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St. Petersburg - Moscow cruise by a 3-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

    3-star cruise ships: MS Russ, 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

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. 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.

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 (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

Zosima Shashkov 3*

M/S Shashkov This Russian River Cruise Ship was built in Germany and fully refurbished in 2002. The ship features outside staterooms, affording majestic views of the passing countryside, and all are air-conditioned with private showers. The cabins are comfortably furnished and feature a refrigerator. The dining rooms offer both Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions served in a warm, shipboard atmosphere. The cruise ship contains three bars, a small souvenir shop, music salon and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available onboard. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable Russian cruise holiday. From its spacious loungers to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel is an unforgettable way to visit Russia. On every cruise, a professional guide will fill you in on 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.

Russ 3*

Welcome aboard the M/S Russ and prepare yourself for a journey of a lifetime! Built in Germany in 1987 and fully refurbished in 2001, this Russian cruise ship is one of our most comfortable. The ship can carry 288 passengers. The ship features outside staterooms affording majestic views of the passing countryside. Each cabin is air-conditioned and has private toilets and showers. The cabins are comfortably furnished and also feature refrigerators. The dining rooms offer both Continental and Russia cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions, served in a warm shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a restaurant, conference hall, a small souvenir shop, a sauna, music salon, and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available. From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique way to see Russia. Relax as you cruise by the Russia countryside. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday.

Fedin 3*

M/S Fedin It is Russian River vessel built in Germany in 1980, project - 301 and refurbish in 2002. That ship has been reserved for quests sharing similar tastes and interests in travel. All will be charmed by the ship’s crew as they have been specially trained to cater to the needs of Western tourists. The ship features outside staterooms, affording majestic views of the passing countryside, and all are air-conditioned with private shower. The cabins are comfortably furnished and feature refrigerator. The dining rooms offer both - Continental and Russia cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions, served in a warm shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a small souvenir shop, music salon, and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday. From their spacious loungers to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. On every cruise there’s a government-licensed guide who will fill you in on the history, mythology, and art of the ports you visit so you’ll go home with more then just a tan- you’ll take with you a greater understanding of Russia.

Nikolay Chernyshevsky 3*

Welcome aboard this impressive, four-deck vessel built in Czechoslovakia in 1981 and fully renovated in 2007. This St. Petersburg cruise ship is one of our most comfortable. The ship is equipped with modern navigation equipment and can reach the speed of up to 26 km per hour (around 17 MPH). Its length is 125 meters, width is 16.7 meters, and immersion is 2.9 meters. The boat can accommodate up to 254 passengers. All cabins, except for those on the lower deck, face outside with large scenic windows and are equipped with private facilities including toilet and shower, air-conditioning, refrigerators and 220 volt sockets. The ship has a coffee bar, cocktail bar, sauna, restaurant, conference hall, fitness room, gift shop and medical room as well as a great sundeck. The sundeck is perfect for relaxing and watching the scenery go by as the ship cruises along the Russian rivers. The ship is well known for its cozy atmosphere and has been fully refurbished recently. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday.

Prices and Terms

26 Aug - 5 Sep 2017
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 3*
Lower Deck Cabin (per person) $1280
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1543
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1627
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1699
Junior Suite (per person) $2093
Suite (per person) $2249
26 Aug - 5 Sep 2017
Fedin 3*
Lower Deck Cabin (per person) $1280
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1543
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1627
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1699
Junior Suite (per person) $2093
Suite (per person) $2249
28 Aug - 7 Sep 2017
Russ 3*
Sold out
2 Sep - 12 Sep 2017
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Lower Deck Cabin (per person) $1364
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1699
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1782
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1854
Junior Suite (per person) $2321
Suite (per person) $2476
16 Sep - 26 Sep 2017
Nikolay Chernyshevsky 3*
Lower Deck Cabin (per person) $1280
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1543
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1627
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1699
Junior Suite (per person) $2093
Suite (per person) $2249
16 Sep - 26 Sep 2017
Fedin 3*
Lower Deck Cabin (per person) $1280
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1543
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1627
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1699
Junior Suite (per person) $2093
Suite (per person) $2249
18 Sep - 28 Sep 2017
Russ 3*
Sold out
23 Sep - 3 Oct 2017
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Lower Deck Cabin (per person) $1280
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1471
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1543
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1627
Junior Suite (per person) $1938
Suite (per person) $2093
19 May - 29 May 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1591
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1675
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1747
Suite (per person) $2297
9 Jun - 19 Jun 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1747
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1830
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1902
Suite (per person) $2524
30 Jun - 10 Jul 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1782
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1854
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1938
Suite (per person) $2679
21 Jul - 31 Jul 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1747
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1830
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1902
Suite (per person) $2524
11 Aug - 21 Aug 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1747
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1830
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1902
Suite (per person) $2524
1 Sep - 11 Sep 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1747
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1830
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1902
Suite (per person) $2524
22 Sep - 2 Oct 2018
Zosima Shashkov 3*
Main Deck Cabin (per person) $1519
Middle Deck Cabin (per person) $1591
Boat Deck Cabin (per person) $1675
Suite (per person) $2141

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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