad seats, and when Blair asked how bad the seats were she replied, "50/50". We weren't sure what that meant, but Blair and I both have perfect vision so we weren't concerned about the distance from the stage.
After arriving at the theatre, we admired the famous, historical building before starting our climb towards our seats. Eventually we reached them - located on the side at ...
... start point. Once found, we took a 1 1/2 hour on the Hop On, Hop Off, but decided to just stay on. The tour took us past the expected cathedrals and downtown sights, then wound along the Elba River where we could have a wonderful view of 3 small castles on the far side. Turns out there are a lot of gorgeous houses/estates on both sides of the river, and one side was not harmed in the bombing. Seems that many scientists, inventors, artists and ...
... home of the Hermitage Museum, lies on one side, and Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral on the other.
Visiting in midsummer gives the opportunity to witness White Nights. Interesting to see a sky at midnight that looks more like dusk.
We did a river tour and also visited the Jewish Synagogue, Yusupov Palace and a vodka museum (with tastings). The splendid Church of ...
After our midnight river cruise, we slept in a bit before heading out for the day. For an early lunch, Alycia and I grabbed lunch at Burger King while Cindy got Starbuck's and pizza at the mall, then we met our tour group for the trip out to Peterhof.
Even with the tour group, we waited 1 hour to enter the palace for the interior tour. No pictures were allowed inside. Peterhof is now brand new since it had been destroyed by the Germans in WWII. The ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service