• Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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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

Rachel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

so fun to do at night!

Valerie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a really great tour. Although I am from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla and therefore have seen my share of draw bridges, this tour is a great way to see St. Pete all lit up at night. My 13yr old daughter and I really enjoyed it.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It rained but to our pleasant surprise tour guide showed up. I apologize for not recalling her name but she was great. Very cool person, friendly and conversational. She was also very informative about not just the bridges and canals but the buildings in the neighborhood we walked through prior to getting on the boat. The tour itself was a wonderful experience and the sites to see were beautiful. I recommend this tour.

Igor Chernyega Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

THIS TOUR IS A MUST. This is so beautiful, St. Petersburg really lights up at night. You could swear the whole city is made of light. Such an incredible way to see St. Petersburg. Bring your camera, there are many AMAZING photo opportunities!! This really is something out of a fairy tale.

Let's talk about tour guide herself! She is the most cheerful, and pleasant person we met in all of St. Petersburg. Calm mannered, young, full of energy, and knowledgeable, we really liked her.

She gave us a choice of a long or short route along the Neva River and surrounding canals, explaining the benefits of both clearly, so that there was no doubt as to what we would be getting depending on our choice. I'm not sure if the tour would've been as good without her specifically being assigned as the tour guide. While I left Russia when I was four years old, and my vocabulary isn't extensive, my parents, however, thought she was an impressive tour guide which is good news coming from actual Russians. Another benefit of this tour is that the group wasn't huge, so it was really easy to listen to the guide's narrative.

I can't recommend this tour enough. One thing to bear in mind is the cold, so ensure that you dress WARMLY. Blankets are provided. One final thing to keep in mind is that there's no transport from the train station to the tour departure point, so be prepared to walk, however it is a very short walk, and the tour guide explained things to us as we went, as you pass a few historical landmarks along the way, which is also worth it.

Once again, an incredible tour, with an OUTSTANDING tour guide.

Very well done. Highly recommended!

Safinaz M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Really nice tour

Hilda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


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!

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