Neva River Cruise by Private Van and Guide
St. Petersburg, Russia
- River Cruise and City Sights: With its political and military importance during Peter the Great’s reign, the Neva River exposes the city’s Hermitage buildings, monuments, and fortress.
- Vasilievsky Island: Cruise by this beautiful and alluring land mass.
- Bridges Abound: The Neva River is known for its many bridges, which you will cruise under during your outing.
About this St. Petersburg tour
Northwestern Russia would not be the same if the Neva River did not exist. Europe’s third-largest river, it is the only river that emanates from Lake Lagoda. An integral part of St. Petersburg, the waterfront and the iron bridges that tie the landscape together are a spectacle to be seen any time of the year.
The year 1936 was when the first concrete bridge was constructed there - Volodarsky Bridge. In addition to this bridge, Grenadiers Bridge, Exchange Bridge, Alexander Nevsky Bridge, Trinity Bridge, Volodarsky Bridge and Tuchkov Bridge, to name just a few, connect various parts of the city.
Several branches of the river form a delta, and it is this fact that makes the mesmerizing estuary so popular for vessels transporting cargo. The water is deep and there are minimal shoals along the 46-mile river, making the setting ideal for navigation. Most commonly, vessels can be seen transporting granite, timber, steel and cast iron.
As you cruise and watch the sky slowly turn into a light shade of crimson, highlighting St. Petersburg’s glittering backdrop, the red Rostral Columns on Vasilievsky Island will catch your eye. Urban development was initially considered by architects and it is clear how this was achieved in the construction of grandiose buildings, like the Winter Palace, Marble Palace and Grand Duke’s Palace.
The Site of Many Battles
For centuries, the Neva River was of great strategic importance for transport. As a result, the Russians, Swedes, Finns, and Balts clashed on its banks. From the 8th-13th centuries, the Neva was part of the trade route from Scandinavia to Byzantium, the road "from the Varangians to the Greeks." In 1240, the Novgorod militia led by Prince Alexander Yaroslavich defeated the invading Swedish army on the banks of the Neva. Because of the victory, the prince was thereafter nicknamed Alexander Nevsky (of the Neva).
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Canal routing may vary; routing can be changed to the Neva River if tidal conditions do not permit entry to the canals. Tour order will vary to avoid overcrowding at venues, opening and closing times, or other logistical issues.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over varying surfaces with steps to enter/exit the boat. The river boats used are not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Scenic, Cultural
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars for up to three travelers on the rear seat, Minivan for up to nine folks, and Vans for groups of up to 16 travelers.
1.5 hour Neva River cruise on a shared boat
Photo/video charges where applicable
Headsets for four
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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