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Russian Waterways

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Moscow to St. Petersburg 12 Days

Come aboard the beatiful MS AmaKaterina"
Come aboard the beatiful MS AmaKaterina

Enjoy a spectacular voyage through the heart of Russia along its colorful and historic waterways. Explore bustling and excitement-packed Moscow, then cruise north and visit the enchanting Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl. Continue along the Volga-Baltic Waterways and through Europe's two largest lakes, Onega and Ladoga, to St. Petersburg, one of the world's most beautiful cities, spread over 101 islands and 66 canals.

What's Included

  • 11 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms have full outside balconies
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with every dinner onboard
  • Multiple dining options including a casual al fresco option
  • Wide choice of included tours, excursions and onboard lectures & demonstrations
  • Home visit to a Russian Family
  • Ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre
  • Visit Cathrine's Palace at Pushkin
  • Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager

Flights & Transfers

In order to provide clients with the upmost flexibility in flight choices AMA Waterways' prices are quoted on a cruise only basis. As a result there are no restrictions placed on which airport you can fly from and in which class. The choice is entirely up to you.

Please call us for a flight inclusive price, based on your specific requirements.

Important Note:
A Russian visa is required for this cruise.

Day 1: Arrive in Moscow, Embark Cruise

Map of the Volga, Svir & Neva Rivers
Map of the Volga, Svir & Neva Rivers

Arrive in Moscow and board the AmaKatarina. Relax in your stateroom or explore the city on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Moscow

Today, enjoy a city tour that includes the Red Square and many other well-known sights. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs or wander on your own, perhaps to visit St. Basil's Cathedral or GUM, the vast Soviet-Era department store. Enjoy a lunch cruise on the Moscow River past the imposing façade of the Kremlin. Late this afternoon, you will visit Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill and its monument to WWII, and tour the city's amazing Metro, quite possibly the world's most extravagant subway system - many of the stations are adorned with chandeliers, sculptures and elaborate frescoes. The ship moors overnight in Moscow.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Moscow

Porto
The Kremlin, Moscow

This morning, venture beyond the walls of the Kremlin for a fascinating guided tour of the former residence of the Czars and center of the Russian Orthodox faith. Your tour includes a visit to the Kremlin Armory, one of Moscow's oldest museums, with a vast collection of weaponry, jewelry, and historical artifacts. The ship departs this evening for Uglich.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Uglich

Located on the banks of the Volga, Uglich was founded by merchants in 1148 and is now home to some of Russia's most beautiful churches and cathedrals. After arriving this evening, you will have a guided tour of the city and visit the Chambers of Prince Dimitry and the magnificent Church of Dimitry on the Blood, dedicated to the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible's young son. The ship departs later tonight for Yaroslavl.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Yaroslavl

Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is one of Russia's oldest cities, tracing its roots back to the days of the Vikings. Your guided tour this morning explores the city's history through its architecture, with stops at the fortified 12th-century Transfiguration Monastery and the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art, located in the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl. The ship departs early this afternoon and cruises overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Goritzy

Goritsy is a peaceful farming town and a typical Russian village. After arriving early this afternoon, you will have a guided tour that includes the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship and continue on in the late afternoon to the island of Kizhi.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Kizhi

Church of the Transfiguration of Christ, Kizhi Island
Church of the Transfiguration of Christ, Kizhi Island

This afternoon you will arrive at Kizhi, situated at the north end of Lake Onega and the site of some of the most amazing wooden architecture in Russia. The entire island is a national open-air museum with more than 80 historic wooden structures, such as the Church of Intercession. Built by locals 250 years ago, the church's towering walls and 22 domes were all constructed without a single nail. The ship departs later tonight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Svirstroy

At noon today the ship arrives in Svirstroy, a town 100 miles from St. Petersburg with a population of only a thousand people. You will have a chance to sample grilled shashlyk, Russia's very popular and delicious version of shish kebab, and later you will also enjoy a unique opportunity to visit the home of a friendly Russian family, where you will savour tea and pastries and genuine Russian hospitality. We depart mid-afternoon and cruise overnight to St. Petersburg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: St. Petersburg

One of Russia's former capitals, dating from the early 18th-century, St. Petersburg was built to Peter the Great's exact specifications. After breakfast, you will disembark the ship and travel by hydrofoil to the Hermitage, one of the oldest, largest, and most awe-inspiring museums in the world. Founded by Catherine the Great, the museum is a complex of six buildings, including the former Winter Palace, and houses nearly three million works of art. After your visit, relax a bit with an enjoyable lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon, your sightseeing tour of this splendid city will include the Peter & Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaacs Cathedral. The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: St. Petersburg

