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Moscow - St. Petersburg 3-star cruise by Mosturflot

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 ships: MS Rublev, MS Surikov
  • Group Tour
    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 3

Moscow: 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 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 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 on a bus city tour with a visit to the Transfiguration Monastery and Church of Elijah the Prophet

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 (territory + Treasure Hall)

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 lunch 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

Kizhi Island: 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.

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

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 as well as many others. 

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

Built in Austria in 1975 and totally refurbished in 2007 this 4-deck vessel is equipped with sophisticated navigation devices and modern facilities. The ship features 1 restaurant (150 seats), 2 bars (80 and 30 seats), and a Conference hall (120 pax). There is also a Medical office and a Souvenir kiosk on board. Guests can use Laundry (for an extra fee). Each cabin is equipped with air-conditioner, bathroom (sink, shower, toilet), electrical socket (220V), and a built-in wardrobe.


JUNIOR SUITE
A cabin for two persons located on the Boat deck. The cabin has scenic windows, private facilities (shower), kitchenette, 2 separate beds, a sofa, 2 armchairs, a table, a TV, and a refrigerator.

TWIN
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large scenic window, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, and TV. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. 

This 4-deck vessel was built in Germany and renovated in Russia in 2011. The ship features 2 restaurants (180 and 60 seats), bars (60 and 30 seats), and a Conference hall (180 seats). There is also a Medical office and a Souvenir kiosk on board. Guests can use Laundry (for an extra charge). Each cabin is equipped with air-conditioner, bathroom (sink, shower, toilet), electrical socket (220V), built-in wardrobe, refrigerator, portholes on the Lower deck, panoramic windows on all other decks


JUNIOR SUITE
A cabin for two persons located on the Boat deck. The cabin has scenic windows, private facilities (shower), kitchenette, 2 separate beds, a  table, a TV, and a refrigerator.

SINGLE
One-bed outside cabin with a large scenic window,  equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. 

TWIN
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large scenic window, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, and TV. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. 

Prices and Terms

11 May - 21 May 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
11 May - 21 May 2019
Surikov 3*
Sold out
31 May - 10 Jun 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
31 May - 10 Jun 2019
Surikov 3*
Sold out
20 Jun - 30 Jun 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
20 Jun - 30 Jun 2019
Surikov 3*
Sold out
10 Jul - 20 Jul 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
10 Jul - 20 Jul 2019
Surikov 3*
Twin on Main/Middle/Boat deck $1453
Junior Suite $2118
Suite $2450
30 Jul - 9 Aug 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
30 Jul - 9 Aug 2019
Surikov 3*
Sold out
19 Aug - 29 Aug 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
19 Aug - 29 Aug 2019
Surikov 3*
Sold out
8 Sep - 18 Sep 2019
Rublev 3*
Sold out
8 Sep - 18 Sep 2019
Surikov 3*
Twin on Main/Middle/Boat deck $1392
Junior Suite $2069
Suite $2401

Prices are per person.

The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 80% of the total amount for the cruise. 

Included:

  • The services of navigation of the vessel and technical maintenance provided by the staff on board 
  • River port and other charges related to the navigation of the ship,
  • Fuel cost,
  • Accommodation on board from 15:00 on the day of embarkation till 10:00 of the day of disembarkation,
  • Doctor on board,
  • Three sets of bed linen and bath towels for the cruise
  • Daily change of hand-towels,
  • Three meals per day on board of the ship starting with dinner on the day of embarkation and finishing with breakfast on the day of disembarkation,
  • One local English-speaking guide in each point of itinerary, including Moscow and St.Petersburg for each group from 30 pax (excursions can be delivered under translation), starting from second day of embarkation and ending the day  before disembarkation,
  • One English-speaking assistant on board for each group from 30 pax, starting at the day of embarkation (from 15:00) and ending in the morning of the last day of cruise (10:00)
  • Welcoming cocktail - presentation with a glass of champagne,
  • Entertainment program on board
  • Russian language lessons,
  • Live music in the bar every night,
  • One lecture on Russian History
  • Three concerts, including one concert of folklore music,
  • Farewell Dinner aboard with 1 glass of champagne or 1 shot of vodka
  • Excursion program; the following visits included: Moscow: Bus City Tour, Kremlin grounds + 1 Cathedral; St. Petersburg: Bus City Tour, Hermitage (inside); Uglich: Walking tour, Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of Dmitry on the Blood; Yaroslavl: Bus City Tour, Transfiguration Monastery, Church of Elijah the Prophet; Goritsy: Bus City  Tour, Kirillo-Belozerski Monastery (territory + Treasure Hall); Kizhi: Open-air museum of wooden architecture; 
    Mandrogi Walking Tour, barbecue lunch (instead of lunch on board).

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.

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

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% 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 25% of the entire package will be charged.
40-20 days before departure – a fee equal to 50% 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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