St Petersburg Cruises
Tour Russia's Northern Capital by Water and See Why It is Called the Venice of the North!

St Petersburg cruises give you unforgettable views of our beautiful imperial city and some of its most famous historical sites. 

Cruising the graceful rivers and canals that surround the city and weave through the islands and districts that make up St Petersburg is an amazing way to see St Petersburg's attractions and its historic architecture. 

A ride along the banks of the Neva River will take you past landmarks like the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Issac's Cathedral, The Summer Palace of Peter the Great and the Old Stock Exchange on Vasilyevsky Island. On the Fontanka River, you'll go through different old bridges and see the famous Yusupov Palace – location of Grigory Rasputin's demise and home to the Rasputin exhibit.

The boat trip through the waterways will have you drifting on the Kryukov Canal past St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre or taking photos of the Stroganov Palace as you pass New Holland Island on the Moika River. Certainly, you'll see why St Petersburg is called the Venice of the North!

Plan a day boat tour or book an evening tour for the rising of the seven bridges during the famous White Nights in June.

Board a pleasure boat for this yearly celebration on the Neva River and see the glittering Palace Bridge and six more spectacular bridges raised against the night sky.

There are lots of ways to see the city, but only with our St Petersburg Cruises will you get a completely different view of the key sights, relax and have fun.

Why?

Because we offer tours by comfortable small and large boats with a wide range of routes and evening entertainment programs aboard. You can choose a guided tour with a scheduled timetable or rent a private boat for a special occasion!

So, if you're looking for a unique way to admire St Petersburg, then take a look at these Russian river cruises listed below and book your seats or rent a boat before you come.

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ST PETERSBURG RIVERS AND CANALS BOAT TOUR


"Book one of the most popular St Petersburg cruises and tour the Golden Ring of the North of Venice"

Start your boat trip with a circular route along the central rivers and canals of St Petersburg and get a closer view of the symbols of the imperial city. Take this boat tour and cruise along the bank of the Neva River, Moika River and Fontanka River and enjoy unique views of St Petersburg's best landmarks. Admire a urban landscape of the 18th and 19th centuries, pass under countless charming bridges and take amazing photos.

Itinerary: During this tour you'll cruise through the historic center of the city, following the Neva River, the Fontanka River, the Griboedov Canal, the Kryukov Canal, the Moika River and the Winter Canal. You'll tour along with an on-board guide for a two hour excursion and see five rivers and canals as well as nearly all the most popular attractions of St Petersburg, including twelve historical bridges.

Sights covered on the cruise: St. Isaac Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman; Hermitage; Peter and Paul Fortress; Mikhailovsky Palace; Summer Garden; Rostral Columns; Admiralty; Sheremetev Palace; Yusupov Palace; New Holland; Mariinsky Theatre; Anichkov Bridge; Blue Bridge; and much more.

Options:

  • New! Hop-on Hop-off Boat City Tour (stops: Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, Summer Garden, Nevsky Prospect, Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, St Isaac's Cathedral)
  • History of St Petersburg: Rivers and Canals
  • Big City Tour: Rivers and Canals
  • Gala St Petersburg: Symbols of the City (only Neva River)

Ideal for: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people who want to enjoy a canal boat tour and get a view of the city from a different angle.

Note: When taking this boat tour you will be joining other people unless you rent a boat independently.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time:

  • Hop-on Hop-off Boat Tour - Every hour from 12 am to 5 pm
  • History of St Petersburg Tou: Rivers and Canal - Four times a day starting at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm; 6:30 pm
  • Big City Tour: Rivers and Canals - Leaves at 8 pm
  • Gala St Petersburg: Symbols of the City - Two times a day starting at 9 pm and 10 pm

Duration: One-day or two-days ticket for Hop-on Hop off;1.5 hours; 2 hours; 1 hour

When: From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up 50 People

Available Languages: Audio guides: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Iranian (audio guide for Hop-on Hop-off Boat Tour), English and Chinese for History of St Petersburg Tour, English for Big City Tour and Gala St Petersburg.
Private tour guides: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian.

Inclusions:

  • Audio guide or our private tour guide;
  • Boat Tickets.

Exclusions: Tips to the Guide, Food and Drinks

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 2 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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CRUISE OF THE SEA GATES OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE


"Discover the Sea Gates of the Russian Empire"

Jump on board this unique boat tour and start cruising through the largest stretches of the Neva River and the waters of the Gulf of Finland. Cruise around the largest island of the city - Vasilievskiy - and see the big trading port of St Petersburg, the Marine Facade Port and the Petrovsky Stadium. Watch out for the famous Ice Breaker "Krasin" and modern ice breakers. Enjoy panoramic views of the city!

