Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges And Canals - Saint Petersburg

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Enjoy a midnight cruise around St Petersburg and see the city’s drawbridges rise – an event that happens each night. As you glide around the elegant canals, admire St Petersburg’s illuminated attractions reflecting on the romantic Neva River. Look out for top city sights like Mikhailovsky Castle, Peter and Paul Fortress and Vasilyevsky Island; pass underneath Trinity Bridge; and learn all about the city from the onboard guide.


  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • See the sights illuminated at night

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Meet your guide at midnight near Kazan Cathedral, and then hop aboard your sightseeing boat for your midnight cruise through St Petersburg. Take a seat out on deck or inside the lower saloon, and then sit back and relax as you cruise around the city, learning about its sights from your onboard guide.

The city is latticed with canals that feed off from the romantic Neva River, and each night the drawbridges are raised to allow larger ships to pass. See the raising of the bridges as you glide around the canals, admiring the illuminated sights of St Petersburg reflected on the water. Pass underneath Trinity Bridge, admiring its Art Nouveau design, and gaze out toward the northern St Petersburg to see Vasilyevsky Island across from the Winter Palace.

Head into the widest part of the Neva River and pass Peter and Paul Fortress, the vast estate that looks magical lit up at night. Cruise alongside Mikhailovsky Castle and hear how the hulking structure was built for Tsar Paul I in the late 18th century.

After cruising around the canals of the city, admiring the sights, return to Kazan Cathedral and disembark your boat. Your nighttime tour finishes at the waterside.

Inclusions for Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges And Canals

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges And Canals

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • This was a really great tour. Although I am from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla and therefore have seen my share of draw bridges, this tour is a great way to see St. Pete all lit up at night. My 13yr old daughter and I really enjoyed it.

  • The tour was extremely short. We were disappointed that it seemed to be over in such a short time. Our guide did a good job with the time we had her.

  • It rained but to our pleasant surprise tour guide showed up. I apologize for not recalling her name but she was great. Very cool person, friendly and conversational. She was also very informative about not just the bridges and canals but the buildings in the neighborhood we walked through prior to getting on the boat. The tour itself was a wonderful experience and the sites to see were beautiful. I recommend this tour.

  • THIS TOUR IS A MUST. This is so beautiful, St. Petersburg really lights up at night. You could swear the whole city is made of light. Such an incredible way to see St. Petersburg. Bring your camera, there are many AMAZING photo opportunities!! This really is something out of a fairy tale.

    Let's talk about tour guide herself! She is the most cheerful, and pleasant person we met in all of St. Petersburg. Calm mannered, young, full of energy, and knowledgeable, we really liked her.

    She gave us a choice of a long or short route along the Neva River and surrounding canals, explaining the benefits of both clearly, so that there was no doubt as to what we would be getting depending on our choice. I'm not sure if the tour would've been as good without her specifically being assigned as the tour guide. While I left Russia when I was four years old, and my vocabulary isn't extensive, my parents, however, thought she was an impressive tour guide which is good news coming from actual Russians. Another benefit of this tour is that the group wasn't huge, so it was really easy to listen to the guide's narrative.

    I can't recommend this tour enough. One thing to bear in mind is the cold, so ensure that you dress WARMLY. Blankets are provided. One final thing to keep in mind is that there's no transport from the train station to the tour departure point, so be prepared to walk, however it is a very short walk, and the tour guide explained things to us as we went, as you pass a few historical landmarks along the way, which is also worth it.

    Once again, an incredible tour, with an OUTSTANDING tour guide.

    Very well done. Highly recommended!

  • Really nice tour

  • I totally misunderstood the date so I showed up the midnight of Sept 12 going into Sept 13. A midnight late.
    Much to my disappointment.

  • no pudimos hacerlo la empresa por que estábamos en un hotel del otro ado del canal. no podíamos cruzar. y no reconocieron nada. esto fue incorrecto

  • The tour guide was great but the rest of the tour was only ok. We joined a boat full of other tourists who did not book this tour online but onsite and spent way less money on it. The boat had speakers where Russian explanations were given which were disturbing the headphones we had from our guide.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • The scenery of St. Petersburg at night is very very beautiful ! The guide is fantastic.
    But when we arrived the boat at the directed time, it was full. They gave us extra chairs to sit in the isles but no blanket as other guests did.

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