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St Petersburg River Cruises

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

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Imperial Russia with St. Petersburg

1 sailing date September 2021
18 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to , Stalingrad
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Russian Waterways With Helsinki

1 sailing date July 2021
15 Nights From Moscow, Russia to , Helsinki, Finland
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Imperial Charms of Russia from Moscow

5 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
11 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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Imperial Charms of Russia from St. Petersburg

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Imperial Russia with St. Petersburg to Stalingrad

1 sailing date September 2021
17 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to , Stalingrad
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Eternal Volga, From Moscow to St.Petersburg

1 sailing date August 2021
11 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg to Moscow

2 sailing dates June 2021
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Mandrogi

St. Petersburg to Moscow

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Uglich

The Hidden Gems of Russia

8 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Hidden Gems of Russia

8 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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St Petersburg

Moscow to St Petersburg

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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Moscow Canal

Wonders of Scandinavia with Russian Waterways

1 sailing date August 2021
27 Nights From Copenhagen, Denmark, to Russia , Moscow
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Moscow Canal

Moscow to St. Petersburg

1 sailing date July 2021
12 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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Uglich

Moscow - St. Petersburg

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
11 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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Moscow Canal

St Petersburg to Moscow

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Moscow Canal

Moscow - St. Petersburg

5 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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Uglich

Treasures of Russia

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow

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St Petersburg

Helsinki and Treasures of Russia

6 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Helsinki, Finland, to Russia , Moscow
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Uglich

Russian Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
12 Nights From St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Jewels of Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

4 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg
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