Saint Petersburg, an architectural marvel
Among the Russian river cruises, linking the Volga to the Baltic sea that of Rivages du Monde is the most famous. It takes place from Moscow or, reversely, from Saint Petersburg, this cruise gives an opportunity to discover true Russia in a splendid navigation on an exceptional river network, while discovering the two main cities.
The visit of « Peter », as it is familiarly named by the locals will let you unforgettable memories owing to its treasures.
Second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is located at the mouth of the Neva, partly on the mainland and partly on the many islands of the delta It is called the Venice of the North because of the abundance of canals and rivers that meander and the numerous bridges that cross its waterways. They all finish their course into the delta of the Neva, which itself consists of several branches separating forty islands. It is difficult to resist the bewitching charm that emerges from this magical city that seems to be there forever. However, its three centuries of existence by the will of Tsar Peter the Great, on this inhospitable land.
The stop of the river cruise in St. Petersburg gives the possibility to admire the unavoidable wonders of this fabulous city, including the Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and the Winter Palace which houses the vast Hermitage Museum- one of the most beautiful in the world- the banks of Neva, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, Pantheon Romanov, Admiralty, facing the island Vasilevsky, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of St. Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, the Monastery Smolny, the Russian Museum, the canals and many others beautiful place.
The month of June in St. Petersburg witnesses the fascinating time of the “White Nights”, during which a host of events are taking place. The most scenic one is the spectacular lifting of the Neva bridges, always cheerisched by a joyful and enthusiastic crowd.
The city of St. Petersburg is abundantly endowed with an endless number of high places. The city surroundings are offering to the cruise passengers a host of opportunities to discover sumptuous and splendid Palace and parks where the Tsars used to stay during summer time along with their family and the court. Amongst these wonders, the Peterhof Grand Palace, adorned with beautiful parks, the baroque Palace of Catherine II with its stunning Amber room, and the Grand Palace of Paul the First made in neoclassical architecture.