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.  Welcome onboard! Check in starts at 14:00 (2.00 PM), but you may arrive earlier or later inthe day. If you order a transfer, you will be met at the airport or train station by one of our drivers and taken by 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 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.

One of the highlights of your entire cruise 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

Mandrogi village, Russia
Mandrogi village, Russia

A stop in the village of Mandrogui. Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spend 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

Kizhi, Russia
Kizhi Island, Russia

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 5

The Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, Russia
The Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, Russia

Arrival in the ancient village of Goritsy. 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

Uglich town, Russia
Russian old church

Uglich: You will be taken on a walking city tour with visit to 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 and 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 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.  Over the next few days you will have a chance to explore Moscow and learn about its fascinating history. You will be taken on a city tour and 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 has 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.

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).

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-) MS Rostropovich
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-) MS Rostropovich
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 Double Middle Deck With Balcony 12,4-13,4 sq.m.(Category H+) MS Rostropovich
Standard Double Middle Deck With Balcony 12,4-13,4 sq.m.(Category H+)
Cabins 218, 219, 237, 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+) MS Rostropovich
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-) MS Rostropovich
Deluxe Twin/Double Main Deck Without Balcony 18,7-19,6 sq.m.(Category F-)
Cabins 100-102, 110, 115-121 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) Middle Deck Without Balcony 21,7 sq.m. (Category D-) MS Rostropovich
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+) MS Rostropovich
Deluxe Twin/Double Middle Deck With Balcony 15,3-17,3 sq.m.(Category C+)
Cabins 202-209, 213-217, 222-229, 233-236 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+) MS Rostropovich
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+) MS Rostropovich
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+) MS Rostropovich
Bolshoi Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck With Balcony 19 sq.m. (Category BSM+)
Cabins 210-212, 230-232 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+) MS Rostropovich
Mariinski Suite (Twin/Double) Boat Deck With Balcony 21,2-21,6 sq.m. (Category MSB+)
Cabins 308-310, 321-323 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+) MS Rostropovich
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++) MS Rostropovich
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

22 May - 29 May 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
5 Jun - 12 Jun 2021
Rostropovich 5*
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19 Jun - 26 Jun 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
3 Jul - 10 Jul 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
17 Jul - 24 Jul 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
31 Jul - 7 Aug 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
14 Aug - 21 Aug 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
28 Aug - 4 Sep 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
11 Sep - 18 Sep 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
25 Sep - 2 Oct 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
9 Oct - 16 Oct 2021
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
14 May - 21 May 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
28 May - 4 Jun 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
11 Jun - 18 Jun 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
25 Jun - 2 Jul 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
9 Jul - 16 Jul 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
23 Jul - 30 Jul 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
6 Aug - 13 Aug 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
20 Aug - 27 Aug 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
3 Sep - 10 Sep 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
17 Sep - 24 Sep 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2125
Middle Deck Cabin $2211
Boat Deck Cabin $2255
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2298
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2385
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2602
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2688
Suite $2992
1 Oct - 8 Oct 2022
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin $2038
Middle Deck Cabin $2125
Boat Deck Cabin $2168
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin $2211
Junior Suite Middle Deck $2298
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin $2428
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin $2515
Deluxe Sun Deck Cabin $2602
Suite $2905

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 Deluxe or Suite cabin is 100% of the cruise price.

Included catering:

  • Three meals per day during the tour, except for the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation. On the day of embarkation - dinner, on the day of disembarkation - European breakfast. On embarkation day after 23.00 and on disembarkation day before 06.00 a boxed meal is provided instead of dinner and breakfast. Breakfast and lunch - buffet, dinner - served to the table.
  • Coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits) works on board the ship - from 06:00 till 19:00
  • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per person daily in the cabin
  • Breakfast, lunch (including lunch when in the city): water on the table
  • Dinner (including dinner while in the city): 1 bottle of mineral water (0,5 l) + 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) per person
  • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
  • Welcome cocktail - 1 glass of sparkling wine or juice for one person
  • Tea / coffee for all meals
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Themed dinners
  • “Captain dinner” with a special menu + 1 glass of sparkling wine per person
  • Hot tea (in cool weather) upon returning to the boat from shore excursions
  • Cold iced tea or juice (in hot weather) upon returning to the ship from shore excursions

Included service in cabins:

  • Bath robes in Suite cabins;
  • In all cabins - shampoo 30 ml., shower gel 30 ml., conditioner 30 ml., body lotion 30 ml. (refillasneeded), showercap, slippers;
  • Safe in all cabins;
  • Minibar in Suite cabins (for additional fee);
  • TVs and phones in all cabins.

Included service on board:

  • Hot towels after return on board from shore excursions
  • Onboard guides speaking English / French / German / Spanish / Italian; service of onboard guides with other foreign languages can be provided for an additional fee;
  • Included excursion program 
  • Entertainment activities on board, including Russian language lessons, Russian songs, dance evenings, folklore concerts, and so on.

Other included services:

  • Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for a Russian visa 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 a visa may take a long time and we recommend that you start the process 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 the visa application process. In case you have to cancel your trip because of visa issues standard cancellation policy will be applied. 
  • Port taxes

Not included:

  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK, Australian, Indian and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. With Full Visa Support, 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 these for an extra fee.
  • Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks from onboard bars
  • Optional tours
  • Suggested gratuity for crew and staff (7€ per traveler per day)
  • Forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance. We highly recommend to purchase travel insurance before embarking on your trip to Russia. It’s always good to have extra protection 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).
  • Room service offered for an additional fee.

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

BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY IN 2021:

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 75 days before departure.

Cancellation terms: 
75 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 25% of the entire package will be charged.
74-65 days before departure – a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
64-41 days before departure – a fee equal to 60% of the entire package will be charged.
40-35 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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