Russian River Cruise

   
 
 

Russian Waterways Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow

Russian River Cruises

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September 29
Prices From$2299 per Person Double
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Our popular Volga River offers more than just the two exciting metropoles St Petersburg and Moscow! Traveling onboard the MS Sergei Yesenin, explore riverside villages along the Volga, taste delicious local food and sample the national drink, vodka, meet local folk, learn off the country’s rich history, see fascinating local architecture such as the Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, and above all, experience the hospitability and friendliness of our superb team of cruise directors, complemented by a young and enthusiastic crew that will ensure you have a trip of a lifetime!

Highlights:

MOSCOW, Panoramic city tour by motor coach. Tour of Kremlin with one Cathedral, Armory Museum

UGLICH, Walking tour, inside visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood

YARLOSLAVL: Panoramic City Tour, inside tour of St. Elijah the Prophet Cathedral

GORITZY, Visit to an authentic local peasant house with cookies and tea tasting

KIZHI: Walking tour of this unique island museum

MANDROGI: Walking tour, Authentic BBQ lunch

ST. PETERSBURG Panoramic City tour by motor coach, inside tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, Tour of the Hermitage Museum

Itinerary

 
Day 1     St. Petersburg
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Dinner

Upon your arrival to St. Petersburg, please proceed through customs. If you booked a transfer, in the arrival hall you will be met by one of our cruise managers and tranferred to the port for embarkation. Cruise only passengers with transfers on own - services begin with embarkation. Embarkation starts after 4pm.

An information meeting will either precede or follow dinner. Afterwards, enjoy your first night on your floating hotel.

 
Day 2     St. Petersburg
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

This city, one of the most beautiful in the world, is located on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, in the delta of the river Neva. There are 65 rivers and canals flowing through St. Petersburg, as well as 42 islands. Peter the Great founded the city in 1703 and from 1712 until 1918 it was the capital of the Russian Empire. With its 6+ million inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Russia and because of its many canals, bridges and architectural beauty, St. Petersburg is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

· City sightseeing tour by coach: Get to know this truly magnificent city during your morning city tour which will guide you past Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan’s Assembly Church, the Admiralty Building, Palace Square with the residence of Russian czars known as the “Winter Palace”., the “Bronze Horseman” monument to Peter the Great, Smolny Monastery, the cruiser Aurora, and the fascinating bridges over the river Neva which are raised every night in order to enable the passage of ships sailing to the Baltics. An inside tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, burial site of Russian Tzars will end the tour on a high note. Boxed lunch.

Optional: Canal cruise: Enjoy your boxed lunch while cruising the magnificent canals through the city center.

· PM Tour of the Hermitage one of the greatest museums of the world! Located within the 1000+ room Winter Palace, the Hermitage boasts of over 3 million artifacts spread out of 365 rooms and featuring an amazing collection of art dating from the early Greek to modern times! Pay special note to originals by de Vinci, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso.

· Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/ folklore) available for purchase on board

 
Day 3     St. Petersburg
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Today is a full free day to explore the sights and sounds of St Petersburg on your own, or to take advantage of one of our optional tours offered by our cruise managers. *Box Lunches will be provided for optional tours.

· Optional Palace Tour: Start with a drive to Pushkin, the former village of the Russian royalty, where you will tour the impressive Catherine’s Palace including the fabulous Amber Room. Then proceed by bus to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s Summer Palace to see the enchanting gardens of Peterhof, with magnificent view of the Baltic Sea and and its famous fountains powered only by the force of gravity.

· Welcome drink and Crew Introduction: Enjoy a drink on the sun deck (weather permitting) as you set sail on your wonderful Volga adventure in the late afternoon and meet your Captain & Crew.

 
Day 4     Mondraga
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour through this authentic replica of a 19 century Russian Village. Afterwards instead of lunch on board, you will enjoy a unique picnic lunch riverside! The Russian shashlik barbecue will be accompanied with entertainment provided by our on-board musicians. Then, be sure to visit the unique Vodka Museum featuring over 2500 varieties of Russia’s national drink! (In case of unforeseeable bad weather, the lunch will be served on board).