Itinerary: During this tour you'll cruise through the Bolshaya Neva (Big Neva) and the Malaya Neva (Small Neva) as well as the Gulf of Finland. You'll tour along with an on- board guide included in the two hour excursion and see different cultural highlights of the city, some of which are considered off the beaten path.

Sights covered on the cruise: St. Isaac Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman; Hermitage; Peter and Paul Fortress; Palace Bridge; Blagoveshenskiy Bridge; several monuments of naval glory of St Petersburg; Ice Breaker "Krasin"; monument to Admiral Krusenstern; modern and old Russian ice breakers; and much more.

Options: Nope!

Ideal: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people looking for alternative river cruise routes in St Petersburg.

Note: When taking this boat tour you will be joining other people unless you rent a boat independently.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: Four times a day starting at 12 pm (noon), 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm

Duration: 1.5 hour

When: From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up to 130 People

Available Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian (If you don't book a private tour but book only the tickets, English or Chinese audio guides will be provided).

Inclusions:

  • Audio guide or our private tour guide;
  • Boat Tickets.

Exclusions: Tips to the Guide, Food and Drinks on board (a-la Carte menu)

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 2 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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BOAT TOUR OF THE NORTH ISLANDS


"Explore the North Islands of the Neva River"

Explore the landmarks and park lands of the northern banks of the Neva River with this boat tour and see where Petersburgers for centuries have gone to relax from the bustle of the city. Cruise along the interesting Kirov Islands further north (Kamenny Island, Krestovsky Island and Yelagin Island), the Petrograd Side and the Vyborg Side of the city. Take photos and enjoy amazing views of the north islands.

Itinerary: During this tour you'll cruise along the Bolshaya Neva, Malaya Neva and Gulf of Finland as well as the northern part of the Neva Delta. You'll tour along with an on- board guide for 1.5 hour excursion, and see the landmarks and the leafy parks and attractions of Kamenny Island, Krestovsky Island and Yelagin Island.

Sights covered on the cruise: St. Isaac Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman; Summer Garden; the Peter and Paul Fortress; Vasilievskiy Island; Winter Palace; Kamenny Island; Yelagin Island; Krestovsky Island; numerous bridges.

Options: You can rent a boat for yourself and tour the same route with a private local guide.

Ideal: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people interested in seeing the north islands of St Petersburg.

Notes: When taking this boat tour you will be joining other people unless you rent a boat independently.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: Three times a day starting at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm

Duration: 1.5 hours

When:  From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up to 50 people

Available Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian (If you don't book a private tour but book only the tickets, English or Chinese audio guides will be provided).

Inclusions:

  • Audio guide or our private tour guide;
  • Boat Tickets.

Exclusions:  Tips to the Guide, Food and Drinks on board (a-la Carte menu)

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 2 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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ST PETERSBURG MIDNIGHT RIVER CRUISE


"When the sun goes down and the lights are being switched on, our romantic St Petersburg appears"

Step aboard this boat, sit back and enjoy a pleasant night time tour. See the imperial city when it is beautifully all lit up, and watch the famous seven bridges across the Neva River opening for the cargo ships sailing between the Gulf of Finland. Experience the magic atmosphere of St Petersburg after midnight and feel the romance and festivity of our imperial city.

Itinerary: During this night boat tour you'll cruise along the Neva River and watch the following bridges opening from the water: Palace Bridge, Trinity Bridge, Liteiny Bridge, Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge, Alexander Nevsky Bridge, Sampsonievsky Bridge and Annunciation (Lieutenant Schmidt) Bridge. A local guide will be on board for the whole river boat tour. Alternatively you can just relax and listen to a live music program.

Sights covered on the cruise: St. Isaac Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman; Summer Garden; the Peter and Paul Fortress; Winter Palace; Smolniy Cathedral; Palace Bridge; Troitsky Bridge; Liteyny Bridge; Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge; Alexander Nevsky Bridge; Sampsonievsky Bridge; Blagoveschensky Bridge.

Options: You can rent a boat for yourself and tour the same route with a private local guide.

Ideal: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people interested in experiencing the spectacular show of the drawbridges being raised late at night.

Notes: When taking this boat tour you will be joining other people unless you rent a boat independently.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: 01:20 am (Boat Tour with excursion), 23:50 am (Boat Tour with live music).

Duration: 1.5 hours (Boat Tour with excursion), 2 hours 45 minutes
(Boat Tour with live music).

When: From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up to 50 People; up to 100 People; up to 130 People; up to 150 People

Available Languages:
English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian (If you don't book a private tour but book only the tickets, audio guides in English will be provided).

Inclusions:

  • Audio guide or our private tour guide;
  • Boat Tickets.

