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Neva River (Reka Neva) Tours

Neva River (Reka Neva)
Long considered to be the lifeline of St. Petersburg, the Neva River (Reka Neva) flows through the capital city from Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia, eventually making its way to the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. Visit this historically important waterway to learn about the region’s history and see the city sites.

The Basics
Numerous historic events have taken place on the Neva River’s shores, including the Battle of the Neva in 1240, and it is one of the reasons that St. Petersburg exists where it is today. The Neva stretches throughout the city via several channels and tributaries, and some of the city’s most iconic monuments and structures are located along its banks.

Join a sightseeing tour on the Neva River route to catch a glimpse of some of St. Petersburg’s finest attractions. Most tour guides point out and expound upon major sites, such as the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge (also called the Peter the Great Bridge). Alternatively, book a Neva river cruise during the spring and summer months when the waterways are flowing freely, to see the city from a different perspective.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes as most tours are single- or multi-day excursions that require several hours of walking around the city.
  • Although the Neva River may look inviting, it is not intended for recreational swimming.
  • Residents of most countries are required to have a visa from the Russian Embassy or Consulate to enter the country for any reason.
  • Most tours are not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; those with mobility issues may be able to schedule a private tour.
How to Get There
It’s hard to miss the Neva River’s presence wherever you are in St. Petersburg. A popular place to begin a stroll along the riverbank is in front of the Winter Palace. From the Polkovo Airport it is roughly a 35-minute drive to the royal residence. If you are already in the city, hop on metro lines 2 or 3 to the Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor stops.

When to Get There
The best time to visit St. Petersburg is from mid-June to September, when the weather is at its warmest. Consider planning your visit during the city’s peak season in late June and early July to experience St. Petersburg’s White Nights, a natural phenomenon occuring due to the city’s higher latitude. At this time the sun never sets, and the region puts on an annual festival celebrating White Nights.

Visit the World’s Largest Museum
Located within the confines of the minty-green-hued Winter Palace, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is the largest art and cultural museum in the world. With more than three million pieces in its collection, the Hermitage features global treasures such as prehistoric art, Egyptian artifacts, and classical antiquities.
Address: Neva River, St. Petersburg, Russia
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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
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$25.00
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 2 days
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$339.25
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Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

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Spend your days in port exploring the highlights of St. Petersburg. Your guide meets your small group at the port each day to take you in a comfortable minibus to the sights. Visit the Hermitage, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace and famed Amber Room, the fountains and gardens of Peterhof Palace and more, including a cruise along the canals of the city.
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  • 2 days
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$25.00
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St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

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Make the most of your time in St. Petersburg on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 15 people. Spending two days exploring offers the opportunity to not only see the city's top sights, including the Hermitage Museum, but also to go outside the city to explore the cities of Peterhof and Pushkin.
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  • 2 days
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$185.00
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Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

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Maximize your time in the remarkable Russian city of St. Petersburg on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion to major attractions and historical landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, visit the majestic Peterhof Fountain Park; browse intriguing exhibits in the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum; and absorb the sacred ambiance of ecclesiastical structures like the Church on the Spilled Blood, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city and travel by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your tour.
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  • 2 days
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$250.00
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2 Day Complete St Petersburg Tour with Faberge Museum

2 Day Complete St Petersburg Tour with Faberge Museum

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The easy going tour which introduces the city in the way to have fun and joy. Your top professional guide with perfect sense of humour will not leave you indifferent. The tour includes amazing - very beautiful The Faberge Museum, The Hermitage and other St-Petersburg sights. On the second day visit Catherine palace and Peterhof. Both residencies will be fantastic. Pleasant atmosphere, nice people around and reasonable prices are guaranteed.
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  • 2 days
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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Maximize your time in St. Petersburg and see the sights on a tour that covers two full days. The in-depth sightseeing experience takes in all the must-see St. Petersburg landmarks including Catherine Palace and Park, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Grand Palace, and more. You’ll have commentary on each sight you visit, plus ample free time to explore on your own.
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  • 18 hours
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$70.00
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Relaxed 2-Day Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

Relaxed 2-Day Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

This private tour gives you an opportunity to explore St Petersburg at your own comfortable pace. You will visit the Hermitage Museum, the Faberge Museum, the Spilled Blood Church and the Lower Park of Peterhof. Taking a river cruise will show you the new sides of the historical city center. This program is perfect for those who want to feel the atmosphere of the city and is not eager to spend the majority of the tour time inside the museums.
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  • 2 days
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$20.00
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Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

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Group shore excursions can sometimes feel rigid and impersonal. This private guided tour of St. Petersburg offers the flexibility to customize according to your interests and spends two days exploring so that you get a comprehensive view of the city and its surroundings. Visit such landmarks as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace, and enjoy a scenic canal cruise.
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  • 20 hours
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$650.00
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$650.00
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VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

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Take a worry-free and visa-free trip to the former imperial city of St. Peterburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks such as Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum, and much more. Learn about Russia’s rich history, art, and culture from your tour guide, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and even sample the gastronomy with two included Russian lunches.
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  • 2 days
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$357.70
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$357.70

Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

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Explore the most famous sights of St. Petersburg on a 2-day small-group shore excursion. See key landmarks such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and the Yusupov Palace as you learn about Russia’s rich history and culture from your guide. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance tickets to blockbuster attractions and take a relaxing boat tour along the canals and river.
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  • 2 days
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The Best of SPb in 2 Day Shore Excursion

