Northern Venice

A classical boat tour along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg

The Northern Venice tour is a classical water excursion along St. Petersburg. Guests go on a journey from the pier of the Neva River, then follow along Fontanka River, Kryukov Canal, Moika River and then return through the Winter Groove to the great spaces of the Neva.

During the tour the guide will tell a story of the sights seen from the ship's board. A comfortable vessel will pass by Winter and Marble Palaces, following Peter and Paul Fortress and Summer Garden. The next points of the trip will be at Summer Palace of Peter the Great, as well as Sheremetyevsky, Stroganov and Anichkov palaces. Also the travelers will see St. Isaac's and St. Nicholas cathedrals in their majestic beauty.

  • museums 3 ,
  • temples and cathedrals 1 ,
  • berths 4
15 km, 692 m
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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 Prospect, 39

The oldest building on Nevsky prospekt, imperial palace

Anichkov palace was constructed in the XVIII century to be the first stone palace on Nevsky prospect. Initially the palace was known as “the palace at the Anichkov bridge”. The bridge in its turn was called after the officer who commanded battalion that performed the construction the bridge over river Fontanka. During the XVIII century the palace would be presented by empress Elisabeth and later on by empress Catherine II to their minions, in the XIX century the palace was owned by the royal family. Today it houses the Youth activity palace with a number of clubs for children’s activities: art, science, sport, technical science, social activity, feasts and theater shows are given. The main New Year feast “Yolka” is celebrated here. 

The halls of the House of radio were the place where choirs, orchestra performances and radio plays used to be recorded. After the 300th anniversary of St.Petersburg the halls were reconstructed accordinfg to the modern standards. Today not only orchestras are recorded, but also heels clicking.

Come over to the garden of the Youth activity palace - a nice place to have a peaceful walk, quiet, despite being next to Nevsky prospect.

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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.

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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)

 

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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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Useful information

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