Exclusions: Tips to the guide, Food and Drinks on board (a-la Carte menu)

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 2 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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RIVER CRUISE WITH DINNER AND LIVE MUSIC


"The most romantic way to explore St Petersburg and enjoy a delicious dinner"

Start your night out in St Petersburg with a romantic dinner on an evening boat tour. Taste a delicious four course buffet dinner and enjoy live music while cruising along the River Neva. Admire the beautiful city scape draped in warm colours by the setting sun. Step aboard one of the best boat restaurants in St Petersburg, and cruise Russia's Northern Capital in style.

Itinerary: During this evening boat tour you'll cruise along the famous Neva River and enjoy European cuisine (not included in the cost of boat tickets) and listen to wonderful live music.

Sights covered on the cruise: St. Isaac Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman; Summer Garden; the Peter and Paul Fortress; Winter Palace; Smolniy Cathedral; Palace Bridge; Troitsky Bridge; Liteyny Bridge; Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge; Alexander Nevsky Bridge; Sampsonievsky Bridge; Blagoveschensky Bridge.

Options: You can choose from two evening entertainment programs: dinner with live piano music or dinner with live jazz music.

Ideal: Seniors, couples, friends or small and large groups of people interested in experiencing a dinner with music on board a boat while cruising around St Petersburg.

Notes: No guide is included in the tour, just food and music.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: Boat tour with dinner and live grand piano music leaves at 8 pm; boat tour with dinner and jazz music leaves at 7 pm.

Duration: 2 hours

When: From May till November on daily basis. Boat tour with dinner and live grand piano music runs daily; boat tour with dinner and jazz music runs on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Seats Available: Up to 150 people

Inclusions:

  • Tickets for the evening program on the boat.
  • Dinner (for the tour with dinner and live grand piano music)

Exclusions: Food and Drinks on board (a-la carte menu).

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 2 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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KRONSTADT BOAT TOUR


"Visit the old town of Naval Fame"

Take this tour and travel to Kronstadt on water, a Russian town situated on the small Kotlin Island. Cruise across the Gulf of Finland and spend a day out from St Petersburg visiting rusting warships, naval symbols, the Byzantine style St Nicholas Naval Cathedral, the military stone fortresses and other remains of the imperial and Soviet naval glory. Wander around this charming place, take photos and enjoy an interesting tour.

Itinerary: During this tour you will travel to Kronstadt aboard a high speed hydrofoil along with a tour guide. You'll cruise the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland as well as have a walking tour in a small Russian town and see its landmarks. You will visit beautiful St Nicholas Naval Cathedral. At the end of the tour you'll return to St Petersburg. A tour guide will be with you for the whole tour.

Sights covered on the cruise: Neva River; St. Isaac Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman; Hermitage, Palace Bridge; Blagoveshenskiy Bridge; Gulf of Finland; St Nicholas Naval Cathedral; the Peter the Great Canal; the Kronstadt Tide Gauge; the Military Fortress.

Options: You can choose to go to Kronstadt by bus or car. Just ask!

Ideal: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people interested in spending a day away from the city visiting something different from the classical tours.

Notes: When taking this boat tour you will be joining other people unless you rent a private boat, bus or car.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 (noon) and 4 pm.

Duration: 4 hours

When: From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up to 120 People

Available Languages: English

Inclusions:

  • English Speaking Guide on board;
  • Boat Tickets.

Exclusions: Tips to the Guide, Food and Drinks on board.

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 7 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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FORTRESS ORESHEK BOAT TOUR


"Explore the fascinating Island of Oreshek"

Plan a day trip from St Petersburg on board a high-speed hydrofoil and get to the historic fortress of Shlisselburg, also known as Oreshek. Cruise up to the head of the Neva River and stop for a visit at the interesting medieval fortress situated on a small island to the north of St Petersburg. Walk inside the corridors of the old prison, see the historical exhibition and the archeological sites and enjoy a view of the beautiful Lake of Ladoga.

Itinerary: During this tour you will travel to the Oreshek Island in the Ladoga Lake on board of a high speed hydrofoil. You'll cruise along the northern part of the Neva River and Ladoga Lake and then stop for a visit at the Fortress and the museum located on site. At the end of the tour you'll return to St Petersburg.

Sights covered on the cruise: Hermitage; Palace Bridge; other bridges along the Neva River; Oreshek Island; the Fortress and Old Prison; Lake Ladoga.

Options: You can choose to go to Oreshek Island by bus or car. Just ask!

Ideal: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people interested in spending a day away from the city visiting something different from the classical tours.

Notes: When taking this boat tour you will be joining other people unless you rent a boat, bus or car independently.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and 3 pm.

Duration: 5 hours

When: From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up to 120 People; 4 People minimum.

Available Languages: English

Inclusions:

  • English Speaking Guide on board;
  • Entrance Tickets to the Fortress;
  • Boat Tickets;
  • Meal on board.

Exclusions: Tips to the Guide.

