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  • Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

    1. Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

    Discover Saint Petersburg like a true local with an informative walk. Uncover the stories of the city’s past and present as you follow your guide through the historical center. Meet your guide right next to Palace Square. Learn about the main residence of the tsars of the Russian Empire and the famous State Hermitage Museum from your guide. Admire the panorama of the magnificent River Neva. Find out the main waterway of the city, its bridges and learn of the catastrophic floods the river caused the city. See the birthplace of Saint-Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the former city port on the Spit of Basil Island. Stop in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and hear about the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. Then, continue walking along the paths of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Fontanka River Embankment and the main street of the city, the Nevsky Pr...

  • St. Petersburg: Historic Canal Cruise

    2. St. Petersburg: Historic Canal Cruise

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise down Saint Petersburg’s canals, the perfect waterways for admiring the intricate architecture of the city. Gliding down the Neva, Moika, and Fontanka Rivers, and well as the Kryukov, Griboyedov, and Winter Canals, gaze at the splendor of the old city, all the while learning about its history and secrets. Sail beneath the first stone bridge in Saint Petersburg, which has remained unchanged since the 18th century. Marvel at the magnificent Church of the Resurrection of Christ. See the spectacular golden wings of Bank Bridge Lion, all the while picking up insights into all the sights on the route from your expert guide. Walk away with a new appreciation of Russia’s most beautiful city after having experienced it from a new perspective.

  • St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

    3. St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

    Take the opportunity to witness one of Europe's most exciting cities from a totally unique perspective - a guided boat cruise! This tour is a good chance to see a lot of famous sights in a short period of time. By boat, you will travel around St Petersburg city centre, leaving from the pier where tours take off every 1.5-hours. Together with a professional guide, the boat will take you through the Fontanka river, Kryukov's channel, Moyka river, Winter channel, and the Neva river. On both banks of the Fontanka river, you will see the Sheremetyev's palace (a gift from Peter the Great to the first St Petersburg governor), Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (one of the richest noble dynasties in Russian history), Ciniselli circus and the Faberge Museum. Next, follow the cruise on to the Kryukov's canal into the Kolomna district where the marvelous St Nicholas Naval cathedral shi...

  • St. Petersburg: Night Sightseeing Cruise in Russian

    4. St. Petersburg: Night Sightseeing Cruise in Russian

    Board your boat for the evening, a comfortable and cosy cruiser, at Anichkov Bridge Quay where the tour departs. Set sail onto the Fontanka River for an evening of city sightseeing under the stars. Glide along the river and admire a selection of St. Petersburg’s most iconic sights including Ciniselli Circus, St. Michael’s Castle, the monument of Tschischik-Psychik, the Summer Garden, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Throughout the evening listen to charismatic Russian commentary to accompany your sightseeing and learn about the history of these landmarks and more. As you sail, feel the refreshingly cool breeze of the river on the deck, or if you’re a little cold keep warm inside the glazed interior of the cruiser and cuddle up under a warm blanket.

  • St. Petersburg: Private Boat Tour

    5. St. Petersburg: Private Boat Tour

    Your trip starts off at Fontanka River Embankment 53 and follows the Mokya River through Winter Channel and into the Neva River. Continue down the Neva River through Kronverk, around Peter and Paul Fortress and back.   On this tour, see the city’s main attractions from the water: Anichkov Bridge, St. Michael’s Castle, Sheremetyev Palace, Field of Mars, A. S. Pushkin’s house, the Artillery Museum, and much more! For the longest part of its history, St. Petersburg has been the capital of the Russian Empire. All the Russian Emperors lived here, and therefore all the biggest architectural ensembles, luxurious palaces, exquisite gardens, parks and monumental cathedrals are all here as well – the city is rightly called marvelous!   There is no better way to see this city than by boat – breathtaking views of the famous bridges will amaze you with their beauty and scale. You won’t miss a single ...

    Great boat, great guide, great service. Took the cruise for a bachelor party& the guys enjoyed it so much we booked a second hour.

  • St Petersburg Bridges: Opening at Night Boat Tour

    6. St Petersburg Bridges: Opening at Night Boat Tour

    Experience St Petersburg by night during a 1-hour 20-minute river cruise with a professional English-speaking guide. Starting from the Anichkov Bridge, the boat will sail along the Fontanka, Moyka, and Neva rivers. Experience bridges opening and closing as your sail through. Pass by numerous sights of interest including Ciniselli Circus, St Michael's Castle, Summer Garden, and Summer Palace, Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and numerous cathedrals, parks, and churches. Gaze at the stunning views of the city embankments illuminated as part of the White Nights Festival before you return to the Anichkov Bridge.

