Whether you’re an avid kayaker, a fan of the great outdoors, or you just want to experience the beauty of St. Petersburg and its surrounding areas, there’s no better way to do it than by boat! St. Petersburg riverboat tours can show you the ins and outs of this beautiful area from a one-of-a-kind perspective.

Russia has many great rivers and canals. Kayak tours, riverboat tours, and cruise tours are a great way to see some of the details of St. Petersburg and what it has to offer within those rivers and canals.

So, with that in mind, what are some of the best rivers in Russia for a touring kayak, and what can you expect to see?

Kryukov Canal

We’re starting out with the Kryukov Canal because it isn’t typically as well-known as some of the other rivers in St. Petersburg. But, it connects some of the most popular; the Griboedov Canal, the Moyka River, and the Fontaka River.

When you’re cruising on the Kryukov, you’ll be able to take in the sights of beautiful old bridges and granite embankments. But, the real treasure of boating on this canal is that you can see so many of St. Petersburg’s famous sites from a unique perspective, including the Mariinsky Theatre and the bell tower at St. Nikholas Naval Cathedral.

So, while the Kryukov may not be the most popular canal in St. Petersburg, if you’re looking for a bit of “hidden treasure,” it’s a real treat.

Moyka River

The Moyka River is one of the most well-known in St. Petersburg, and one of the most notable even today. It weaves through the heart of the city, making it ideal for tourists looking to see as much of the natural beauty and charm of St. Petersburg as possible.

If you’re a fan of architecture, you’ll marvel at St. Isaac’s Square, where you’ll be able to see the ever-popular “blue bridge.” But, St. Isaac’s Square isn’t the most famous location along the Moyka. That title belongs to the Yusupov Palace. Though the palace is beautiful and shows off the immense wealth of the Yusupov family, it is commonly known as the place where Grigori Rasputin was killed in 1916.

Zimnyaya Kanavka (Winter Canal)

group kayaking under bridge of canal

The Winter Canal is one of the most romantic ways to see the sights in St. Petersburg. It has a picturesque atmosphere thanks in part to the Hermitage Bridge and the Hermitage gallery. Though it’s a small canal that connects the Moyka and the Neva River, it’s an ideal spot for a date you’ll never forget.

The Neva River

The Neva River is not only one of the largest rivers in all of Europe, but it’s the main body of water for all types of boating in and around St. Petersburg. When architects first began building around St. Petersburg, they used the Neva as their point of reference, starting with embankments and building out to make the city that is known and loved today.

While traveling on the Neva, you’ll see unforgettable sights like the Summer Garden, the Winter Palace, and the Spit of Vasilievsky.

As you can see, there is no shortage of brilliant rivers and canals to make your way through beautiful St. Petersburg. By booking your adventure through Dancing Bear Tours, you’ll be sure to see the most famous sights, as well as some hidden gems along the way. If you’re planning a trip to the area, a riverboat tour should absolutely be on your agenda. Contact us today for more information!