Multiple airlines offer flights to St. Petersburg, including Delta, AirFrance, Lufthansa and Aeroflot. United States visitors require a visa to enter Russia.
Winter weather is extreme, with temperatures in January regularly dropping to below 5 degrees F. The warmest months are June to August, when most days hover between 70 and 75 degrees F. During the summer solstice, it stays light until 1 a.m. and dawn breaks again just two hours later--locals call this time the "white out."
Peter's Walking Tours offers a range of tours with English-speaking guides, including a food tour, slums walk, Rasputin walk, KGB and Secret Services tour, and a popular nighttime pub crawl (see Resources).
Cycling tours taking in St. Isaac's Square, the Bronze Horseman, and Trinity Bridge leave from the terrace of restaurant Teplo every Tuesday and Sunday.
Palaces and Parks
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many St. Petersburg palaces with their enormous manicured grounds: Peterhof Palace and Garden, Catherine Palace and Park, Alexander Palace and Park, and Gatchina Palace and Park are among the best.
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