Only on a river cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow along the Neva, Svir and Volga rivers can you experience the real Russia. On this enchanting journey of discovery, you will see forested islands, cruise expansive lakes and visit remote villages. Experience friendly cultures, delicious local cuisine and heart warming regional tipples. Embrace the heart and soul of Russia as you explore the formal imperial capital of St Petersburg, the sublime cultural hub of modern Russia, immerse yourself in the grandeur of its quirky capital of Moscow. You may even like to extend your journey and uncover neighbouring Finland’s capital Helsinki, which offers and enchanting combination of natural, cultural and historic attractions.
Fly to St Petersburg from the UK. Be met upon arrival and be transferred to your river ship. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 - St Petersburg
Today, see St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Nevsky Prospect and Palace Square. After, take a tour of Peterhof Palace then board your river ship. Stay: 10 Nights: MS Valentina
Day 3 - St Petersburg & Hermitage Museum
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Tonight, delight in a private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in St Petersburg. Enjoy a tour of the Catherine Palace and grounds, which was constructed in the 18th century as a summer palace for the Empress. After time here, spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 4 - St Petersburg
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE At the State Hermitage, enjoy a special tour before the museum is open to the public where you will take in the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony. Take a Hydrofoil ride over the waters of Neva River to the State Hermitage. After your Signature Experience, tour the museum. Forming part of the Winter Palace, it is home to Russia’s royal art collection of more than three million works. After, enjoy time at leisure.
Day 5 - Mandrogi
After cruising through the night, dock in Mandrogi, a charming village teeming with traditional houses. Afterwards, spend time at leisure to look around and browse the handmade trinkets for sale.
Day 6 - Kizhi Island
Situated on Lake Onega, Kizhi is home to some of Russia’s most amazing wooden architecture. Today, explore the open-air museum of wooden buildings and marvel at the World Heritage-listed Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without the use of a single nail.
Day 7 - White Lake, Volga-Baltic Waterway, Goritsy
Today cruise onto the White Lake and the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Then dock in Goritsy, a small and peaceful farming town. Your guided tour here includes a visit to the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and its Museum of Icons. Enjoy dinner onboard this evening.
Day 8 - Yaroslavl
Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1010, Yaroslav is one of Russia’s oldest cities, tracing its roots back to the Vikings. Here, a sightseeing tour illuminates the city’s history through its architecture, including Spassky Monastery and the Church of Elia the Prophet.
Day 9 - Uglich, Volga River
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing On a guided tour, visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Alternatively, visit the Hydroelectric Station and Hydropower Engineering Museum. Choose your sightseeing today.
Day 10 - Moscow
Dock in Moscow and enjoy a tour of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.
Day 11 - Moscow
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Or, explore Tretyakov Art Gallery, Russia’s National Gallery. Take a guided tour of the Armoury Museum within the walls of the Kremlin. Later, choose your sightseeing.
Day 12 - Moscow , Disembark Ship
Marvel at Moscow’s unique Metro stations, which feature chandeliers and marble statues. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner, accompanied by traditional Russian folklore. Stay: Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinksi
Day 13 - Depart Moscow
Be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Fly from the UK. Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner, accompanied by Russian folklore. Stay: Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinksi
Day 2 - Moscow
Embark on a tour that includes Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. Afterwards, board your river ship. Stay: 10 Nights: MS Valentina
Day 3 - Moscow
Take a guided tour of the Armoury Museum within the walls of the Kremlin, a historic fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Czars (Tsars).
Day 4 - Moscow
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Discover the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, located at the base of a 100-metre titanium obelisk. Or explore the Tretyakov Art Gallery. Choose how to spend your day by selecting your preferred activity.
Day 5 - Uglich
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing On a guided tour, visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Hydroelectric Station and Hydropower Engineering Museum. Dock in the Golden Ring city of Uglich, where you will set off on your chosen experience.
Day 6 - Yaroslavl
Arrive in Yaroslavl, which traces its roots back to the Vikings.
