St. Petersburg, Russia

★★★★★ Recommended Stay: 3 days, preferably during White Nights  (end of May to mid-July) Visited: 2014 & 2017 (Visa required. It is also possible to visit visa-free via cruise) Day 1: The Hermitage Museum, a walking tour of Nevsky Prospekt including visits to the Church on Spilled Blood and the Kazan Cathedral, and St. Isaac’s … More St. Petersburg, Russia

Moscow, Russia

★★★★★ Visited: 2016 & 2017 (Visa required) Recommended Stay: 3 Days Day 1: The Kremlin, the Red Square, and a show at the Bolshoi Theater in the evening. For tips on how to maximize your visit at the Kremlin, here’s my post on how to navigate the Kremlin in 5 Steps. It is imperative that … More Moscow, Russia

Riga, Latvia

★★★★ Recommended Stay: 2 days Visited: 2017 Despite being the largest city in the Baltic States, Riga does somewhat pale in comparison with its gorgeous sister cities – Tallinn and Vilnius.  Do not let that deter you from visiting though as Riga boasts a UNESCO-World Heritage Old Town filled with cobblestone streets and glorious churches that … More Riga, Latvia