Russian River Cruise - St Petersburg to Moscow


  • The Baltics and Russia

Cruise : RRCS

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Overview

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Soak up the grandeur of imperial St Petersburg, take Russian lessons on board your floating hotel and explore Uglich and Yaroslavl, some of Russia's 'Gold Ring Cities'. Cruise the White Lake and Lake Onega, stop in the pretty parklands of Mandrogui and wander Russia's enigmatic capital with its colourful onion domes on this enlightening cruise that takes you to the heart of Russian culture.

Highlights

  • St Petersburg City sightseeing tour including the Old Stock Exchange, Rostral Columns and the Winter Palace.
  • Kizhi Explore the Museum of Wooden Architecture
  • Kirillo Visit Belozersky Monastery, the largest monastery in Europe, situated on the shore of Lake Siverskoye.
  • Yaroslavl Take a bus tour of the city's sights including the former Governor's House and the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker.
  • Uglich Visit an interesting 12th-century village located on the Volga River.
  • Moscow Iconic sightseeing, which includes the Kremlin and Red Square.
  • On the Cruise Captain's welcome party, Russian language lessons, Captain's bridge tour, entertainment programme, Captain's farewell dinner

Cruise itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

St Petersburg

Day
1

This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
2

Admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour this morning and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the Winter Palace façade, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After an included lunch at a city-centre restaurant, visit the Hermitage Museum, housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items. This evening, enjoy either an optional excursion to the Ballet, optional visit to the Russian folklore show or an optional Rivers and Canals tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
3

Today's optional excursion takes you to the Lower Park at Petrodvorets, famous for its magnificent fountains and impressive views of the Gulf of Finland. This evening, set sail on the Neva River and enjoy a 'Getting to Know You' show on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mandrogui

Day
4

Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amid pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and wood carvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab.

Back on board your ship, there will be a Russian Language as well as a Russian dance lesson in the afternoon, before dinner and live folk music in the bar.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kizhi

Day
5

Cruise to Lake Onega's picturebook island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transfiguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. Back on board, this afternoon's activities include a Captain's bridge tour and a Russian tea party, followed by a classical concert in the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Goritsy

Day
6

After breakfast, enjoy a traditional Russian song class before cruising across the White Lake to Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery. This afternoon, visit the monastery's intriguing Museum of Icons. Back on board, learn some new skills after lunch in a Matryoshka painting lesson, before dancing the afternoon away. Dinner tonight on board, followed by a concert and dancing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yaroslavl

Day
7

This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. View the city's highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colourful local markets, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying a Russian dinner as you cruise. Folk music and dancing in the bar tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uglich

Day
8

Another 'Golden Ring' city, Uglich is one of Russia's best-loved towns. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour including the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transfiguration Cathedral. Lunch will be on board the MS Chernyshevsky, followed by afternoon activities which will include a lesson on Russian traditional crafts, a Russian language lesson and Russian songs. In the evening, you can relax as you enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, followed by the talent show, which is open to everyone!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
9

This morning, sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities. Explore Moscow on an included afternoon city tour, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This evening, there's an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
10

Marvel at imposing red-brick towers and extravagant palaces on today's included visit to the famous Kremlin, and view historic Cathedral Square, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals.

This afternoon, join the optional excursion to Sergiyev Posad or Novodevichy Convent or the Tretyakov Gallery or take a coach transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing. Enjoy a final dinner on board tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
11

After breakfast on board, check out and disembarkation. Onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not included, you may pre-book).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this cruise. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Sailing times and itineraries are subject to change but the content will remain the same where possible.

Single cabins are not twin for sole use.

There is a steep staircase from the Lower Deck to the Main Deck and there is no lift on the ship.

The MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky will be completely refurbished in Winter 2017.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

UK - St Petersburg

Day
1

Travel to St Petersburg where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Nikolay Chernishevsky. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
2

Admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour this morning and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After lunch, visit the Hermitage Museum. This evening, enjoy either an optional excursion to the Ballet, optional visit to the Russian folklore show or an optional Rivers and Canals tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
3

Today's optional excursion takes you to Pushkin, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the famed Amber Room and other lavish chambers, before heading to nearby Peterhof to see the beautiful lower park and beautiful palace exterior. This evening, set sail on the Neva River and enjoy a 'Getting to Know You' show on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mandrogui

Day
4

Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amidst pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and woodcarvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab. Back on board your ship, enjoy a Russian language lesson.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kizhi

Day
5

Cruise to Lake Onega's picturebook island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transfiguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. Back on board, this afternoon's activities include a Captain's bridge tour and a Russian tea party, followed by a classical concert in the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Goritsy

Day
6

After breakfast, enjoy a traditional Russian song class before cruising across the White Lake to Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery. This afternoon, visit the monastery's intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, enjoy a pirate themed dinner before this evening's concert.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yaroslavl

Day
7

This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. View the city's highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colourful local market, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. This evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner on board followed by a gala concert.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uglich

Day
8

Another 'Golden Ring' city, Uglich is one of Russia's best-loved towns. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour including the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transfiguration Cathedral. This afternoon, enjoy a Russian language lesson and a farewell dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight's talent show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
9

This morning, sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities. Explore Moscow on an included city tour, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This evening, there's an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
10

Marvel at imposing red-brick towers and extravagant palaces on today's included visit to the famous Kremlin, and view historic Cathedral Square, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to Sergiyev Posad or Novodevichy Convent or the Tretyakov Gallery or a coach transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow - UK

Day
11

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this cruise. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Sailing times and itineraries are subject to change but the content will remain the same where possible.

Single cabins are not twin for sole use.

There is a steep staircase from the Lower Deck to the Main Deck and there is no lift on the ship.

The MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky will be completely refurbished in Winter 2017.

What's included

Cruise only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All port taxes

Cruise with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All airport and port taxes

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