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MS Rostropovich Russian River Cruise Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days)

Take a  Russian river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg on a 5* motorship "Mstislav Rostropovich", explore Russian history and culture in Moscow and St. Petersburg, visit famous museums and palaces, enjoy serene Russian landscape while you cruise along Volga river, learn about Russian traditions and way of life visiting small towns of the Golden Ring. Volga river cruse is a relaxing way to see Russia

Duration: 8 days /
Type: 5-star cruise
From: US$ 2,100 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Moscow

Welcome onboard. Your first day of Russian river cruise starts in Moscow. Onboard check-in is at 2:00pm. Welcome bread-and-salt ceremony. Information briefing, dinner onboard with evening entertainment.

Day 2: Moscow

Moscow city tour with a visit to Kremlin and 1 cathedral on the Kremlin grounds. Lunch in the city. Welcome Captain's coctail and dinner onboard, departure to Uglich. 

City Tour of Moscow will offer excellent views of the Kremlin, Red Square, Kitay Gorod, Tverskaya, Arbat, and Zamoskvorechje. Later we will visit Red Square and the Kremlin with its golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, and many other landmarks. Inside the Kremlin the main attractions are the three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, which date back to the 15-16th centuries. Other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, Terem Place, and the Great Kremlin Palace - the official residence of Russian presidents.

Day 3: Uglich

Today our ship arrives at one of the oldest cities in central Russia - Uglich. City tour of Uglich, including visit to Uglich Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral. Breakfast, lunch and Ukrainian cuisine dinner onboard.

Uglich is one of the oldest Golden Ring towns, located on the banks of the Volga River. It was founded in 937 as a border fortress of Moscow Principality. The most prominent events in the history of Russia happened in Uglich. Prince Dmitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible, died here in the end of the 16th century. After his death, the Ryuriks were replaced by the Romanov family, who originally came to this ancient town. During the Uglich city tour you will visit many sites of ancient history and architecture, among which are the Kremlin, Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior.

Day 4: Goritsy

Visit to Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons. Goritsy is a village known for Europe's largest Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. The monastery was founded in 1397 by St. Kirill who abandoned his secular life to become closer to God. 

The village of Goritsy itself is populated by just 600 people who live in traditional painted wooden dwellings and continue to make a living through fishing and farming today. Walking around the peaceful back roads of the village you can see beautiful houses decorated with intricate wooden carvings.

Day 5: Kizhi

Open-air museums in Russia, a unique historical, cultural and natural complex. Kizhi Pogost is an architectural museum containing numerous structures including several churches, a number of log houses, windmills, chapels, saunas, and other buildings. The most important single structure is the wooden Transfiguration Church with its 22 domes. Its walls are built of pine logs and the shingles on the roof are aspen. It was built in 1714 and is one of the tallest log structures in the world. UNESCO has designated Kizhi as a World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Mandrogi

“Green stop”. The village of Verkhnie Mandrogi is situated 270 km away from Saint Petersburg, on the left bank of the River Svir, between lakes Ladoga and Onega. The village was completely destroyed during WWII. In 1996 it was recreated to present the traditions and crafts of Old Russia. Here you can find several masterpieces of wooden architecture. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum which showcases hundreds of different brands and flavors of the favorite Russian drink. Enjoy walks along the village and through the forest until late in the afternoon.

Day 7: St Petersburg

City tour of St. Petersburg wth visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress. Lunch in the city. 

St. Petersburg is a fascinating city founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. It is one of the biggest cultural and scientific centers in the world with very rich history, traditions and a promising future. A sightseeing tour will allow you to get acquainted with the city center with views of the elegant buildings and bridges of Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Strelka, Rosstral Columns, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens and other remarkable landmarks. The tour includes a visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Hotel registration and free the rest of the day.

Day 8: St.Petersburg

Disembarkation. Optional Transfer to the airport 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

  • Onboard guides’ services during the cruise (French, Italian, English, German, Spanish-speaking)
  • 1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days
  • Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard)
  • Daily international entertainment on board: concerts, lessons, master classes, movies, welcome “Bread and sault” ceremony, captain’s cocktail and dinner
  • Luggage handling onboard the ship
  • Use of cabin safe
  • 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
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 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
Moscow : Arbat Street
In every city steeped in history there is always a street which attracts tourists like a magnet. This is a place filled with spirit of its own, while buildings bordering it and side-streets stemming from it each have a story to tell. In Moscow it is Old Arbat or simply Arbat – one of oldest and most popular walking streets. Today Arbat is as important landmark as Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre and St. Basil Cathedral. 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 name of this museum speaks for itself. This is the main museum of Russia, its biggest national treasure, and the repository of historical relics of global scale. Besides, it is among the five largest museums in the world. This is a huge collection, the only in the country in size and completeness, representing the history and culture of multinational Russia from the earliest times to the present day. In addition, the building of the State His... 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
Victory Park is on the Poklonnaya Gora (hill) in Moscow. The park is the main memorial complex in Russia devoted to the victory of the Soviet Union in World War II. The remem-brance of the Victory is very important for Russia, as the Russian (and other nations of the former USSR) suffered much more from the World War II than all other nations taken one with another. That’s why the Victory Parade in Russia is always conducted on such a large... 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 : 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 : 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 : Fontanka river Embankment
In contrast to the Neva and its many rivers and canals, the Fontaka has a single embankment running along its seven kilometer course. Until the middle of the 18th century the Fontanka served as the southern boundary of the city, and after it was considered the boundary of fine construction of St. Petersburg. Not surprisingly, there are a huge number of buildings here that are of historical and cultural value. Moreover, you can get acquainted... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Griboedov canal
This is a narrow and twisting canal flowing through the very centre of St. Petersburg, between - and for most of its length parallel to - the Fontanka and Moyka Rivers. Although the canal is less than six kilometers in length, it is traversed by more than 21 bridges, many of them pedestrian. Only Obvodny Canal, with its 24 bridges, has more. The canal's embankment is five kilometers long and gives a broad panorama of St. Petersburg arch... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... 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
Very early in the history of St. Petersburg the Strelka (spit) of the Vasilievsky Island, the largest island in the Neva delta, was intended to become the heart of downtown St Petersburg. Some of the buildings, such as the Customs House, still remind us today of Tsar Peter’s original intentions. Although the downtown area of the city eventually moved onto the left bank of the river, the architects of the early 19th century di... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Summer Garden
The Summer Garden occupies an island between the Fontanka, Moika, and the Swan Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia and shares its name with the adjacent Summer Palace of Peter the Great. 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 : 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
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 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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