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Moscow to St. Petersburg Cruise

8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,282

DELUXE | CRUISE: Enjoy four decks of luxury onboard the MS M. Rostropovich as you sail between Russia’s most famous cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, uncovering a wealth of history and nature along the way.

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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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,282

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Day 1


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
Duration7 Nights

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


Welcome to the capital of Russia. During bus city tour you will have a chance to get acquainted with the most interesting sights of this vibrant city. After a substantial lunch in one of the city restaurants you'll be ready to explore the Kremlin, the historic fortified complex which serves as the official residence of President of Russia. Walk along the Cathedral Square and visit one of its many Cathedrals.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3


Enjoy walking tour along this ancient town with more than 1000 years of history.

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 4


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 5


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 6


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 7

St. Petersburg

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, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

St. Petersburg

After breakfast services end.

Today choose to visit the Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and park) plus Pavlovsk (Paul the First Palace and park);not included in the trip price. See the Grand hall and Amber Room and then stroll along the park by the Grotto, Grand Pond and Hermitage Grove. Consider an optional visit to the ballet.

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2021: May 15, 29; June 12, 26; July 10, 24; August 7, 21; September 4, 18; October 2


  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 7 night sailing aboard the MS M. Rostropovich including:
    • Cabin accommodations as selected
    • Onboard guide services (French, Italian, English, German, Spanish-speaking)
    • Welcome "Bread and salt" ceremony
    • Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner
    • Walking tours in Moscow, Uglich and St. Petersburg(additional optional tours are also available onboard)
    • Daily international entertainment
    • Luggage handling onboard the ship
    • Use of cabin safe
    • Visa support documents
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 6 lunches, 7 dinners


  • Travel insurance
  • International and Domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Gratuities 
  • Visa fees if applicable


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.

3 Oct 2020
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