St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night.  Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges. Join this tour and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

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St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

2. St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, St. Petersburg is famous for its architecture, museums and monuments, many of which were designed to create the most visual effect from water. Parade facades, grandiose architectural ensembles, the unique shape of Saint-Petersburg skyline with recognizable strings of spires and domes, a variety of engineering and design concepts embodied in the bridges - all of this and more you can expect to see during this day-long boat trip. You will see palaces and noble mansions, the most notable cathedrals of the city, the man-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views will take your breath away, visitors and citizens alike. Particularly fabulous from the water is the ingenious ensemble of the Spit of the Basil's Island, the peculiar patterns of the Summer Garden fence, and the mysterious St. Michael's Castle. On this water excursion around "Northern Venice", you'll be accompanied by an experienced guide who will give commentary on everything you see - always ready with an interesting story, your guide will also be ready to answer all of your questions related to St. Petersburg's history. We guarantee that after this trip, the beautiful city of St. Petersburg will have a permanent place in your heart! ATTENTION: as of August 12th 2019, Moyka river is closed for navigation due to Greenbridge repair works.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Feel like a Local Group Tour

3. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Feel like a Local Group Tour

You will begin your first day onboard a cosy boat, exploring rivers and channels of the "Northern Venice". Following this, you will continue to the former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, which today houses one of the world's most prestigious museums where the rooms themselves rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which are home to more than three million artworks, including works by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. You will then move on to explore the main street of the city. The chief sights include the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, half a dozen 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall, a mid-19th-century department store, the Russian National Library, the Anichkov Bridge, and the Singer House. Once an impressive showcase for an ambitious family business, Eliseev Emporium is without a doubt a leading landmark of the city. The recently restored stunning interiors make Eliseevsky a must-see place. Next up, you will visit the most Russian of all the Russian churches, which was built on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Tsar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes. The next day, you will be taken to the suburbs of the city. Reminiscent of France's Versailles, and rivaling it with its splendor, you will be given access to the many detailed parks and beautiful grounds. Having served as the Tsar's summer residence, its grounds are dotted with countless fountains (like the spraying Joke Fountain), monumental ensembles, and charming pavilions. You can take the opportunity to see the beautiful subway, whose stations are often called the palaces of the Soviet Union. You will then finish your day with a local farmer's market experience. This is the best way to feel the city, as you mix with and converse with the locals. Located in the downtown area, the market boast exotic atmosphere and beautiful architecture that make them worth visiting more for sightseeing than for shopping.

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St Petersburg Bridges: Opening at Night Boat Tour

4. St Petersburg Bridges: Opening at Night Boat Tour

Experience St Petersburg by night during a 1-hour 20-minute river cruise with a professional English-speaking guide. Starting from the Anichkov Bridge, the boat will sail along the Fontanka, Moyka, and Neva rivers. Experience bridges opening and closing as your sail through. Pass by numerous sights of interest including Ciniselli Circus, St Michael's Castle, Summer Garden, and Summer Palace, Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and numerous cathedrals, parks, and churches. Gaze at the stunning views of the city embankments illuminated as part of the White Nights Festival before you return to the Anichkov Bridge.

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St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

5. St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

Take the opportunity to witness one of Europe's most exciting cities from a totally unique perspective - a guided boat cruise! This tour is a good chance to see a lot of famous sights in a short period of time. By boat, you will travel around St Petersburg city centre, leaving from the pier where tours take off every 1.5-hours. Together with a professional guide, the boat will take you through the Fontanka river, Kryukov's channel, Moyka river, Winter channel, and the Neva river. On both banks of the Fontanka river, you will see the Sheremetyev's palace (a gift from Peter the Great to the first St Petersburg governor), Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (one of the richest noble dynasties in Russian history), Ciniselli circus and the Faberge Museum. Next, follow the cruise on to the Kryukov's canal into the Kolomna district where the marvelous St Nicholas Naval cathedral shines gold. You will also see the Theatre's Square and the famous Mariinsky Theatre. Through the Kryukov's canal past the New Holland Island you will sail to the Moyka river. Yusupov's Palace, Count Razumovsky's estate and Stroganov's Palace which represent the best examples of Russian nobility aesthetics. You will also see the St. Isaac's Cathedral – one of the tallest cathedrals in the world. At the end of the tour, you will sail past the Summer Garden, Summer Palace, St. Michael's Castle. End your tour back at the pier from your original starting destination with exciting new knowledge about St Petersburg. 

