Russian River Cruise

   
 
 

Russian Waterways Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg

Russian River Cruises

2017 Departures
May 16
June 06, 27
July 18
August 08, 29
September 19
Prices From$2299 per Person Double
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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     Moscow
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Dinner

Upon your arrival to Moscow, please proceed through customs. In the arrival hall you will be met by one of our cruise managers and tranferred to the port for embarkation. An information meeting will either precede or follow dinner. Afterwards, enjoy your first night aboard your floating hotel. (Cruise only passengers with transfers on their own – services begin with embarkation.)

 
Day 2     Moscow
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Moscow, the capital of Russia, is situated between the banks of the rivers Oka and Volga. A metropolis of 10+ million people, Moscow today is not only the seat of the Russian government but also home to many world renowned attractions.

· *Morning 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. Continue to the Armory Museum located within the Kremlin Grounds, the renowned depository of Royal Russian riches including samples of weapons, carriages, thrones and the famous Faberge eggs. (*Depending on schedules, this tour may be combined with the City tour outlined below in which case a boxed lunch will be provided)

· Optionals: Moscow Circus (when available) or Moscow by Night Tour

 
Day 3     Moscow
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Morning City sightseeing by bus: A half day tour of Moscow’s major highlights including the humongous Red Square, famous St. Basil’s Cathedral and other attractions. Return to the ship for a box lunch. The afternoon is free for optional pursuits (*If provided the previous day, this day will be fully free to allow for optional excursions and/or individual pursuits). 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, or visit the Tratyakov Gallery or the Pushkin Museums, or take a tour of the famous Moscow

Metro and pedestrian Arbat Street.

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.

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

Walking tour of Uglich: Visit Russia’s second oldest city (only one year younger than Moscow). 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 Dmitry. Back on board enjoy various activities from games to lectures organized by our wonderful on board staff.

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

Founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the city also ranks as 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. On board our activities will be highlighted with a folk concert by our on board entertainers!

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

This morning, 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 cakes and tea! An optional excursion to the Museum of Icons in St. Cyril’s Monastery will be offered. In the afternoon, as the ship continues sailing upstream, enjoy a Caviar tasting party on board, featuring blini pancakes with vodka and red caviar!

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

Take a leisurely walking tour of this tale island, situated in the northern part of Lake Onega. Kizhi is unique as the site of an outdoor museum wich 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 this 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."

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

After breakfast, explore on foot, this replica of an authentic 19 century Russian Village. Instead of lunch on board, you will enjoy a unique riverside picnic lunch in the village setting! The Russian shashlik barbecue will be accompanied with entertainment by our on-board musicians (In case of unforeseeable bad weather, the lunch will be served on board). Then, be sure to visit the unique Vodka Museum featuring over 2500 varieties of Russia’s national drink! But that’s not all! As you continue sailing in the afternoon, prepare for our Farewell Captain’s Gala Dinner as you approach our final destination: gorgeous St. Petersburg!

 
Day 9     St. Petersburg
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

This morning, arrive to St. Petersburg. 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 over six 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. Return to the ship for lunch and the balance of the day is at leisure.

· Optional Canal cruise: If taking the optional canal cruise, enjoy a *boxed lunch while cruising the magnificent canals through the city center.

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

 
Day 10     St. Petersburg
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

The morning is reserved for a Tour of the Hermitage Museum, 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 da Vinci, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso. After the tour, return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure.

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

 
Day 11     St. Petersburg
On Board the MS Sergei Yesenin
Meals: Breakfast / 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. A free shuttle bus will be available to take you from the port to the city center. Or take the highly recommended optional Palace Tour.

· Optional PALACE TOUR: The morning features an excursion to Pushkin, the former village of the Russian royalty. Here you will tour the impressive Catherine’s Palace including the fabulous Amber Room. Then continue on to Peterhof Palace to visit to the enchanting gardens of Peterhof, with magnificent views of the Baltic Sea and its famous fountains powered only by the force of gravity. A boxed lunch will be provided for this full day program.

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

 
Day 12     St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

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

Port and cruise fuel charges: $162 per person

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

In case of fuel fluctuations surcharges will be adjusted accordingly.

TOUR ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON OPERATIONAL NEEDS

Price Includes
Tour Escort
English Speaking Tour Guide
Shore Excursions
Entrances Per Itinerary
Luggage Handling
Meals Daily Shipboard
Accommodations in Select Cabin Category
Conferences and Shipboard Entertainment
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Price Does Not Include
 Port & Cruise Fuel Charges
 Visa to Russia
 Optional Excursions
 Regular Transfers Airport - Hotel -Airport
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