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
This morning enjoy a tour of St Petersburg. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, and the St Nicholas Cathedral of the Epiphany. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore.
Day 3 - St Petersburg & Hermitage Museum
Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg has a network of canals, as well as baroque and neoclassical buildings. Visit the State Hermitage to explore one of the most impressive museums in the world.
Day 4 - St Petersburg, Peterhof Park
Explore Peterhof Park and Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Captian’s Welcome Reception.
Day 5 - Mandrogi
Be treated to a Russian lesson on board, where you’ll learn the essentials of this beautiful language. Today, set off from St Petersburg and cruise down the Neva River. Arrive in Mandrogi, a tiny island village that is a living museum. Take a guided tour through the quirky collection of old wooden houses. Then see the famous Vodka Museum. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch and be sure to meander through the curious artisan shops filled with beautiful handmade gifts. Afterwards, re-board your ship and set sail along the peaceful Svir River.
Day 6 - Kizhi Island
Set out on a guided walking tour of the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a World Heritage-listed site on Kizhi Island. Marvel at the collection of well-preserved wooden houses, windmills and churches that date back to the 14th century. The island is dominated by the three-tiered Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without a single nail.
Absorb the picturesque Russian countryside as you cruise towards Lake Onega.
Day 7 - White Lake, Volga-Baltic Waterway, Goritsy
Cruise across the White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Arrive in Goritsy, a peaceful farming town. Here, enjoy a guided tour and visit one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril. With 11 churches, this monastery was once home to a huge settlement of monks.
Day 8 - Yaroslavl
Today, discover what is considered the pearl of the glorious Golden Ring cities, Yaroslavl. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities. Explore the historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches, and visit a 12th-century monastery.
Day 9 - Uglich, Volga River
Watch idyllic rural life unfold as you cruise to the town of Uglich. Here, disembark for a guided tour. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. This afternoon, sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.
Day 10 - Moscow
Cruise into Moscow. On arrival, explore some of Moscow’s landmarks including the Kremlin, before visiting the Armoury Museum. Tonight perhaps tour Moscow after dark.
Day 11 - Moscow
Enjoy a tour of Russia’s most iconic monuments and places as you head to Red Square, where you’ll admire the ornate beauty of the onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral. Take in the GUM Department Store, Sparrow Hill and Lubyanka Square. Enjoy time to explore later. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and share a toast with an authentic glass of Russian vodka.
Day 12 - Disembark Ship, Depart Moscow
Disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
There is no river cruise in Russia like the Volga river cruise. No cruise that places you so completely in another place and time. Europe’s longest and largest river stretches from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great to Catherine the Great, and on into today, where live along Russia’s central artery looks very much like it always has — the churches, the villages, the people, comprising scenes from an old painting you may swear you have seen in a gallery.This Russian river tour will promise you an unforgettable afterglow you’ve never experienced with any other Moscow river cruise before.
The traditional MS Rossia has five decks and plenty of modern facilities, including a library and a wellness centre. Enjoy drinks the Tsar Bar, with its panoramic views, and meals at the restaurant where you can savour European-style fine dining with Russian influences. There’s also a sun deck where you can enjoy the passing views from the comfort of a sunlounger. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. There are 112 spacious cabins with hotel-style beds, all outside facing, and complete with a television, telephone, safe, mini-fridge and hairdryer.
• Bar and Lounge, Large Panoramic views and Nightly evening entertainment
• Russian Language lessons
• Documentary Films
• Sun Deck
• Free Wifi in public areas
Stay in one of the elegantly appointed 112 Staterooms Located over 4 decks.
All cabins are equipped with private bathroom with shower, spacious cabins with hotel-style beds, all outside facing, and complete with a television, telephone, safe, mini-fridge and hairdryer.
|Sep 7||MS Rossia||St Petersburg||Cabin Upgrades|
|Main Deck||Cat F||133 ft², Picture Window||Please Call|
|Main Deck||Cat E||133 ft², Picture Window||Please Call|
|Main Deck||Cat D||133 ft², Picture Window||Please Call|
|Upper Deck||Cat C||157 ft², Picture Window||Please Call|
|Upper Deck||Cat B||157 ft², Picture Window||£4545|
|Upper Deck||Upper Suite||175 ft², Picture Windows||Please Call|
|Boat Deck||Cat A||157 ft², Picture Window||£3945|
|Boat Deck||Cat A+||157 ft², Picture Window||£4045|
|Boat Deck||Boat Suite||175 ft², Picture Windows||Please Call|
|Upper Deck||Panoramic Suite||178 ft², Picture Windows||Please Call|
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
Discover the rich history and traditions along the imperial waterways of Russia as you follow the path of Peter the Great from Moscow to St Petersburg.
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