Journey from majestic St Petersburg to historic Moscow on this Russian river cruise
Explore impressive St Petersburg and historic Moscow. Discover a wealth of historic treasures from the picturesque wooden buildings of Kizhi Island to the splendours of the Hermitage collections – on this leisurely river cruise.
meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
- Tour of St Petersburg
- Visit the Hermitage State Museum
- Tour of Mandrogi
- Visit the monastery of Kirillo-Belozersky
- Open-air museum on the island of Kizhi
- City tour of Yaroslavl
- Walking tour of Uglich
- Sightseeing in Moscow
- Visit Red Square and Kremlin
UK to St Petersburg
Fly to St Petersburg and embark your ship.
Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 as Russia’s Window on the West, this city was built as a showpiece, with impressive neoclassical buildings and spacious avenues. An included panoramic tour takes in the citys beautiful monuments and architecture, including Summer and Winter Palaces, the impressive Admiralty Building, the Victory Column and St Isaacs Cathedral.
Today another included tour visits the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. The museum is one of the greatest art galleries in the world and is set in a magnificent palace that contains enough treasures to keep you fascinated for days. Set sail this evening and enjoy a welcome cocktail party.
Mandrogi, on the Svir River, is a reconstructed traditional Russian village complete with charming wooden houses and cobblestone walkways. Perhaps buy some traditional handicrafts in the workshop or sample the countrys favourite beverage in the Vodka Museum. Enjoy a picnic lunch ashore to the accompaniment of traditional Russian folk music.
Today’s included excursion takes you to the open-air museum of wooden architecture on the island of Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes an impressive collection of churches, chapels and houses.
From the small settlement of Goritsy, an included excursion visits the 14th-century monastery of Kirillo-Belozersky where you will see ornate frescoes and ancient icons.
Enjoy an included tour of Yaroslavl, Russias second largest city during the 17th century. The historic centre is now a World Heritage Site. See some of the citys impressive churches, such as the Monastery of Our Saviour and the beautiful Church of Elijah the Prophet, and perhaps take a stroll along the banks of the Volga.
An included walking tour reveals the highlights of Uglich and uncovers its chequered past, which is linked to infamous figures like Ivan the Terrible and Boris Godunov. You will also visit the former local Kremlin and to the Church of Tsarevich Dimitri-on-the-Blood, which stands near the spot where Prince Dimitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. Join a farewell dinner this evening.
Arrival in Moscow
An included sightseeing tour introduces you to the great landmarks of Russia’s cultured capital city. Red Square is home to many of the key attractions here, such as the colourful St Basil’s cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Your ship remains moored in Moscow for the next two nights.
Todays included excursion visits the vast Kremlin complex with its gold-domed churches and iconic bell tower. Inside the complex you will see a vast collection of impressive Russian art, including delicate tapestries.
Moscow to the UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.