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St. Petersburg to Moscow Cruise

Duration
8-11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,911

A river cruise between two of the world’s great cities is the ultimate way to experience Russia. Cruise runs in both directions.


If Russia is, as Churchill claimed, ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’ there’s no better place to puzzle it out than aboard your luxury vessel on this cruise from Saint Petersburg to Moscow.

The sprawling city of Moscow has been the epicentre of Russian politics, economics and history for over 800 years. Your day’s touring takes you to Red Square, Central Tverskaya Street, the Cathedral of the Christ the Saviour, the Kremlin, and right outside the headquarters of the KGB. But there is far too much to see in just one day! Enjoy an extra day at leisure to explore the many layers of this iconic city.

The Volga River town of Uglich has a fascinating, if not altogether happy history. Ivan the Terrible’s infant son Dmitry was hidden here after Ivan’s death – only to be killed seven years later, triggering a period Russians call ‘The Great Disturbance’. Today’s Uglich however, is a beautiful small town that flourishes with summer visitors.

Another tale of Russian resilience awaits at Goritsy, where Polish invaders were repelled during an attempt to storm the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Visit the monastery and a museum of icons as you learn about its strict and devout founder, Saint Cyril on the White Lake.

What the small town of Mandrogui lacks in big attractions it makes up for in the simple charm of a village untouched by time. Between delicious meals and picturesque streets, it may well be the most authentically Russian stop on your journey. By contrast, the nearby wooden churches of Kizhi Pgost might have been lifted straight from a macabre Russian fairy tale! Indeed, their builders’ identity remains unknown. What is known is that not a single nail was used in their construction, with logs instead being shaped and fitted together with precise scribes.

Don’t tell Moscow, but Saint Petersburg is widely known as Russia’s most beautiful city and certainly its most European. Spend a full day seeing sights such as Peter and Paul Fortress, and of course, a long visit to the Hermitage Museum is a must. A range of optional evening activities are open to you including the Mariinsky opera or ballet, the Hermitage Theatre or a river and canal tour. Enjoy a full day to explore at leisure before embarking on your cruise!

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Duration
8-11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,911

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Day 1

St Petersburg

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship by a Goway representative. After you board your ship, you have the evening free to relax, enjoy dinner onboard, and meet your fellow travelers on this extraordinary adventure across Russia.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Mstislav Rostropovich Vessel

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    Mstislav Rostropovich Vessel



    This luxurious four-deck vessel, built in Czechoslovakia in 1980, and fully refurbished in 2009 is a spacious luxuriously appointed vessel to enjoy your journey between St Petersburg and Moscow. Mstislav Rostropovich - which is named after a famous Russian cellist and conductor - offers all ...

    This luxurious four-deck vessel, built in Czechoslovakia in 1980, and fully refurbished in 2009 is a spacious luxuriously appointed vessel to enjoy your journey between St Petersburg and Moscow. Mstislav Rostropovich - which is named after a famous Russian cellist and conductor - offers all outside cabins.

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Day 2

St Petersburg

St. Petersburg is one of Russia's most beautiful cities! St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia until the Revolution of 1917, but remains Russia's most dynamic and fascinating city.

Today starts with a panoramic tour of the city with stops at the Nevsky Prospect, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

Peter and Paul Fortress was designed to defend the city from naval attacks, but was used as a political prison for dissidents of the tsarist regime and as a museum during the soviet era. The fortress now stands as the tomb for the Russian imperial family.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built to commemorate one of Russia's greatest emperors. Alexander II is most famous for liberating the Russian serfs two years before the abolition of slavery in the U.S. After he was assassinated, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood was erected in his honor. St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe. Because of its rich decorations, gigantic golden cupolas, and sprawling observation deck, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in St. Petersburg.

You will also visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum inside the illustrious Winter Palace. The Hermitage Museum is to St. Petersburg what the Kremlin is to Moscow. Located in the gorgeous Winter Palace, it sits in the very heart of the city, a palace so beautiful that not even the Bolsheviks could destroy it during their takeover in 1917. They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each exhibit in the Hermitage it would take you three years to see everything.

