Updated on September 6, 2020
Explore Northern Europe
If you are keen to explore Northern Europe, why not take a cruise from Southampton? Especially convenient as your trip starts right here in the UK, cruise deals can take you through the key sights of several countries in just one venture.
Whether you are keen to explore the stunning Norwegian Fjords, discover Galicia in Spain or have a Baltic adventure, you can do so with cruises from this British port.
Cruising from Southampton, your first port of call could be Amsterdam. The Netherlands are particularly famous for their canals, so embarking on a canal cruise is a great way to explore its cities and get a feel for its culture.
While you’re there, you should also visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the most works by the famous artist of any museum or gallery in the world.
Travelling to Sweden next, you can indulge in another canal cruise. As this city is made up of so many waterways – which have earned it its title of the ‘Venice of the North’ – and green areas, exploring by boat allows you to see some of its most scenic views while enjoying a relaxing journey.
Legendary, beautiful, marvelous… This is Saint Petersburg – “the Northern Venice” of Russia – far and enchanting, attractive and fascinating. This is the city where you can find what you have desired for a long time, it is the place in this great World where your dreams come true!
St. Petersburg was founded on the Neva River by Tsar Peter the Great, on the 16th of May, 1703. Surely, the city is considered to be not a very old one, but it undoubtedly has a rich and powerful history, the study of which can help you to understand that a good deal of the greatest dates in the world and Russian history is connected with St. Petersburg.
They say, the city is the cultural capital of Russia, and anybody can hardly deny this fact. At a glimpse, one becomes aware that culture permeates through all the city, leaves its trace in all the spheres of St. Petersburg life.
Firstly, the look of the city – its architectural grandeur, luxurious parks, inviting streets, avenues and lanes, plenty of rivers and canals, the view of the Gulf of Finland – gives us an estimate of the large scale and grandiosity of St. Petersburg.
Secondly, the enormous number of cultural institutions – museums and art galleries, palaces of culture, theatres, concert and music halls, movie theatres, and so on and so forth – grant a lot of diverse positive impressions which give us an idea of the great potential ability of art to influence our life making it better, richer, brighter.
No matter if you come to St. Petersburg alone or with your family and friends, whether you on vocation or on business, you should certainly visit some of the greatest St. Petersburg places of note. Slip not the chance to stroll along the most famous avenue of the city – Nevskii Prospect -where you will see many historical and gorgeous buildings, the marvelous sculptures of the Anichkov Bridge, the picturesque Griboedov Canal…
An autobus city tour will help you to see other avenues and streets with their beautiful sights. A night city tour will give you a chance to see all the beauty of the illuminated city, and to watch a very well-known and attractive eye-catcher – swinging open of the city bridges.
If you are tired of roads and traffic jam, take a boat city tour on rivers and canals of St. Petersburg. It will allow you to enjoy the marvelous sights of the city being afloat.
After that, indubitably, you will wish to visit a celebrated place.
There is a wide range of famous museums in St. Petersburg, and the first ones to visit are: the Hermitage (or the Winter Palace) which is so huge that one can scarcely observe all the treasures kept there in even a several years’ time, the Russian Museum which is one of the greatest picture galleries in the World, the Peter and Paul Fortress situated on the Zayachiy Island which was erected for the purpose of defense and which is a historical museum at present.
Irrespective of your religion you should visit the splendid Orthodox cathedrals of St. Petersburg which present architectural and decoration masterpieces, beginning with the Kazansky Cathedral with its mighty semicircle of columns, the St. Isaac’s Cathedral which is one of the biggest dome buildings in the world and which has a colonnade permitting you to observe the city center, and the Spas-na-Krovi Cathedral with its unique outer décors.
And never miss the opportunity of going to the illustrious suburbs of St. Petersburg, such as Peterhof with its renowned fountain cascades located in front of the Great Peterhof Palace, the Pavlovsk Ensemble with its vast park where you can feed squirrels in summer, Pushkin where there is still the spirit of the great poet’s age.
In actual fact, it is impossible to enumerate all the values of this great magnetic city, it is much better to see everything with one’s own eyes. Saint Petersburg always greets any tourist with outstretched arms!
Upon arrival in Helsinki, you can take on a tour of the city on two wheels. Bicycle tours are a fun and different way to view the area’s most important locations, as well as its splendid scenery.
Visiting Copenhagen will round off your adventures before returning to the UK. Here you will be able to explore castles, such as Christianbourg Castle, which has been rebuilt thrice since its initial construction.