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St. Petersburg - Moscow cruise by a 4-star ship

11 days and 10 nights

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

Day 1 - 3

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 (optional) 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 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 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 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 4

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. 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 5

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 6

Arrival in the ancient village of Goritsy. Tour of 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 lunch you will return to your ship and set sail in the direction of Moscow 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

Arrival in medieval city of 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 8

Arrival in 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 9 - 11

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 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. Red Square is within the Kremlin's walls.

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

The M/S “Lev Tolstoy” is a beautifully designed, comfortable ship constructed in Austria using high quality materials. The Tolstoy was designed for high ranking Kremlin officials and to host foreign dignitaries - experience history on board! This Russian river cruise ship offers single, double and triple accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, 220V sockets, a picture window and radios. The boat has many interesting features for the enjoyment of our passengers. On board you will find 2 cozy bars, including one with a swimming pool, a restaurant, reading salon, music lounge, TV room, souvenir shop, beauty salon, sauna and a conference room on the sun deck. Laundry and medical service are also available. Today, the Tolstoy is still one of the top ships in Russia, with its luxurious decor, well-appointed cabins, elegant public areas and wide circular stairs. The Tolstoy accommodates 168 guests, versus 200 - 300 on other ships of similar size. A little more about our ship; Spend a relaxing and leisurely evening in the beautiful Kostroma Lounge listening to piano music and watching the fascinating landscapes pass by or have a drink in the Kostroma Bar. Visit the Neva bar with its cozy armchairs and a swimming pool with glass roof above it. Enjoy a book and relax or play a table game in the Pushkin library on the second deck The Tchaikovsky Hall on the sundeck welcomes you to numerous lectures on Russian history and culture and concerts. The spacious Sun Deck and the smaller Patio Deck are ideal for cocktail receptions. The charming Katrina Restaurant is lined with panoramic windows. So while enjoying your meal you also can enjoy the beautiful landscape outside. At the restaurant you can find tables for groups of four and six people. Right in front of the restaurant there is a coffee station where coffee and tea are available from early morning until dinner time. On the main deck you can find a spacious reception area with reception desk and two spiral stairs, a sauna which can accommodate up to 6 people, our doctor's office, a beauty salon and a souvenir shop.

This vessel is going to be refurbished for season 2018. All the following information regarding the ship's features is relevant only for 2018 cruises Motorship Nikolay Chernishevsky is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2018, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).  Vessel features: Restaurant-bar Piano bar Conference hall Ironing room Sauna Souvenir store Solarium Restaurant Medical room Coffee bar

This vessel is going to be refurbished for season 2018. All the following information regarding the ship's features is relevant only for 2018 cruises Motorship “Konstantin Fedin” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1980, refurbished in 2012, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH). Vessel features: Restaurant-bar Piano bar Conference hall Ironing room Sauna Souvenir store Solarium Restaurant Medical room Coffee bar

Prices and Terms

12 May - 22 May 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1930
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2015
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2136
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Suite (per person) $2537
16 May - 26 May 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2027
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2112
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2209
Junior Suite (per person) $2634
Suite (per person) $2888
19 May - 29 May 2018
Konstantin Fedin 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2003
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2221
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2452
Suite (per person) $2694
2 Jun - 12 Jun 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2003
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2221
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2452
Suite (per person) $2694
6 Jun - 16 Jun 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2027
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2112
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2209
Junior Suite (per person) $2634
Suite (per person) $2888
9 Jun - 19 Jun 2018
Konstantin Fedin 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2427
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2694
Suite (per person) $2925
23 Jun - 3 Jul 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2452
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2852
Suite (per person) $3083
27 Jun - 7 Jul 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2027
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2112
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2209
Junior Suite (per person) $2634
Suite (per person) $2888
30 Jun - 10 Jul 2018
Konstantin Fedin 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2452
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2852
Suite (per person) $3083
14 Jul - 24 Jul 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2427
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2694
Suite (per person) $2925
18 Jul - 28 Jul 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2027
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2112
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2209
Junior Suite (per person) $2634
Suite (per person) $2888
21 Jul - 31 Jul 2018
Konstantin Fedin 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2427
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2694
Suite (per person) $2925
4 Aug - 14 Aug 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2427
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2694
Suite (per person) $2925
8 Aug - 18 Aug 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2027
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2112
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2209
Junior Suite (per person) $2634
Suite (per person) $2888
11 Aug - 21 Aug 2018
Konstantin Fedin 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2427
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2694
Suite (per person) $2925
25 Aug - 4 Sep 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2003
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2221
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2452
Suite (per person) $2694
29 Aug - 8 Sep 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2027
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2112
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2209
Junior Suite (per person) $2634
Suite (per person) $2888
1 Sep - 11 Sep 2018
Konstantin Fedin 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2294
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2427
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2694
Suite (per person) $2925
15 Sep - 25 Sep 2018
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4*
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $2003
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2075
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin (per person) $2221
Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $2452
Suite (per person) $2694
19 Sep - 29 Sep 2018
Lev Tolstoy 4*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1772
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1857
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1942
Junior Suite (per person) $2209
Suite (per person) $2464

The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 75% of the total amount for the cruise. 

Included:

  • Accommodation in a cabin of a chosen category
  • Sightseeing programs in each port as per itinerary (optional tours are available on board)
  • Daily international on-board entertainment including concerts, lessons, master classes, movies, welcome bread and salt ceremony, Captain’s cocktail and dinner.
  • English-speaking guides onboard; services of guides speaking other languages are available upon request
  • Use of a cabin safe
  • Luggage handling onboard the ship
  • Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Included meals on MS Lev Tolstoy:

  • Full board, three meals per day (from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on the departure day): breakfast and lunch are buffet style, dinner is with fixed menu and preliminary order
  • Water in carafs for breakfast, tea/coffee for all meals
  • For each lunch and dinner: 1 glass of wine OR 1 glass of beer OR 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5l) OR 1 bottle of soda (0.5l) per person
  • Welcome bread and salt ceremony on arrival day
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Captain’s farewell dinner with a special menu
  • Russian tea ceremony
  • Mulled wine/hot tea (during cold weather), ice-tea (during hot weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions
  • Coffee station (coffee/tea/cookies): 06:00 – breakfast, 10:00-12:00, 16:00-18:00, 21:00-23:00

Included meals on MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky, MS Konstanti Fedin:

  • Full board, three meals per day (from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on the departure day): breakfast and lunch are buffet style, dinner is with fixed menu and preliminary order
  • Water in carafs, tea/coffee for dinner
  • 1 glass of red/white wine or juice is included for each dinner
  • 1 bottle of water (0.33l) in cabin per person replenished daily
  • Welcome bread and salt ceremony on arrival day
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Captain’s farewell dinner with a special menu
  • Russian tea ceremony
  • Cocktail party (once per tour) – 1 cocktail to choose out of three cocktails per 1 person
  • BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead of lunch onboard, subject to the weather conditions)
  • Mulled wine/hot tea (during cold weather), ice-tea (during hot weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions
  • Coffee station (coffee/decaf/hot water/milk/cocoa/packed tea/sugar/sweetener/cookies): 06:00 – breakfast, 10:00-12:00, 16:00-18:00, 21:00-23:00

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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