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River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

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St. Petersburg, Russia
River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

St. Petersburg is nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North,’ making a cruise along its waterways a must-do. Soak in the city’s riverside splendors on a cruise, passing sights like the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Mariinsky Theatre, plus cathedrals, palaces, and more. Choose a daytime cruise on the Neva River and main canals, a midnight cruise to see St. Petersburg’s illuminated drawbridges open, or a jazz dinner cruise on the Neva. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Daytime or evening river cruise in St. Petersburg
  • Cruise on St. Petersburg’s Neva River and canals to experience the waterside beauty of the ‘Venice of the North’
  • Sail by landmarks like the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, and St. Nicholas Cathedral
  • Choose a daytime cruise, midnight drawbridge cruise, or evening jazz dinner cruise
  • All cruises include hotel pickup and drop-off on foot at hotel or central location
  • Choose from multiple departure times on the daytime cruise
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All taxes, fees and handling charges
Friendly local guide
Meeting in the hotel
Private tour (Note: the boat itself is not private, it is a public boat experience)
Multiple start times available
Taxi back (on Drawbridge night tours only)
Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
Iconic places for photoshoot
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.
Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel, vacation rental, port, train station, airport or a point of interest. There'll be an extra charge for meeting you at port, train station or airport.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Ports

  • St. Petersburg Cruise Port Terminal


Book your selected cruise, and begin your experience with pickup from your St. Petersburg hotel. Then, board your boat and sail along the city's main river waters, including the imperious Neva River, passing many of the most beautiful and famous landmarks along the way.

After your cruise, return ashore and enjoy a drop-off on foot either at your hotel or a central location.

Daytime Riverboat Cruise:

Choose from the regular departure times, and after your hotel transfer, settle aboard and take in the views along the ‘Golden Ring;’ the classic river and canal route around St. Petersburg.

Sail on the River Neva for stunning views of the Peter and Paul Fortress and Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, and drift along the River Moika and canals by St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, Moika River Embankment, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the General Staff Building, and more.

Drawbridges Night Cruise:

Enjoy a midnight cruise around St. Petersburg’s waterways just as many of its floodlit drawbridges are raised. See all seven major bridges, watching as some, like the Palace Bridge and Troitsky Bridge, raise their wings to let riverboats pass. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere as boats and riverside crowds gather for the spectacle, and cruise along canals and the Neva River to admire St. Petersburg’s illuminated palaces and monuments.

Evening Jazz Cruise:

Take a walking tour around the historic heart of St. Petersburg as a prelude to your cruise along the beautiful Neva River, accompanied by dinner and live jazz music. Step aboard a paddle-steamer-style riverboat, and admire lit-up landmarks including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Vasilyevsky Island, from the sightseeing deck and panoramic windows. As you cruise, savor a delicious gourmet dinner in the elegant dining room.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Moika Embankment
Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer.   This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at about 10am and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour. Start time can be customized. You can book any of the 3 options (all boats are public with other passengers on boat): • Regular River Boat Tour • Drawbridge Night Boat Tour • Evening Jazz Boat Tour 10.30am Take the 2-hour Cruise along the Golden Ring of the Northern Venice with the views on the St. Nicholas Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre, Moika River Embankment, New Holland island, Stroganov and Mariinsky Palaces, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, General Staff Building, Vasilyevsky and Aptekarsky Islands, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Summer Garden (every day, start any time you wish).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
Enjoy the views from the boat
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Peter and Paul Fortress
Enjoy the views from the boat
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Palace Bridge
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
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Summer Palace of Peter the Great
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
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The General Staff Building
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
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The State Hermitage Museum
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
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Stroganov Palace
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
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Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
Pass By:  
New Holland Island
Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat
Stop At:  
Alexander Nevsky Bridge
If you wish to experience the city at night, you can choose the Drawbridges Boat Night Tour option when booking and engulf yourself in the atmosphere of brilliant lights, fascinating caravan of ships in the night with hundreds of people taking pictures of the ships from the embankments and the old local tradition of raising bridges. You will see the Palace Bridge, Troitsky Bridge, Liteyny Bridge, Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge, Alexander Nevsky Bridge, Sampsonievsky Bridge and Blagoveschensky Bridge along the tour. (every day, start at about 12 am, to be confirmed before the tour).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Troitskiy bridge
Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.
Pass By:  
Liteyniy Bridge
Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.
Pass By:  
Bolsheokhtinsky bridge
Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.
Pass By:  
Sampsoniyevskiy Bridge
Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.
Pass By:  
Blagoveshchenskiy bridge
Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.
Stop At:  
Джазовый ужин-круиз City Blues
The Jazz evenings on the Neva Tour option will uncover the fascinating and magnifying beauty of triumphant cathedrals, inimitable monuments, historical fortifications and scenic landscapes of the coastline. You will discover St Petersburg on board of «City Blues» boat & restaurant, stylized as a steamer of the early 20th century, listen to the seductive jazz improvisations and enjoy the main city’s attractions: Hermitage Museum, Summer Garden, Peter and Paul Fortress and more. (Wed-Sat, 7pm only). Discover the beauty and charm of the Venice of the north, travel through the urban landscape of the aristocratic 18th and 19th centuries, and enjoy the views of the city’s bridges and impressive panoramas of the surrounding landscapes. Finish the tour at some place in downtown St Petersburg or get back to your hotel..
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates only if the weather conditions permit, please dress appropriately
  • BOATS ONLY OPERATE FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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Absolute must!
LISA N N
, Aug 2019
A canal boat ride is an absolutely wonderful way to see St Petersburg without traffic and huge crowds. If you're lucky enough to have Alexandra as your guide you will be blessed with a well-mannered, organised, well-educated young woman who can answer all of your questions with her top-class English skills - AND - I really appreciated that she made contact with me a couple of times prior to the tour to make sure I felt confident with our arrangements. A very impressive tour which I highly recommend! PS... Earlier this day I was in terrible pain from blisters on my feet from walking so much the day before. I thought the rest of my holiday was ruined. When I messaged Alexandra on WhatsApp she offered to come to my hotel early, with a taxi, and help me find more comfortable shoes! She actually saved my entire holiday 😇
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We loved our guide, Kate, but it was...
thejaminator714
, Jul 2018
We loved our guide, Kate, but it was very difficult to hear her. We were on a tour boat where the loudspeaker was in Russian, and she was translating into English for us. Maybe a radio head set for this would be helpful
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Lovely tour this week. Walked from...
h.russell
, May 2018
Lovely tour this week. Walked from my hotel on the Moika up to the Fontanka and went on roads parallel to Nevsky Prospect, which was really cool to see different streets. I used them later with my family. I'm a really quick walker the poor guide so we also had enough time to pop into a photo museum as they have an amazing rooftop view of Nevsky Prospect. From the roof I even got a picture of a WW2 tram going along the street. Very cool. We also had time to go into the Elyseev Emporium again I took my family in the afternoon as I spotted some vodka in there that you cant buy in the UK. The boat trip went on a lovely route down to St Isaacs, then past my hotel on the Moika and out into the Neva. We then passed by the Summer Garden and Anichkov Bridge and back. Highly recommend. Had a fab time. Big thank you to Pauline.
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We were met in our Lobby by Kinsenia...
Melissa T
, Oct 2017
We were met in our Lobby by Kinsenia and walked 30 mins to the boat at 23:30. The boat did not leave until 00:30. The boat seamed not ready for us. All the chairs were stacked, wet with water and not urgency to make us feel welcomed. The covered boat area smells really bad like mildew and pretty sure the blankets you can borrow have never been washed. There are many other companies that have nicer boats that we saw that night. Boats that have bars to get drinks and snacks and are just plain nicer. Not sure why Viator supports this part - you need to pay 10 extra in USD per each person. Why isn't this just added onto the price you pay on Viator? Also it is recommended to have the boat company call you a taxi after the boat trip that ended at 2:00 not 3:00 like stated on Viator. This taxi and Kinsenia took us on a very long taxi ride that was clearly a large circle back to our hotel. My friend even asked the driver and Kinsenia in the car Didn't we just drive in a big circle? Of course they said not, but we did. I think they were trying to justify the 40 cab fee. Also, there was no taxi meter tracking the ride, they just want the cash and only USD. I think we totally were taxi scammed. I would look for another company that does the same thing. There were like 5 other companies on the water with us that night, so just do some more research and don't pick this excursion.
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I highly recommend this tour. There...
Cyndi Capik
, Oct 2017
I highly recommend this tour. There is nothing more beautiful then seeing St Petersburg by boat. We had the most wonderful guide, Maria Sorokina, who was such a joy. Every question we asked her about her life, St Petersburg, and Russia she answered for us. For such a young person she was very knowledgeable. She also went beyond the river tour and walked us around plus showed us places to eat. She definitely made the tour worthwhile!
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Our lovely guide Marta picked us up...
aline34
, Jun 2017
Our lovely guide Marta picked us up from the hotel at the appointed meeting time then took us, via the Metro, to the departure point of the River Boat trip. It took about half an hour to reach the departure point. The boat trip lasts roughly 90 minutes and passes in front of several well-known buildings in St Petersburg, sailing through the canals and the Neva river. Blankets are provided if the weather is cold, as it was when we did this boat ride, but there is an inside cabin if you feel really cold. It must be done after you have explored St Petersburg on foot, thus providing you with a further river view of the facades of these magnificent buildings. A word of warning though, the explanations provided on board the ship are in Russian and Marta was translating as we went along. However, as mentioned beforehand, if you visit the city before doing this boat ride, you will be able to recognise the buildings almost immediately. I would recommend doing it only if you still have a bit of time left and have already visited all of the other main must-see sites of this captivating city. Marta accompanied us back safely to the hotel via the Metro again after the tour was finished.
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This was the most disappointing tour...
Sharon B
, Sep 2016
This was the most disappointing tour I booked on viator. Our guidetook us to a boat where we were packed on with 30 or so other people and then the tour was conducted entirely in Russian. Our guide spoke over the loudspeaker in English, so we could barely hear her. Save your money!
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Soirée sur la NEVA
Storyteller818536
, Jun 2019
Nous avions réservé une soirée sur la Neva pour voir la levée des ponts avec un guide francophone. Notre guide s'est présentée à nous en Anglais ne parlant pas Français ! Kate a tout fait pour nous mettre en confiance. Que se soit elle ou nous, nous avons échangé tant en anglais qu’en français. Lors de la visite, accompagné de sa tablette elle nous a fait découvrir l’histoire de Saint-Pétersbourg , le métro … avant de gagner le bateau. Ce fut une soirée très riche et constructive. Un grand merci à KATE pour sa disponibilité
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