Russian Balet, St Petersburg
Russian Ballet, St Petersburg

You will visit the nearby town of Pushkin today, where Catherine's Palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Czars. This excursion includes a tour of the Cameron Gallery, which features formal state rooms and dining rooms embellished with baroque and neoclassical furnishings and décor. You will also visit the reconstructed Amber Room, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, with its dazzling amber-covered walls. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening, experience a traditional Russian ballet performance at the Hermitage Theater, or opt for a colorful and lively "Russian Folklore Show." The ship moors in St. Petersburg overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 11: St. Petersburg

This morning, depart by hydrofoil for Peterhof, St. Petersburg's most spectacular Imperial Estate. Also known as the "Russian Versailles," the palace was built on the shore of the Gulf of Finland by Peter the Great, initially as a resting place en route to the Imperial Naval base. Your tour includes the Lower Gardens, the Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain, which commemorates Russia's victory over Sweden during the Great Northern War. The ship moors in St. Petersburg overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 12: Disembark Ship, Depart St. Petersburg

After breakfast this morning, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Included Meals B

Day 1: Arrive in St. Petersburg, Embark Cruise

Map of the Volga, Svir and Neva rivers
Map of the Volga, Svir & Neva Rivers

Arrive in St. Petersburg and embark the ship. Relax in your stateroom or explore the city before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Cocktail Reception.
Included Meals D

Day 2: St. Petersburg

One of Russia's former capitals, dating from the early 18th-century, St. Petersburg was built to Peter the Great's exact specifications. Your morning sightseeing tour of this splendid city includes Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, St. Isaacs Cathedral and the Peter & Paul Fortress. Relax over lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, depart by hydrofoil for Peterhof, St. Petersburg's most spectacular Imperial Estate. Also known as the "Russian Versailles," the palace was built on the shores of the Gulf of Finland by Peter the Great. Your tour includes the Lower Gardens, the Grand Cascade and the Samson Fountain, which commemorates Russia's victory over Sweden during the Great Northern War. The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: St. Petersburg

Peterhof Fountains
Peterhof Fountains

You will visit the nearby town of Pushkin today, where Catherine's Palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Czars. This excursion includes a tour of the Cameron Gallery and its formal state rooms and dining rooms embellished with Baroque and Neoclassical furnishings and décor. You will also visit the reconstructed Amber Room, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber. This evening, experience a traditional Russian ballet at the Hermitage Theater or opt for a lively and colorful "Russian Folklore Show." The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: St. Petersburg

After breakfast, travel by hydrofoil to the State Hermitage, one of the world's oldest, largest, and most awe-inspiring museums. Founded by Catherine the Great, the museum is a complex of six buildings (including the former Winter Palace) that houses nearly 3 million works of art.The remainder of the day is at your leisure. The ship departs this evening for Svirstroy
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Svirstroy

Svirstroy is 100 miles from St. Petersburg with a population of about a thousand people. After your noontime arrival, you will have a chance to sample grilled shashlyk, Russia's very popular and delicious version of shish kebab. You will also enjoy a private visit to the home of a local Russian family, where you will gain new insights into everyday life in Svirstroy and experience genuinely warm Russian hospitality. The ship departs late afternoon and cruises through the night.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Kizhi

This morning you will arrive on the island of Kizhi, situated at the north end of Lake Onega. Kizhi is home to some of the most amazing wooden architecture in Russia, such as the Church of Intercession, built by locals in 1764 - the church's towering walls and 22 domes were all constructed without a single nail. You will visit this church on your walking tour today, and also stop at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The ship departs around noon and heads for Goritsy.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Goritzy

Goritsy is a peaceful farming town that is quintessentially Russian. You will arrive here in early afternoon and have a guided tour that includes the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship late afternoon and continue on to Yaroslavl, cruising through the night.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Yaroslavl

Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is one of Russia's oldest cities, tracing its roots back to the days of the Vikings. After arriving mid-afternoon, your guided tour explores the city's history through its architecture, with stops at the fortified 12th-century Transfiguration Monastery and the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art, the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl. The ship departs this evening for Uglich.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: Uglich

Located on the banks of the Volga, Uglich was founded by merchants in 1148 and is now home to some of Russia's most beautiful churches and cathedrals. Your morning tour will take you to some of the most notable buildings, such as the Chambers of Prince Dimitry and the magnificent Church of Dimitry on the Blood, dedicated to the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible's young son. The ship departs around lunchtime for Moscow.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Moscow

