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St Petersburg Neva River Sightseeing Cruise

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Overview

Delight in magical St Petersburg on this sightseeing cruise along the Neva River. Meet your guide, stroll along Nevsky Prospekt — the city’s main avenue —and board your comfortable sightseeing boat. Then, sit back and enjoy your St Petersburg river cruise. Sailing along the Neva River in St Petersburg, pass the Peter and Paul Fortress; glide beneath some of the city’s beautiful bridges; and pass elegant landmarks such as the Summer Garden and Mariinsky Theatre as you learn their history. Numbers are limited to six for a more intimate experience.
  • 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
Meet your expert guide at your central St Petersburg hotel and walk to the departure jetty on the Neva River. Along the way, stride out along Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main avenue lined with elegant buildings.

Straddling the Neva, St Petersburg is honeycombed with historical canals and more than 300 bridges, all making a cruise along the Neva wonderfully scenic and interesting.

Step aboard your comfortable sightseeing boat and hear about the history of the Neva, and St Petersburg’s founder, Peter the Great.

One of Russia’s most beloved tsars, Peter established the city in 1703 with the building of the Peter and Paul Fortress, intending it to be his ‘Venice of the North.’ 

As you cruise, watch for many top St Petersburg attractions that flank the Neva’s waters. See the Peter and Paul Fortress that was the city’s first building, and sail by other magnificent landmarks, including St Michael’s Castle and the Anichkov Palace.


Snap photos of the Summer Garden with its marble statues, and of the Aurora, the 19th-century battleship that fired the first shot of the October 1917 Russian Revolution: a blank that signaled to the revolutionaries to storm the Winter Palace.

Glimpse the ornate Mariinsky Theatre, known as the Kirov Theater in Soviet days, and pass sights including New Holland Island, St Nicholas Naval Cathedral and St Isaac’s Cathedral, the massive Russian Orthodox church topped by a gleaming gold dome.

To conclude your cruise, your boat returns to the original departure jetty, where your tour ends and you are free to continue exploring the city on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Neva Embankments
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.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Nice and scenic - Just remember the...
Astrid H
, Sep 2016
Nice and scenic - Just remember the Guide on Boat is Russian and your personal Guide Translates in English which upset other Russian Tourists and they became very rude
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We had an unusual experience. Our very...
Eben F
, Jul 2016
We had an unusual experience. Our very friendly, well educated guide met us at the hotel as indicated at 10am. We didn't know that we needed to be on a boat with English narration that left at 10:30. It was more than a 30 minute walk for us to where the boat left so we missed it and had to wait an hour for the next boat that was Russian narration. Due to the loudness of the speaker system on the boat and not wanting to interfere with what other passengers were hearing, our guide has to whisper to us in English about what we were seeing. Other than that, the sights are magnificent.
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The trip almost did not happen, except...
Fernanda A
, Jul 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.
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A little disappointing we had expected...
Alexander T
, Jun 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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Catherine is a very pleasant guide and...
Mary C
, May 2015
Catherine is a very pleasant guide and her tour was very informative.
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The canals and waterways of St...
Margaret R
, Aug 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.

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