Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges and Canals

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Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges and Canals information and booking

from
$50
Duration
90 minutes
Departs from
Kazan Cathedral, St Petersburg
Time of departure
12am, midnight
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Tour description provided by Viator

Enjoy a midnight cruise around St Petersburg and see the city’s drawbridges rise – an event that happens each night. As you glide around the elegant canals, admire St Petersburg’s illuminated attractions reflecting on the romantic Neva River. Look out for top city sights like Mikhailovsky Castle, Peter and Paul Fortress and Vasilyevsky Island; pass underneath Trinity Bridge; and learn all about the city from the onboard guide.

Meet your guide at midnight near Kazan Cathedral, and then hop aboard your sightseeing boat for your midnight cruise through St Petersburg. Take a seat out on deck or inside the lower saloon, and then sit back and relax as you cruise around the city, learning about its sights from your onboard guide.

The city is latticed with canals that feed off from the romantic Neva River, and each night the drawbridges are raised to allow larger ships to pass. See the raising of the bridges as you glide around the canals, admiring the illuminated sights of St Petersburg reflected on the water. Pass underneath Trinity Bridge, admiring its Art Nouveau design, and gaze out toward the northern St Petersburg to see Vasilyevsky Island across from the Winter Palace.

Head into the widest part of the Neva River and pass Peter and Paul Fortress, the vast estate that looks magical lit up at night. Cruise alongside Mikhailovsky Castle and hear how the hulking structure was built for Tsar Paul I in the late 18th century.

After cruising around the canals of the city, admiring the sights, return to Kazan Cathedral and disembark your boat. Your nighttime tour finishes at the waterside.

What's included

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Professional guide

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off