This morning, venture beyond the walls of the Kremlin for a guided tour of this former residence of the Czars and the Armory. Later, enjoy lunch on a day boat as you cruise the Moscow River past the Kremlin's imposing façade. You will have free time to shop for souvenirs or perhaps visit St. Basil's Cathedral with its iconic onion domes, or GUM, the vast Soviet-Era main department store. The ship moors here overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 11: Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow
The Kremlin, Moscow

Today's city tour includes Red Square and many other well-known sights, including the amazing Moscow Metro, quite possibly the world's most extravagant subway system. The sight of subway stations adorned with chandeliers, sculptures and frescoes is something not to be missed. You will also see Red Square, Lenin's Tomb, and the WWII monument on Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill. The ship moors overnight in Moscow.
Included Meals B L D

Day 12: Disembark Ship, Depart Moscow

After breakfast this morning, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Included Meals B L D


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

AmaKatarina (aka Mstislav Rostropovich)



Overview

The 212-passenger AmaKatarina, completely rebuilt in 2010-2011, brings a new level of onboard enjoyment to the Volga-Baltic Waterway. It features ten stateroom and suite categories ranging up to 432 sq. ft., most with balconies. Staterooms provide a bathroom with a separate shower, safe, hairdryer and refrigerator.

Enticing public areas include an expansive Panorama Lounge; Conference Hall for onboard lectures; Fitness Room, an Infirmary staffed by a physician, plus an elevator reaching all decks. There is no more comfortable way to discover Russia!

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 106 comfortable outside staterooms & suites, most with full Outside Balconies
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs
  • Varied dining options
  • Panoramic Lounge with bar & piano
  • Conference Hall for onboard lectures
  • 24 hour speciality coffee & tea station
  • Fitness room
  • Elevator to all decks
  • Infirmary with Doctor on board
  • Massage & hair salon*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


AMA Waterways MS AmaKatarina - deck plan
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All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Private wetroom style bathroom with shower & WC
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding
  • In room safe, hair dryer, fridge, ample closet space, TV and telephone (onboard communication only)
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Imperial Suite (Deck 3)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Imperial Suite

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 432 sq. ft.
  • Wrap-Around Panoramic Windows & Full Outside Balcony
  • Large bathroom with WC, bathtub with shower over & double sinks
  • Enhanced sitting area with table, sofa & armchairs

Hermitage Suite (Deck 1)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Hermitage Suite AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 270 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area with table & chairs

Mariinsky Suite (Deck 2 & 3)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Mariinsky Suite AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 320 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area with table & chairs

Bolshoi Suite (Deck 2 & 3)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Bolshoi Suite AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 280 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area with table & chairs

Balcony Stateroom, Cat. A (Deck 1)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat A Stateroom AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat A, B & C Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 230 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony

Balcony Stateroom, B (Deck 2) & C (Deck 3)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat A Stateroom AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat A, B & C Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 238 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony

Superior Stateroom, Cat. D (Deck 3 & 4)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat D Stateroom AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat D Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft.
  • Twin Picture Windows

Stateroom, Cat. E (Deck 3 & 4)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat E Stateroom AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat E Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft.
  • Picture Window

Stateroom, Cat. F (Deck 4)

AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat F Stateroom AMA Waterways AmaKatarina - Cat F Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 110 sq. ft.
  • Picture Window


Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard an AmaWaterways Ship

Savour a delightful mix of Russian specialties and international cuisine in two dining venues onbard the AmaKatarina. Breakfast is served buffet style and offers an array of local delicacies. Guests will enjoy delicious cuisine in AmaKatarina's lovely main restaurant, lined with panoramic windows. Wine, beers and soft drinks will flow freely at dinner onboard. Teas and specilaty coffees are avaialbe 24/7 and complimentary bottled water is provided daily.

Dining options

AmaKatarina offers two relaxed dining venues with open seating. The main Opera Restaurant is located on deck three and lined with panoramic windows providing stunning views. There is also the more informal café style, Symphony Restaurant & bar on deck two.


Onboard Entertainment

After dinner, you are invited to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It's the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.

Small Group Excursions

Set your own pace on shore excursions and enjoy the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you're treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. The complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class tour in every destination using the very best local guides. You'll find no more intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you're visiting.

Health & Beauty

As you sail through Russia's most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to treat yourself to a massage? Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you're on board with AmaWaterways.

AmaWaterways Staff


The AmaWaterways Standard

Excellent Service from AmaWaterways Staff

With AmaWaterways, you'll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you'll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention.

Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers' experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise.

At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.

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