2018 Tour Details
See beautiful Russian landscapes unfold before you as you cruise the waterways of northern Russia, from St. Petersburg to Moscow. This epic 11-day itinerary includes touring landmarks such as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and Catherine Palace and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. But there’s so much more to see, including quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich, which only a river cruise can provide. See magnificent palaces, discover fortified monasteries, and visit stunning cathedrals. It is a remarkable way to experience the history and culture of this unique and mysterious country.
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In St Petersburg, Yarolsavl, Uglich walking tour, Moscow, Hermitage Museum, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Museum of Icons and KremlinGuides:
Services of a Cruise Director and English-speaking guide on tour.Scenic Highlights:
Old Stock Exchange, Rostral Columns, Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac Cathedral, Neva River, Mandrogui, Lake Onega's, White Lake, Goritsy Village, Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery, Yaroslavl, Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavi local market, Church of St Nicholas, Governor's House art exhibition, Moscow Canal, St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills, Cathedral Square, and the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals.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.
MS Nikolay Chernishevsky or similar.
Full board on cruise ship
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ST. PETERSBURG. Fly to St Petersburg where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Nikolay Chernishevsky. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.
ST. PETERSBURG. Admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour this morning and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After lunch, visit the Hermitage Museum. This evening, enjoy either an optional excursion to the Ballet, optional visit to the Russian folklore show or an optional Rivers and Canals tour. (B,L,D)
ST. PETERSBURG. Today's optional excursion takes you to Pushkin, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the famed Amber Room and other lavish chambers, before heading to nearby Peterhof to see the beautiful lower park and beautiful palace exterior. This evening, set sail on the Neva River and enjoy a 'Getting to Know You' show on board. (B,L,D)
ST. PETERSBURG-MANDROGUI. Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amidst pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and woodcarvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab. Back on board your ship, enjoy a Russian language lesson. (B,L,D)
MANDROGUI-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. Back on board, this afternoon's activities include a Captain's bridge tour and a Russian tea party, followed by a classical concert in the evening. (B,L,D)
KIZHI-GORITSY. After breakfast, enjoy a traditional Russian song class before cruising across the White Lake to Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery. This afternoon, visit the monastery's intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, enjoy a pirate themed dinner before this evening's concert. (B,L,D)
GORITSY-YAROSLAVL. This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. 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. This evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner on board followed by a gala concert. (B,L,D)
YAROSLAVL-UGLICH. Another 'Golden Ring' city, Uglich is one of Russia's best-loved towns. 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. This afternoon, enjoy a Russian language lesson and a farewell dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight's talent show. (B,L,D)
UGLICH-MOSCOW. This morning, sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities. Explore Moscow on an included city tour, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This evening, there's an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion. (B,L,D)
MOSCOW. Marvel at imposing red-brick towers and extravagant palaces on today's included visit to the famous Kremlin, and view historic Cathedral Square, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to Sergiyev Posad or Novodevichy Convent or the Tretyakov Gallery or a coach transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing. (B,L,D)
MOSCOW. Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast.