One of the most beautiful cities in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ or the ‘Paris of the East’, the Russian city of Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From the White Nights festival in summer to outstanding theatre, ballet and concerts on magical winter evenings, the city offers a vibrant cultural life that is second to none.
The whole of St Petersburg is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and attractions here can overwhelm even the most seasoned traveller.
This is why we highly recommend that you leave the luxury MSC cruise ship to join one of our excursion packages; these will help you benefit from the best deals and are also the most effective and time-efficient way to discover this magical city.
Leave the ship for a city tour that covers the main St Petersburg sights including the magnificent Peterhof Palace and Gardens (Petrodvorets), home to the Summer Palace and set amidst beautiful sculpture gardens embellished with extravagant fountains, as well as the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art museums. Catherine’s Palace, with its elaborate blue and white façade and stunning interiors will also be a highlight of your St Petersburg vacation.
No holiday in St Petersburg would be complete without visiting the decorated and onion-domed church of St Saviour on the Blood and strolling the main shopping street, Nevsky Prospekt.
Take home Russian tea in decorated tins, charming Russian nesting dolls and authentic fur hats.
Port average temperature
Saint Petersburg experiences a humid continental climate of the cool summer subtype, due to the distinct moderating influence of the Baltic Sea cyclones, with warm, humid and short summers and long, cold winters. The average daily temperature in July is 22°C, summer maximum is about 34°C, winter minimum is about −35°C. The record low temperature is −35.9°C, recorded in 1883. The average annual temperature is +5.4 °C. The River Neva within the city limits usually freezes up in November-December, break-up occurs in April. From December to March there is 123 days average with snow cover, which reaches the average of 24 cm by February. The frost-free period in the city lasts on average for about 135 days.
The city has a climate slightly warmer than its suburbs. Weather conditions are quite variable all year round. Average annual precipitation varies across the city, averaging 600 mm per year and reaching maximum in late summer. Soil moisture is almost always high because of lower evapotranspiration due to the cool climate. Air humidity is 78% on average, while overcast is 165 days a year on average.
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.