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 7 to 90 days in advance. At least four tourists.

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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PETERHOF BOAT TRIP BY HYDROFOIL


"Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil and enjoy a boat ride cruising across the Gulf of Finland"

Get to Peterhof faster and spend a day out immersed in the most beautiful and popular Tsar residence of St Petersburg. Ride one of our high speed hydrofoils and cruise across the water of the Gulf of Finland. Stop for a visit at the Great Palace, take photos and enjoy a pleasant stroll in the beautiful Low Park, famous for its trick fountains, pyramid fountains, marble sculptures and other impressive sights.

Itinerary: You will travel to Peterhof on a high speed hydrofoil. Once you're there you'll explore the Grand Palace and the surrounding parks. At the end of your tour you can return to the city by hydrofoil.

Sights covered on the cruise: the Neva River; the Gulf of Finland; Peterhof Grand Palace and Parks with its monuments, buildings and museums on site.

Options: You can choose to go to Peterhof by renting a private car or minibus. Also, if you wish to tour on your own without the help of a local guide, you can buy the tickets separately. We are partners with the hydrofoil company and we can purchase the tickets for you for the same price as the company offers.

Ideal: Families with kids, seniors, solo travelers, couples, friends or small and large groups of people with limited time interested in visiting Peterhof in just a few hours.

Notes: If you want, we can arrange private transport to bring you from your hotel to the departure point of the hydrofoil as well as return.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Your Hotel or Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Your Hotel or Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: From 9:30 am till 6 am. Every 30 minutes.

Duration: Minimum 4 hours for the private tour; 30 minutes for traveling from St Peterburg to Peterhof by boat.

When: From May till November on daily basis

Seats Available: Up to 10 People

Available Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian (If you don't book a private tour but book only the tickets, multi language audio guides will be provided).

Inclusions:

  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off (upon request)
  • Entrance Tickets to Grand Palace and Park;
  • Professional Local Guide;
  • Boat Tickets.

Exclusions: Tips to the Guide, Food and Drinks, Headphones.

Price: Ask. Price just for tickets for hydrofoil: one-way ticket is 700 Rubles; return ticket is 1200 Rubles.

Reservation Request: From 2 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

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PRIVATE BOAT RENTALS AND TOURS


"Enjoy a beautiful day on the northern waters with one of our boat rentals and tours"

Rent a medium or large modern boat for yourself and enjoy a beautiful day cruising along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg with your family, friends or your loved one. Cruise, relax and learn about the history of the imperial city and its landmarks with our customizable private boat tours and have fun. Together we can design a unique boat tour to make your St Petersburg sightseeing experience on the water comfortable and memorable.

Note: You can rent a boat with or without a local guide and ask to arrange a transfer service from your Hotel to the departure point of the boat tour.

TOUR DETAILS:

Departure Location: Your Hotel or Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Returning Location: Your Hotel or Central Pier “Pier with lions” of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2

Departure Time: To be agreed

Duration: To be agreed

When: From May till November on daily basis

Group Size: Up to 8 People; Up to 50 People; Up to 100 People; Up to 120; Up to 150.

Available Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian.

Inclusions:

  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off (upon request);
  • Professional Local Guide;
  • Modern small or large boat with driver;
  • Tickets Entrance (upon request).

Exclusions: Tips to the Guide, Food and Drinks, Headphones.

Price: Ask

Reservation Request: From 14 to 90 days in advance

INTERESTED? If so, Send a Tour Request Today!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


For your information you should know that...

All the St Petersburg cruises listed on this page are offered by our partner, a reliable and efficient Russian boat company that has been in business for more than ten years.

  • Our partner, the biggest boat company in St Petersburg, provides over 15 boats of various shapes and size which are used for private renting or general sightseeing cruising tour. Each boat is safe, comfortable, modern and well equipped. Our prices are exactly the same as the prices of the company.
  • When renting a boat for yourself we can provide you with a professional local guide speaking English or other languages.
  • Our Russian boat tours operate only from the middle of April till the middle of October while the ice is melted.
  • The best time to enjoy a Russian river cruise in St Petersburg is the summer, mostly during the famous White Nights.
  • For your information, if you like one of the St Petersburg Cruises above, just get in touch with us. We can buy boat  tickets for you before you come and send it to you per email as electronic tickets. You just print them out, show them at the Central Pier and embark the boat. Simple!
  • We recommend you buy tickets at least a week in advance if you want to be sure that you'll have a seat, especially if you come during the high season.
  • For any of the St Petersburg cruises offered on this page, an English guide on board or an audio guide in English is included upon request.
  • Remember, if you are a member of a cruise ship and you want to book one of these cruise tours, you will need to be accompanied by one of our tour guides, and buy a ticket for her/him as well.

Written by Davide C.

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