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To see the best of St. Petersburg in one day, start the morning with a canal cruise, which will give you an excellent panorama of the Russian city’s main attractions. Then stroll along Nevsky Prospect and wind up in the Palace Square to reflect on the grand Tsarist past of St. Petersburg. If you have time, don’t miss the Hermitage collection.
In the afternoon, take a hydrofoil trip out to Peterhof Palace to see why it’s sometimes called the Russian Versailles. Afterward, return to the city and wander along the embankments of the canals to take in the local custom of just strolling the scenic city’s unique pathways. In the evening, catch a ballet or opera at the famous Mariinsky Theatre and enjoy a late dinner at one of St. Petersburg’s restaurants with a modern Russian menu.