 
Day 5     Kizhi
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Take a leisurely walking tour of this fairy tale island, situated in the northern part of Lake Onega. Kizhi is unique as the site of an outdoor museum which represents the picturesque rural wooden architecture of the region. Its most famous landmark, the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 cupolas, is an outstanding masterpiece of wooden architecture. Not only is it constructed without a single nail or piece of iron, but the only tools that were used for its construction were chisels and axes. Legend says that Master Nester, who built the church, threw away his tools when the work was finished saying, “This church was built by Master Nester. There is no church like this in the world and there will be never one again!”. Back on board our afternoon activities will include a blini and caviar tasting and a folk show performed by our on board entertainers!

 
Day 6     Goritza
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Enjoy on board activities and lectures in the morning. This afternoon, stop at a typical small Russian village along the Volga. Here you will visit an authentic peasant house where your host, Baba Valya (Grandma Valya) will welcome you to her home and treat you to some tasty homemade cookies and tea! Continue sailing.

 
Day 7     Yaroslavl
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the city is one of the oldest in Russia. Its primary attractions are in the area around the main square anchored by the Governor’s Palace. Your city tour will include a visit to the Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery dating from the 13th century and the Church of Elijah the Prophet.

 
Day 8     Uglich
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Walking tour of Uglich: The city is famous for the more troubled and violent side of Russian history. It was here that the Russian crown prince Dimitri was assassinated, which eventually led to Boris Godunov ascending the Russian throne. Here on the banks of the Volga, you can also find a rich collection of Russian Orthodox architecture which you will get to see, as well as the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood and the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitri. Once back on board, get ready for the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.

 
Day 9     Moscow
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Enjoy the views as you approach Moscow around lunchtime. Moscow, the capital of Russia, is situated between the banks of the rivers Oka and Volga. A metropolis of 11+ million people, Moscow today is not only the seat of the Russian government but also home to many world renowned attractions!

· PM City sightseeing by bus: A genuine introduction to this exciting city is our guided sightseeing tour by bus featuring Moscow’s major sights such as the humongous Red Square, famous St. Basil’s Cathedral and the impressive Kremlin.

· Optional evening: Moscow Circus, or other activities will be available for purchase on board.

 
Day 10     Moscow
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

AM Kremlin & Armory Tour: Get an inside look at the Kremlin and its fascinating Cathedrals, as well as the gargantuan Tzar Cannon and the giant Tzar Bell. Then continue on to the fabulous Armory Museum, the world renowned depository of Royal Russian riches including samples of weapons, carriages, thrones and the famous Faberge eggs.

· The balance of the day is free to explore some more on your own or to join one of the optional excursions offered by our cruise managers, such as an excursion to the Sergiev Posad Complex, the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church, a visit to Tratyakov Gallery or the Pushkin Museum, or a tour of the famous Moscow Metro and pedestrian Arbat Street.

· Optional evening: National dance show or Moscow by night tour

 
Day 11     Moscow
Meals: Breakfast

Disembark after breakfast at 9:00 am. Bid your crew and fellow passengers goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flights home. (Cruise only passengers who have not purchased transfers through us – services end with breakfast)

 

Notes

Pre and post cruise hotel stays and excursions to Scandinavia and the Baltic countries also available. Please inquire!

Fuel surcharge: $162 per person. Fuel surcharges based on $90 barrel. In case of fuel fluctuations surcharges will be adjusted accordingly.

TOUR ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON OPERATIONAL NEEDS

Prices may change due to currency fluctuations/oil surcharges.

Price Includes
Entrances Per Itinerary
Meals Daily Shipboard
Accommodations in Select Cabin Category
Luggage Handling
Conferences and Shipboard Entertainment
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Tour Escort
English Speaking Guides for Day Tours
Price Does Not Include
 Visa to Russia
 Optional Excursions
 Regular Transfers Airport - Hotel -Airport
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