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Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise by a 5-star ship

8 days and 7 nights

  • Route

    Moscow - Uglich - Goritsy - Kizhi - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg
  • 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

Moscow: 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. 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.

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 3

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 4

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 the tour 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 5

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 6

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 7 - 8

Arrival in the imperial capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. 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 (exterior). You will visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city. After a lunch in the city you will visit the Hermitage museum, 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.

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.

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

Rostropovich 5*

This comfortable four-deck vessel was built in Czech Republic in 1980 and totaly refurbished in 2009. The ship features two bars (one with balcony), two restaurants, coffee station, conference room / theater, elevator, sun terrace, gym, games room, souvenir shop, laundry room. Nursing and laundry service are also available on board. The ship has 106 outside cabins, most of which have balconies. The cabins are equipped with radio, TV, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, spacious wardrobe, shower / toilet or bathroom (depending on category booked), dressing table and chairs. The cabin size varies from 11.7 sq. m to 30 sq. m (depending on category booked). From its spacious loungers to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel is an exclusive way of seeing Russia. On every cruise, professional guide will tell you about the history, mythology, and culture of the ports that you will visit. On our cruise ship, you will go home with more then just a tan - you will take with you a greater understanding of Russia. Parties, dancing, games and shipboard entertainment guarantee that you will enjoy your holiday. ...

Prices and Terms

3 Jun - 10 Jun 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
17 Jun - 24 Jun 2017
Rostropovich 5*
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1 Jul - 8 Jul 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
15 Jul - 22 Jul 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
29 Jul - 5 Aug 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
12 Aug - 19 Aug 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
26 Aug - 2 Sep 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
9 Sep - 16 Sep 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
23 Sep - 30 Sep 2017
Rostropovich 5*
Sold out
5 May - 12 May 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1355
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1504
Junior Suite (per person) $1607
Suite (per person) $2307
19 May - 26 May 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1550
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1607
Junior Suite (per person) $1699
Suite (per person) $2410
2 Jun - 9 Jun 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1550
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1607
Junior Suite (per person) $1699
Suite (per person) $2410
28 Jul - 4 Aug 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1550
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1607
Junior Suite (per person) $1699
Suite (per person) $2410
11 Aug - 18 Aug 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1550
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1607
Junior Suite (per person) $1699
Suite (per person) $2410
25 Aug - 1 Sep 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1550
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1607
Junior Suite (per person) $1699
Suite (per person) $2410
8 Sep - 15 Sep 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1550
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1607
Junior Suite (per person) $1699
Suite (per person) $2410
22 Sep - 29 Sep 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1355
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1446
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1504
Junior Suite (per person) $1607
Suite (per person) $2307
6 Oct - 13 Oct 2018
Rostropovich 5*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1251
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1355
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1400
Junior Suite (per person) $1504
Suite (per person) $2204

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

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. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare. However, we can offer you extremely inexpensive flights to Russia through our discount airfare booking engine 
  • Arrival and departure transfers. To see transfer prices please click here
  • 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 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 10% of the entire package will be charged.
40-20 days before departure – a fee equal to 55% 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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