City Cruise hop on hop off boat tour

The best way to explore the city’s canals through the historic district and get around town easily with a 24-hour valid ticket.

City cruise is a journey around the rivers and canals of Saint Petersburg in the hop-on-hop-off format. You can get off the cruise at any stop, look at the sights and then continue your journey on the next cruiser. 24-hour valid ticket. The map of the city as a gift.

Points of interest

You can look at all the main sights of Saint Petersburg in 24 hours. Our cruisers make 5 stops in the main points of interest around the city: Kunstkamera, Bronze Horseman, Summer Garden, Lomonosov’s bridge and Egyptian bridge.  Not less than 5 museums and sights know worldwide at each stop that are definitely worth seeing.

No one hurries you up as it happens so often at excursions. Our cruisers are available from 11:50 till 21:40 and come to shores every 40 minutes. There’s no boarding limit at the stops during the duration of your ticket.

You get to your destination smoothly and with comfort even during rush hours. Cruiser doesn’t stop at every corner to drop off the passengers - there are only 5 stops. You may choose your place accordingly to weather conditions; you can stay at the deck or go inside. The audio guide accompanies you at any time – just put on the headphones. And no traffic jams!

You are going to see

You will be set on a journey across the main water navigation lines in Saint Petersburg: glorious Neva river, Fontanka river, Kryukov canal, Moyka river, Winter canal. You will learn about the most famous sights, monuments, buildings and museums so you’ll be able to choose what to visit.

Neva river: you are going to see Winter and Marble palaces, Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, Bronze Horseman, Peter and Paul fortress and the famous railing of Summer Garden.

Fontanka river: Summer Palace of Peter the Great, Sheremetyev, Stroganov and Anichkov palaces.

Kryukov canal: Mariinsky theatre, New Holland Island, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral

Moyka river: Yusupov and Mariinskiy palaces, Red, Blue and Green bridges, Nevsky prospect.

After that, the cruiser will get back to the Neva river through the picturesque Winter canal.

Stops and sights

Each cruiser makes trips with five stops. You can easily plan visitations to the points of your interest with tickets that last 24 hours. Look at what’s waiting for you at each stop.

Kunstkammer stop (Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange) – University embankment, 3

You can visit Kunstkamera, Menshikov’s palace, Zoology Museum, Arts Academy, take a look at the building of Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns

Bronze Horseman stop – Senate square

You will see the architectural complex of Senate Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage, Palace Square, Admiralty building

Summer Garden stop – Kutuzov’s embankment, 2

A wonderful opportunity to go for a walk around Summer Garden, Mikhailov’s Garden, Mars field, to visit the Church on the Spilled Blood and Russian museum.

Lomonosov’s bridge stop – Fontanka river embankment, 64

We recommend you to take a walk down Nevsky prospect, take a look at Alexandrinsky theatre, St. Michael’s Castle, Ciniselli Circus, visit Fabergé museum, Summer garden or Russian museum.

Egyptian bridge (St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral) stop – Fontanka river embankment, 138

At this stop, you can visit St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre, Trinity Cathedral, New Holland Island

 

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Spit of Vasilievsky Island

Spit of Vasilievsky Island

Saint Petersburg, Birzhevaya ploshchad

Architectural complex “Spit of Vasilyevsky Island” is one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg

Rostral Columns (the height of each one reaches 32 meters) and the Exchange building constitute the center of architectural composition. 

The Spit represents a small cape in the southeastern part of Vasilievsky Island, washed by the Big and Little Neva.

A huge water space allows  to see the whole ensemble of the Spit in all it's splendor. For two decades, the Twelve Collegia (1722 - 1742), the Kunstkammer (1718 - 1734), the Novobirzhevoy Gostiny Dvor (1722 - 1735) and the palace of the Tsaritsa Praskovia Fedorovna (the wife of Peter the Great's brother Ivan) and other structures appeared on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island.
 

