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5. Glittering Russian palaces

What makes this cruise so attractive is the chance to stay overnight in St Petersburg and visit the beautiful St Peterhof Palace, a rival to Versailles, or St Isaac’s Cathedral topped with a glittering dome coated in pure gold – and why not treat yourself to a Russian ballet? Calls also include Stockholm, spanning 14 islands joined by more than 50 scenic bridges, the medieval jewel of Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Brussels – to stock up on Belgian chocolate.

A 14-night Scandinavia & Russia Cruise with Celebrity Cruises on board Celebrity Eclipse departs from Southampton on 19 July 2014 and costs from £1,399pp including all meals, entertainment, facilities on board and enrichment activities such as wine workshops. Go to celebritycruises.co.uk.

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