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St. Petersburg - Moscow 5-star cruise by Vodohod

8 days and 7 nights

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

Day 1-2

Your cruise begins in the imperial capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. 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). Your time in St. Petersburg will begin with a bus 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 visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city.

After the tour you'll enjoy lunch in the city. One of the highlights of your time in the city will be a visit to the Hermitage, Russia's premier museum containing one of the largest art collections in the world. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage's treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others.

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.
 

Day 3

A stop in the village of 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 4

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 5

Arrival in the ancient village of Goritsy. There you will have a tour of the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery and the 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.
 

Day 6

Arrival in Uglich. You will be taken to the walking city tour with visit to the territory of the 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 7-8

Arrival in Moscow, your final destination. 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 tour of the Moscow Kremlin with a visit to one of its cathedrals.
One dinner in the city is included. You will also have a chance to do some light shopping and there will be time to relax aboard the ship in the evening.

On the second day after breakfast you will be transfered to the airport (transfer is optional).

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.

Ships

This luxurious four-deck vessel was built in Czech Republic in 1980 and totaly refurbished in 2009. The ship features 2 bars (one with a balcony), 2 restaurants, coffee station, conference hall/movie theater, a playing room, and a souvenir store. There is also a gym, a solarium with chaise-longues, ironing room, and a medical room. The ship has an elevator which makes it stand out from many other Russian cruise ships. 


Standard Double Main Deck Without Balcony 11,7-12,1 sq.m. (Category J-)
Cabins 111, 112, 122, 123 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with a double bed, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Standard Twin Main Deck Without Balcony 13 sq.m. (Category I-)
Cabins 103 - 109 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Standard Twin/Double Middle Deck With Balcony 12,4-13,4 sq.m.(Category H+)
Cabins 214, 234 are furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), cabins 218, 237, 219, 238 are furnished with double bed. All cabins are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Standard Twin/Double Boat Deck With Balcony 12,7 sq.m. (Category G+)
Cabins 312, 325 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined) or double bed, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Main Deck Without Balcony 18,7-19,6 sq.m.(Category F-)
Cabins 100, 101, 102, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 110, 121 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Junior Suite (Twin/Double) Main Deck Without Balcony 22,6 sq.m. (Category E-)
Cabin 116 is equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Junior Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck Without Balcony 21,7 sq.m. (Category D-)
Cabins 200, 201, 220, 221 equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Middle Deck With Balcony 15,3-17,3 sq.m.(Category C+)
Cabins 202-209, 213, 215-217, 222-229, 233, 235, 236 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Boat Deck With Balcony 15,7-16,5 sq.m. (Category B+)
Cabins 300-307, 311, 313-320, 324 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Sun Deck With Balcony 15,7-16,3 sq.m. (Category A+)
Cabins 400-406, 408, 409-415, 417 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Bolshoi Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck With Balcony 19 sq.m. (Category BSM+)
Cabins 210, 230 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Bolshoi Suite (Twin/Double) Boat Deck With Balcony 19 sq.m.(Category BSB+)
Cabins 308, 321 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Mariinski Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck With Balcony 21,2-21,6 sq.m. (Category MSM+)
Cabins 211, 212, 231, 232 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Mariinski Suite (Twin/Double) Boat Deck With Balcony 21,2-21,6 sq.m. (Category MSB+)
Cabins 309, 310, 322, 323 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Hermitage Suite (Twin/Double) Sun Deck With Balcony 19 sq..m. (Category HS+)
Cabins 407, 416 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Imperial Suite (King Size Bed Double) Middle Deck With Panoramic Balcony 30 sq.m. (Category IS++)
Cabin 239 equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with double bed, bedside tables, sofa and two armchairs, coffee table, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Prices and Terms

11 May - 18 May 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
25 May - 1 Jun 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
8 Jun - 15 Jun 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
22 Jun - 29 Jun 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
6 Jul - 13 Jul 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
20 Jul - 27 Jul 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
3 Aug - 10 Aug 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
17 Aug - 24 Aug 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
31 Aug - 7 Sep 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1773
Middle Deck Cabin $1884
Boat Deck Cabin $1945
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2056
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2118
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2401
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2512
Suite $3090
14 Sep - 21 Sep 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1650
Middle Deck Cabin $1773
Boat Deck Cabin $1822
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $1945
Junior Suite Middle Deck $1995
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2167
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2401
Suite $2967
28 Sep - 5 Oct 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1650
Middle Deck Cabin $1773
Boat Deck Cabin $1822
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $1945
Junior Suite Middle Deck $1995
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2167
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2290
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2401
Suite $2967
12 Oct - 19 Oct 2019
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $1539
Middle Deck Cabin $1650
Boat Deck Cabin $1712
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $1822
Junior Suite Middle Deck $1884
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2056
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2167
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2290
Suite $2856

Prices are per person.

The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 75% of the total cruise price. Surcharge for single occupancy in Suites is 100% of the cruise price.

Included:

  • Accommodations in all cabins, each with a private bathroom, individual temperature controls, and windows
  • Three meals daily including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
  • Traditional bread and salt welcome ceremony
  • Full sightseeing programs in each port
  • On board entertainment including Russian language course, Russian song lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
  • English-speaking guides onboard; services of guides speaking other languages are available upon request
  • Souvenir shop onboard
  • Medical center onboard
  • Discos and bars onboard
  • Special holiday meals and celebrations
  • Captain’s Farewell Dinner (special menu)
  • Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Not included:

  • 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
  • Option tours
  • Tips for the crew and ship staff
  • Forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
  • Accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance (we recommend you purchase insurance).
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry services, bar charges, beauty salon services, telephone and cable charges and medical services).
  • Room service offered at an additional price.
  • Water; you can order packages of water as extra for the following prices. Please contact your order manager for more information.

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

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 20% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 41 days before departure.

Cancellation terms for river cruises: 
41 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 20% of the entire package will be charged.
40-20 days before departure – a fee equal to 60% of the entire package will be charged.
19 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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