Moscow - St. Petersburg 3-star cruise by Vodohod

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
    3-star cruise ships: MS Zosima Shashkov
  • Group Tour
    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 3

Moscow: Welcome on board! Check in begins at 14:00 (2.00 PM), but you may board earlier or later depending on you arrival in Moscow. 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).

Over the next few days, you will get the chance to explore Moscow and learn about its riveting 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.

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 town, Russia
Uglich town, Russia

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 5

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

You will be taken ona Panoramic City Tour of Yaroslavl with a visit to a local market (free time). You will also see the Church of Elijah the Prophet (exterior), the Church of St Nicholas (interior) and enjoy an interactive tour of the 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 that make 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

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.

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 7

Russian wooden heritage
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 8

Mandrogui, Russia
The Vodka Museum, Mandrogui, 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 9 - 12

Arrival in the imperial capital of Russia - 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. 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.

During your time in St. Petersburg, you will also visit Peterhof – the former summer residence of the Russian Emperors, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. You will see the Lower Park which is a genuine masterpiece of landscape design that can compete with Versailles in France. The park includes over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades.

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

"Zosima Shashkov" is a 4-deck ship built in Germany in 1986 and fully refurbished in 2013. The motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 25,5 km per hour (around 17 MpH). The ship features 3 bars, 2 restaurants, a small souvenir store, sauna, solarium, and a medical room. Passengers can also use ironing room.  


Suite cabin on MS Shashkov
SUITE
2 room cabin with separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchinette, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way with a roomy wardrobe, occasional table, console-mirror, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and a wardrobe. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people.

Single cabin on MS Shashkov
SINGLE
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 7 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style.

Twin cabin on MS Shashkov
TWIN
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Can be used for single accommodation as one of the beds is a foldaway bed.

Quadruple cabin on MS Shashkov
QUAD
Four-bed two-staged cabin with two non-opening portholes, around 13 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio. It contains two lower twin beds and two upper foldaway beds, so that it can accommodate either 2, 3 or 4 guests.

Georgy Chicherin is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 302). Built in Germany in 1984, refurbished in 2012, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH). 


Suite cabin on MS Chicherin
SUITE
2 room cabin with separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchinette, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way with a roomy wardrobe, occasional table, console-mirror, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and a wardrobe. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people.

Single cabin on MS Chicherin
SINGLE
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 7 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style.

Twin cabin on MS Chicherin
TWIN
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Can be used for single accommodation as one of the beds is a foldaway bed.

Quadruple cabin on MS Chicherin
QUAD
Four-bed two-staged cabin with two non-opening portholes, around 13 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio. It contains two lower twin beds and two upper foldaway beds, so that it can accommodate either 2, 3 or 4 guests.

Prices and Terms

22 Jun - 3 Jul 2021
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Sold out
8 Jul - 19 Jul 2021
Georgy Chicherin 3*
Lower Deck Cabin $1970
Main Deck Cabin $2447
Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Boat Deck Cabin $2583
Single Boat Deck Cabin $2719
Suite $3605
13 Jul - 24 Jul 2021
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Sold out
29 Jul - 9 Aug 2021
Georgy Chicherin 3*
Lower Deck Cabin $1902
Main Deck Cabin $2310
Middle Deck Cabin $2379
Boat Deck Cabin $2447
Single Boat Deck Cabin $2583
Suite $3469
3 Aug - 14 Aug 2021
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Sold out
19 Aug - 30 Aug 2021
Georgy Chicherin 3*
Lower Deck Cabin $1970
Main Deck Cabin $2447
Middle Deck Cabin $2515
Boat Deck Cabin $2583
Single Boat Deck Cabin $2719
Suite $3605
24 Aug - 4 Sep 2021
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Sold out

Prices are per person.

The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 75% of the cruise price. The surcharge for single occupancy in Junior Suites and Suites is 100% of the cruise price.

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 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 courses, Russian song lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour and more
  • English-speaking guides onboard; services of guides speaking other languages are available upon request
  • Souvenir shop on board
  • Medical center on board
  • Discos and bars on board
  • Captain’s Farewell Dinner (special menu)
  • 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. 

Notincluded:

  • 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 air fare.
  • 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
  • Tips for the crew and ship staff
  • 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 is offered at an additional cost.
  • Water

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