Day 7 - Goritsy, White Lake
Dock in Goritsy and visit the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and its Museum of Icons. Later, cruise the White Lake.
Day 8 - Lake Onega, Kizhi Island
Situated on Lake Onega, Kizhi Island is home to some of Russia’s most amazing wooden architecture. Marvel at the Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without nails.
Day 9 - Mandrogi, Lake Ladoga
After cruising through the night, dock in the village of Mandrogi, teeming with traditional houses.
Day 10 - St Petersburg
Dock in St Petersburg today. During a tour visit St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Nevsky Prospect and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Travel to Peterhof Palace for a tour.
Day 11- St Petersburg
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE At the State Hermitage, experience a special tour before the museum is open for the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony. Take a Hydrofoil ride to the State Hermitage where an exclusive experience has been arranged.
Day 12 - St Petersburg
Disembark for the final time. Tour Catherine Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: St Petersburg, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
Day 13 - Depart St Petersburg
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Cruise in superior comfort aboard the 196-passenger MS Valentina.
Allowing you to journey between the fascinating cities of Moscow and St Petersburg with ease, take in Russia’s picturesque scenery as you cruise the Volga, Neva and Svir rivers on board the Valentina this elegant vessel offers stylish interiors as well as comfortable staterooms and suites.
As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day in a luxurious marble bathroom stocked with Luxury products, plush towels, and soft robes.
Please call for upto date prices and availability 0800 471 4754
|Sep 6||MS Valentina||St Petersburg||SAVE £750||Cabin Upgrades|
|Main Deck||Cat E||135 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold|
|Main & Upper Deck||Cat D||135 ft², Fixed Windows||£4495|
|Upper Deck||Cat C||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£5495|
|Upper Deck||Cat B||210 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Boat Deck||Cat A||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£5895|
|Upper & Boat Deck||Deluxe Suite||269 ft², Outside Balcony||£6895|
|Boat Deck||Junior Suite||334 ft², Outside Balcony||£7495|
|Boat Deck||Presidential Suite||409 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Aug 23||MS Valentina||St Petersburg||SAVE £750||Cabin Upgrades|
|Main Deck||Cat E||135 ft², Fixed Windows||£4795|
|Main & Upper Deck||Cat D||135 ft², Fixed Windows||£4895|
|Upper Deck||Cat C||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£5895|
|Upper Deck||Cat B||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£6095|
|Boat Deck||Cat A||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£6295|
|Upper & Boat Deck||Deluxe Suite||269 ft², Outside Balcony||£7295|
|Boat Deck||Junior Suite||334 ft², Outside Balcony||£7895|
|Boat Deck||Presidential Suite||409 ft², Outside Balcony||£8295|
|Sep 12||MS Valentina||St Petersburg||SAVE £750||Cabin Upgrades|
|Main Deck||Cat E||135 ft², Fixed Windows||£4695|
|Main & Upper Deck||Cat D||135 ft², Fixed Windows||£4795|
|Upper Deck||Cat C||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£5795|
|Upper Deck||Cat B||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£5995|
|Boat Deck||Cat A||210 ft², Outside Balcony||£6195|
|Upper & Boat Deck||Deluxe Suite||269 ft², Outside Balcony||£7195|
|Boat Deck||Junior Suite||334 ft², Outside Balcony||£7795|
|Boat Deck||Presidential Suite||409 ft², Outside Balcony||£8195|
IMPORTANT – VISA REQUIRED A Russian Visa must be arranged in advance, for an approximate cost of £240 per person. Please note that current Russian visa regulations require a personal visit to the Russian Embassy in either London, Edinburgh or Manchester to complete the application process, which is at your own cost*. *The cost and process to obtain a Russian tourist visa can change at any time, please contact the Russian Embassy to confirm the full details.
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For centuries, the rivers, canals and lakes of northwest Russia provided the tsars with a serene and luxurious means of travel between the imperial powerhouses of Moscow and St Petersburg
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