MS Kronshtadt Russian River Cruise Moscow - St. Petersburg (12 Days)
Highlights of this wonderful cruise include a visit to the picturesque town of Kizhi with its stunning 22 domed Transfiguration Cathedral and of course the hustle and bustle of the mighty Kremlin grounds in Moscow. The comfortable 4 deck vessel has 2 restaurants and a spacious bar/conference hall where you can socialise with fellow passengers and share tales of your journey. Cabins on board the MS Kronshtadt are all outside facing are fully air conditioned and have private en suite facilities. Enjoy the passing views of rural Russia from your large picture window (except lower deck). Relax with some fresh air on the sundeck or with a cocktail in one of the onboard bars.
Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to the port for boarding your cruise ship. Dinner is served onboard.
Today you have a 4-hour panoramic bus city tour around the most interesting Moscow sights, including Tverskaya street, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Historical Museum, GUM and Red Square (free time). After lunch at the city restaurant you have a guided tour to the Kremlin territory and visit one of its Cathedrals. Optional tour of the Armoury Chamber is available (should be booked in advance). After the tour you return to your ship. Optional evening activity: National folk show "Kostroma", circus performance (should be booked in advance) or Moscow by night city tour with a metro ride.
This day is free for you to spend it at your leisure either relaxing onboard or exploring the city center on your own. Optional tours: visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, tour to the Novodevichy Convent or transfer to the city center. After the optional tours you return onboard and your amazing cruise starts.
Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the Church of St Dmitry on the spilt Blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga. Today you arrive have a walking city tour with visits to the territory of the Uglich Kremlin, the Church of St. Dimitry on the Blood and the Transfiguration Cathedral.
Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a par¬ticular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufactur. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - cen¬tury architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium. Today you make a stop in Yaroslavl and have a bus city tour with visits to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the local market (free time), the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (from the outside) and the former Governor’s House where you enjoy an interactive tour with a music concert and dances.
Welcome to the Northwest of Russia, the village of Goritsy, home to the Resurrection Convent, standing at the shoreline. From Goritsy a bus will drive you to the town of Kirillov, 8 kilometers away, to tour one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its remarkable architecture and fascinates the visitors by its majestic churches enclosed within austere fortress walls. The monastery is also famous for its museum of icons some of them are the oldest in Russia.
Situated to the northeast of Lake Onega, the island of Kizhi is home to the open-air museum of fascinating wooden architecture. Walking on the island, you can see old wooden churches, chapels, bell towers, peasant houses, granaries, barns, windmills, bathhouses which were all brought from around the Onega region to illustrate the architecture common to the Russian North.The focal point, referred to as the Kizhi Ensemble, comprises the awe-inspiring 22-domed Transfiguration Cathedral (1714), the neighboring Church of Intercession (1774) and the bell tower between the two. Another significant structure is the modest Chapel of the Resurrection of Lazarus. Built in 1391, it is the oldest standing wooden church in Russia.
Inhabited by talented craftsmen, Mandrogi is a reconstructed village, built on the bank of the Svir River to illustrate the traditions and lifestyle of Russia's past. Experience provincial Russian lifestyle, watch the artisans and craftsmen making “matryoshkas” (Russian nesting dolls), carving wood, sewing, and ... visit the Vodka Museum, which boasts 250 varieties of the national drink. Today you have some free time to stroll around the village.
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you have a guided panoramic tour around the main city attractions, including Nevsky Prospect, the St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Later you have a walking tour to the Peter and Paul Fortress with a visit to the St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. After lunch at the city restaurant you go on a 3-hour guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. Optional evening activity: Folk Show or St. Petersburg city tour by night.
Today you travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to see the former summer residence of Russian tsars and emperors - Peterhof. You enjoy a walking tour in Lower Park exploring the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain and the Monplaisir Palace. Optional evening activity: St. Petersburg rivers and canals boat ride.
This day is free for you to spend it at your leisure. Optional tour: trip to Pushkin and Pavlovsk. In Pushkin you explore the Catherine’s Palace visiting its Grand Hall and Amber Room, and take a walk in its beautiful park. In Pavlovsk you visit the famous Paul Palace and stroll through the park. Optional evening activity: ballet performance.
After breakfast you disembark your ship and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.
All arrangements are subject to availability and modification if necessary. Weather, heavy traffic and heavy crowds may affect the order of your sightseeing program
- Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation
- 1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days
- Luggage handling in river ports and on board the ship
- English/French/German/Spanish/Italian speaking board guides; services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be provided at additional cost
- On board entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc
- Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard)
- Visa support letter
Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.
Sights included in program
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