Gems of the Russian Capitals St Petersburg to Moscow

Resort: Gems of the Russian Capitals St Petersburg to Moscow
Operator: Saga
Destination: Russia
Price From: £1649.00

Mysterious monasteries and golden domes

On this unique river cruise, you’ll soak up the culture of St Petersburg at the Hermitage Museum and explore the colourful wooden village of Mandrogi before visiting the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. You’ll also meditate in the peaceful atmosphere of Goritsy then admire the palaces and cathedrals of The Kremlin in Moscow, all from the luxury of your ship, MS Victoria.

Including…

23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Cocktail party
  • Saga cruise escort
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Excursions

  • The Hermitage Museum
  • Orientation bus tour of St Petersburg
  • Mandrogi village walk
  • Open-air museum on Kizhi Island
  • Kirillo-Belozersky monastery
  • Panoramic tour of Yaroslavl
  • Walking tour of Uglich
  • The Kremlin and cathedral
  • Panoramic tour of Moscow

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to St Petersburg

Fly to St Petersburg and embark your ship.

Day 2
St Petersburg

Built by Peter the Great, in European style as a window to the west, St Petersburg is very different to many other Russian cities, with splendid architecture, wide boulevards and a scattering of palatial buildings. An included orientation tour will show you the highlights of the city by bus, including a visit to the famous Hermitage Museum which boasts a collection of over three million items!

Day 3
Mandrogi

This fairytale village sits on the banks of the Svir River and holds an enchanting assortment of colourful wooden houses, craft workshops and museums. It’s the perfect spot to buy some handmade souvenirs. Don’t miss the Vodka Museum home to over 2,800 varieties!

Day 4
Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island is home to an open-air museum of wooden architecture which you can explore on an included walking tour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises a vast array of log cabins, windmills, granaries and chapels, along with the intriguing Church of the Transfiguration, adorned with 22 ornate wooden domes.

Day 5
Goritsy

Visit the spiritual settlement of Goritsy, where an included excursion visits the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, which is now in fact a grand museum of art and architecture. There are a total of 11 churches within the complex, including the Cathedral of the Assumption, the refectory and the Church of Archangel Gabriel, all of which share a unique Russian architectural style.

Day 6
Yaroslavl

An included tour of this city will take you to the Transfiguration Monastery which served as a fortress as well as a religious building. Also visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet, popular for its ancient Russian intricate frescoes. Later, take a stroll along the banks of the Volga.

Day 7
Uglich

Join an included walking tour of medieval Uglich, with a visit to the five-domed Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built in memory of Tsarevich Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible. Legend says on the anniversary of the prince’s death, blood soaks the ground.

Day 8
Moscow

Join an included bus tour to discover the highlights of Moscow, where cosmopolitan businesses mingle with bustling boulevards and iconic national monuments. You’ll see Lomonossov University and Sparrow Hill, and pause in the famous Red Square which is overlooked by the eccentric domes of St Basil’s Cathedral. Then enjoy an included excursion to The Kremlin complex, an old fortress that is the seat of the Russian government, where you’ll visit one of its majestic cathedrals and explore the palatial grounds.

Day 9
Moscow to UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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