The Best of SPb in 2 Day Shore Excursion

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Make the most of your time at shore and get a comprehensive overview of Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg. This 2-day tour includes visits to the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Fountain Park, and much more. Take a relaxing cruise along the city’s canal’s and Neva River and discover many important works of Russian art on this small-group tour.
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  • 2 days
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$30.00
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2-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof & Catherine's Palace

2-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof & Catherine's Palace

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Some city tours can feel rushed and impersonal. This private tour of St Petersburg, however, offers a personalized immersive experience by spending two days exploring the city and its surroundings. As well as touring by vehicle, visiting such landmarks as the Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace, you'll enjoy a sightseeing canal cruise.
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$435.00
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1-Day Essential Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

1-Day Essential Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

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If you only have 1 day in St Petersburg, take your chance to discover the city center, the Hermitage Museum, St Peter & Paul Cathedral, and the Spilled Blood Church. You will also have a scenic boat ride on the rivers and canals to enjoy spectacular views.
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  • 9 hours
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$265.00
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Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free St Petersburg Highlights Tour

Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free St Petersburg Highlights Tour

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Step back in time on a visa-free port-of-call visit to Russia's 'Venice of the North,' with two days of leisurely touring that's ideal for those who like a little downtime and a relaxed pace. Experience some of St. Petersburg's top sights and attractions, which depending on the time of year may include a hydrofoil excursion to the stunning Peterhof fountains, the Hermitage―one of the largest museums on the planet―and the onion-domed Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Including a boat ride and lunch.
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  • 15 hours 30 minutes
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$245.50
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St Petersburg 2 Day Mini-Group Tour Introducing All Highlights of the City And Its Suburbs

St Petersburg 2 Day Mini-Group Tour Introducing All Highlights of the City And Its Suburbs

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Some shore excursions can feel crowded and rushed. Slow down and immerse yourself in St. Petersburg on this two-day, small-group (15 maximum) guided tour. Explore all the city's major landmarks, including the Hermitage and Church of the Savior on Blood, as well as some off-the-beaten-path spots, and take a private cruise along the canals.
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  • 2 days
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$187.00
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$187.00
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St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg includes transport, lunches, and all entrance fees for places shown on the below itinerary, so you can relax and enjoy your time exploring what the city has to offer. Go to the famous Hermitage and the Faberge Museum to learn about Russia’s history. Along the three days, see Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets), the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Catherine Palace and Park.
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  • 3 days
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$430.20
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$430.20

Relaxed Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Explorer

Relaxed Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Explorer

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Immerse yourself in the spectacular sights of St Petersburg during a 2-day shore excursion to the remarkable Russian city. Marvel at the majesty of the Peterhof Fountain Park; take a sightseeing cruise along the Neva River; absorb the sacred ambiance of the Church on the Spilled Blood; and visit the Hermitage, which boasts the title of Russia’s largest museum. Receive an insightful introduction to the history of St Petersburg from your expert guide and enjoy two lunches and luxurious transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your shore excursion.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$220.00
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$220.00
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2-day Private Shore Excursion of St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

2-day Private Shore Excursion of St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

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Get a comprehensive overview of Russia’s cultural capital during this 2-day private shore excursion. Visit St. Petersburg’s major landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, the Kazan Cathedral, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof Park, and the famous Faberge Museum with the largest collection of Faberge eggs in the world. Learn about the history of the city from your informative guide and enjoy a sightseeing boat cruise along the canals and the Neva River.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience

Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience

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Get the ultimate St. Petersburg experience on this private 2-day shore excursion. Discover the cultural capital of Russia and see famous landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, Faberge Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof, and Peter and Paul's Fortress complemented by informative commentary from your guide.
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  • 17 hours 30 minutes
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$530.00
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$530.00
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3-Day Comfortable Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

3-Day Comfortable Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

This convenient three-day shore excursion has been designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. You'll explore the highlights of the city without wasting any time. Visit must-see attractions within the city and just outside it, including the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, and Tsarskoye Selo. See and do a lot in three days, and make it back to your ship before departure.
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  • 3 days
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$699.00
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$699.00
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2-day Private Shore Excursion with Evening Canal Cruise

2-day Private Shore Excursion with Evening Canal Cruise

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Discover St. Petersburg’s top attractions, and get a glimpse of its local side, too—this 2-day shore excursion provides the perfect introduction to the city. Following port pickup, spend your first day touring the city and visiting the UNESCO-listed Peterhof and Catherine Palaces. In the evening, go for a sightseeing cruise, stroll along Nevsky Prospect, and shop and dine at your leisure. On the second day, you’ll tour the Hermitage, will see St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and will visit other city highlights.
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  • 2 days
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Luxurious 2 Day Shore Excursion Introducing St Petersburg and Russian Culture

Luxurious 2 Day Shore Excursion Introducing St Petersburg and Russian Culture

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Shore excursions can sometimes feel rushed and impersonal. This private tour of St Petersburg, however, offers an immersive experience by spending two days exploring the city and its surroundings. As well as visiting such famed landmarks as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace, you can enjoy a relaxing cruise through the canals and the opportunity to meet locals.
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  • 2 days
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$384.00
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$384.00
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2 Day Top-Guided Mini-Group Shore Excursion Introducing The Best of Saint-Petersburg And Its Surroundings

2 Day Top-Guided Mini-Group Shore Excursion Introducing The Best of Saint-Petersburg And Its Surroundings

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Explore the beautiful city of St. Petersburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Discover the best the city has to offer such as the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and much more. Admire the city skyline as you cruise along the canals and Neve River and enjoy one delicious lunch at a local Russian restaurant.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.00
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$5.00
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What are Neva River (Reka Neva) hours of operation?
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Neva River (Reka Neva) hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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