In summer, you can enjoy a lovely one- or two-hour boat trip along the city's Neva River, seeing all the major sights from the water. Boats leave from piers in front of the Hermitage Museum, the Medny Vsadnik (Bronze Horseman) monument, and Peter and Paul Fortress. The pier at the Hermitage also docks hydrofoils that go to Peterhof, one of St. Petersburg's most attractive suburbs, which is famous for its fountains. A hydrofoil, which leaves every 15–30 minutes, takes you there in half an hour. You can take a hydrofoil to Kronshtadt, a suburb famous for its navel history, as well as Lomonosov. Both trips depart from Finland Station. Tours to the latter are rare, so expect a long wait in line. To take the ferry Princess Maria, which travels between St. Petersburg and Helsinki, make arrangements at the Sea Passenger Port Marine Facade terminal, which is on Vasilievsky Island. The trips takes a day to reach Helsinki and gives you a day to explore before returning. Inland trips to places such as Valaam Island, Kizhi Island, and Moscow depart from Neva River piers at 195 Obukhovskoi Oborony prospekt and 31 naberezhnaya Oktyabrskaya. One of many companies organizing these trips is Vodohod, with offices at the Obukhovskoi Oborony pier. Passenger cruise ships arrive at the new Port Marine Facade, where four terminals have facilities that include a tourist information center and currency exchange office.
Boat and Ferry Contacts
Sea Passenger Port Marine Facade (1 ul. Bereg Nevskoi Gubi, Vasilievsky Island, St. Petersburg, 199405. 812/303–6740 information. www.portspb.ru. Metro: Primorskaya.)