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Popular Russian River cruise from the heart of Russia, Moscow, to its soul, St. Petersburg, on board the remarkable 4-star cruise ship MS Rostropovich.

Note: Reverse departures from St. Petersburg to Moscow are also available. Contact us for details.
City:
Moscow, Kizhi Island, Saint Petersburg
Duration:
12 days
Type:
4-star cruise
From:
$3,171
Next date:
Jul 27, 2017 - Aug 07, 2017 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the brilliant Russian capital - Moscow! Check-in centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free.

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Day 2
Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery & Metro Ride

Tretyakov Gallery guided tour. Short Moscow Metro ride. After the tour you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. 

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Day 3
Novodevichiy Convent Tour

Guided tour to the most beautiful monastery in Moscow, Novodevichiy Convent.  Transferto the river port to board the MS Rostropovich. Traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. Entertainment program in the evening.

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Day 4
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

Moscow sightseeing: Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, department store GUM, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the mighty Kremlin, the Square of Four Cathedrals are among the highlights. Captain's Welcome reception and Welcome dinner on board.

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Day 5
Uglich Sightseeing Tour

Uglich city tour. Visiting the Kremlin territory, the Transfiguration Cathedral and the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood. After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. 

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Day 6
Goritsy Sightseeing Tour

Arrival in Goritsy, guided tour. Visiting the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. After the tour you return on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

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Day 7
Tour of Kizhi Island 

Kizhi Island tour - a real miracle of wooden architecture. Seeing its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses.

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Day 8
Mandrogi Walking Tour

Exploring Mandrogi and experiencing the traditional mode of life of the Russian countryside. After the tour you return on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

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Day 9
St. Petersburg City Tour & Visit to the Hermitage

Arrival in St. Petersburg and guided city tour. Visiting Peter and Paul Fortress, photo stops near St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood. Driving along Nevsky Prospect and visitin the Hermitage Museum.

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Day 10
Trip to Pushkin

Arrival in Pushkin also called Tsarskoye Selo to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace , an example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

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Day 11
Trip to Peterhof

Travelling to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars - Peterhof.

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Day 12
Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. 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.

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Price

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What's included

  • Accommodation in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual climate control and large picture window;
  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Three meals daily in the ship's restaurants with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category and two lunches in the city center of Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfast only during hotel stays in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • One glass of wine for every dinner on board of the ship only, water is included for all meals at the restaurant plus daily in the cabin (1 bottle);
  • Meal service on board begins with dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation;
  • Coffee-station for early risers;
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner;
  • Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, guided tours on shore and entrance fees;
  • Short on board classes on Russian history, language and even singing;
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing;
  • Tour of the ship’s bridge;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US citizens, visa support (invitation) for customers from other countries;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: optional tours, port charges, gratuities and personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the brilliant Russian capital - Moscow! Your private driver meets you at the exit gates of the airport holding a sign with your name on it 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: Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery & Metro Ride

After breakfast you go on a guided tour to the real treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend several amazing hours viewing the gems of its collection.

Then you go underground to take a short Moscow Metro ride and enjoy the beauty of this masterpiece of Socialist art.

After the tour you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3: Novodevichiy Convent Tour

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour to the most beautiful monastery in Moscow, Novodevichiy Convent, and its famous Novodevichiy Cemetery where many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets and musicians are buried.

After the tour you are transferred to the river port to board the MS Rostropovich. Upon arrival you enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. Entertainment program in the evening.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 4: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Kremlin

Following breakfast you meet your guide and go on an amazing Moscow city tour around its most outstanding attractions. You enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square, take a photo stop near the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, enter the largest Moscow department store GUM and go inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time and availability permit).

After lunch in the city center you explore a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. During the tour you visit the famous Square of Four Cathedrals, where you go inside the gorgeous 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals decorated with magnificent frescoes.

After the tour you return on board and start cruising. Captain's Welcome reception and Welcome dinner are served on board. Entertainment program in the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5: Uglich Sightseeing Tour

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 mortally wounded in 1591.

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

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

Day 6: Goritsy Sightseeing Tour

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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

Day 7: Tour of Kizhi Island 

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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

Day 9: St. Petersburg City Tour & Visit to the Hermitage

Following breakfast you arrive in the Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. 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 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.

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

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10: Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast you disembark your cruise ship and 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 the tour your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11: Trip to Peterhof

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage 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.

Breakfast is included.

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.

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual climate control and large picture window;
  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Three meals daily in the ship's restaurants with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category and two lunches in the city center of Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfast only during hotel stays in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • One glass of wine for every dinner on board of the ship only, water is included for all meals at the restaurant plus daily in the cabin (1 bottle);
  • Meal service on board begins with dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation;
  • Coffee-station for early risers;
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner;
  • Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, guided tours on shore and entrance fees;
  • Short on board classes on Russian history, language and even singing;
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing;
  • Tour of the ship’s bridge;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US citizens, visa support (invitation) for customers from other countries;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: optional tours, port charges, gratuities and personal expenses.

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The #1 art gallery in Moscow - the Tretyakov Gallery, encompasses more than 150,000 works of art.

Moscow Metro, Russia

Moscow's subway is an underground world with over 300 km of rail tracks and exclusive museum-like stations.

Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Red Square is the main central square in Moscow, housing the emblematic symbol of Russia - St. Basil's Cathedral. 

Kremlin, Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Kremlin is the capital's main landmark often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Uglich, Russia

Uglich is a magnificent Golden Ring town with almost 1000 years of history located on the banks of Volga River.

Kizhi Island, Russia

Kizhi Island boasts one of the most extraordinary and unique ensembles of wooden architecture in Russia. 

Mandrogi, Russia

Mandrogi is a unique complex of museums portraying traditional Russian architecture, culture and crafts.

Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg

The mighty Peter and Paul fortress, standing on Hare Island, has been the symbol of Saint Petersburg's strength for many centuries.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

St Isaac's Cathedral is among the most impressive cathedrals in Russia dominating in St. Petersburg's skyline.

Church of the Savior, St. Petersburg

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a multi-colored beauty built in memory of the assassinated Tsar Alexander II.

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The world-famous Hermitage Museum is home to the largest collection of paintings on Earth, holding about 3 million works of art.

Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo), Russia

Catherine Palace is a stunning luxurious royal residence gifted to Empress Catherine I by Peter the Great.

Peterhof, Russia

Peterhof palace complex, the luxurious royal residence of Russian Tsars, is often referred to as the "Russian Versailles".

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May 03, 2018 - May 14, 2018
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Jul 26, 2018 - Aug 06, 2018
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Aug 09, 2018 - Aug 20, 2018
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Aug 23, 2018 - Sep 03, 2018
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Sep 06, 2018 - Sep 17, 2018
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