Gleam of White Nights

1,5 h romantic night excursion under drawbridges

A daily boat tour through the night city features 1,5 hours of romance and fabulous impressions! An excursion under drawbridges runs along the route: the Neva River – the Bolshaya Nevka River – the Neva River.

St. Petersburg has a great deal of amazing things that cannot be seen in the daytime. They include the night illumination of the Palace Square and the Admiralty lighting, but the main unforgettable sight is the opening up of Petersburg drawbridges.

During the tour, travelers will see the main sights of the Northern capital: Peter and Paul Fortress, Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Winter Palace, Marble Palace, Aurora cruiser, Summer Garden, Palace Square, Winter Grove, Rostral Columns, Kunstkamera.

  • museums 1 ,
  • berths 4 ,
  • monuments 1 ,
  • bridges 2
9 km, 419 m
The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg, Dvorzovaya square, 2

The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture

The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest artistic and cultural and historical museums in Russia and one of the largest in the world.The museum starts its history from collections of works of art which were gained by Russian empress Catherine II in private capacity.

The main expositions of the State Hermitage are placed in the Main Museum Complex, which is situated in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg. It is represented by  the Winter Palace, which is a former emperor's residence, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, and also Hermitage Theatre.

In the Main Museum Complex of the State Hermitage are presented the monuments of culture and arts of the ancient world, Europe, Russia, the East, archaeological and numismatic collections. In the  Hermitage collection there are two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and sculpture by Michelangelo, which can be found nowhere else in Russia, as well as the  largest collection of Rembrandt's paintings outside Netherlands.

The expositions of the State Hermitage Museum are also located in the General Staff, the Winter Palace of Peter I, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre.

Ticket price — 600 roubles

300  roubles – entry ticket to one of the Hermitage branches (Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre)

 

351 m
2
Trinity Bridge

Trinity Bridge

St. Petersburg, Troitsky most

Trinity Bridge connects Kamennoostrovsky Prospect with Suvorovskaya Square

The Trinity Bridge was opened in 1903 as part of the celebrations of St. Petersburg's 200th anniversary. It was the third permanent bridge, after Blagoveshchensky Bridge and Liteiny Bridge, to be laid across the River Neva, running form just north of the Field of Mars on the left bank of the river to the Petrograd Side next to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Measuring 582 meters, it is the second longest bridge in the city, one of the busiest, and also one of the most beautiful thanks to its spectacularly ornate Art Nouveau design.

The bridge's name refers to the Trinity Cathedral, which once stood by the river on the Petrograd Side. The name was changed to Bridge of Equality in 1918, and the Cathedral was destroyed soon after. In 1934, the bridge was renamed to honor Sergei Kirov, revolutionary and Bolshevik leader of Petrograd. The original name was only restored in 1999.

1 km, 194 m
3
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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295 m
4
 Liteyny Bridge

Liteyny Bridge

St. Petersburg, Liteyny most

Liteiniy Bridge is connecting shores of the body of river Neva in its deepest part

Liteiniy prospect located perpendicularly to Nevskiy prospect and faces directly Liyeiniy bridge. In the area of ​​the bridge Neva river reaches its maximum depth - 24 metres.

Then the road lengths into the street of Academic Lebedev, that terminates in the industrial blocks of Viborgskaya Storona soon. Little earlier, on the right of the street there is a way to Finlyandskiy railroad station.

Historic maps reveal that long before the day Petersburg was founded by Peter I, there was crossing or a ferry on the road from Sweden to Russian lands in the area of the Liteiniy bridge. The crossing was a boundary between territory of Novgorod and lands of Sweden Vyborg.The length of the bridge is 396 meters; its width is 34 meters. The weight of metallic spans is 5902 tones. 

1 km, 841 m
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1 km, 804 m
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The Rostral Columns

The Rostral Columns

Saint Petersburg, Vasilievsky Ostrov, Birzhevaya Ploschad

In the 18th century the columns fulfiled the role of lighthouses

The first two rostrum columns, Chesmenskaya and Moreiskaya, were built in the 1770s at Tsarskoe Selo (near Pushkin) in memory of the victories of the Russian fleet (see Russian Naval Memorials). In St. Petersburg there are two rostral columns erected from granite and pudost stone in 1805-10 (architect Jean-Francois Thomas de Thomon) on the spit of Vasilyevsky Island (see also Stock Market Square). From the very start they served as beacons for the trading port. Inside the rostral columns are spiral staircases, leading to the squares are chalice shaped lamps on tripods (since 1957 the gas beacons of the columns have been lit for celebrations). At the pedestal of the columns are sculptures (the craftsman S. Sukhanov, the sculptors J. Camberlain and J. Thibaud), they are traditionally considered allegories for the Volga and Dnepr rivers (the northern column), the Neva and Volkhov (the southern column). In 1999-2000, they were restored.

885 m
7
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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267 m
8

Useful information

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