Developed by Peter the Great as a show of imperial power, the city has managed to retain its grandeur. The streets are interspersed with the canals, modern shops and stylish cafés and restaurants. Admire the impressive Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour or the Hermitage museum, holding a collection of over 3 million artefacts. Peterhof Palace, 30 km west of Saint Petersburg, on the south bank of the Gulf of Finland, is one of the most beautiful summer residences of the czars. A stay full of art and culture awaits!