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.