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  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Neva River Sightseeing Cruise in St Petersburg

Explore enchanting St Petersburg by boat on a 2-hour small-group sightseeing cruise along the Neva River. After a short walk down Nevsky Prospekt -- the city’s most prominent address – hop on board your luxury boat and admire all the sights that line St Petersburg’s romantic waterways. See the Peter and Paul Fortress that was built by Russian Tsar Peter the Great, and see cultural city highlights like Mariinsky Theatre. Pass under countless charming bridges and compare different examples of architecture on New Holland Island.

Numbers are limited to six on this small-group sightseeing cruise, ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.


  • 2-hour Neva River sightseeing cruise in St Petersburg including a walk down Nevsky Prospekt
  • Hear tales of St Petersburg’s history and its founder, St Peter the Great, from your guide
  • Pass top St Petersburg attractions like the Peter and Paul Fortress, Mariinsky Theatre Anichkov Palace and Summer Gardens
  • Cruise past New Holland Island and gaze in awe at its Russian Classicist buildings
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Neva River Sightseeing Cruise in St Petersburg

Boat Tour Rivers and Canals

Your expert local guide will pick you up from your central city hotel and walk with you to St Petersburg’s boat station, passing along Nevsky Prospekt – the city’s swanky main street that’s filled with chic boutiques and beautiful architecture.

Built on the river, central St Petersburg consists of a network of waterways with countless canals and more than 300 bridges of varying sizes from different architectural periods. As you hop on board your luxury sightseeing boat, your guide will talk to you about the grandeur of the Neva River and its fascinating history. Hear tales of Peter the Great, one of Russia’s more famous tsars, who founded the city in the 18th century, intending it to be his ‘Venice of the north.’

As you cruise up and down the river, watch out for all the top St Petersburg attractions that line the Neva’s granite-clad embankments. See the Peter and Paul Fortress that was created by Peter the Great in the Northern War to protect his city from a feared Swedish attack, and pass numerous other castles and palaces, like St Michael’s Castle and the Imperial Anichkov Palace.

See the city’s oldest and most charming park – the Summer Gardens – that was built in a distinctive Dutch Baroque style, and admire the imposing Aurora Battle Ship -- once a battleship in the Russo-Japanese war but now a museum. Pass Mariinsky Theatre where classical ballet and opera performances have taken place since the 1800s, showcasing masterpieces by esteemed Russian composers like Tchaikovsky.

Glide past romantic New Holland Island, admiring its majestic arches and early Russian Classicist buildings, and pass St Nicholas Naval Cathedral and St Isaac’s Cathedral – two of the largest city cathedrals. After cruising up and down the Neva, your sightseeing boat returns to the boat station where your tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Catherine is a very pleasant guide and her tour was very informative.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Very Good

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Very nice

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

The canals and waterways of St Petersburg are one of the city's highlights and this tour of them was both comprehensive and interesting. Our guide however, met us at our hotel at 10.30am in an old rundown van with a driver. He told us then that the tour would not be commencing until 11.30 and offered to take us to a souveneir shop to do some shopping in the meantime. The tour itself and the guide were otherwise satisfactory.

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2013

Couldn t do it because the river was frozen

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2015

The trip almost did not happen, except that we had to adjust to the companys timetable, differently than the one we have settled before.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2015

A little disappointing we had expected more for our money. Whilst the guide was good and very knowledgeable we had expected more for a private tour as there was only 2 of us. There were quite a number of different tour groups on the same boat all speaking different languages so it was difficult to hear at times. The tour description is misleading as the 2 hour cruise is one hour of walking and one hour on the boat.

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