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MS Zosima Shashkov Russian River Cruise Moscow - St Petersburg (12 days)

This relaxing two-week cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg is a wonderful opportunity to discover the twin cities' architectural, historical and cultural gems stopping en route to explore the beauty of the ancient towns of the Golden Ring. Our dedicated tour staff, tasty Russian cuisine, plentiful onboard entertainment and a comprehensive sightseeing programme will give you a delightful, comfortable and informative introduction to Russia.

Duration: 12 days /
Type: Budget
From: US$ 1,690 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Moscow

Individual arrivals and transfers to your Volga cruise ship.

Day 2: Moscow

City tour by bus will take you to the most famous areas in Moscow within the boundaries of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring. You will drive by Kremlin, Red Square and Kitay Gorod area, Tverskaya, Arbat and Zamoskvorechje areas. The overview will include famous landmarks like Red Square and Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, Luzhniki, the White House, area along Moskva River and other notable places of interest.

Day 3: Moscow

Today you will get aquainted with the Red Square and Kremlin area. This is where you will see the famous St. Basil's Cathedral, Mausoleum, Historical Museum and GUM store. Inside Kremlin the main landmarks are three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, dated back to the 15-16th centuries, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets and Terem Place. Inside visit to 1 cathedral

Day 4: Uglich

Uglich is one of the oldest Russian towns, one of the Golden Ring cities dating back to the 10th century. During the city tour you’ll visit the magnificent five domed Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of Czarevich Dmitry on the Blood – build to commemorate the most famous event in the town's history – a mysterious death of the 7-year old Czarevich Dmitry, the last scion of Dimitriy Rurik dynasty. Return to the ship, departure, dinner on board entertainment.

Day 5: Yaroslavl

Arrive this morning in Yaroslavl, another Golden Ring city. The city was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Sightseeing city  tour will include Ilya the Prophet church, interactive tour of the former Governor's House (Art Gallery), visit to Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and shopping at the local market.

Day 6: Goritsy

Goritsy is a small village on the banks of the Sheksna River where it falls into the White Lake. It is the 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 centers of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery preserved its original architecture. You will be fascinated by its majestic churches within the fortress walls. Part of the monastery functions as a museum where you will find some of the oldest icons in Russia.

Day 7: Kizhi

The small island of Kizhi is located at the northern end of the Onega Lake, the second largest lake in Europe. It is 7 km long and 1,5 wide. It is most famous for the Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture (a UNESCO World Heritage site), especially Kizhi Pogost which consists of Church of Transfiguration, the Church of the Intercession and the tower that stands between them. The highlight is the Church of Transfiguration built by carpenter Nestor in 1714 without a single nail. The Church of Lazar of Murom is located nearby. It is the oldest monument of wooden architecture in Russia – the Church was built in the middle of the 14th century and brought to Kizhi from the Murom Monastery, situated at the southern shore of Onega Lake.Other exibits are several peasant houses, wooden wind mill, large and small granaries, and farm buildings representing Russian wooden architecture. You will spend the entire day exploring the wonderful monuments and the island.

Day 8: Mandrogi

A relaxing day spent cruising Russia's waterways with a stop in the village of Mandrogi - a very popular tourist spot. Explore this small Russian community with its pretty wood carving souvenirs, Museum of Samovars and Museum of Vodka (not included). The museum exhibition is dedicated to the history of the drink and its production. There is a tasting bar where the visitors can sample Russian vodka. Today enjoy Russian picnic in a picturesque setting of Mandrogi. Continue along the Svir River, then cross the largest in Europe Lake Ladoga and prepare yourself for one of the most amazing European sights - the city of St. Petersburg.

Day 9: St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. The city bus tour will introduce you to the best it has to offer: elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect, Palace Embankment along the Neva River, Palace Square with Winter Palace and Alexander Column, Bronze Horseman - the famous monument to Peter the Great, Schmidt Bridge, Strelka with Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Canal Griboyedova, Fontanka, Kazan Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood and other finest architectural, historical and cultural landmarks. On your tour you will visit Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built in 1704 to defend the city from naval attacks, however it never served its purpose. Instead its history is rather gruesome: thousands of laborers died while buiding the fortress, many political prisoners, incluidng Peter's own son Alexi were kept and tortured in its cells, the tombs of the Romanov family are in its Cathedral. Optional tours and performances in the afternoona and evening.

Day 10: St. Petersburg

Today you will visit the Hermitage Art Museum - one of the nation's main glories.The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Tonight the ship will leave St. Petersburg and embark on an exciting journey through the Golden Ring to Moscow.

Day 11: St. Petersburg

After breakfast visit Petergoff, located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace with its lavish interiors, gilded decorations, mirrors and paintings dominates the estate. The Park outside the Grand Palace is a kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating without the use of pumps by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic. Walking in the parking you will be amazed by the splendid beauty created by a man. The estate includes several other mini-museums of interest. The outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace , which Peter I preferred to the Grand Palace , has a nice sea view and several interesting rooms, such as the State Hall where Peter would force his guests to drink huge quantities of wine until they passed out. The nearby Hermitage Pavilion, which also has nice views and artwork, is a two-storey dining room where guests sitting on the upper floor ate and drank in peace, occasionally lowering the table to the ground floor where servants refilled wine glasses, replaced dirty plates, and spat in the beef stroganoff.

Day 12: St. Petersburg

Departure after breakfast

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
Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day. Breakfast is buffet style, dinner and lunch are with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead on lunch on board, subject to weather conditions)
Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
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.
Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)
Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
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
Tverskaya Street is a central Moscow street as well as one of the oldest ones. According to certain historical data, Tverskaya Street already existed in the 12th century. Russian Monarchs entered Moscow through this street. It is hard to believe today but Moscow started where Tverskaya Street did. Moscow’s best buildings, hotels, and shops were built here. Tverskaya Street is one of Moscow’s most expensive trade streets. It is also a ... Read more
The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It is one of the leading ballet and opera companies in the world. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages. The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow's main sights, was opened on... 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
Lomonosov Moscow State University is a coeducational and public research university located in Moscow, Russia. It was founded on January 25, 1755 by Mikhail Lomonosov. MSU was renamed after Lomonosov in 1940 and was then known as Lomonosov University. It also houses the tallest educational building in the world. According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings, it is the highest-ranking Russian educational institution and is widely considered t... 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
The Palace-and-Park ensemble of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) - a former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XX centuries, famous for the splendor of its Baroque interiors, including the stunning Gold suite of rooms and the unique Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions ris... 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 : Admiralty
The One of St. Petersburg most oldest and, arguably, most historically important buildings, the Admiralty building serves as the focal point of Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesenskiy Prospekt. While its location at the convergence of some of St. Petersburg's most epochal streets embodied Peter's emphasis and, some would say, obsession with the importance of northern capital's maritime might, it served a far more important and reali... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Theatre
Rest assured that ballet performances at the Imperial Hermitage theatre of the State Hermitage are important events in the theatrical life of St. Petersburg. 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 : Smolny Cathedral
Smolny Cathedral was originally intended to be the central church of a monastery, built to house the daughter of Peter the Great, Elizabeth, after she was disallowed to take the throne and opted instead to become a nun. However, as soon as her Imperial predecessor was overthrown during a coup, carried out by the royal guards, Elizabeth decided to forget the whole idea of a stern monastic life and happily accepted the offer of the Russian throne. 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
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
The Uglich Kremlin is located on an abrupt bank of the Volga River. It was built under Andrey Bolshoy reign in 1480-1490. During the Polish invasion, most of the Kremlin’s buildings were destroyed. 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
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