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 3 ,
  • temples and cathedrals 1 ,
  • berths 5 ,
  • palaces 1
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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

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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.

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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

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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
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"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
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The Pushkin Apartment Museum

The Pushkin Apartment Museum

Saint Petersburg, nab. reki Moiki, 12

The Pushkin Apartment Museum is a memorial museum dedicated to the last period of Alexander Pushkin’s life and creative work. It is located in one of the oldest stone mansions in St. Petersburg at 12, River Moika Embankment which used to belong to the noble Volkonsky family

In September 1836 Pushkin rented a flat on the ground floor of Volkonsky’s house and lived there for four months till he died on February 10 (January 29 old style), 1837, after he had been mortally wounded at the duel. Since 1925, when the apartment officially became a museum, the tradition established to pay homage to the poet’s memory on the day of his death. Citizens of St. Petersburg, representatives of scientific and creative intelligentsia, the city administration and Pushkin’s descendants come to the courtyard of the house to attend a meeting, and at 2.45 P.M., when Pushkin’s heart ceased beating, the moment of silence is observed.

At present, the Museum features the poet’s apartment recreated to its primary state after the drawing of the poet Vasily Zhukovsky, historical documents and recollections of Pushkin’s friends. On display are unique memorial objects that belonged to the poet’s family, friends and contemporaries. The main room of the apartment is Pushkin’s working study. Many things there remember the touch his hands.

In the basement of the Museum building one can find the Introductory Exhibition informing about the history of the house, the life of Alexander Pushkin in Petersburg in 1836, the history of his last duel, and the response of the contemporaries on Pushkin’s death.

Price of tickets for individual visitors:

Adults 120 roubles + audio-guide 190 roubles
Students 30 roubles + audio-guide 190 roubles
Children under 16 years free + audio-guide 190 roubles

AUDIO-GUIDE (Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, or Chinese) is required for all categories of individual visitors.
Admission to the Pushkin Apartment Museum with an AUDIO-GUIDE is until 4:45 pm

Guided group tour of the Museum (with advanced booking):

1–10 people — 3600 roubles
11–20 people — 7200 roubles

Non-professional photography and video shooting of the museum interiors are allowed with a special permit. Permits can be purchased at the ticket office of the Museum
Photo and video permits — 200 roubles

Free entrance: 10 February (The Pushkin Memorial Day), 18 May (International Museum Day), 6 June (The Pushkin Day of Russia)

758 m
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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

 

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1 km, 202 m
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Useful information

The route is provided by the Driver shipping company. Official website: www.driver-river.ru