Moscow - St. Petersburg Cruise on MS Rostropovich - Firebird Tours ®

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SPECIAL OFFER for 2019 departures: Book Bolshoi Suite or Mariinski Suite by April 30, 2018 and receive a complimentary upgrade to the next level Suite category. Limited time and availability offer.

FREE FLIGHTS:* Popular Russian river cruise from the heart of Russia, Moscow, to its soul, St. Petersburg, on board the remarkable 5-star cruise ship MS Rostropovich. Reverse departures from St. Petersburg to Moscow are also available.Contact us for details.

* Offer conditions: free international round trip economy class airfares from select US airports. Full payment is due at the moment of reservation. Contact us for details.

Tour type:
5-star cruise
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels: 4 nights
    Outside cabin onboard the ferry: 6 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private drivers for day trips
    River cruise
    Round-trip flights
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    7 guided tours with private transportation
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    13 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    7 lunches
    7 dinners
    Welcome drink
    Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the brilliant Russian capital - Moscow! Your private driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your centrally located hotel.

The rest of the day is free, so you can either start exploring the fantastic center of Moscow on your own or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

During the tour, you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, admire a beautiful facade of the famous GUM department store, see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time allows) and enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills.

Later you enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend several amazing hours viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 3
Visit to the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and have a wonderful sightseeing tour devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin.

You have a guided tour of this historical fortress, where you visit the famous Square of Four Cathedrals and go inside one of its gorgeous cathedrals decorated with magnificent frescoes.

Your tour also includes a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour, you are transferred to the river port to board your luxurious MS Rostropovich. Before accommodation in your cozy cabin, you enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening you are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board.

Day 4
Exploring Novodevichy Convent & Subway Ride

In the morning following breakfast, you meet your guide at the pier and enjoy a guided tour to one of the most beautiful Russia's monasteries - the Novodevichy Convent.

During the tour, you explore the unique interiors of the Convent and visit its Cemetery that is considered one of Moscow's most prestigious resting places. Many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets and musicians are buried there, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Boris Yeltsin. The cemetery has a park-like ambience, dotted with small chapels and beautiful monuments, that makes you feel like strolling in the park of sculptures.

Later you explore one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

After lunch in the city, you return on board and start cruising. Entertainment program in the evening.

Day 5
Exploring Uglich Highlights

Today you arrive in the small town of Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started.

During your city tour, you visit the Kremlin territory, the Transfiguration Cathedral and the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591.

After the tour, you return on board and continue cruising. Entertainment program in the evening.

Day 6
Visiting the Monastery of St. Cyril in Goritsy

Today you arrive in Goritsy - a tiny picturesque settlement near White Lake. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery that was founded in 1397 and now houses one of the greatest collections of Russian icons in the world.

After the tour, you return on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

Day 7
Exploring the Open-Air Museum of Kizhi

Today you see a real miracle of wooden architecture - the fantastic Kizhi Island. During your walking tour, you explore its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses.

After the tour, you return on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

Day 8
Mandrogi Walking Tour

Today you explore Mandrogi - a small village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here you spend a wonderful time walking through this vacation village, enjoying its beautifully-decorated wooden houses and experiencing the traditional mode of life of the Russian countryside.

After the tour, you return on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

Day 9
Trip to Pushkin & Visit to the Hermitage

Following breakfast, you arrive in the Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Your guide meets you at the pier and together you head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

During the tour, you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After lunch in the city center, you visit one of the largest art museums in the world - the Hermitage Museum*. They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours.

  • *The tour of the Hermitage includes the Main Museum Complex. The General Staff Building (that houses the Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings as well as contemporary art) is not included.

After the tour, you return on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

Day 10
St. Petersburg Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast you disembark MS Rostropovich, meet your guide at the pier and go on a sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions.

During your guided city tour around the most famous city attractions you take a walk through the Split of Basil Island, go inside the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family, have photo stops near the gorgeous St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood, and drive along the bustling Nevsky Prospect abundant in fine shops, cafes and museums.

After the tour, you are taken to your St. Petersburg hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Day 11
Trip to Peterhof

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the palaces (from the outside) and gardens of the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour, you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 12
Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. After breakfast you check-out from your hotel and meet your private driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and small cities lying in between and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.


