|St Petersburg has always been closely connected to water and and water transportation. From the first designs of the city layout, the Neva River and a series of man-made canals plus re-channelized rivers became integrated into everyday life of Petersburg, with goods and cargo being transported, water taxis and ferries, fire breaks and for flood control. Many of the grand homes faced the canals allowing for water access by visitors and staff particularly before theconstruction of the many bridges, about 600 currently, were constructed.
As a result of this relationship with its water environment, St Petersburg was often called "The Venice of the North" and that is what we have named this excursion of cruising the canals and Neva River in the city center. The city is beautiful from many points of view and one of the most interesting is from the water. We have combined this beautiful and relaxing cruise with a visit to the first permanent construction, Peter and Paul Fortress. Peter and Paul Fortress has played an important role in St Petersburg's entire history including the famous used for prison political prisoners, Peter and Paul Cathedral with its beautiful gold spire, the space and rocket museum, the burial site for most of the Tsars, and some of the best views of the Palace Embankment.
Small rivers and channels of St-Petersburg, Neva river.Boat Cruises along the rivers and channels of St-Petersburg usually starts from one of the moorings on the Moika or the Fontanka rivers. Our agency offers to start the cruise from the mooring at Pevchesky Bridge close to the Capella and the Palace Square as this place is very convenient to leave the bus and to continue excursions round the city. After embarking the cruise boat heads for the St-Isaac's Square passing under Narodny (Peoples) Bridge across the Nevsky Prospect, Red Bridge across Gorokhovaya street and Blue Bridge which is considered to be the widest bridge of the city and is enclosed into St-Isaac's Square. Having passed under Pochtamtsky (Post), Potseluev (Kissing) and Krasnoflotsky Bridges you'l find yourself in the waters of Krukov Channel and enjoy the view on the Mariinsky Theatre, the Conservatory, the Nicolsky Square and the St-Nicolas Cathedral. Then the boat enters the Fontanka river between Egyptian and Smezhny Bridges not far from hotel Sovetskaya.
Heading in the direction of the Nevsky Prospect under Izmailovsky Bridge you'll pass the Izmailovsky Gardens and the University of Railway Transportation, between Obukhovsky and Semenovsky Bridges you'll see houses of the 19th - the 1st quarter of the 20 century designed in different architectural styles like modern, Renaissance, pseudo Russian. There is the famous Tovstonogov Drama Theatre between Semenovsky and Lomonosovsky Bridges on the left bank of the river. At Anitchkov Bridge tourists will see several palaces - the Palace of Beloselsky-Belozersky, the Anitchkov Palace, the classic Shuvalovsky Palace, the Sheremetievsky Palace.
At Belinsky Bridge you'll see the building of the Circus to the left and the Semenovsky Cathedral to the right. After passing the monumental building of the Mikhailovsky Castle and the Summer Gardens, the cruise boat enters the Neva, make a large circle, passes under Troitsky Bridge and returns into the Fontanka. From the Fontanka the boat goes into the Moika passing under Pantelejmonovsky Bridge, past the Mikhailovsky Garden and the Mars Field and returns to the mooring at Pevchesky Bridge. Time: By request - every hour, every day from June till October 1, except stormy days.
The canal cruiseThe canal cruise is scheduled for about 1 hour. Cruise the canals in an open-air boat traveling the Fontanka River, the Kryukov Canal, the Moika River and the Neva River. During your journey pass under numerous picturesque bridges and admire the exteriors of the many beautiful buildings in St. Petersburg.
Your guide describes the history of the interesting architecture along the way, as well the points of interest. One of the favorite sights is seeing and comparing the many different unique bridges dating from the cities early day. Plus this tour includes Souvenir and Gift Shopping opportunities in the market next to the Church on Spilled Blood.
You will travel across the Neva River to Peter and Paul Fortress for visits to the museums contained within its walls. The Fortress was actually a small walled city with a mint, the first Cathedral in the new capital, Peter and Paul Cathedral where the Romonov Tsars are buried, the infamous Trubetskoy Bastion which was from 1872-1927 the political prison, and the Grand Ducal burial vault, Engineers House which is a museum of everyday life before the revolution, and other sights of interest just about anyone.
St. Petersburg Bridges Schedule
There are many bridges in St.Petersburg and the largest ones across Neva river are lifted at the following times (a.m.)
Volodarskiy 2.00 - 3.45 and 4.15 - 5.45
Alexandra Nevskogo 1.30 - 5.05
Liteiny 1.50 - 4.40
Troitskiy 1.50 - 4.50
Dvortsovy 1.35-2.55 and 3.15 - 4.50
Leytenanta Shmidta 1.40 - 4.55
Birzhevoy 2.10 - 4.50
Tuchkov 2.10 - 3.05 and 3.35 - 4.45
Sampsoniyevskiy 2.10 - 2.45 and 3.20 - 4.25
Grenaderskiy 2.45 - 3.45 and 4.20 - 4.50
Kantemirovskiy 2.45 - 3.45 and 4.20 - 4.50
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