Cruise Escorted Tour Europe Russia River Cruise

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Price
$2999 per person
Duration
11 days
Destination
Russia
Travellers
40+

TOP VALUE Russian River Cruise

Cruising the waterways of Russia is an ideal way to see fascinating places that coach itineraries don't usually reach. Expert guides will introduce you to the highlights and rich culture of Russia and so many inclusions make this cruise great value for money!
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The best way to sum up this great tour of Russia is "worry-free". Enjoy the comfort of a river cruise with all the facilities you need and a room with an ever-changing view. Staying on board the ship removes the hassle of regularly unpacking and with so many inclusions, like meals and shore excursions, it's not only easier but great value. This is your way to explore St Petersburg, Mandrogi, the island of Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl. historic Uglich, fascinating Moscow and more!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
St Petersburg, Russia
Return Location
Moscow, Russia
Tour Start Date & Time
May 14, 2022 1:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Early Bird Sale: Save $600 per person until 25 November 2021 - please ask us for current rates. Departs in 2022: Low season: 14 May, 16 July, 6 August, 17 September. High season: 4 & 25 June, 27 August Cabin Upgrades: Ask us about upgrading your cabin category! Booking Code: RRCG11M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Observation and participation in included activities
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates that include your own cabin. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: We can book hotels for you in Russia. Flights: We can arrange international flights from Australia - please request a special airfare quote. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask us for a quote. Russian Visa: We provide the necessary documentation for your to apply for a visa.

Tour overview

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect way to explore Russia!

As you cruise the majestic waterways from St Petersburg to Moscow, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, explore a living reconstruction of a traditional 18th century village and marvel at the World Heritage-listed fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi.

Walk in the footsteps of Vikings through the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl, take a guided tour of the Kremlin in Moscow and much more. These and other wonderful experiences will be enjoyed without the hassle of unpacking and packing, thanks to your floating hotel throughout the journey, and the worry-free cruise includes all your meals!

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St Petersburg, Russia
So many hidden highlights to discover, like spectacular St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg

Special features & experiences

  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walk the lanes of the quaint “Golden Ring” city of Yaroslavl, dating back to the Viking era
  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow
  • Choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink with dinner
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAY 10
  • DAY 11
DAY 1

Arrive St Petersburg

Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River; make your own way to the port to embark your cruise. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Hermitage Museum & St. Petersburg City Tour

This morning visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. This afternoon, your tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to view the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. Tonight, after dinner, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet, a Russian folk show that showcases the culture of the Cossacks, or opt to take a scenic cruise along St. Petersburg's legendary canals.


Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: 
Rivers & Canals of St. Petersburg*
Optional: 
St. Petersburg Folk Show*
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Full Day in St. Petersburg

Today is free to explore all of the delights of this magical city on your own. Or, join the optional excursion to Pushkin Palace and Peterhof Park. Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit the lavish 18th century Catherine's Palace, summer residence of the Russian Tsars, named for Catherine, widow of Peter the Great. Explore the luxurious palace, an architectural masterpiece, and the surrounding gardens. Visit the reconstructed Amber Room, with its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber, gold leaf and mirrors. Then, continue to Peterhof Palace with its gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland. This configuration of palaces and gardens was masterminded by Peter the Great, and is often called the "Russian Versailles." Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail from St. Petersburg. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and get to know your fellow traveling companions
Optional: Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Village of Mandrogi

Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the village with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavillion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Kizhi Church of Transfiguration

This morning arrive to the island of Kizhi.* Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class as the ship sails towards Goritsy
*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If cancelled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy

Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and set sail for Yaroslavll
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Yaroslavl City Tour

Arrive this afternoon in the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. This beautiful city, one of Russia's oldest, traces its roots back to the days of the Vikings. View the fortified Transfiguration of the Saviour Monastery and its Cathedral, the oldest building in Yaroslavl, dating back 800 years. Continue to the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art housed in the 18th-century Governor's mansion, with its impressive collection of Russian paintings spread out across many palatial rooms. View the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet with its detailed frescoes and icons, a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker. Time to browse the local food markets before returning to the ship for dinner
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Walking Tour of Uglich

Arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia's history. This morning's walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honour of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father's forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvellously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. The ship will set sail for Moscow at noon. This evening join the Captain's dinner on board and a delightful talent show
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9

Moscow City Tour

This morning relax on board as you prepare for an exciting afternoon in Moscow, the fabled capital of Russia. After lunch on board, begin your panoramic city tour at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the former headquarters of the KGB.

 Explore storied Red Square with St. Basil's cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin before returning to the ship for dinner on board
Optional: Moscow by Night and Metro*
Optional: 
Tretyakov Gallery*
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

Kremlin Grounds Tour

Visit the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia - and in the world. The guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: The Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. This afternoon, return to the ship to rest, or explore Moscow on your own or take the optional Kremlin Armory. Here, you will find the largest collection of the world-famous Fabergé eggs. Marvel at Grand Siberian Railway egg, with its gold train, platinum locomotive and ruby headlamp, crafted to commemorate the Moscow-Vladivostok line. View Russian arms and armour, the state regalia, thrones, carriages, and ornate coronation dressers. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends on board
Optional: Armory Museum
Optional: 
Kostrama National Folk Show*
Overnight: MS Georgy Chicherin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

Depart Russia

Morning disembarkation in Moscow. The airport is approximately a two-hour drive from the port if you have a departure flight booked.
Meals: Breakfast

More about Russia

Russia is one of those alluring destinations that's a complex blend of the past and present. The imposing capital of Moscow is where you'll find the Kremlin and iconic Red Square. St Petersburg is considered the jewel in the Tsar's crown, with stunning neoclassical and baroque architecture and amazing monuments. A visit to the Hermitage Museum is a must. Housed in the former Winter Palace, the museum was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 to house the Empress' impressive collection of artworks and today is one of the world's oldest and largest museums.
The best way to sum up this great tour of Russia is "worry-free". Enjoy the comfort of a river cruise with all the facilities you need and a room with an ever-changing view. Staying on board the ship removes the hassle of regularly unpacking and with so many inclusions, like meals and shore excursions, it's not only easier but great value. This is your way to explore St Petersburg, Mandrogi, the island of Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl. historic Uglich, fascinating Moscow and more!

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Russia is one of those countries where it pays to be on an escorted tour and cruising is a great way to see more of the country. To make it even easier, enjoy the comfort of having your river ship to come home to each day and all your meals included on this tourist class cruise.

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Tour departures

This tour departs St Petersburg on select dates in 2022:

Low season – 14 May; 16 July; 06 August; 17 September
High season – 04, 25 June; 27 August

Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is 1:00pm but this is a guide only and will be confirmed by our office.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of your flight details and check-in times when your booking is confirmed.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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Flexible Change Policy:
All new reservations in 2021 are eligible for one (1) free change prior to final payment due date. This includes change of travel date and/or destination. Travellers may elect to convert their deposit and subsequent payments prior to final payment into a Future Travel Credit, valid for travel through the end of 2022. If the rebooked package is priced higher than the original booking, passengers will be responsible for the difference in cost. Promotional discounts are not transferrable towards future bookings.

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      Russia River Cruise

      Price
      $2999 per person
      Duration
      11 days
      Destination
      Russia
      Travellers
      40+

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