Private Bridges and Canals Tour in St Petersburg with Local Expert

Delve into St Petersburg history on this tour that showcases its main highlights, bridges, and canals. Look at the city palaces and manors strolling along the embankments and exploring several of the numerous city bridges as each of them is unique.
There are 94 rivers and canals, and around 800 bridges in St Petersburg. During this 5-hour tour, we will explore 10 bridges in detail, or you can choose a short version and look at 5 bridges during a 3-hour tour. Would you like to find out how many bridges you will cross overall?

• Explore the city's most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
• Take a walk over the numerous bridges and find your favorite
• Learn the names of the most famous bridges and canals and find out why St Petersburg is called Venice of the North
• Soak in the views and culture

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3 hours


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  • What's included :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Customizable itinerary
    • Friendly local guide
    • Private walking tour
    • Multiple start times available
    • Must see and off the beaten path
    • Iconic places for photoshoot
    • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
    • Meeting in the hotel lobby
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance fees (if any, depends on your preferences)
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District

    Visit the most picturesque and romantic city spots. Take a glance at the Neva River embankments and explore Moyka, Fontanka, and Griboedov Canal in detail. Take pictures of bridges, embankments, palaces, and churches. Get ready for the generous portion of history, culture, and best city views. The soothing rustle of water will follow you on your route. Observe famous sculptures on Anichkov Bridge and Egyptian Bridge. Meet small but magnificent Hermitage and Tripartite bridges. Enjoy the best city views from Dvortsovy and Troitsky bridges. Enjoy the beautiful dignity of Panteleymonovsky Bridge and Lomonosov Bridge.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Anichkov Bridge, Fontanka River across Nevskiy Ave., St. Petersburg Russia

    Revel in the beauty of Anichkov Bridge across Fontanka River, mentioned by many Russian writers and depicted on many paintings. Its four famous horse sculptures became city symbols, and ornate iron railings are the most celebrated in St Petersburg. Stroll along the Fontanka River Embankment. Previously it marked the border of the city center, so it was a place where beautiful palaces and manors of Russian royal family and nobility were built. Later borders were moved, but numerous examples of fine architecture stayed.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Panteleymonovskiy Most, Panteleimon bridge, embankment river Moyka, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191028

    Get ready for spectacular views, as we head to Panteleymonovsky Bridge, another Fontanka bridge, one of the most beautiful and architecturally exceptional city bridges. Its railing is decorated by military attributes: axes, pikes, and shields. Streetlights are amazing too, as they decorated with spikes, Gorgon figures, and two-headed eagles. Bridge also provides a stunning view of Summer Garden and Saint Michael's Castle.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Griboyedova Channel, St. Petersburg Russia

    Discover the masterpieces of the world bridge architecture, as we head to Tripartite Bridge, which crosses the Griboedov Canal and Moyka River. It consists of two perpendicular bridges similar in design and decoration. This bridge is unique in the world practice and offers the best view of the Church of the Savior on Blood.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Troitskiy bridge, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186

    Ready for great views over the city and the best photos ever? Explore Troitsky Bridge than, which is the best way to observe Peter and Paul Fortress, its walls, and Cathedral. Panorama of Vasilevsky Island in the distance will be a bonus.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Hermitage Bridge, Dvortsovaya Emb., St. Petersburg Russia

    The journey will introduce you to the charm of Hermitage Bridge, a small bridge across the short Winter Canal, which is part of the Hermitage and Winter Palace ensemble. It is the oldest stone bridge in St Petersburg and probably the most bunchy. You will take the most beautiful picture of it standing on Millionnaya Street, so don’t be lazy and make a short walk.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: The Palace Bridge, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

    Then uncover the best city views from Dvortsovy Bridge. Examine Vasilyevsky Island in detail from here, including Rostral Columns and Universitetskaya Embankment. It’s hard to leave this place, but many other picturesque mysteries are waiting ahead.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Griboyedova Channel, St. Petersburg Russia

    Wander along Griboedov Canal and cross Red Bridge. It preserved its historical view and most of the decorations are left intact. There were bridges under a similar name in Paris, so on Moyka embankment, you will see a department store called “Au Pont Rouge” (“Near Red Bridge”) with its spectacular glass tower.

    There are other colorful bridges across Moyka including Blue Bridge and Green Bridge. Stroll around charms hidden near Griboyedov Canal. It is just 5 km (3 ml) long but is crossed by 21 bridges and you will see the most interesting of them. Bank Bridge is home to griffin statues with golden wings.

    Many legends and customs are related to these sculptures, so people often touch them, as it is believed to bring luck or grant wishes. We don’t know if it really helps, but it certainly damages these beautiful statues.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Egyptian Bridge, Fontanka River Emb., St. Petersburg Russia

    Enjoy the ancient atmosphere, as you head to Egyptian Bridge, decorated with Egyptian-style columns, ornaments, and hieroglyphics. Its granite abutments are topped with cast-iron sphinxes, which are made by the same sculptor as griffins on Bank Bridge.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: RIver Fontanka Embankment, St. Petersburg Russia

    Our route mostly hugs all the best canal view spots. As you walk along Fontanka River, you will admire palaces we see and bridges we cross. If you look back, you will notice a magnificent blue dome of Trinity Cathedral, which pleasantly compliment Fontanka's view.

    Head to Lomonosov Bridge, named after famous Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. It is a very beautiful composition decorated by open gazebos and spherical domes. You can take photos from different vantage points, as it looks gorgeous from each side.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rental.You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email.
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • We are serious about taking extra precautions to stop the spread of this virus by practicing regular hand washing and sanitization. We practice social distancing measures through providing private tours only.This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-11498P215

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