Here's a smart deal that's sure to appeal to those who are fans of great architecturally rich destinations: A two-city trip to Prague and St. Petersburg, priced from $915, offered by European Destinations (tel. 877/267-2247; www.europeandestinations.com). The lowest price reflects travel in spring, but you can travel anytime. European Destinations also shows the price history for the trip, based on different departure gates and travel periods.
The package is customizable, but as advertised, includes three nights in Prague and three in St. Petersburg, international round-trip airfare from New York, daily breakfast (if part of the hotel's offerings), hotel taxes, and a flight from Prague to St. Petersburg. What's nice about European Destinations is that travelers can customize the trips -- you can spend a little more time in one place rather than another, and choose from dozens and dozens of hotels at either city. Prague, known as "The city of a hundred spires" is full of Gothic, baroque and Renaissance buildings, churches, cathedrals, museums, and, of course, the Charles Bridge and excellent beer. St. Petersburg, which served a the capital of the Russian empire for more than 200 years, contains many preserved gems; one of its most celebrated architectural examples is the Palace Square, whose buildings represent various points in the city's history and political development.
Note: For the Russian portion of your trip you'll need to obtain a visa if you're not from one of a handful of former Soviet republics. You can read about Russian visa tips in our Russia destination guide.Talk with other Frommers.com readers on our Russia or Czech Republic Forums.