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Moscow to St. Petersburg Cruise Incl. Air

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,092

A river cruise between two of the world’s great cities is the ultimate way to experience Russia. Cruise runs in both directions. Flights from North America are included in this itinerary.


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 air-inclusive cruise vacation from Saint Petersburg to Moscow (or vice versa).

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. If you started your journey here, enjoy a full day to explore at leisure before embarking on your cruise.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,092

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America.

Day 2

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. Upon arrival, you will be met by Goway's representative and transferred to the ship. 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
Duration11 Nights
Accommodation

Nikolay Chernishevsky

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    Nikolay Chernishevsky



    Vessel «Nikolay Chernishevsky» is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2013, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).

    Vessel «Nikolay Chernishevsky» is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2013, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).

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Day 3

Moscow

Begin the day with a city tour including a visit to the Red Square, Central Tverskaya Street, the Novodevichiy Convent and KGB headquarters. (Exterior only) as well as the Cathedral of the Christ the Saviour and the Kremlin.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Explore Moscow

Today explore the city starting with a Kremlin tour, a walk around the Palace of Congresses, Senate square, Arsenal, Senate buildings, Tsar bell and Tsar cannon, and the Cathedral Square ensemble. Continue onto to visit one of the following Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral or Annunciation Cathedral. Return back to the ship for lunch and to set sail for Uglich and an elegant evening with the Captain's Welcome Cocktail.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

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. You will visit the small but historically significant church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, which stands on the location of the young prince's murder.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Yaroslavl

By today's standards Yaroslavl is small, but its place in Russia's history and culture cannot be underestimated. Before it was annihilated by the Mongols it was Russia's economic, political, and cultural center. The Mongols were so obsessed with defeating Yaroslavl that they did not notice the gradual rise of Moscow. Absorb the remaining richness of this city and let its lingering power enthuse you. Learn how Yaroslavl paved the way for Moscow to emerge as Russia's economic and political centre.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

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 8

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, it's 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Mandrogi

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. Mandrogi is also a great place to buy souvenirs, especially authentic Russian matreshka dolls.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

St. Petersburg and the Hermitage

Arrive in St. Petersburg affectionately known as Russia's most beautiful city, and once the capital of Russia until the Revolution of 1917. It remains as Russia's most dynamic and fascinating city. A full day of sightseeing awaits you with stops at the Peter and Paul Fortress, once 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. Also visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum which holds over 3 million items inside the illustrious Winter Palace renowned for its beauty. Optional activities for this evening include: opera or ballet at Mariisnky, Mikhailovsky, the Hermitage Theater or Russian Folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 11

St. Petersburg

Today choose to visit the Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and park) plus Pavlovsk (Paul the First Palace and park). See the Grand hall and Amber Room and then stroll along the park by the Grotto, Grand Pond and Hermitage Grove. Return back to the ship for lunch and some free time before an optional ballet. If you are still wanting to see more of St. Petersburg take some time to walk around at night before returning to the ship for a night cap.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

St. Petersburg and Peterhof

Peterhof is a lavish royal residence on the outskirts of the city. It is most famous for its fountain park that rivals that of Versailles. Take a walking tour of the lower park and view the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain, Greenhouse, Roman Fountains, The Chessboard hill Cascade, Trick Fountains, the Monplaisir palace and view of the Gulf of Finland. Return back onboard for lunch before an optional river and canal tour. After dinner enjoy an evening of music and dancing on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Depart St. Petersburg

Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

US DEPARTURES
Date From:
Toronto
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Edmonton
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Montreal
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From:
New York
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From:
Los Angeles
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5 May'18 $ 4,058 $ 4,566 $ 4,184 $ 3,092 $ 3,365
9 Jun'18 $ 4,058 $ 4,566 $ 4,184 $ 3,092 $ 3,365
19 Jun'18 $ 4,117 $ 4,625 $ 4,243 $ 3,151 $ 3,424
6 Oct'18 $ 4,087 $ 4,595 $ 4,213 $ 3,121 $ 3,394

 

 

Listed dates are day 1 of the cruise departure from Moscow. Flights from North America to meet the listed dates, are usually overnight, and depart the day before. Cruise is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Rates include international and any domestic or regional flights. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability. Other cruise dates available as well as aa St Petersburg to Moscow Cruise itinerary. Please enquire dates and air inclusive rates.

UPGRADE OPTIONS
Upgrade the international flights on this itinerary to Business Class from $2160CA and $2193 to $2608US per person. Please ask one of our experts for more details.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return international airfare
  • Ship board accommodation
  • Return transfers from airport to ship
  • On-board guides/courses/entertainment
  • Excursions as listed
  • All meals on board

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

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.

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