Included

4 nights at 5-star centrally-located hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Free international economy class roundtrip airfares from JFK;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Accommodation in remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow (2 nights) and St. Petersburg (2 nights);
  • 7 nights on board the 5*  MS Rostropovich, accommodation in Suite cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual climate control and large picture window;
  • 3 meals daily in the ship's restaurants with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of a cabin category (meal service starts with dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation);
  • Lunches in Moscow and St. Petersburg according to the itinerary;
  • 1 glass of wine for every dinner on board the ship;
  • Water for all meals on board the ship;
  • 1 bottle of water daily in the cabin;
  • Coffee-station for early risers;
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner;
  • English-speaking professional guides and rich sightseeing programs in each port of call;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Short on board classes on Russian history, language and singing;
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing;
  • Tour of the ship’s bridge;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour Highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travellers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Trace the vital milestones in the history of Russian art by witnessing the masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery;
  • Experience an unforgettable cruise on the longest river in Europe and reaching the UNESCO Site Kizhi;
  • Discover the history and traditions of Russia through lectures, master classes, and other activities on board of your cruise;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
What to Know
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service.
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates Bolshoi Suite Middle Deck Bolshoi Suite Boat Deck Mariinski Suite Middle Deck Mariinski Suite Boat Deck Hermitage Suite Sun Deck
May 3 - May 14, 2018
$4,981
sold out
deposit
$997
$5,181
sold out
deposit
$1,037
$5,381
sold out
deposit
$1,077
$4,781
2 cabins left
deposit
$957
$5,781
sold out
deposit
$1,157
Jul 26 - Aug 06, 2018
$4,981
sold out
deposit
$997
$5,181
sold out
deposit
$1,037
$5,381
sold out
deposit
$1,077
$5,581
sold out
deposit
$1,117
$5,781
sold out
deposit
$1,157
Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2018
$4,981
sold out
deposit
$997
$5,181
sold out
deposit
$1,037
$5,381
sold out
deposit
$1,077
$5,581
sold out
deposit
$1,117
$5,781
sold out
deposit
$1,157
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Dates Bolshoi Suite Middle Deck Bolshoi Suite Boat Deck Mariinski Suite Middle Deck Mariinski Suite Boat Deck Hermitage Suite Sun Deck
May 3 - May 14, 2018
$4,981
sold out
$5,181
sold out
$5,381
sold out
$4,781
2 cabins left
$5,781
sold out
Jul 26 - Aug 06, 2018
$4,981
sold out
$5,181
sold out
$5,381
sold out
$5,581
sold out
$5,781
sold out
Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2018
$4,981
sold out
$5,181
sold out
$5,381
sold out
$5,581
sold out
$5,781
sold out
Aug 16 - Aug 27, 2018
$4,981
reverse
sold out
$5,181
reverse
sold out
$5,381
2 cabins left
$5,581
reverse
sold out
$5,781
reverse
sold out
Aug 23 - Sep 03, 2018
$4,981
sold out
$5,181
sold out
$5,381
sold out
$5,581
sold out
$5,781
sold out
Aug 30 - Sep 10, 2018
$4,981
reverse
sold out
$5,181
reverse
sold out
$5,381
reverse
sold out
$5,581
2 cabins left
(upon request)
$5,781
reverse
sold out
Sep 13 - Sep 24, 2018
$4,981
reverse
$5,181
reverse
$5,381
reverse
2 cabins left
$5,381
reverse
$5,781
reverse
Sep 20 - Oct 01, 2018
$4,981
sold out
$5,181
sold out
$5,381
sold out
$5,581
1 cabin left
$5,781
1 cabin left
May 9 - May 20, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Jun 27 - Jul 08, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Jul 4 - Jul 15, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Jul 25 - Aug 05, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Aug 22 - Sep 02, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Aug 29 - Sep 09, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Sep 26 - Oct 07, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left
Oct 3 - Oct 14, 2019
$5,331
3 cabins left
$5,531
3 cabins left
$5,931
1 cabin left
Oct 10 - Oct 21, 2019
$5,331
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,531
reverse
3 cabins left
$5,931
reverse
1 cabin left

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