  • St. Petersburg: Legendary Faberge Museum w/ Private Guide

    7. St. Petersburg: Legendary Faberge Museum w/ Private Guide

    Greet your private guide in your hotel lobby and get prepared to get your ultimate culture fix. Explore Nevsky Prospect, the soul of St. Petersburg and its main draw, pass by Anichkov Garden and Anichkov Bridge and duck into the sumptuous Shuvalov Palace, neoclassical building founded in the late 18th century and home to prominent Fabergé Museum. You’ll admire the lavishly decorated interiors of one of the most striking palaces in St. Petersburg, once home to the noble Shuvalov and Naryshkin families, and take in the elegance of its rooms. You’ll catch a glimpse of the famous White Column Hall, the largest ballroom in the city and find out why it was such a popular gathering spot for the Russian elite in the times of Alexander I. Learn the personal history of renowned jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé and be wowed by more than 4000 exhibits created by him and the fellow master craftspeople of...

    I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Faberge Museum and nearby sites on Nevsky Prospekt . My guide Alexandra Vladimirova was extremely knowledgeable & explained the history of the Museum and its many art pieces very well. I would definately recommend this tour to other visitors interested in seeing the evolution of Russian history through the exquisite pieces of art, jewellery, sculptures & paintings over the centuries and the European multi-cultural influence on Russia's cultural history.

  • St. Petersburg: Night Cruise with Live Saxophone Music

    8. St. Petersburg: Night Cruise with Live Saxophone Music

    Take a journey through the rivers and canals that are loved by tourists and locals alike. Pass stunning embankments, monuments, palaces, accompanied with live music — the solemn groaning of the sax playing only for you. Have you glided under draw bridges to the sound of songs like Summertime, You are Beautiful, Spanish Nights, and Forever in Love? It's time to try.  Pass under the low arches of the bridges across canals and find yourself in the waters of the Grand Neva River, where the saxophone becomes delicately silent. Witness the spectacle of the show: the bridges singing. The duration of the tour is 1 hour and 50 minutes. Landing and disembarkation take place on the pier, Anichkov Bridge, in the heart of the city at the intersection of Nevsky Prospekt and the Fontanka river embankment.

    It was a nice experience going round on the canals. If you go in the Autumn months be sure to wrap up warm though, and the saxophone music is a recording from a live band not a live musician.

  • St Petersburg: See the City from the Water on a Boat Tour

    9. St Petersburg: See the City from the Water on a Boat Tour

    Embark on a tour of the waterways of St. Petersburg with this guided river cruise. Travel around St Petersburg city center, and see Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Ciniselli Circus and the Faberge Museum from the water.

    Cast off from the pier with a professional guide, and sail down Fontanka river, Kryukov's channel, Moyka river, Winter channel, and the Neva river. Watch as Sheremetyev's palace, a gift from Peter the Great to the first St Petersburg governor drifts by.

    Float by Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Ciniselli circus and the Faberge Museum, and appreciate viewing them from the water. Marvel at St. Nicholas Naval cathedral shining in gold, the Theatre Square and the famous Mariinsky Theatre from Kryukov's canal.

    Journey on the Moyka river to see Yusupov's Palace, Count Razumovsky's estate and...

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What people are saying about Fontanka River

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 42 reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Faberge Museum and nearby sites on Nevsky Prospekt . My guide Alexandra Vladimirova was extremely knowledgeable & explained the history of the Museum and its many art pieces very well. I would definately recommend this tour to other visitors interested in seeing the evolution of Russian history through the exquisite pieces of art, jewellery, sculptures & paintings over the centuries and the European multi-cultural influence on Russia's cultural history.

Great boat trip through Saint Petersburg

The 90-minute boat trip with a knowledgeable guide in English led through the most important canals, past the magnificent buildings, palaces and churches, as well as over the Neva and around the Peter and Paul Fortress. It was - especially with the best weather - a wonderful experience.

I was able to taste more than I expected.

I didn't know the transfer time to the hotel until just before. There was no reply in the inquiry in Japanese, and when I emailed in poor English, I told the hotel pick-up time. I want you to include it in your voucher.

terrific spectacle!

You should have participated in this at least once! The guide, who showed us the sights on the right and left on the way to the Neva, did very well. To recommend at any time!

Definitely worth visiting.

Our guide was very knowledgeable extremely courteous and polite and allowed us enough time to view the objects at our own pace.A throughly enjoyable experience.