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Saint Petersburg: Two-Day Visa-Free Cruise Shore Tour

6. Saint Petersburg: Two-Day Visa-Free Cruise Shore Tour

A two-day visa-free tour of St. Petersburg for cruise ship passengers. Day 1 8:30 AM Passport control and group meeting with the guide and the driver. 9:00 - 10:00 AM Sightseeing tour including stops by sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum, one of the major museums of the world, an important and grandiose architectural complex that has one of the most important art collections. 12:00 - 1:00 PM The Savior of Spilled Blood, the Church of the Russian styled domes with its dazzling and colorful facades and interiors. 1:00 - 2:00 PM Boat trip by the rivers and canals. 2:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. 3:00 - 4:00 PM Travel to Peterhof, the summer residence of the czars called the Russian Versailles. Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. 4:00 - 6:00 PM Peterhof Park. 6:00 - 7:00 PM Back to the city. Day 2 9:00 AM Passport control and group meeting with the guide and the driver. 9:30 - 10:30 AM The Metro tour, an adventure by riding the Russian subway. 10:30 - 11:30 AM Excursion to the St Isaak Cathedral. 11:30 AM -1:30 PM Walk through the main street Nevsky Prospekt and shopping time or visit to the market. 2:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch in a typical Russian restaurant 3:30 - 4:30 PM Fortress of Saint Peter and Paul, the first building of the ancient city of St. Petersburg and are the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. 5:00 PM Back on board

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St Petersburg: 3-Day, Visa-Free Cruise Shore Excursion

7. St Petersburg: 3-Day, Visa-Free Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover the highlights of St Petersburg on a 3-day, visa-free cruise excursion. Each day your guide will pick you up at the cruise ship terminal and drop you off there each night to sleep in your cruise cabin. Day 1  Your first stop is at sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island. Then visit Peter and Paul Fortress and enjoy a guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral, the first building of the ancient city of St Petersburg. In the cathedral you can see the tombs of the Romanov dynasty. After the visit of the cathedral, explore the Church of The Savior on Spilled Blood. Then, enjoy lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. In the afternoon your guided tour will continue with a visit of the Hermitage Museum.  Day 2  Explore Peterhof, the summer residence of the Czars and often called the "Russian Versailles." Walk through Petershof Park and visit the Palace. Then, enjoy lunch in another typical Russian restaurant. After lunch, discover the spectacular Catherine Palace. Day 3 Begin your day with a metro station tour and take a ride on the Russian subway. Next you'll explore St Isaak Cathedral with a guide and enjoy a guided tour of the Faberge Museum. You will need to purchase your own lunch on this day. Finally, relax on a boat trip of the rivers and canals of St Petersburg before heading back to your cruise ship.

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St. Petersburg: Rivers and Canals Boat Tour

8. St. Petersburg: Rivers and Canals Boat Tour

Find out for yourself why St. Petersburg is known to as the Venice of the North with this guided boat and canal tour. Listen as your guide tells you interesting facts and stories about the city. Embark on a boat tour of the Nera river and canals. Hear how the origin and development of St. Petersburg is inextricably linked with the Neva River. See palaces, cathedrals, and architectural ensembles as you sail along. Hang out on the upper deck in the fresh air or head down to the warm, covered lower deck.

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St. Petersburg: City Cruise to Peterhof Palace Lower Park

9. St. Petersburg: City Cruise to Peterhof Palace Lower Park

Depart from St. Petersburg and head to Peterhof Palace Lower Park on a cruise. Listen to commentary from your guide and enjoy a coffee and sandwich onboard. Meet your guide and board the motor ship Meteor. Cruise along the Gulf of Finland and the Neva River towards Peterhof Palace Lower Park. Visit Peterhof Palace Lower Park's lavish gardens. Learn about the history of the palace from your guide. Return to St. Petersburg by boat. 

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St. Petersburg: Rivers and Canals Boat Excursion

10. St. Petersburg: Rivers and Canals Boat Excursion

The whole story of the origin and development of St. Petersburg is inextricably linked with the Neva River. Excursion by ship will allow you to see the city in all its uniqueness, and to gain an understanding of why it is called the "city on islands" and "Northern Venice." Breathtaking panoramas, palaces, cathedrals, architectural ensembles: all this awaits you on a cruise along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg. You can take part in this activity in any weather; on chilly days, wrap yourself in a blanket on the upper deck, or head down to the warm, covered deck.

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 994 reviews

Excellent boat trip

Gathering point is clear. We’re waited to be on board. The staff are nice and polite. The content from the head set provided is very informative. Recommended

Nice route and interesting excursion. Only on the website was written 90 minutes duration of the tour, and it was only 60 minutes

It was cool and even cold in places, but there were no blankets. Although it seems like they were announced on the site.

Amazing Tour. Must have in your St Petersburg iteniary, specially night boat ride. Smooth check in by boat operator.

The audio guide matched perfectly where we were so it was easy to grab all the points