The seaport firmly established itself on the spit: dozens of ships and boats transported people and cargo in the water area. In 1781 at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island began the construction of the Exchange building under the leadership of J. Quarenghi. However, with its main facade, it faced the Winter Palace, and thus did not fit fully into the ensemble of the square. Therefore, four years later the building was dismantled. The project of the new Exchange building was developed by the French architect J.F. Tom de Tomon. The building, made by the type of temples of Ancient Greece, was built in 1804 -1816. The attic of the facade is decorated with the sculptural group "Neptune with two rivers", and on the opposite side of the Stock Exchange building – the sculptural group "Navigation with Mercury and two rivers". Since 1940, the Central Naval Museum is located here – one of the oldest in St. Petersburg.
 
In 1826 - 1832, according to the project of the architect I.F. Lukini on both sides of the Stock Exchange building were built southern and northern warehouses – closed storage facilities. Now the Zoological Museum is located in the southern warehouse. Behind the northern exchange warehouse, symmetricallly to the building of the Kunstkammer (in relation to the ensemble of spit) there is a building of the Customs, built also by the architect IF. Lukini in the classical style. Since 1927 the Institute of Russian Literature – Pushkin House is located here. The ensemble of spit also includes the main building of the Academy of Sciences, which is located between the Kunstkammer and the building of the Twelve Colleges.


 

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Berth «Bronze Horseman»

Berth «Bronze Horseman»

St. Petersburg, Admiralteyskaya embankment

Situated near cultural and leisure sights of St.Petersburg such as Palace square, Building of the Main Admiralty, Bronze Horseman etc.

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Lomonosov Bridge

Lomonosov Bridge

St. Petersburg, Most Lomonosova

This beautiful stone bridge crosses the Fontanka River about 300m south of Nevsky Prospekt

Named after the great Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, whose advances in chemistry, mathematics, linguistics and literature made him a kind of one-man Russian Enlightenment during the reigns of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. 

Originally called Chernyshev Bridge in honour of Count Grigory Chernyshev, one of Peter the Great's most prominent generals, whose estates were located nearby, the bridge was erected in 1785-87 and replaced a wooden bridge which had previously stood at the site. It was one of seven stone moveable bridges of similar design crossing the Fontanka River, built simultaneously with the river's granite embankments. Only Lomonosov Bridge and Staro-Kalinkin Bridge have survived more or less intact.

Measuring 57.1 meters, the bridge consists of two broad, arched side-spans, and a shorter central span that was originally of wood, but replaced with steel in 1913. Although Lomonosov Bridge no longer rises to allow passing traffic, it has retained its four charming Doric pavilions, which once housed the drawbridge mechanism. It is these that give the bridge its distinctive outline and particular charm.

In 1915, granite obelisks with elegant cast-iron streetlamps were added to the bridge, and in 1948, the bridge was given its current name.

4 km, 502 m
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Egyptian Bridge

Egyptian Bridge

St. Petersburg, Egipetsky most

Chain single-span Egyptian bridge was constructed in 1825-1826 under the project of V. von Tretter and V.A.Christianovitz

All elements of construction were decorated in popular that days Egyptian style and that fact gave the bridge it’s name. Academic P.Sokolov created four figures of sphinxes. Today sphinxes are the only original parts of the decoration remain.  The bridge stayed for more than 80 years, but on 20 January  1904 it collapsed during the passage of equestrian grenadier regiment. Three horses were killed in this accident.

There are different points of view on this collapse, but real causes are uncertain. Maybe the crash was determined by resonance effect or maybe engineers had made considerable mistakes. 

After that the wooden bridge was built instead of collapsed one, in 1950 the bridge was reconstructed in stone. The new bridge has nothing in common with the previous  ornate Egyptian Bridge, it was created as more useful, modest and light. Although the remained Egyptian motives and sculptures of sphinxes allow us to call it the descendent of Egyptian  bridge.

 

The popular city legend tells about Maria Ratner, living near the bridge. It was her, calling to the regiment, passing the bridge “May you fall!”. Her wish had fulfilled immediately. The reasons of her behavior are unknown – maybe she was sick hearing all the drums and pipes of soldiers every day, maybe she was seduced by grenadier in the youth.  Anyway she became the part of city’s folklore as “Maria of Egypt”

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