Description

11-day cruise between two capitals of Russia, including overnights with daily guided tours in Moscow and St. Petersburg; visits to Kizhi, Goritzy, Yaroslavl, Uglich and much more!

Itinerary

Extraordinary city of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, is the highlight of your Russian River adventure. Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent.
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St. Petersburg, Russia
 
Arrival and embarkation. Extraordinary city of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, is the highlight of your Russian River adventure.
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St. Petersburg, Russia
 
Your guided tour highlights will also include the Admiralty Building, Peter and Paul Fortress, the treasure chest of the world world-famous art – the Hermitage Museum. You are also free to explore this magnificent and romantic city on your own, or purchase optional tours to Pushkin and see beautiful and fascinating Catherine's Palace and visit to the magnificent gardens and spectacular fountains of opulent Peterhof, czars' Summer Palace located on the coast of the Finland Gulf. Your evening schedule is free, and you are welcome to join the optional Gala Folklore show excursion, or a ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, once the private theatre of the Czars.

Optional program:

  • Gala Folklore show
  • Ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre

3Today we will see the wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which today houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world.
This tiny settlement nowadays has a population of little less than 1,000 people. Svirstroy is a village that is very typical for northern Russia: neat wooden houses (they tend to use stone in south of Russia), friendly hospitable people and fantastic nature around.

Svirstroy is quite old but not ancient. The settlement appeared along with the start of constructing the hydroelectric station in 1927. Back then its population was about 30,000 people, and it decreased by about half after the lauch of the station. But the most dramatic decrease was in 1945 - the place was the front line between Soviet and Finnish troops...

4Enjoy what is called 'green stop'! This means that there will be plenty of time on your own and plenty of communication with the locals. The place has great flee market and some interesting memorials.

Note: some departures might have a stop at village of Mandrogi instead of Svirstroy

The island of Kizhi is an architectural gem within Lake Onega. The island is famous for its wonderful collection of 18th-century wooden buildings, restored to their original state. The highlight of Kizhi is the amazing Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 onion domes; this magnificent structure was built entirely without a single nail. Kizhi is one of real Russian wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Kizhi, Russia
 
Enjoy the magnificent Northern Russian nature and scenery while cruising through Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. Having landed on Kizhi we’ll spend several great hours visiting what is called an Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture: altogether it is a beautiful ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and houses.
Goritsy is a tiny settlement near the White Lake. The spirit of this picturesque town has powerful impact upon the visitors: for time-being travelers seem to forget reality under the influence of the medieval atmosphere of the site. Goritsy is the place of deep spiritual life of monks and numerous ancient monasteries.
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Goritsy, Russia
 
One of the highlights of the day might be a visit to one of the oldest and the most famous Russian monasteries – the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake. Dating back to the 14th century, it is a home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world.
Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga River, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past.
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Yaroslavl, Russia
 
Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet, situated in the town’s central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church make it really a museum of old Russian painting.
Uglitch is one of the oldest, and, probably, one of the most beloved Russian towns, and a place of a pilgrimage of Russian Czars. According to a local legend its origin goes back to back to 937. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John’s Church looming on the horizon.
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Dmitry Blood's Church, Uglitch
 
During the guided walking tour there will be a visit to magnificent five domed Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of Tsarevich Dmitry on the Blood. This church was built to commemorate the most famous event in the town's history – a mysterious death of the 7-year old Tsarevich Dmitry, the last scion of Dimitri Rurik dynasty. Uglitch Kremlin is also on the list. Those who wish will have the opportunity to explore the Flea Market.
The capital of Russia since the late 15th century, Moscow has always been a popular destination. During your stay, you will have an opportunity to see city's world renowned attractions that include the UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Kremlin or St. Basil’s Cathedral.

During your stay in Moscow you are also free to purchase optional tours that include the following: Red Square; the Tretyakov Gallery; the National Museum of Russian Fine Art; the Moscow Metro; and a tour of the Armory with its spectacular and priceless collection of royal jewels, crowns, thrones, and armor of the czars. For groups additional optional evening entertainment and tours are available, and you are welcome to take a Moscow by Night city tour, or attend a circus or theatre performance.

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Moscow, Russia
 
Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view. Lunch and dinner.
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Moscow, Russia
 
Morning tour of the Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin is former residence of Russian czars, an architectural ensemble of unique beauty, which took shape between the 15th and 20th centuries. The center of the Kremlin is the Cathedral Square that is a unique complex of masterpieces of medieval architecture. The architectural ensemble of the Cathedral Square consists of several cathedrals and palaces; one of them is the Assumption Cathedral – the oldest Moscow Kremlin church, and one of the most important ones in Russia. On Kremlin grounds there also are the famous Czar Cannon of the 16-th century and Czar Bell of the 18-th century.
11Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the terrific city of Moscow. Disembarkation.

Rates

DescriptionUSD *
Twin Deluxe Main Deck3,750
Twin Deluxe Upper Deck4,130
Junior Suite Upper Deck5,780
Junior Suite Boat Deck6,110
Mini Suite Boat Deck6,700
Suite Boat Deck9,900
Panorama Suite Upper Deck9,900
Port Taxes145
Twin/double cabin for SGL use+50%
* Rates are per person, based on double occupancy.

Schedule

2017

May24
June13
July3, 23
August12
September1