Soak up the grandeur of imperial St Petersburg, 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 wander Russia's enigmatic capital with its colorful onion domes on this enlightening cruise that takes you to the heart of Russian culture
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St Petersburg City sightseeing tour including the Old Stock Exchange, Rostral Columns and the Winter Palace.Kizhi Explore the Museum of Wooden Architecture.Kirillo Visit Belozersky Monastery, the largest monastery in Europe, situated on the shore of Lake Siverskoye.Yaroslavl Take a bus tour of the city's sights including the former Governor's House and the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker.Uglich Visit an interesting 12th-century village located on the Volga River.Moscow Iconic sightseeing, which includes the Kremlin and Red Square.On the CruiseCaptain's welcome party, Russian language lessons, Captain's bridge tour, entertainment program, and Captain’s farewell dinner.Guides:
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.
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 center 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 an included lunch at a city-center restaurant, visit the Hermitage Museum, housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items. 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 the Lower Park at Petrodvorets, famous for its magnificent fountains and impressive views of the Gulf of Finland. 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 amid pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colorful tiles and wood carvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab. Back on board your ship, there will be a Russian Language as well as a Russian dance lesson in the afternoon, before dinner and live folk music in the bar. (B,L,D)
MANDROGUI-KIZHI. Cruise to Lake Onega's picture book 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. Back on board, learn some new skills after lunch in a Matryoshka painting lesson, before dancing the afternoon away. Dinner tonight on board, followed by a concert and dancing. (B,L,D)
GORITSY-YAROSLAVL. This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. View the cities highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colorful local markets, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying a Russian dinner as you cruise. Folk music and dancing in the bar tonight. (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. Lunch will be on board the MS Chernyshevsky, followed by afternoon activities which will include a lesson on Russian traditional crafts, a Russian language lesson and Russian songs. In the evening, you can relax as you enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, followed by the talent show, which is open to everyone! (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 afternoon city tour, admiring highlights such as the colorful 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 take a coach transfer to the city center for your own sightseeing. Enjoy a final dinner on board tonight. (B,L,D)
MOSCOW. Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast.