KAYAKING TRIP TO ST. PETERSBURG

18-20.5.2018

St. Petersburg, the splendor of tsars' times and the heartbeat of a modern metropolis.

St. Petersburg is a unique combination of the grandeur of tsars' times and modern big city. St. Petersburg is a metropolis with five million inhabitants, and best of all, it is located right next to Finland.

Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 and made it the capital of the Russian Empire a dozen years later. First the officials, nobles and merchants of Moscow were reluctant to move to the delta of the Neva River, but soon after that St. Petersburg developed into one of Europe's most beautiful cities. With its architecture that combines classicism and baroque, its palaces and wide boulevards St Petersburg is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The symbols of St Petersburg are its churches that decorate the center. St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood and the Kazan Cathedral, as well as the Imperial Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum,belonging to the same complex designed by an Italian architect. Many well-known Russian writers such as Pushkin, Dostoyevsky and Gogol also lived and worked in St. Petersburg.

But St Petersburg is also a modern metropolis. The vibrant Nevsky Prospekt is St Petersburg's main shopping street and along the way you can find a place in a cozy café or pay a visit to its many ethnic restaurants. Nevsky Prospekt is the highway that never sleeps.

The territory of the city includes 42 islands connected by over 340 bridges. We will paddle through Moika, Kanal Griboyedova and Fontanka, and drop by the Peter and Paul fortress for a picnic on the sandy beach on the other bank of the Neva. We'll see all the major sights of St. Petersburg from a new perspective and at the same time we will stay away from the tourist hustle and bustle of the streets.

Our hotel is situated in a quiet location right on the canal. You will get a single kayak, a paddle, a spray skirt and paddling life jackets for the time of the trip. You will need to take suitable outdoor clothing for sunny and rainy weather, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and footwear suitable for paddling. You are free to also bring your own kayak, and we will help to get it through the border to Russia and back.

The transport to St Petersburg is not included into the price. The easiest way to get there is either by your own car, a rideshare, train or by plane. We will agree the suitable means of transportation in advance with the travellers.

Travel plan

Day 1

  • Arrival at St Petersburg
  • Accommodation in the hotel
  • Free time in St Petersburg
  • If the time permits, a short kayaking trip through the canals.

Day 2

  • Kayaking 06:00 - 10:00
  • Breakfast
  • Kayaking 12:00 - 15:00
  • Alternatively, independent time in St Petersburg
  • In the evening free time to explore St Petersburg
  • We take care of the tickets to theaters or ballet performances.

Day 3

  • Kayaking 06:00 - 10:00
  • Breakfast
  • Preparing for the trip home

Prices and enrollment

The trip costs starting from €475

More information and registration at info(at)juristravel.fi. Book your trip early, because places are limited.

JuriS Travel reserves the right to change the program and to change the presented information, prices and terms of the contract.

At the time of the trip you agree to comply with the general terms for tours and JuriS Travel's special conditions.

The tour price includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 2 nights for 2 in a double room (a substantial breakfast) and the registration fee
  • Kayaks and other paddling equipment rental and transportation.
  • Storing of the kayak in a guarded yard at the hotel
  • Services in Finnish, English and Russian language
  • Kayaking trips and kayaking guide services
  • Upon separate agreement, border formalities management and help in taking kayaks through the border.

The tour price does not include

  • Transfer to St. Petersburgand and back.
  • Visas and insurances. 
  • Activities other than those listed in the trip program
  • Meals other than the above

Difficulty level: Easy