Optional for this evening: opera or ballet at Mariisnky, Mikhailovsky, the Hermitage Theater or Russian Folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg.

Tip: St. Petersburg is a northern city. Travel to St. Petersburg in June and you will experience the midnight sun.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Mandrogui

Mandrogi is a small village that has no architectural wonders, castles, or impressive churches. This land seems to be immune to the flow of time, frozen in a relaxing period of carelessness and calm. Surrounded by the serenity of Mandrogi, you will have a traditional Russian picnic called Shashlik. This succulent meal has Middle Eastern roots, but has been slightly modified - beef is replaced with pork that is marinated for one night.

Tip: Mandrogi is a great place to buy souvenirs so be on the lookout especially for the authentic Russian matreshka dolls.

Today's lunch is outdoor BBQ, where you have a chance to savor Russian shashlik (kebab).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Kizhi

Kizhi Island on Lake Onega is home to the massive Transfiguration Church. With 22 domes that extend over this small yet picturesque island, there are two interesting facts that surround it. Despite all of its architectural wonders, not a single nail was used to build it. Also, its original location was on the mainland, closer to the people. The Bolsheviks, for all their hatred of religion, wanted to destroy the church, but did not dare to do so. They decided to transport the church to a deserted island where no one would be able to see it. That's why today it can only be reached by river cruise. You will spend this day exploring Kizhi Island and its amazing ensemble of wooden churches.

The Architectural Ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Tip: It can get chilly in May and September so be sure to pack a sweater or light jacket just in case.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Goritsy

The town of Goritsy is home to the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, built in 1397. During the Time of Trouble, Polish invaders stormed the monastery in attempt to purge Russia of its remaining nobles. Unsuccessful, they were forced out by the renewed Russian forces. You will visit the monastery of St. Cyril-on-the-White-Lake and a museum of icons.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Uglich

Located on the banks of the Volga River, Uglich presented itself as a perfect fortress of defense for the ancient Moscovy Kingdom. In 1591 the 10-year-old prince Dmitry of the ancient Ruyrik dynasty was murdered here by Boris Godunov before Godunov claimed the throne of Russia and was murdered himself. These events plunged Russia into three decades of political turmoil known as the Time of Trouble, leaving the lands devastated and open for a new dynasty: the Romanovs. Today there will be a walking tour to the Kremlin in Uglich, also called Uglich fortress, and a visit to the small but historically significant church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, which stands on the location of the young prince's murder. Also see the Transfiguration of the Savior cathedral.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Moscow

Welcome to Moscow, Russia's political and economic capital! Moscow was originally the center of Moscovy, a small principality that unified Russia against the Mongols in the late 14th century. Today you will go on a comprehensive Moscow city tour that will take you to the Red Square, Central Tverskaya Street, the KGB headquarters (exterior only), and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Moscow

The heart of Moscow, the Kremlin, is located on the bustling Red Square. The Kremlin is the most recognizable symbol of Moscow. This ancient citadel was constructed in 1147 to defend the city from the Mongols and the Lithuanians. Moscow has since grown beyond the original walls, but the Kremlin has remained a representation of political power in Russia. Russian Emperors, Soviet rulers, and Russian contemporary leaders alike used the Kremlin for official ceremonies and added their own personal touches by constructing new buildings, museums, churches, and galleries.

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2017 DEPARTURE DATES:

M/S Nikolay Chernishevsky:
23 May; 13 Jun; 4, 25 Jul; 15 Aug; 5, 26 Sep.

M/S Mstislav Rostropovich:
13, 27 May; 10, 24 Jun; 8, 22 Jul; 5, 19 Aug; 2, 16 Sep.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation
  • Return transfers from airport to ship
  • On-board guides/courses/entertainmant
  • Excursion programme as indicated (excluding optional activities)
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and Domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa Fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Gratuities (10 Euro per person per day)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB PARALLESTP0217CR: LED to MOW MS
16 Sep 2017
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