Rivers, channels and bridges without entering Neva River with individual transfers and personal guide
Built over 42 islands and often called a “Northern Venice”, St Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex network of rivers, canals and channels bonded together by numerous bridges. City’s low-rise classical architecture along the granite embankments of the Neva River allows wonderful panoramic city views from the water level. Therefore, during summer period (usually from the end of April till the end of September) a boat tour among the rivers and canals of St Petersburg is an essential, very popular and extremely enjoyable part of city exploration.
The boat tour travels through the historic center of the city with the urban landscape of the 18th and 19th centuries, passing many famous estates and palaces, like the Shuvalov, Sheremetev and Yusupov Palaces, as well as several of the city's most famous panoramas, including the Strelka ("Spit") of Vasilievsky Island. Going along the Kryukov Canal, the boat offers excellent views of the St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre. On the Moika River visitors can view the Stroganov and Mariinsky Palaces, the St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the General Staff Building on the Palace Square. Along the way the tour boat passes numerous beautiful and unusual bridges. Some bridges, like Annichkov Bridge, are smaller remarkable works of art with an incredible history. Also, the tour passes under the famous "coloured" bridges, including the Blue Bridge, the widest bridge in the city (97.3m). The biggest bridges are the impressive drawbridges that span across the Neva River. The most famous among them is the Palace Bridge, which connects the Palace Square, home to the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum, with the Vasilievsky Island.
As an additional option for extra charge, longer boat trips, night cruises, cruises with a folk show or light dinner cruises can be arranged.