Wander Russia's enigmatic capital with its colorful onion domes, take Russian lessons on board your floating hotel and explore Uglich and Yaroslavl, some of Russia's 'Gold Ring Cities'. Cruise the White Lake and Lake Onega, stop in the pretty parklands of Mandrogui and soak up the grandeur of imperial St Petersburg on this enlightening cruise that takes you to the heart of Russian culture.
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Moscow City sightseeing, KremlinUglich Church of Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration CathedralYaroslavl Exterior visit of Church of Elijah the Prophet, interior visit of Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, Governor's HouseGoritsy Museum of Icons at Kirill-Belosersk MonasteryKizhi Museum of Wooden ArchitectureMandrogui Enjoy time at leisureSt Petersburg City sightseeing, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage MuseumOn the CruiseCaptain's welcome party, Russian language lesson, Captain's bridge tour, entertainment programme, Captain's farewell dinnerGuides:
Services of a Cruise Director and English-speaking guide on tour.Notes:
A visa is required for entry into Russia. This must be obtained prior to arrival.Sailing times and itineraries are subject to change but the content will remain the same where possible. Single cabins are not twin for sole use. There is a steep staircase from the Lower Deck to the Main Deck and there is no lift on the ship.
Outside lower deck cabin with port hole on the MS Nikolay Chernishevsky.
Full board on cruise ship
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
MOSCOW. Fly to Moscow where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Nikolay Chernishevsky, for embarkation. Travel to Moscow where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.
MOSCOW. Explore Russia's enigmatic capital on an included city tour this morning, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. Relax over an included lunch in a city centre restaurant. This afternoon, marvel at imposing red-brick towers, extravagant palaces and historic Cathedral Square on an included trip to the Kremlin, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. An optional evening excursion is available. (B,L,D)
MOSCOW. This morning, explore Moscow further or take advantage of one of the optional excursions available. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon's cruising and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board this evening before tonight's fun-filled 'Getting to Know You' show. (B,L,D)
MOSCOW-UGLICH. Enjoy a Russian language lesson, a traditional Russian song class or a crafts workshop this morning as you cruise to Uglich, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring Cities'. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour including the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transfiguration Cathedral before returning to your ship for this evening's folk concert. (B,L,D)
UGLICH-YAROSLAVL. Another 'Golden Ring' city, Yaroslavl is one of Russia's best-loved towns. View the city's highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colourful local market, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. During the afternoon, enjoy some of the onboard activities which may include a classical concert, a Russian tea party and a dance class. (B,L,D)
YAROSLAVL-GORITSY. Participate in some optional activities, such as blini and vodka tasting. In the afternoon, reach Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery and enjoy a visit to the intriguing Museum of Icons. Learn some new skills this afternoon in the Matryoshka painting lesson before feasting on a traditional Russian dinner before this evening's folk concert. (B,L,D)
GORITSY-KIZHI. Cruise to Lake Onega's picturebook island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transfiguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. This evening, enjoy a demonstration of Russian national costume with dinner. (B,L,D)
KIZHI-MANDROGUI. Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amid pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and wood carvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab. There will be a Russian language lesson in the afternoon and a film about the cruise before tonight’s Captains Dinner with a glass of champagne, followed by this evening’s talent show. (B,L,D)
MANDROGUI-ST. PETERSBURG. This morning, admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the impressive Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After an included lunch in a city-centre restaurant, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the largest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items. Tonight, join the optional Russian folklore or ballet shows, or see St Petersburg by night. (B,L,D)
ST. PETERSBURG. Today, an optional excursion takes you to Pushkin and Pavlovsk, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine's Palace to marvel at the many lavish chambers, such as the famed Amber Room and the Palace of Paul the First in Pavlovsk. This evening, join the optional excursion to a Russian ballet or the optional 'St Petersburg by night' tour. (B,L,D)
ST. PETERSBURG. This morning, join the included excursion to the Lower Park at Peterhof (Petrodvorets) to see the magnificent fountain cascades and views of the Grand Palace. In the afternoon, perhaps join the optional River and Canals excursion. (B,L,D)
ST. PETERSBURG. Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast.