During your time in St Petersburg, you will visit the Winter Palace and other sites which display the opulence of Tsarist Russia. Built for Peter the Great to be his window to Europe, designed by the greatest Italian architects of their era, the city lives up to its nickname – the Venice of the North.
In the Museum of Political History, you trace the changing Russia from Catherine the Great to modern times – with particular emphasis on the three revolutions.
The signal for the start of the "Great October" was the firing of the cannon of the Aurora, a ship you will visit either at her regular mooring in the River Neva, or at Kronstadt Naval Base, where she is being refitted to be the flagship of the Russian Navy.
There are two major exhibitions relating to Leningrad during World War II, telling the story of the siege and of the "Road of Life" across the frozen Lake Ladoga. You might also visit the Piskarovskoye Memorial Cemetery, containing the mass graves of nearly half-a-million victims of the siege.