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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
- 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
Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.
Sights included in program
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