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About St Petersburg

St Petersburg has long been associated with water, being close to the Baltic Sea, sitting on the banks of the Neva River and sometimes going by the name of the Venice of the North. Like Russia’s capital Moscow, St Petersburg has long played a vital role in the country’s history and is widely regarded as Russia’s cultural capital. The city is named after its founder Tsar Peter the Great, who established the city in 1703 and it was the capital of Russia for a period not long after its establishment up until 1918 when the government moved to Moscow and the age of the Russian monarchy ended with the abdication of Nicholas II. A veteran of several revolutions, two world wars and two name-changes, St Petersburg is a tourist favourite with a wealth of history, architecture and cultural attractions to discover.

Exploring St Petersburg

Sitting on the banks of the Griboedova Canal is the city’s most striking landmark, the onion-domed Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. It’s so named because it was built on the very spot where Alexander II was assassinated and has survived revolution and war to become one of the city’s most popular tourist sites. Its distinctive multi-coloured domes and splendid architecture are attractive enough but on the inside, its home to a wealth of stunning mosaics, which have been lovingly restored and truly are a sight to behold. Another key faith building, St Isaac’s Cathedral is the world’s third-largest domed cathedral and is a great place to go if a view of the city is what you’re after, as it is possible to climb to the top to take it all in.

A little out of the city itself, Catherine Palace is another popular excursion; an 18th-century treasure trove of ornate rooms set in a 1,400-acre, beautifully landscaped park. There are some incredible gold treasures and works of art here but the stunning Amber Room is top of the list when it comes to must-sees. Peterhof Palace is another extremely popular point of excursion, offering some truly stunning gardens, water fountains and architecture as well as excellent views out over the Baltic Sea.

St Petersburg tips

Visitors to Russia require a visa but if you stay with your river cruise excursion while in the city, you’ll in all probability be covered by your ship’s visa. If Moscow is Russia’s vodka capital, St Petersburg is its beer capital, so be sure to try a glass of local brew Baltica if you have time. 

St. Petersburg Itineraries

St Petersburg

Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

44 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
12 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Yaroslavl

Waterways of the Tsars - Moscow To St. Petersburg

43 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2020
12 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Yaroslavl

Treasures of Russia

4 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
APT Cruising logo FROM £2319pp
St Petersburg

Saint Petersburg - Moscow

6 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
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St Petersburg

Moscow – St. Petersburg

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia
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St Petersburg

St Petersburg To Moscow

1 sailing date May 2019
11 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
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St Petersburg

St. Petersburg & the Baltic Sea - Northbound

2 sailing dates July 2019
11 Nights From Copenhagen, to Stockholm
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Yaroslavl

Russian Waterways

1 sailing date July 2020
12 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia
APT Cruising logo FROM £4739pp
Yaroslavl

The Imperial Charms of Russia

3 sailing dates June 2020 to July 2020
11 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal

HUGE savings plus enjoy €250 FREE to spend on-board per couple

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2639pp
Yaroslavl

The Imperial Charms of Russia

7 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
11 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia

HUGE savings plus enjoy €250 FREE to spend on-board per couple

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2639pp
St Petersburg

St. Petersburg – Moscow

7 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
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St Petersburg

Imperial Russia with St. Petersburg

1 sailing date September 2019
17 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to , Stalingrad
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5819pp
St Petersburg

Russian Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

3 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
12 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
APT Cruising logo FROM £4359pp
Yaroslavl

Jewels of Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

8 sailing dates June 2019 to August 2020
14 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE fast track airport security and lounge passes!

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4739pp
St Petersburg

Eternal Volga - Moscow to St. Petersburg

2 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia
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St Petersburg

Imperial Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

7 sailing dates June 2019 to July 2020
11 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3359pp
St Petersburg

Jewels of Russia - St. Petersburg to Moscow

9 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2020
14 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia, Russia to Moscow & Moscow Canal

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE fast track airport security and lounge passes!

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3939pp
St Petersburg

Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

5 sailing dates June 2019 to July 2020
11 Nights From Moscow & Moscow Canal, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3699pp

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