Moscow - St. Petersburg 3-star cruise by Infoflot (long)

11 days and 10 nights

  • Route
    Moscow - Uglich - Yaroslavl - Goritsy - Kizhi - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg
  • Languages
    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Cruise Ship
    3-star cruise ship: MS Moonlight Sonata
  • Group Tour
    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
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Itinerary

Day 1-3

Moscow: The first day is arrival day. You are welcome on board! Check in starts at 14:00 (2.00 PM), but you may arrive earlier or later on that day. If you order a transfer you will be met at the airport or train station by one of our drivers and taken by a comfortable car to the river port where you will board your cruise ship (transfer is OPTIONAL).

Over the next few days you will have a chance to explore Moscow and learn about its riveting history. You will be taken on a city tour where you will see Moscow's most interesting sights and learn about this amazing city's past and present. You will also have a chance to do some light shopping and there will be time to relax aboard the ship in the evenings. 

One of the highlights of your time in Moscow is a visit to Red Square and the Kremlin. You will also visit one of the Kremlin's famous cathedrals. The Kremlin as we know it today was rebuilt as a stone structure during the beginning of the 14th century but the actual site had been inhabited and used as a fortified city wall for centuries before this period. The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure - at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city's former military fortification, a palace and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia's political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents.

Moscow is Russia's political and financial capital as well as a major world class cultural center. The city includes many must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe. It is unique in that it blends the ancient with the modern. See medieval structures among modern office buildings, walk down crooked old city streets opening up to wide busy boulevards. It is a fantastic city and truly a site that shouldn't be missed.

Day 4

Uglich: You will be taken to the walking city tour with visit to Kremlin, the Church of St. Demitrius on the Blood and the Transfiguration cathedral.

Uglich was founded in 1148 as a small princedom bordering on Muscovy, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. The view of the town as you approach it from the Volga River is breathtaking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church rising up on the horizon. The history of the town is fascinating; At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile at the Kremlin in Uglich. It was here in her garden that the 10 year old Prince Dmitry of the Rurik Dynasty, heir to the Russian throne was murdered by Boris Godunov who wanted to seize power for himself. On the spot of his death, the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. The death of Prince Dmitri brought on the start of the Time of Troubles, a dynastic and political crises and one of the most tumultuous periods in Russian history which ended 15 years later after the election of a new Tsar Mikhail Romanov (the first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty). Inside the Kremlin the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry also stands. During your time in Uglich you will learn more about the town's past and walk along the paths of Russian history.

Day 5

Yaroslavl: You will be taken to the panoramic city tour with a visit to a local market (free time). You will also see the Church of Elijah the Prophet (exterior), Church of St Nicholas (interior) and enjoy an interactive tour of former Governor's House (and visit to an Art Gallery).

Yaroslavl: Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and is one of the ancient Russian cities making up the Golden Ring. It was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then restored and rebuilt and by the 17th century it had become Russia's second largest city after Moscow and an important cultural and political center. Today, Yaroslavl retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. The churches of St. Nicholas and Elijah the Prophet have some of the Golden Ring's most impressive frescoes.

Day 6

Goritsy: You'll tour the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery and Museum of Icons.

Goritsy is a tiny settlement 7 kilometers from the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery. The remains of the Nunnery of the Resurrection that sits on the banks of the Sheksna River can be visited and is within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops. Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. St. Cyril on the White Lake was founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky on the shore of Lake Siverskoye. The monastery had wide trade in the 15th to 17th centuries and was used as a fortress to protect Russia's nobility during the Times of Troubles.

After the tour you will return to your ship and set sail in the direction of St. Petersburg along the Volga Baltic Canal. The Volga Baltic Canal is a series of canals and rivers that connect the Volga river to the Baltic Sea.

Day 7

You'll cruise along Europe's second largest lake, Lake Onega and arrive on the island of Kizhi. Here you will visit a fascinating open air museum containing numerous examples of elaborate Russian, wooden architecture.

Kizhi Island: Via the Volga Baltic Canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The most impressive site on the island is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya (the church of twenty-two wooden domes). This masterpiece of architecture, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees. The church magically changes color as the day grows old, it is certainly one of the most interesting things you will see during your time in Russia.

Day 8

Mandrogui: Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spending a day of rest, relaxation and fun. We will have a fantastic barbeque picnic on the banks of the river featuring one of Russia's favorite specialties - shashlik (meat shish kebab prepared on an outdoor fire). You will love it!

Mandrogui: is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. It features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia's favorite pastime.

Day 9-11

St. Petersburg: Your time in St. Petersburg will begin with a Panoramic City Tour. This tour is the best way to get acquainted with all of the city's major highlights. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg's most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city's most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral (exterior) and the Winter Palace. You will see the Peter and Paul Fortress (interior) - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city. 

On the last day of your cruise you will say goodbye to Russia, your ship's crew and the many new friends we are sure you will have met during your time with us. We are sure that your memories of the trip will last a lifetime and we look forward to welcoming you to Russia sometime in the future. Our driver will meet you at the ship and take you to the airport to see you off (transfer is optional).

