Two things spring to mind when you think of classical Russia: ballet and opera.
The Mariinsky Theater has been the home of these two great Russian institutions since it opened in 1860. Named in honor of Tsarina Maria Alexandranov, wife of Alexander II, the theater has not only become one of the symbols of St Petersburg, but Russia as a whole. Stopping in for a show is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit, and elite travelers can look forward to a seat in the Tsar’s Box; the best place to view the concerts from. This box is always much soughtafter so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.