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St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night.  Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges. Join this tour and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

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St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

Climb aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus for a tour of Russia's former imperial capital, with a flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass for 24 or 48-hours, or see some of the historic sights from the relaxing and unique perspective of the water on a boat tour. The bus tour features more than 20 stops across 2 routes and gives you the chance to explore the city at your own pace. You'll get to see monuments such as the gold-domed St Isaac’s Cathedral. Discover the wonderful architecture St Petersburg has to offer, whilst listening to the onboard tour commentary that will give you a fascinating insight into the past of these sites. Experience 360-degree views of the Summer Garden and Kazan Cathedral from the open-top deck. Or sit back and enjoy a full loop of the route, this tour enables you to design your own schedule. Red Route: Stop 1 - St Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Admiralty Stop 3 - Nevsky Prospect Stop 4 - Kazan Cathedral Stop 5 - Grand Guest Yard Stop 6 - Anichkov Palace Stop 7 - Vladimirsky Prospect Stop 8 - Vosstaniya Square Stop 9 - Liteiny Prospect Stop 10 - Eliseyev Brothers' Emporium Stop 11 - Arts Square Stop 12 - Grand Ciniselli Circus Stop 13 - Summer Garden Stop 14 - Hermitage Stop 15 - Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Stop 16 - Palace Embankment Stop 17 - Admiral Embankment Green Route: Stop 1 - Saint Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Sphinxes Stop 3 - The Kunstkamera Stop 4 - Spit of Vasilievsky Island Stop 5 - Peter & Paul Fortress Stop 6 - The Cruiser Aurora Stop 7 - Palace Embankment Stop 8 - Admiral Embankment Boat Tour: Choose 1 of 4 boat tours: Tour 1: Canal Cruise Tour 2: Golden Triangle Tour 3: Gala St Petersburg & Gulf of Finland Inlet Tour 4: Northern Isles of Neva Delta & Gulf of Finland Inlet

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St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

3. St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

Enjoy free entrance to 28 attractions in St Petersburg and see the city from different perspectives. Enjoy 6 free tours by land or water with a 2,3 or 5-day Saint Petersburg City Pass. Save time and money with free entry to the city’s best museums, along with complimentary tours by river, sea, and double-decker bus. Plan your visits with a free guidebook and city map (metro map included). The most interesting attractions have already been chosen for you! Just open your guide and decide where you want to go first. Each tear-off voucher can be used once by one person, making it the most convenient passport to the city. The Pass activates at the moment of your first visit to the museum, bus tour or river cruise. St.Petersburg CityPass is valid for 48, 72 or 120-hours. Free Entry: Museums: 1. St. Isaac’s Cathedral 2. St. Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway 3. “Aurora” Cruiser 4. Savior on Spilled Blood 5. Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum) 6. Marble Palace (Russian Museum) 7. Stroganov Palace (Russian Museum) 8. St. Michael’s Castle (Russian Museum) 9. Peter and Paul Cathedral (Peter and Paul Fortress) 10. Grand Ducal Burial Chapel (Peter and Paul Fortress) 11. Trubetskoy Bastion Prison (Peter and Paul Fortress) 12. Faberge Museum 13. Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines 14. Russian Museum of Ethnography 15. “Petrovskaya Akvatoria” Historical Theatrical Scale Model 16. Central Naval Museum 17. Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum 18. Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO 19. Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music 20. St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music 21. Chaliapin Memorial Apartment 22. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum 23. Samoilov Family Museum Excursions: 1. St. Petersburg City Sightseeing Bus Tour 2. Walking Tour with St. Petersburg Free Tour 3. City Sightseeing Canal Cruise  4. High-speed hydrofoils to Peterhof (trip around) 5. Gala Petersburg and the Gulf of Finland 6. Evening Cruise with a live music 

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St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

