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St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

From US$ 9.55 per person

Explore the city of St. Petersburg through its most popular river route that follows 5 different canals. See most of the city's significant monuments and buildings in all of their architectural splendor, which were built to be viewed from the water.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 65 minutes
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Host or greeter
Russian, English
Audio guide included
English, Russian


  • Navigate through 5 of the city's rivers and canals
  • See all the main attractions of the city from a new perspective
  • Admire the beautiful and historical city center
  • Learn about what you're seeing with the expert commentary of your guide
Full description
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.
  • Russian-speaking guide (English audio-guides are available)
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Umbrellas (available at the pier)
  • Toilet facilities on board
  • Drinks or food (you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Warm covers
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The cruise ship pier is located at Fontanka 53, next to Lomonosov bridge.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • Due to varying water levels in canals, the route may be slightly modified.
  • Children under 5 years can enjoy the boat ride for free without occupying a seat.
  • Children's carriages, wheelchairs and bicycles must be left on the pier.
  • Please consider bringing your own headphones with a 3.5 mm jack in case they may be required
  • Please note, warm covers to keep you comfy in the windy weather are available for sale at the pier
  • Both indoor and outdoor seating is available
  • Toilet facilities are available onboard
  • Food and drinks are not available, but you are welcome to bring along your own
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 386 reviews

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This tour was exactly what we were looking for. The views were beautiful, the duration was just right (a little over an hour) and the route included both the canals and also a spell on the Neva river. The English audio guide was detailed and very informative. We booked online and downloaded tickets to the app, so we didnt need to print off paper tickets. Overall, highly recommended!

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August 15, 2019

Beautiful views and great information

This was a great boat tour which went along several canals and was a great way to see some of the city. We went at 9pm and it was a lovely time to do it as the light changed. The information was played via a speaker and the only criticism was that it could have been a bit louder as it was hard to hear when people were talking. There was a lot of information given about the history of St Petersburg and there was something interesting about most of the buildings that we passed.

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August 6, 2019

Puntual y correcto, el barco estaba bien y los asientos eran cómodos. Eché en falta que nos ofreciesen alguna manta para el frío y a mejorar diría que podrían dar una audioguia en español y se bajase el volumen de la retransmisión en ruso, haría mucho más ameno el viaje. En nuestro caso hubo un problema de aforo (incompleto) el día de nuestra reserva y nos cambiaron sin problema alguno el tour dándonos varias posibilidades. Lo recomiendo.

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September 6, 2019

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