St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest and second most important city - the Northern capital of the country, Russia´s cultural center, and considered the world's 'Northern Venice' due to its extensive system of canals and islands. Walk along Nevsky Prospect and experience the grandeur of pre-revolutionary imperial Russia. Pass palaces from the past and gaze at the famous embankment of the Neva River with its numerous bridges and striking architecture. St. Petersburg is also home to Russia´s largest and busiest port and with its many world class theaters and museums has a very high level of cultural life.

Ships

MS Moonlight Sonata is a 4-deck vessel built in Germany and named after one of the most famous musical compositions of Beethoven. the ship features Coffee house “Beethoven”, Widescreen cinema, Mini-golf on the sun deck, Ironing room, Souvenir shop, Rental service, Solarium in the open air, Kids Club “Bremen Town musicians”, Medical room, and Sauna. 


Suite cabin on MS Moonlight Sonata
SUITE WITH BALCONY
Suite with balcony (№ 421) is a two room cabin with a separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchenette, located on the boat deck. The cabin is equipped with private facilities (with a walk-in shower), large scenic windows, private balcony with furniture, two air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, safe. The lounge area is furnished with a large sofa, table, safe, wardrobe. The bedroom is furnished with a double bed, bedside tables. At guests’ disposal: hairdryer, bath set (bathrobes, slippers), shaving set, crockery and cutlery, drinking water, «Welcome Set» (sparkling wine, fruits), mini-bar (for an extra charge), capsule coffee machine (free capsules). The cabin can accommodate up to 4 people (extra bed type — double sofa).

Junior Suite A with Balcony on MS Moonlight Sonata
JUNIOR SUITE WITH BALCONY
Junior Suite with balcony (№ 422, 424) is a double cabin, located on the boat deck. The cabin is equipped with private facilities (with a walk-in shower), large scenic window, private balcony with furniture, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, safe. The cabin is furnished with a double bed (convertible to two single beds), bedside tables, sofa, wardrobe. At guests’ disposal: hairdryer, bath set (bathrobes, slippers), shaving set, crockery and cutlery, drinking water, «Welcome Set» (sparkling wine, fruits), mini-bar (for an extra charge), capsule coffee machine (the first cup is free). The cabin can accommodate up to 4 people (extra bed type — double sofa).

Deluxe with Balcony on MS Moonlight Sonata
DELUXE WITH BALCONY
Deluxe with balcony (№ 401-408, 411-418) is a double cabin, located on the boat deck. The cabin is equipped with private facilities (with a walk-in shower), large scenic window, private balcony with furniture, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, safe. The cabin is furnished with a double bed (convertible to two single beds), bedside tables, wardrobe. At guests’ disposal: hairdryer, bath set (bathrobes, slippers), shaving set, crockery and cutlery, drinking water, «Welcome Set» (sparkling wine, fruits), mini-bar (for an extra charge), capsule coffee machine (the first cup is free). The cabins № 401-405, 413-416, 418 can be used for triple accommodation (extra bed type — sofa).

Deluxe Cabin on MS Moonlight Sonata
DELUXE
Deluxe (№ 425-428) is a double cabin, located on the boat deck. The cabin is equipped with private facilities (with a walk-in shower), two large scenic windows, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, safe. The cabin is furnished with a double bed (convertible to two single beds), bedside tables, armchairs, wardrobe. At guests’ disposal: hairdryer, bath set (bathrobes, slippers), shaving set, crockery and cutlery, drinking water, «Welcome Set» (sparkling wine, fruits), mini-bar (for an extra charge), capsule coffee machine (the first cup is free).

Single Cabin with a Balcony on MS Moonlight Sonata
SINGLE CABIN WITH BALCONY
Single Cabin with balcony (№ 409, 410, 419, 420, 423) is located on the boat deck. The сabin is equipped with private facilities (with a walk-in shower), balcony with furniture, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with a single bed, armchair, table, wardrobe. The cabin can be used for twin accommodation (extra bed type — upper berth).

Single Cabin on MS Moonlight Sonata
SINGLE CABIN
Single Cabin (№ 349-352, 359, 360, 429, 430) is located on the middle and boat decks. The cabin is equipped with private facilities, large scenic window, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with a single bed, table, wardrobe.

Stansard Twin Cabin on MS Moonlight Sonata
STANDARD TWIN CABIN
Standard Twin Cabin (№ 205-236, № 305-312, № 313-348, 353-358) is located on the main and middle decks. The cabin is equipped with private facilities, large scenic window, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with a twin bed, table, wardrobe. The view in the cabins 313, 314, 333, 334 is partially restricted due to the nearby gangway. The cabins № 313-324 can be used for triple accommodation (extra bed type - upper berth).

COMFORT TWIN CABIN
Comfort Twin Cabin (№ 313-348) is located on the middle deck. The cabin is equipped with private facilities (with a walk-in shower), large scenic window, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with new furniture (a twin bed, table, wardrobe); decorated in modern style. The cabins № 313-318 can be used for triple accommodation (extra bed type - upper berth).