4. St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, St. Petersburg is famous for its architecture, museums and monuments, many of which were designed to create the most visual effect from water. Parade facades, grandiose architectural ensembles, the unique shape of Saint-Petersburg skyline with recognizable strings of spires and domes, a variety of engineering and design concepts embodied in the bridges - all of this and more you can expect to see during this day-long boat trip. You will see palaces and noble mansions, the most notable cathedrals of the city, the man-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views will take your breath away, visitors and citizens alike. Particularly fabulous from the water is the ingenious ensemble of the Spit of the Basil's Island, the peculiar patterns of the Summer Garden fence, and the mysterious St. Michael's Castle. On this water excursion around "Northern Venice", you'll be accompanied by an experienced guide who will give commentary on everything you see - always ready with an interesting story, your guide will also be ready to answer all of your questions related to St. Petersburg's history. We guarantee that after this trip, the beautiful city of St. Petersburg will have a permanent place in your heart! ATTENTION: as of August 12th 2019, Moyka river is closed for navigation due to Greenbridge repair works.

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Hermitage and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil Day Tour

5. Hermitage and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil Day Tour

See the most famous landmarks of Saint Petersburg on this combination tour. Visit the Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil. Starting at 10:00 AM, meet near the Alexander Column at Palace Square. Cruise passengers who booked a visa-free option will be met by their guide or a company manager at the port. The entry to the museum will be "an early skip-the-line entry" and it is very important to be on time at the meeting point to start viewing the collection before the museum doors are open. On a 3-hour highlights tour of the Hermitage Museum, you will visit the Winter Palace to see the reception halls of the former winter Imperial residence and see the highlights of the Western European art collection including Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Rubens, Michellangelo and others. Please note that the visit to the General Staff building collection of the Impressionists can not be added on. After the completion of the Hermitage Tour and a quick bite break, you will be off to meet your guide at 2:30 PM at the Alexander Column again, where you will then walk together to the hydrofoil wharf. During the hydrofoil transfer, you will see St Petersburg highlights from water and enjoy views of the Gulf of Finland. The hydrofoil arrives at Peterhof Gardens. Exploring the gardens with you guide, learn the history behind the world-famous fountains and the Grand Cascade.  The return trip back to the St Petersburg city centre is by hydrofoil too. Cruise passengers who purchased a visa-free option will be transferred to the port after arrival to Saint Petersburg. The tour is available in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French. 

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St Petersburg: 2-Day Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers

6. St Petersburg: 2-Day Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers

Day 1  Start your 2-day excursion with a sightseeing tour driving towards Peterhof. Stop along the way and see the best panoramic views of St Petersburg. When at Peterhof explore the lower garden which is decorated with numerous fountains.  Have lunch at a local restaurant, then return to the city and see the jewels of the Fabergé Museum. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral, the birthplace of St. Petersburg. On the way back to your ship you will visit the St. Petersburg underground, which is beautifully decorated with marble. Day 2  Begin your day with a sightseeing tour. After the tour enjoy a boat ride to see the most breathtaking views on the Neva River, pass the former royal palaces and famous drawbridges.   Visit the largest museum in the country, the Hermitage. During the tour you will admire the reception halls, the "Hanging" Garden, collections of Italian, Dutch and Flemish paintings as well as applied arts.  Have lunch at a nice cafe before visiting the Church on the Spilled Blood, which is famous for its mosaics covering its walls inside and outside. At the end of our tour you will have a stroll along the Nevsky Prospect. Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, the second largest in the country. Your tour will end after a short drive back to your ship.

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Peterhof Palace and Park Private Tour with Boat Ride Back

7. Peterhof Palace and Park Private Tour with Boat Ride Back

Your guide will pick you up at your place of stay and you will take a scenic drive to Peterhof. As you arrive to Peterhof, start your tour in the French style Upper Gardens, pass by the Grand Palace constructed by the famous Italian architect Francesco Rastrelli and continue to Lower Park. Walk towards the Grand Cascade marveling at one of the most extensive waterworks of the Baroque period. Admire the golden statue of Samson that represents Russia’s victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War. Continue your tour by entering the Grand Palace, arguably the most famous residence of the Russian Czars. See rooms which date back to the time of Peter the Great and marvel at the shining golden Baroque halls and rooms from the Classical period. Walk along colorful flowerbeds to the main square of the garden and see the famous Roman and Chessboard Hill fountain.   Then, continue to the fountains of “Adam” and “Eve” that were originally modeled after the statues of “Adam and Eve” in the Doge’s Palace in Venice.  Be careful as you walk by several “trick fountains” that were absolute favorites of Peter the Great, to prank his numerous guests. Continue strolling around the numerous cascades and fountains as your tour slowly ends. After an incredible day take the Hydrofoil boat to enjoy the spectacular views of the Neva River as you travel back to St.Petersburg.

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St Petersburg Bridges: Opening at Night Boat Tour

8. St Petersburg Bridges: Opening at Night Boat Tour

Experience St Petersburg by night during a 1-hour 20-minute river cruise with a professional English-speaking guide. Starting from the Anichkov Bridge, the boat will sail along the Fontanka, Moyka, and Neva rivers. Experience bridges opening and closing as your sail through. Pass by numerous sights of interest including Ciniselli Circus, St Michael's Castle, Summer Garden, and Summer Palace, Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and numerous cathedrals, parks, and churches. Gaze at the stunning views of the city embankments illuminated as part of the White Nights Festival before you return to the Anichkov Bridge.

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St. Petersburg: Peterhof Gardens by Hydrofoil

9. St. Petersburg: Peterhof Gardens by Hydrofoil

The tour starts on the Neva River Embankment. Meet your guide near the Alexander Column and then walk about 15 minutes to the river. On arrival, get in the hydrofoil and enjoy a ride through the Gulf of Finland.  Your guide will provide you with the history of St. Petersburg and its surroundings as you pass by them. In Peterhof, come ashore and walk in the gardens to see all the fountains: the Grand Cascade, the Bath House, the Catherine Block, and Monplaisir Palace. Throughout the tour, your guide will accompany you so you won't get lost. In the evening, take a return ride on the hydrofoil and return to the city. 

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St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

10. St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

Take the opportunity to witness one of Europe's most exciting cities from a totally unique perspective - a guided boat cruise! This tour is a good chance to see a lot of famous sights in a short period of time. By boat, you will travel around St Petersburg city centre, leaving from the pier where tours take off every 1.5-hours. Together with a professional guide, the boat will take you through the Fontanka river, Kryukov's channel, Moyka river, Winter channel, and the Neva river. On both banks of the Fontanka river, you will see the Sheremetyev's palace (a gift from Peter the Great to the first St Petersburg governor), Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (one of the richest noble dynasties in Russian history), Ciniselli circus and the Faberge Museum. Next, follow the cruise on to the Kryukov's canal into the Kolomna district where the marvelous St Nicholas Naval cathedral shines gold. You will also see the Theatre's Square and the famous Mariinsky Theatre. Through the Kryukov's canal past the New Holland Island you will sail to the Moyka river. Yusupov's Palace, Count Razumovsky's estate and Stroganov's Palace which represent the best examples of Russian nobility aesthetics. You will also see the St. Isaac's Cathedral – one of the tallest cathedrals in the world. At the end of the tour, you will sail past the Summer Garden, Summer Palace, St. Michael's Castle. End your tour back at the pier from your original starting destination with exciting new knowledge about St Petersburg. 

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What people are saying about Neva River

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Best decision I have ever taken to do this tour with a guide. Andy, our tour guide, was a very professional knowledgeable person and we enjoyed every moment with him. He explained every detail in a unique engaged way which made us visualize and think of the history of Peterhof perfectly. I highly recommend to take this package because it includes variations of activities such as going to the palace by car and going back by a speed boat which gave us more attractions to see.

We enjoyed our stay in St Petersburg, the Hop On Hop Off was our greatest highlight. We were happy to meet a very friendly and helpful guide, Tatyana in Red Line bus. She really made our sight seeing your very memorable. We will definitely encourage people to use the bus just to get the feel of what is happening around St Petersburg.

We hit the "hellish" weather in St. Petersburg. Thanks to the trip by bus and then by boat, we got to know a large part of the important monuments in the city without much effort. It took us about 6 hours in total. I recommend

It was cool and even cold in places, but there were no blankets. Although it seems like they were announced on the site.

Amazing Tour. Must have in your St Petersburg iteniary, specially night boat ride. Smooth check in by boat operator.