Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges and Canals - Reviews

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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!

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!

Martina G

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2014

I have to separate the review into 2 parts.
Part one is about Lili, our guide. She was absolutely wonderful. It seems to be that she knows EVERYTHING about the city. No question unanswered, she is doing her job with passion and she even took us back to basil island in the middle of the night in her private car. For Lili I would give 5 stars.
Part two is about the captain of the ship we had for the tour. This guy is the most unfriendly biggest idiot we met so far in St Petersburg. He didn't like to have a english group on board and sabotaged Lili's explanation with extremely loud Russian disco music. What a freak. He turned the music on when we just started and no one could escape the full blast of his loud speakers. I wish him the worst and a big hole in his dammed ship so he can't torture foreign tourists anymore. No need to say that he was drunk as well.

ROSA MARIA D USA

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2014

Aside from a rocky start,Tour Operator "Moscow Free Tours" never showed up at designated meeting location, even though the tour was in St. Petersburg. After tracking the guide for one entire day thanks to the Hotel assistance due to language barrier we finally got to go on the midnight cruise. Beautiful, that's all I can tell you, beautiful.

brenda h

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2017

The tour was extremely short. We were disappointed that it seemed to be over in such a short time. Our guide did a good job with the time we had her.

Carina H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2016

The tour guide was great but the rest of the tour was only ok. We joined a boat full of other tourists who did not book this tour online but onsite and spent way less money on it. The boat had speakers where Russian explanations were given which were disturbing the headphones we had from our guide.

christine w

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
September 2016

I totally misunderstood the date so I showed up the midnight of Sept 12 going into Sept 13. A midnight late.
Much to my disappointment.

tobiperro1818

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2016

no pudimos hacerlo la empresa por que estábamos en un hotel del otro ado del canal. no podíamos cruzar. y no reconocieron nada. esto fue incorrecto

Rafael J

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2015

This is a scam!! We paid the tour and when we went to the location the guy on the dock told us that he doesn't know about the tour and our ticket were not valid

Then we sent a couple of emails to viator traying to get back our money and they never answer

Becareful don't buy on this site

David S USA

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2014

Not good!!! The Guide was terrible...no one could hear her, way too meek to be a Guide...very soft spoken, not in tune to her audience. The boat owner insisted upon having music that was very loud. This was a party boat. The Guide did ask him to turn it down, but he refused.
Horrible experience!!!!

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