QUAD CABIN
Quad Cabin (№101, 103, 105-114) is located on the lower deck. The cabin is equipped with private facilities, porthole windows, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with two lower beds and two upper foldaway beds, table, armchairs, wardrobe. The cabin can be used for twin and triple accommodation.

Prices and Terms

11 May - 21 May 2020
Moonlight Sonata 3*+
Lower Deck Cabin $1398
Main Deck Cabin $1568
Middle Deck Cabin $1653
Comfort Twin Cabin $1823
Single Cabin $2162
Single Cabin with Balcony $2502
Deluxe Cabin/Junior Suite without Balcony $2587
Deluxe with Balcony/Junior Suite B $2672
Junior Suite with Balcony/Junior Suite A $3011
Suite Cabin with Balcony $3606
31 May - 10 Jun 2020
Moonlight Sonata 3*+
Lower Deck Cabin $1653
Main Deck Cabin $1823
Middle Deck Cabin $1908
Comfort Twin Cabin $2078
Single Cabin $2417
Single Cabin with Balcony $2757
Deluxe Cabin/Junior Suite without Balcony $2842
Deluxe with Balcony/Junior Suite B $2926
Junior Suite with Balcony/Junior Suite A $3266
Suite Cabin with Balcony $3860
21 Aug - 31 Aug 2020
Moonlight Sonata 3*+
Lower Deck Cabin $1568
Main Deck Cabin $1738
Middle Deck Cabin $1823
Comfort Twin Cabin $1993
Single Cabin $2332
Single Cabin with Balcony $2672
Deluxe Cabin/Junior Suite without Balcony $2757
Deluxe with Balcony/Junior Suite B $2842
Junior Suite with Balcony/Junior Suite A $3181
Suite Cabin with Balcony $3775
10 Sep - 20 Sep 2020
Moonlight Sonata 3*+
Lower Deck Cabin $1568
Main Deck Cabin $1738
Middle Deck Cabin $1823
Comfort Twin Cabin $1993
Single Cabin $2332
Single Cabin with Balcony $2672
Deluxe Cabin/Junior Suite without Balcony $2757
Deluxe with Balcony/Junior Suite B $2842
Junior Suite with Balcony/Junior Suite A $3181
Suite Cabin with Balcony $3775

Two-room suite is only available on MS Moonlight Sonata.

Prices include:

  • Accommodation in the cabin
  • Services of English/German/French/Italian/Spanish speaking board guides
  • Excursions according to the program in English (other languages are on request).
  • Full board, three meals per day (breakfast is buffet style, lunch and dinner are with a fixed menu with possibility to choose courses). It is possible to order breakfast to the cabin
  • Water, tea/ coffee for all meals, sparkling wine for breakfast, 1 shot of vodka or 1 glass of red/white wine or juice is included for each dinner. 1 bottle of still water (0.5l per person) is provided in cabins on arrivals day (in suite and junior suite cabins (1.5l) replenished daily)
  • “Russian welcome drink ceremony” on the embarkation day
  • Early risers breakfast with tea/ coffee and cookies 
  • Captain’s dinner with a special menu, Russian national cuisine dinner 
  • Сoffee-station onboard the ship
  • “Russian tea ceremony” and “Vodka show”
  • Diverse activities on board: Captain’s bridge tour, master classes, morning aerobics, evening entertainment and live music concerts
  • Luggage handling onboard the ship.
  • Free visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country. PLEASE NOTE: your passport should be valid for no less than 6 months after the planned departure from Russia and it should have at least 2 blank pages. The process of applying for visa may take a long time and we recommend that you start in 3 months before your trip. In case you are booking the trip last minute, we recommend that you check with the Russian Consulate in your country whether you have enough time for visa application process. In case you have to cancel your trip because of visa issues standard cancellation policy will be applied.

Prices do not include:

  • Russian Visas. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. 
  • International airfare.
  • Arrival and departure transfers. We can arrange those for an extra fee.
  • Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks from the onboard bars
  • Forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
  • Travel and health insurance. We highly recommend the purchase insurance before embarking on your trip to Russia.  It's always good to have extra protection for peace of mind while traveling far from home. Click here to learn more.
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry services, bar charges, beauty salon services, telephone and cable charges and medical services).

Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arr/dep transfers, hotel accommodations, additional excursions, etc.) can also arranged by us.

Discounts: 

  • Children under age 2 - free of charge
  • Children aged 2 – 12 years old with special discount - 20% (in twin with 1 adult)
  • 3rd and 4rt person in QUAD get 30% discount from the standard rate
  • Several twin standard cabins have an extra upper berth, available on request. 3rd person gets 30% discount from the standard rate
  • Single cabins with balcony have an extra upper berth. 2nd person gets 30% discount from the standard rate 
  • Suite and several Junior Suites with balconies have sofa, 3rd and 4th person can be accommodated there with 30% discount from the standard rate.

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 40% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 65 days before departure.

Cancellation terms: 

65 or more days before departure - a fee equal to 25% of the entire package will be charged.
55-64 days before departure - a fee equal to 50% of the entire package will be charged.
35-54 days before departure - a fee equal to 75% of the entire package will be charged.
34 days or less before departure or in the event of a no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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