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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.

Duration: 12 days /
Type: 4-stars
From: US$ 2,050 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Moscow

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.

Day 2: Moscow

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.

Day 3: Full Day in Moscow

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.

Day 4: Walking Tour of Uglich

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.

Day 5: Yaroslavl City Tour

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.

Day 6: Goritsy

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. 

Day 7: Kizhi

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. 

Day 8: Village of Mandrogi

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.

Day 9: St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum

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.

Day 10: Peterhof Park Tour

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.

Day 11: Full Day in St. Petersburg

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.

Day 12: Depart Russia

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

What's included

  • 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

Visa

Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Moscow : The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin, the beautiful and ancient ensemble stands high on the hill towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. It is the oldest part of the city, its political, historic and cultural centre, and the seat of the country's highest bodies of power. The Kremlin contains unique specimens of Russian metal cas... Read more
Moscow : Red Square
The famous Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow. Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a visit to Red Square, perhaps Russia's most well known place, and possibly the most famous city square in the world. It is Russia’s most recognizable landmark and is usually tourists first stop in Moscow. It is surrounded by Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Visitors... Read more
Moscow : Golden Ring
One of the most fascinating regions in Russia is the famous 'Golden Ring' of cities to the northeast of Moscow. This ancient heart of Russia with its old whitewashed city walls and venerable onion-domed churches created the world's definition of medieval Rus. In this enchanted region - which has remained relatively untouched by tourist crowds - time stands still. The main currents of history ignored these cities, leaving towns such as Vladimir, S... Read more
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is amazingly opulent, garishly grandiose and truly historic. The cathedral's sheer size and splendour guarantee its role as a lovely landmark. This gargantuan cathedral was completed in 1997 – just in time to celebrate Moscow's 850th birthday. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour sits on the site of an earlier and similar church of the same name, built in the 19th century to commemorate Russia's victory ov... Read more
The Novodevichy Convent, one of Moscow's most beautiful cloisters, is nestled in the southwest of Moscow where the Moskva River bends to form what looks like a peninsula. It is an amazing architectural monument, and also the greatest of city's attractions, second only to the Kremlin. It is a peaceful retreat from the bustling Moscow. The Novodevichy Convent, built in the 16th and 17th centuries in the so-called Moscow Baroque style, was part of a... Read more
The St. Basil’s Cathedral Moscow just that this fascinating church at the heart of Moscow, is an exemplary work of art, which touchingly and glamorously traces back the history of Russia in an encompassing and solemn manner, that no other tourist attraction can ever surpass. It is an interesting milestone and a great leaping step towards world tourism and the interesting pieces of history in its courageous, attractive and worth reading whol... Read more
The Cathedral square came into being as early as the C14th, when the first stone churches were built here. At its northern end the square is framed by the massive golden dome of Assumption Cathedral, almost filling one end of the square. The space under its huge portal is filled by the image of the Holy Virgin surround by Archangels. Adjacent to Assumption Cathedral are the Patriarch's Chambers, with their pedestrian arches and Church of The... Read more
Moscow : GUM
The GUM shopping mall is a landmark in Moscow's Red Square. It occupies the majority of the historic square's east side with a facade stretching the length of two and a half football fields. The Gum (pronounced as 'goom') department store was built over a hundred years ago and is a testament to the expertise of late nineteenth century Russian architecture. With the looks of a royal palace this mall is a fitting addition to the numerous gems surro... Read more
The largest bell in the world lies on a pedestal located on the grounds of Moscow’s Kremlin. Cast in 1735 at the request of Empress Anna Ioanovna, a niece of Peter the Great, the great bell has suffered a long series of misfortunes. Read more
The Tsar Cannon actually deserves its pompous name—it is the biggest cannon in the world. This piece of royal artillery was built to defend the Kremlin, and it has been located there for more than four hundred years. There are rumors that the cannon has never been fired, but this is not true. Read more
Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the w... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peterhof
A symbol of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an absolute must-see for tourists - Peterhof, also known as "the capital of fountains", is reason enough to go to Russia and admire its unique fountains and palaces. The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic... Read more
Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Nevsky Prospect
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Palace Square
Palace Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, serves as an excellent example of how different architectural styles can be combined in a most elaborate and aesthetically pleasing way. This amazing Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance. The architectura... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peterhof Fountains & Grounds
The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia's most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year. Fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great's original plans for Peterhof - it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof - and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious wa... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Winter Palace
St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. Read more
Volga River : Mandrogi
Welcome to Mandrogi! It is a famous reconstructed traditional Russian village. You can see how people lived long time ago.You can train some skills there: horse riding, cooking, different types of sewing, wood drawing on Matreshka and others. Mandrogi is located on the shore of the Svir River, which connects the greatest European Lakes Ladoga and Onego. The village has several traditional Russian houses (izba), museums. The nature is nice around,... Read more
Volga River : Goritsy
Here in the land of Goritsy one can step back in time to an era that exemplified grace and tranquility where many Russian sanctuaries and sacred places are preserved in their original appearance. Goritsy is a village that is home to the well preserved, fortress-like Kirill Belosersk Monastery, founded in the 15th century, resides on a lake and features a spectacular interior and museum. Uspensky Cathedral with its magnificent display of icons and... Read more
The Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord is located on the island of Kizhi, on the Onega Lake, to the north-east of St. Petersburg. The main feature of the structure is that the church is entirely made of wood, and no nails were used during the construction! Read more
Golden Ring : Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl makes a lasting impression on people from all parts of the world. Yaroslavl is possibly one of the most ancient settlements of Russians on the Volga River. An ancient legend says that construction began on the city's fortress on the site where Yaroslav the Wise slew a bear. The fortress quickly became a vibrant city on the crossroads of trade routes. Today, Yaroslavl is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and the unofficial c... Read more
Golden Ring : Uglich
Uglich is one of the oldest and most fascinating cities of central Russia. Being fifth largest town of Yaroslavl Region, Uglich is a combination of the charm of a small Volga town and the treasures of Russian cultural heritage and traditions. It is famous for being a cradle of the Romanovs, Russian Royal family, and a crypt of the Ruricks, old dynasty of Russian princes. Uglich is the oldest town on the Volga. Local chronicles say that it was fo... Read more
Karelia : Kizhi
The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest open air museums in Russia. It is located on one of the many islands in Lake Onega, in Karelia. Two 18th-century wooden churches, and an octagonal clock tower, also in wood and built in 1862, can be seen there. These unusual constructions, in which carpenters created a bold visionary architecture, perpetuate an ancient model of parish space and are in harmony with the surrounding landscape. This unique histo... Read more
Church of Elijah the Prophet, standing on Sovetskaya Square in the center of Yaroslavl, is an outstanding architectural monument of Yaroslavl school of architecture of the 17th century. This church almost completely preserved its original appearance. Read more
Yaroslavl starts from the Spassky monastery (Saviour monastery), that was founded in the 12th century at the place where Kotorosl river meets Volga river. The main entrance to the monastery were the Saint gates (Svyatye vorota), that were built in 1516, but were changed since then (the decorations and the small church on top were added in 1621). Read more
The Yaroslavl Art Museum, founded on December 5, 1919, is the only specialized art museum in the region. The collection - more than 80 thousand works - represents 9 centuries of art: from the icon of XIII to the animation of the XXI century. The pride of the meeting is the Yaroslavl school of icon painting, the provincial portrait, the works of the Parisian period of K.A. Korovin, the standard canvases of the masters of the Russian avant-garde. Read more
On the bank of the Volga, in the most ancient part of the Uglich Kremlin rises the Transfiguration Cathedral - the main temple of the city of Uglich. The temple was erected in 1706 on the site of the dismantled ancient temple (X-XI centuries). His features embodied features characteristic of the transitional era of Russian architecture. Read more
Tsarevich Dimitri's Church "on Blood" - undoubtedly the most famous temple of Uglich, was erected on the site of the tragic death of the young son of Ivan the Terrible Tsarevich Dimitri. Read more
Explore : Moscow
Moscow can be an overwhelming experience for visitors - there's just so much to see in this vast and vibrant city, from the truly sublime to the ever-so-slightly ridiculous. Moscow has been one of the world's ballet capitals for almost two centuries. It is home to the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in the late 18th century and based at the Bolshoi Theatre. It is called the "world capital of museums". It's no surprise, considering that there are over a ... Read more
The city of Saint Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's gr... Read more
The most popular museum is the Museum of Russian Vodka. It contains a collection of 3,500 different types of vodka brought from all across the Russian Federation, with displays educating the guest on the varying ways in which this drink is produced. Read more
The Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery was founded in 1397 by the monk Cyril, the most famous of the disciples and followers of Sergius of Radonezh.Cyril came to the shore of the Siversky lake at the age of 60 years and died at the age of 90. He was famous for many miracles and soon after his death was canonized. The Reverend's relics are "buried" in the church of Cyril of Belozersky, the exposition of the museum preserves things that are associated wi... Read more
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