River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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  • 3 hours
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Get a scent of the Venice of the North with your local private guide enjoying the romantic and scenic cruise along the Neva river.

The private 3-hour tour combines history, architecture, iconic views, cultural insight and fun facts, thus immersing you in the historical and artistic atmosphere and revealing the charms of the St Petersburg's history and architecture.

You will be able to take a different perspective on St Petersburg, relax and enjoy different stories your knowledgeable guide will share with you along the way. This tour will make you understand why so many world-renowned poets, artists, painters, musicians have found their inspiration in this city.

Relax over a cup of tea or coffee and traditional Russian cakes or bliny (optional, not included in tour) while enjoying the views of scenic Neva River and its photogenic canals and bridges.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Moika Embankment, St. Petersburg Russia

Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer.  

This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at about 10am and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour. Start time can be customized.

You can book any of the 3 options (all boats are public with other passengers on boat):
• Regular River Boat Tour
• Drawbridge Night Boat Tour
• Evening Jazz Boat Tour

10.30am Take the 2-hour Cruise along the Golden Ring of the Northern Venice with the views on the St. Nicholas Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre, Moika River Embankment, New Holland island, Stroganov and Mariinsky Palaces, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, General Staff Building, Vasilyevsky and Aptekarsky Islands, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Summer Garden (every day, start any time you wish).

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

Enjoy the views from the boat

Pass By: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia

Enjoy the views from the boat

Pass By: Palace Bridge, Bolshaya Neva River Emb., St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Pass By: Summer Palace of Peter the Great, Kutuzova Emb., 2, St. Petersburg 191187 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Pass By: The General Staff Building, Dvortsovaya Sq., 6-10 Metro Kanal Griboyedova, Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Pass By: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Pass By: Stroganov Palace, Nevskiy Ave., 17, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Pass By: Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Pisareva st., 20 Entrance from Dekabristov Street, 37, St. Petersburg 190121 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Pass By: New Holland Island, Admiralteyskiy Canal Embankment, 2, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

Enjoy the views and snap memorable pictures from the boat

Stop At: Alexander Nevsky Bridge, Most Aleksandra Nevskogo, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 192019

If you wish to experience the city at night, you can choose the Drawbridges Boat Night Tour option when booking and engulf yourself in the atmosphere of brilliant lights, fascinating caravan of ships in the night with hundreds of people taking pictures of the ships from the embankments and the old local tradition of raising bridges. You will see the Palace Bridge, Troitsky Bridge, Liteyny Bridge, Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge, Alexander Nevsky Bridge, Sampsonievsky Bridge and Blagoveschensky Bridge along the tour. (every day, start at about 12 am, to be confirmed before the tour).

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Troitskiy bridge, Troitskiy Bridge, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186

Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.

Pass By: Liteyniy Bridge, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 194044

Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.

Pass By: Bolsheokhtinsky bridge, Bolsheohtinskiy Bridge, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 195112

Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.

Pass By: Sampsoniyevskiy Bridge, Sampsoniyevskiy Most, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 194044

Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.

Pass By: Blagoveshchenskiy bridge, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

Enjoy the great views of drawbridges in St Petersburg on this night boat tour.

Stop At: Джазовый ужин-круиз City Blues, University Embankment, 3, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199034

The Jazz evenings on the Neva Tour option will uncover the fascinating and magnifying beauty of triumphant cathedrals, inimitable monuments, historical fortifications and scenic landscapes of the coastline. You will discover St Petersburg on board of «City Blues» boat & restaurant, stylized as a steamer of the early 20th century, listen to the seductive jazz improvisations and enjoy the main city’s attractions: Hermitage Museum, Summer Garden, Peter and Paul Fortress and more. (Wed-Sat, 7pm only).

Discover the beauty and charm of the Venice of the north, travel through the urban landscape of the aristocratic 18th and 19th centuries, and enjoy the views of the city’s bridges and impressive panoramas of the surrounding landscapes.

Finish the tour at some place in downtown St Petersburg or get back to your hotel..

