Coming back to the Old Petersburg

A fascinating 1.5 hour water excursion that will get you acquainted with the history of the foundaation and development of the Northern capital

This amazing excursion will immerse you in the romantic atmosphere of the old Petersburg with its secrets and mysteries. Going on a ship along the main water arteries of the city Neva River - Fontanka River - Kryukov Canal - Griboedova Canal - Moika River - Winter Groove you will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the most significant sights of the Northern capital: Peter and Paul Fortress, Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Winter Palace, Marble Palace, Summer Garden, Summer Palace of Peter the Great, Mikhailovsky Castle, Sheremetievsky Palace, Anichkov Bridge, Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood, Apartment of Alexander Pushkin, Winter Groove, Rostral Columns, Kunstkamera.

  • museums 2 ,
  • temples and cathedrals 1 ,
  • berths 5 ,
  • palaces 1
15 km, 946 m
1 km, 121 m
Summer Garden Berth

Summer Garden Berth

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya embankment

Situated near cultural and leisure sights of St.Petersburg such as Summer garden and Summer Palace of Peter the Great

Mikhailovsky Castle

Mikhailovsky Castle

St. Petersburg, Sadovaya str., 2

The building was built by architects V. Brenna and V. Bazhenov in the style of romantic classicism

Mikhailovsky Castle or Engineers’ Castle is the former imperial palace in the center of St. Petersburg which is situated at 2 Sadovaya Street. It was built for Emperor Paul I at the turn of XVIII-XIX centuries and became a place of his death. The building was built by architects V. Brenna and V. Bazhenov in the style of romantic classicism.
Mikhailovsky Castle was named after Archangel Mikhael who was the patron saint of the House of Romanov. And the word “castle” (which is not typical in Russia) was chosen because Paul I (who took the title of Grand Master of the Order of Malta) called all his palaces "castles"; the second name "Engineers’" began to use since Mikhailovsky Castle was presented to the Central College of Engineering in the early 1820s.

There are some legends associated with the murder of Paul in the castle. It is said that a few months before the death of Emperor one crackpot appeared in St. Petersburg (in some versions - Xenia of St. Petersburg), which foretold that he will live as many years as the number of letters in the inscription above the Voskresenskie gate of the new palace. In the Biblical aphorism «ДОМУ ТВОЕМУ ПОДОБАЕТЪ СВЯТЫНЯ ГОСПОДНЯ ВЪ ДОЛГОТУ ДНЕЙ» (“O Lord, holiness for long days belong to your house”) are forty seven letters. He was killed being forty seven.

If you want to visit the museum in the evening, it is open from 1 p.m. till 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Tuesday is a day off.

667 m
Anichkov Palace

Anichkov Palace

St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 39 A

Anichkov Palace is a former imperial palace at the intersection of Nevsky Avenue and the Fontanka River

1 km, 0 m
St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral

St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral

St. Petersburg, Nikolskaya Square, 1/3

Outstanding monument of Russian architecture of the middle of the XVIII century, 

St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral of the Epiphany in St. Petersburg is an outstanding monument of Russian architecture of the middle of the XVIII century, which history is inextricably linked with the history and traditions of the Russian fleet. The cathedral has preserved its historic image and interiors for over 200 years. St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral was built as a "marine regimental church" in 1753-1762 on the sea regimental yard on the site of a wooden church. It was designed by the architect S. Chevakinsky in the style of Elizabethan Baroque. The cathedral can accomodate about 5000 people at a time. A detached four-tier bell tower, completed with a high spire was built in 1755-1758.

St. Nicholas Cathedral is one of the few churches in St. Petersburg that has never been closed, and from 1941 to 1999 it was a cathedral church.

4 km, 208 m
"Savior on the Spilled Blood" Church Museum

"Savior on the Spilled Blood" Church Museum

St. Petersburg, Griboedova canal embankment, 2, lit. b

This church was built on the site where tsar Alexander II was assassinated

This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was severely wounded and died in March 1881.The church was built from 1883 till 1907. The construction was funded by the imperial family.

Architecturally, the Cathedral differs from St. Petersburg's other structures. The Church contains over 7500 square meters of mosaics—according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics — the main pictures being biblical scenes or figures — but with very fine patterned borders setting off each picture.

3 km, 194 m

г.Санкт-Петербург, набережная реки Мойки, дом 12
758 m
Berth «Universitetskaya embankment, 3»

Berth «Universitetskaya embankment, 3»

St. Petersburg, Universitetskaya embankment, 3

Situated near cultural and leisure sights of St.Petersburg such as Rumyantsev Square and Russian Academy of Arts


1 km, 202 m

Useful information

The route is provided by the Driver shipping company. Official website: