St Petersburg lies around 400 miles to the Northwest of Moscow. Nestled on the Neva River, it spreads out from its banks and across a series of islands that lie within the river delta.
With a wealth of extravagant palaces, breathtaking cathedrals and magnificent gardens, St Petersburg is truly Russia’s Imperial city.
Carved out of swampland in the early 18th century by Csar Peter the Great, St Petersberg has been gilded by generations of Russian royalty.
Over the centuries, this dynasty sought to create a city to rival the greatest cities of Europe, and, as you step onto the cobblestone streets here, you’ll discover they succeeded.
Most visitors start their adventures right in the heart of historic St Petersburg. Palace Square is dominated by the Alexander Column and is home to the Winter Palace.
This monumental palace is a legacy of Catherine the Great and was designed to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia. Today it houses the State Hermitage Museum which is one of the world’s oldest and largest museums.
Experience some of the country’s most extravagant architecture by strolling along Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main avenue.
Visit the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, with its extraordinary mosaics,… and Kazan Cathedral, another architectural gem.
Further along the river is St Isaac’s cathedral, whose gold plated dome has been glittering under Russia’s sun for more than 100 years.
As the sun sets, take a canal cruise to discover the romance of St Petersburg at night. Pass through a network of draw-bridges on a journey that shows the true scale of Peter the Great’s vision.
Romantic, opulent and spectacular, St Petersburg is a glittering testiment to Russia’s royal history and a celebration of the power of one man’s dream.
Bogotá, Colombia's bustling capital city, is one of the best places to explore Colombian culture for the very reason that the city is full of Colombians from all over the country. In this video I check out the view from the top of Cerro de Monserrate, see the sights around Plaza de Bolívar, and travel to the small town of Zipaquirá, where I head deep underground to visit the famous Salt Cathedral, a cathedral carved out in the middle of a mountain.
Dubai has the largest population in the United Arab Emirates. In less than a generation, the city has grown from a tiny trading port on the banks of Dubai Creek into one of the world's most incredible cities.
Rising over half a mile into the sky is the breathtaking centerpiece of Dubai, the Burj Kalifa, the tallest structure ever built.
Learn about Islam and Arabic traditions at the Jumeirah Mosque and the Sheikh Mohamed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Follow the scent of frankincense to the spice market, then explore the gold souk and discover why Dubai is known as "The City of Gold". Explore 21st century souks, like Dubai Mall, home to 1200 stores and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
Enjoy a few Arabian Nights at Madinat Jumeirah, a resort styled upon a traditional Arabian town. Or sail into a sea of luxury at Burj Al Arab, a seven star hotel, whose curves echo the traditional wooden vessels of the Gulf.
When temperatures climbs, head to one of the many beaches, Wild Wadi World, or Ski Dubai.
A journey into the Arabian Desert is an experience no visitor should miss. Take a camel trek, meet the wildlife, or just gaze out at the endless expanse of sands and listen to your own heartbeat.
In this video I head down to Guatemala and explore scenic Antigua, hike Volcano Pacaya, take a road trip to Lake Atitlan (and ride a horse along its banks), then head north to Tikal, home to the capital of the once mighty Mayan Empire, where I climb the many temples that have been discovered at the site.