While in St. Petersburg Russia, The Avid Cruiser stopped in at the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel. This beautiful five-star hotel is currently undergoing a Euro $75 million renovation and expansion. But it’s still open for business and when we were there, the work was not intrusive. We spoke with Timophey Beliaev, one of the executives at the hotel, about the best way to see St. Petersburg. His recommendation: on your own (which you can only do with a tourist visa) or with a guide. Check out private tours offered by cruise lines for touring with a guide.