Great getaways: St Petersburg cruise stop, twin-centre Italy, five-star Tenerife and Kenya beach break

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Russian revelation

The best way to circumvent Russia's complicated and expensive visa rules is to visit as part of a cruise which calls at St Petersburg – a loophole which gets you in without the red tape. One possibility departs from Southampton on 25 May. Celebrity Cruises' 14-day "Scandinavia and Russia" trip aboard the Eclipse takes in the Russian city, plus Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Copenhagen for £1,399 per person (

Ultimate Italy

If you've made it to the British Museum's blockbuster exhibition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, you might be tempted to see the real thing. Citalia has a twin-centre trip that spends three nights in Sorrento, on the Bay of Naples, at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio with half-board, before a taxi transfer to the Amalfi Coast for four nights at the Hotel Marina Riviera with breakfast. The nine-night trip costs £999 per person, based on an 8 May departure from Gatwick with easyJet flights to Naples (

Canary call

Sovereign Luxury Travel is offering a week at the five-star Sheraton La Caleta Resort and Spa in Tenerife for £665 per person, for a departure on 3 July. The price includes Monarch flights from Birmingham, airport lounge access and transfers, with B&B in a Superior Room and spa access (

Coastal Kenya

Hayes and Jarvis has a week-long beach break in Kenya for £599 per person, departing on 7 May. The package includes half board at the four-star Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa, just north of Mombasa, with Thomson flights from Gatwick and transfers included (