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Cruise along St Petersburg’s illuminated canals and Neva River at midnight and see the city’s glittering drawbridges raise on this 1.5-hour boat trip. Settle onto a comfortable sightseeing boat and glide along the romantic canals as you listen to the fascinating onboard commentary and watch the reflections of St Petersburg’s landmarks twinkling on the water. Enjoy stellar views of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Spit of Basil Island, Mikhailovsky Castle and more, and sail under the glittering Trinity Bridge — a camera-worthy moment if ever there was one.

Highlights

  • Midnight boat cruise around St Petersburg with an onboard guide
  • See St Petersburg’s drawbridges rise while cruising around the canals
  • Admire the city’s illuminated monuments reflecting on the Neva River
  • Cruise underneath Trinity Bridge and look out toward Vasilyevsky Island
  • Learn about sights like Mikhailovsky Castle and Peter and Paul Fortress

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you’re booking this cruise to travel in June or early July, you’ll see the all sights during the famous White Nights – when the sky stays light all night! It’s an incredible phenomenon that enhances the romantic atmosphere of St Petersburg’s canals.

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What You Can Expect

Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges and Canals

See Peter and Paul Fortress lit up at night!

Meet your guide in the late evening near Kazan Cathedral, and board your comfortable sightseeing boat for your 1.5-hour cruise.Situated on 42 islands, St Petersburg is honeycombed by picturesque canals that lead off the Neva River. Late each night, several drawbridges across the Neva are raised to allow commercial ships to pass, creating a magical spectacle best seen from the river. Your cruise takes you on a scenic journey along some of St Petersburg’s prettiest canals and to see the bridges as they open.
Settle on the outdoor deck or inside the lower saloon, and ogle the sights as you explore the waterways. Pass graceful mansions, lamplit embankments and illuminated palaces, and as you cruise, hear historical snippets about the landmarks from your onboard guide.
Be sure to take photos as the bridges open — the moment when their illuminated wings are fully raised begs to be captured on camera. Snap more photos as your boat glides beneath the glittering Trinity Bridge, revealing splendid views of the Spit of Basil Island, where the Neva divides in two.
Drift along the widest segment of the Neva past the blazing lights of the Peter and Paul Fortress, and sail by Mikhailovsky Castle, a massive 18th-century palace commissioned by Tsar Paul I.
After cruising around the lovely canals, return to Kazan Cathedral, where your cruise finishes.

Customer Reviews

Hilda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Nick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I have to add St Petersburg to be one of my favorite cities of the world. People were friendly and my guide was excellent. It was fun to cruise the river late night and see the crowd gathering on the banks of the river to see the Drawbridges open up. I just had an amazing time in Russian Federation. Don't believe the media and apply for Visa and see the palaces, museums and have a wonderful time.

Sabrina H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very engaged and helpful guide; fantastic event thanks to beautiful blue sky

Kristina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was a great experience. Our tour guide, Lydia, was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to and gave us lots of information on buildings along the canal as well as stories about past residents. We were even able to postpone our tour to a different evening because the weather was not so great on the night we had booked the tour. The meeting point was a little tough to find, so I would suggest telling guests to meet at the boat company's dock or something like that in the future.

Megan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was the WOW! factor of our recent visit to St Petersburg - I never realised how huge this attraction was until we saw hundreds of people lining the banks of the canal to watch the bridges go up. And not to mention the number of boats on the water as well. Definitely worth while and we had a lovely guide - her English was amazing and she shared some fascinating stories with us. Will want to do this again some day!

Jenny Z

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

The scenery of St. Petersburg at night is very very beautiful ! The guide is fantastic.
But when we arrived the boat at the directed time, it was full. They gave us extra chairs to sit in the isles but no blanket as other guests did.

Deborah M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Definitely a highlight of our trip!

Berçin Ö

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Our guide Irene was lovely. She had amazing knowledge about history and culture of St. Petersburg. Besides that, you should definitely see the city through Neva on a boat!

Christopher B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Very annoyed that we were left alone on the river bank a mile or so from where we embarked at 2-00am in the morning without any warning.
This was miles from our Hotel which was the other side of where we embarked..
The trip details state start and finish points are the same.
I would not recommend this trip unless you are fit and staying near where the trip ends.
But you wont know where that is until the trip finishes.
Take your Tom Tom with you so you can find the way to your hotel..........................................

Stephanie B

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

The tour itself was great however it was a bit confusing finding where to get onto the boat and the time it started was much later than indicated. However, with that said it was an awesome experience and am glad I got to see white nights and the bridges!

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