Moscow - St. Petersburg Cruise 5-star cruise by Vodohod (long)

12 days and 11 nights

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

Day 1 - 3

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Novodevichy convent, Moscow, Russia

Moscow:

Day 1: 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). After a brief check-in, you’ll meet the ship’s crew at a delightful cocktail and caviar reception – a relaxing way to begin your adventure after a day’s travel.

Day 2: Explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Get inside the renowned Kremlin to see famous Tsar Canon and Tsar Bell, visit one of the Cathedrals which played the major role in all of Russian tsars’ lives. Red Square will amaze you with the grandness and unique architecture of surrounding buildings. Use you free time to enter colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral or memorable department store GUM. Recently opened Zaryadie park which is also called park of the future will introduce you to the diversity of nature in Russia with landscapes from different climatic zones. Visit the best photo point – floating bridge to take excellent picture of the Kremlin and Red Square. Your lunch today combined with picturesque cruise around the city centre. After the lunch enjoy a walk along legendary pedestrian Arbat Street with its free spirited artists and musicians. Experience the most beautiful metro in the world and visit some of the stunning metro stations. Dinner in the city restaurant will give you another chance to enjoy the scenery of Moscow. Folk artists will entertain you today’s evening after the performance you’ll have an exclusive chance to meet stars of the show and learn more about them and see some specially performed tricks. 

Day 3: Your third day in Moscow will present you with unique opportunity to see the city from its highest point and go underground to the deepest place. Start your day with exclusive visit to the observation deck in newly built skyscraper, enjoy bird’s-eye view of the whole Moscow crowd free as the observation deck exclusively closed for Vodohod guests. Try ice cream and chocolate produced there, don’t limit yourself and get as many as you want. After being at the top of the world, descend into the deepest bunker in Moscow. The bunker was built in 1951 in connection with the imminent threat of a nuclear war with the United States, it is a unique, one of a kind attraction, unparalleled in the world. In the 1960s, Bunker-42 was fully equipped with everything necessary in case of a nuclear strike. Stocks of products, fuel, systems of regeneration and purification of air, supply of drinking water could provide combat alert personnel for several months. In the afternoon we depart from Moscow and start our exciting journey.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi's but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see. Your tour will give you valuable insights into Russia's history, its art and most importantly its culture and people. Welcome to Moscow, we are sure you will have an unforgettable stay with us!

Day 4

Uglich town, Russia
Old russian church

Uglich: After spending the morning enjoying the scenery from the ship’s board, arrive to the gem of Russia’s Golden Ring – little ancient town Uglich. Visit Kremlin of Uglich and beautiful church with dark name Church of St. Dmitry on the spilled blood, which was built on the place where son of Iva the Terrible died under mysterious circumstances. Exclusively for the guests of Mustai Karim concert of choir Kovcheg will be arranged.  Spend the  rest of the afternoon being hosted in a home of a local family, special treats and engaging conversations are waiting for you.

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

Plyos town, Russia
Plyos town, Russia

Plyos: Today you visit picturesque provincial town Plyos which inspired painters and artists for years. During the city tour you’ll visit the museum of legendary Russian landscape painter Isaak Levitan and learn more not only about Russian art, but about everyday life of provincial aristocracy.

Enjoy “country house evening in Plyos” with dinner in national restaurant “Chugunok” with caviar degustation and interesting conversation about Russian cuisine. Musical evening "Unexpected encounters with Russian music stars“ is to follow. The descendant of Mustai Karim himself is running the town and some special surprises are prepared here for you. 

A small town of Plyos can’t but inspire so beautiful it is. No wonder it inspired the most outstanding landscape painter Isaac Levitan. Dating back to the 15th century every year Plyos hosts hundreds of tourists who come to the town attracted by its charm and tranquility and by a great opportunity to visit Levitan museum where his best paintings are exhibited.

Day 6

Yaroslavl, Russia
The Governor's Garden Museum, Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl: Explore the capital of Russia’s Golden Ring, which marked its 1000 year anniversary in 2010. Historical center of the city is included n the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After getting to know the city during sightseeing tour, visit mansion of the ex-governor, where the guides portraying his daughters will show you around the house and invite you for a cocktail in the ballroom to the accompaniment of live music. 

Show display the Golden Ring of Russia n miniature will amaze you with unique night projections, lighting effects on buildings, sounds of cities and other surprises. After that see the only enamel art museum in Russia with a rich collection of works created by leading enamel artists in Russia and abroad. Try your hand in creating enamel art yourself during the master class.

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 7

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

Goritsy: Start your way to the ancient Feropontov monastery from a peaceful village of Goritsy. The monastery which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site is unique in its beauty, authenticity and consistency of architectural details of different centuries. The object of special interest is the Cathedral of Nativity of the Virgin, which walls are covered with invaluable frescoes by the great medieval painter Dionisius.

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 8

Kizhi Island, Russia
Russian wooden heritage

Kizhi IslandAfter crossing the second largest lake in Europe – Onega, discover the island of Kizhi, home of another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the unique historical, cultural and natural complex, admire the beauty of Transfiguration Cathedral built without a single nail according o the legend, visit traditional wooden house and Russian banya (sauna). After the tour enjoy excusive concert “Music of Northern Village”.

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 9

Russian landscapes
Russian landscapes

Enjoy the day at leisure on board, today you are passing through the Europe’s two largest lakes Onega and Ladoga. Today you are invited to Russia’s food fest – learn more about cuisine of different nationalities in Russia

Day 10 - 12

Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof, St Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg

Day 10: After relaxing day on board, start your day with early passage under the world renowned  draw bridges of St.Petersburg. Get to know the Northern capital of Russia during bus city tour and special tour of rivers and canals. After substantial lunch learn the mysteries of Yusupov Palace, where one of the most controversial figures in Russian history – Grigory Rasputin was murdered. Today’s evening is the special occasion as you are exclusively invited to the Catherine Palace for the emperor’s reception. Enter the palace through the Golden gate with orchestra accompaniment, visit celebrated Amber Room and enjoy yourself with champagne and music. After a relaxing day on board, a truly unique experience awaits: at night, you’ll pass under the drawn bridges of St. Petersburg – a privilege exclusive to Vodohod guests.

Day 11: Start your day with exclusive crowd-free visit to Hermitage museum and enjoy rare opportunity to see famed golden peacock clock being wined up, this is the world’s only large machine of the XVIII century that has survived by this day unchanged. Spend the morning exploring one of the richest museums in the world with paintings of Da Vinhi, Rafael, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others. After lunch high speed hydrofoils will take you to the Peterhof which was created to beat the fame of the Versailles, see exquisite fountains of the lower park and visit one of gorgeous palaces.

Day 12: 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

This luxurious four-deck vessel was built in Russia in 2019. The ship features 2 bars, a restaurant, a reading lounge, conference hall/movie theater, a souvenir store and a medical room. The ship has an elevator which makes it stand out from many other Russian cruise ships. All cabins are outside with floor-to-ceiling windows, equipped with wardrobe, satellite-TV, safe, fridge, hairdryer, radio, telephone, private facilities (shower, bathtub in Suite), panoramic window or balcony, 220 volt sockets.


Standard cabin on MS Mustai Karim
Standard cabin
Twin/double cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabin is around 18.4sqm. Twin/double cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, wardrobe, occasional table and 2 arm-chairs, 220 volt socket, TV, radio, safe, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, vanity table.

Deluxe Cabin on MS Mustai Karim
Deluxe cabin
Spacious twin/double cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 20.2sqm. Floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, wardrobe, occasional table and 2 arm-chairs, 220 volt socket, TV, radio, safe, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, vanity table.

Junior Suite cabin on MS Mustai Karim
Junior Suite cabin
Spacious twin/double cabin with lounge area, floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furnitur, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Lounge area, floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, wardrobe, occasional table and 2 armchairs, 220 volt socket, TV, safe, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, vanity table.

Suite cabin on MS Mustai Karim
Suite cabin
Suite cabins with with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 29.88sqm - 36.59sqm. Floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, 220 volt sockets, radio, occasional table, TV, minibar, safe, telephone, two beds which can be placed separately or together, wardrobe, vanity table, hair dryer.

Owner's Suite cabin on MS Mustai Karim
Owner's Suite
Two-room cavernous stateroom with separate bedroom and lounge area, step-out balcony. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 44.34sqm. Separate bedroom and lounge area, step-out balcony, AC, 220 volt sockets, radio. Cushioned furniture, occasional table, TV, minibar, safe, telephone, two beds which can be placed separately or together, wardrobe, vanity table, hair dryer.

Prices and Terms

7 Sep - 18 Sep 2021
Mustai Karim 5*
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28 Sep - 9 Oct 2021
Mustai Karim 5*
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Prices are per person.

The surcharge for single occupancy in a Standard, Deluxe or Junior Suite cabin is 75% of the total cruise price. Surcharge for single occupancy in Suites is 100% of the cruise price.

Included:

  • Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day
  • Russian welcome “Bread and salt” ceremony on the embarkation day
  • Coffee station available 24/24
  • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per person daily in the cabin
  • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per person for the excursions
  • Water at table for breakfast and lunch (including lunches in the city)
  • Dinner (including dinner in the city): water on the table + 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) or 1 beer (0,33 l) or 1 soda (0,33 l) per person
  • Welcome drink on embarkation day – 1 glass of sparkling wine or 1 glass of juice and 1 canape per person
  • Crew presentation cocktail – 1 cocktail per person (choice of 3 cocktails: 2 alcoholic and 1 nonalcoholic)
  • On board service in English/French/Italian/Spanish/German language
  • Daily entertainment including lessons of Russian language, live lounge music, live dancing music at night, piano music concerts, lectures about Russian history and culture, etc
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Midnight soup
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Farewell cocktail – 1 glass of sparkling wine or 1 glass of jus and 1 canape per person
  • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
  • Themed dinners on board
  • Reception desk available 24/24
  • Hot tea (during cool weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions
  • Ice tea/fruit drink (during hot weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions
  • On embarkation/disembarkation day from 16:00 till 17:00 serving of broth with small bread
  • Afternoon snacks (traditional cuisine of Russian regions)
  • Bathrobes and slippers in all cabins
  • Umbrella in all cabins
  • Minibar all cabins (for additional fee)
  • Round the clock reception
  • Hot towels after return on board from shore excursions
  • Using earphones
  • Russian 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. 

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. 
  • ou 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.
  • 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.
  • Drink packages
  • Degustation of vodka and traditional snacks
  • Birthday greetings (cake, music)
  • Gratuities
  • Sauna / hairdresser / massage
  • Sports equipment rental: bicycles, Nordic walking poles, folding chair canes
  • Personal spending
  • Luggage handling in river ports from the inspection point to the ship and from the ship to the bus, as well as on board the ship
  • Culinary master class

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

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% 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.
64-55 days before departure – a fee equal to 50% of the entire package will be charged.
54-36 days before departure – a fee equal to 75% of the entire package will be charged.
35 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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