St. Petersburg

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Make an effort to tear yourself away from the sights and sounds of St. Petersburg to visit at least one of the “Three P’s” on the city’s outskirts – the palaces at Peterhof, Pushkin and Pavlovsk. Farther afield, the medieval wonder of Novgorod is also a worthy daytrip.

Day Trips from St. Petersburg

Novogorod

Just a 3.5 hours drive from St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s newest cities, lies its oldest, the picturesque walled town of Novgorod “the Great,” founded in 859.

111 miles north of St. Petersburg, Sennaya Ploshchad 5, 011-7-816-277-3074, www.visitnovgorod.ru
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip

Pavlovsk

A pleasant getaway just south of Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk--the first-ever railway destination in Russia--is home to a less celebrated but still impressive palace and gardens.

28 miles from St. Petersburg, 011-7-812-470-2156
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip | gardens

Peterhof

Called “the Versailles of Russia,” this must-visit town is famous for its fountains, especially the Grand Cascade, which surrounds a baroque 18th century palace. Fountains flow May to mid-October.

14 miles from St. Petersburg, Ulitsa Razvodnaya 2,
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Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo

This was the favored retreat of Catherine the Great. The reconstructed Amber Room in the Catherine Palace is sometimes called the “eighth wonder of the world.”

15 miles south of St. Petersburg, Ulitsa Sadovaya 7, 011-7-812-466-6674, eng.tzar.ru
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip

Shuvalovka

A sanitized modern reconstruction of a traditional Russian village, the Shuvalovka folklore park offers hotel accommodations, traditional “banya” bathhouse visits, pottery lessons, and vodka tastings.

12 miles from St. Petersburg, Sankt Peterburgskoye Shosse 111, 011-7-812-450-5393, www.russian-village.ru
Tags: family | art | culture | day trip | bathhouse

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