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Planning your trip to St. Petersburg

THE BEST WAY TO ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to St. Petersburg is offered on KLM, Lufthansa and Aeroflot. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $490.

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 7 (the country code for Russia), and the local number.

WHAT TO DO

Public banyas are generally sex-segregated and often have different hours, so check first. Bring a towel, birch branches and toiletries (usually available on-site). Most offer massages, wellness treatments and comfortable private banya rooms for small groups (arrange ahead). Entrance fees from about $6; for luxe, about $12 or more.

Coachmen's Banya, 9 Dostoevsky St.; (812) 312-5836, http://www.yamskie.ru. Open Sunday-Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Usachovskie Banya, 12 Makarenko Pereulok; (812) 114-3447. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Second Courtyard, 29 Leytenanta Shmidta; (812) 321-6441, http://www.dvor.boom.ru. Public banya 10 a.m.-4 pm; private 4 p.m.-10 p.m.. A spotless facility for those seeking a smaller, upscale experience. Call ahead.

WHERE TO STAY

Petro Palace, 14 Malaya Morskaya St.; (812) 571-2880, http://www.petropalacehotel.com. Modern, earth-toned rooms in a great location. Doubles from about $125.

Nevsky Forum, 69 Nevsky Prospect; (812) 333-0222, http://www.forumhotel.ru. Elegant, modern rooms right on Nevsky. Doubles from about $175.

Grand Hotel Europe, 1/7 Mikhailovskaya St.; (812) 329 6000, http://www.grandhoteleurope.com. Old-world splendor. Doubles from about $330.

WHERE TO EAT

Idiot Restaurant, 82 Moika Canal; (812) 315 1675. Dostoevsky might enjoy the excellent vegetarian food in cozy rooms that feel like a 19th century literary salon.

Dve Palochki (Two Chopsticks), 22 Nevsky Prospect, (812) 493-4845. A popular, lively Japanese restaurant serving reliable sushi. Multiple locations on Nevsky Prospect.

Singer Cafe, 28 Nevsky Prospect (above Dom Knigi); (812) 571 8223. Pleasant service, good coffees, desserts and traditional Russian dishes come with wonderful views.

TO LEARN MORE

http://www.saint-petersburg.com

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