Duration: 3 hours

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Friendly local guide
  • Meeting in the hotel
  • Private tour (Note: the boat itself is not private, it is a public boat experience)
  • Multiple start times available
  • Taxi back (on Drawbridge night tours only)
  • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
  • Iconic places for photoshoot
  • Entry/Admission - Moika Embankment
  • Entry/Admission - Alexander Nevsky Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Джазовый ужин-круиз City Blues

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates only if the weather conditions permit, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.
Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel, vacation rental, port, train station, airport or a point of interest. There'll be an extra charge for meeting you at port, train station or airport.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email


  • St. Petersburg Cruise Port Terminal

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


08 May, 2018

Lovely tour this week. Walked from my hotel on the Moika up to the Fontanka and went on roads parallel to Nevsky Prospect, which was really cool to see different streets. I used them later with my family.

I'm a really quick walker the poor guide so we also had enough time to pop into a photo museum as they have an amazing rooftop view of Nevsky Prospect. From the roof I even got a picture of a WW2 tram going along the street. Very cool. We also had time to go into the Elyseev Emporium again I took my family in the afternoon as I spotted some vodka in there that you cant buy in the UK.

The boat trip went on a lovely route down to St Isaacs, then past my hotel on the Moika and out into the Neva. We then passed by the Summer Garden and Anichkov Bridge and back.

Highly recommend. Had a fab time. Big thank you to Pauline.

Cyndi Capik

10 Oct, 2017

I highly recommend this tour. There is nothing more beautiful then seeing St Petersburg by boat. We had the most wonderful guide, Maria Sorokina, who was such a joy. Every question we asked her about her life, St Petersburg, and Russia she answered for us. For such a young person she was very knowledgeable. She also went beyond the river tour and walked us around plus showed us places to eat. She definitely made the tour worthwhile!


04 Jun, 2017

Our lovely guide Marta picked us up from the hotel at the appointed meeting time then took us, via the Metro, to the departure point of the River Boat trip. It took about half an hour to reach the departure point. The boat trip lasts roughly 90 minutes and passes in front of several well-known buildings in St Petersburg, sailing through the canals and the Neva river. Blankets are provided if the weather is cold, as it was when we did this boat ride, but there is an inside cabin if you feel really cold. It must be done after you have explored St Petersburg on foot, thus providing you with a further river view of the facades of these magnificent buildings. A word of warning though, the explanations provided on board the ship are in Russian and Marta was translating as we went along. However, as mentioned beforehand, if you visit the city before doing this boat ride, you will be able to recognise the buildings almost immediately. I would recommend doing it only if you still have a bit of time left and have already visited all of the other main must-see sites of this captivating city. Marta accompanied us back safely to the hotel via the Metro again after the tour was finished.


18 Jul, 2018

We loved our guide, Kate, but it was very difficult to hear her. We were on a tour boat where the loudspeaker was in Russian, and she was translating into English for us. Maybe a radio head set for this would be helpful

Melissa T

31 Oct, 2017

We were met in our Lobby by Kinsenia and walked 30 mins to the boat at 23:30. The boat did not leave until 00:30. The boat seamed not ready for us. All the chairs were stacked, wet with water and not urgency to make us feel welcomed. The covered boat area smells really bad like mildew and pretty sure the blankets you can borrow have never been washed.

There are many other companies that have nicer boats that we saw that night. Boats that have bars to get drinks and snacks and are just plain nicer.

Not sure why La Vacanza Travel supports this part - you need to pay 10 extra in USD per each person. Why isn't this just added onto the price you pay on La Vacanza Travel? Also it is recommended to have the boat company call you a taxi after the boat trip that ended at 2:00 not 3:00 like stated on La Vacanza Travel. This taxi and Kinsenia took us on a very long taxi ride that was clearly a large circle back to our hotel. My friend even asked the driver and Kinsenia in the car Didn't we just drive in a big circle? Of course they said not, but we did. I think they were trying to justify the 40 cab fee. Also, there was no taxi meter tracking the ride, they just want the cash and only USD. I think we totally were taxi scammed.

I would look for another company that does the same thing. There were like 5 other companies on the water with us that night, so just do some more research and don't pick this excursion.

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