Luxury Russian River Cruise (Moscow to St Petersburg)

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Luxury Russian River Cruise (Moscow to St Petersburg)

Admire beautiful Russian landscapes as you cruise the waterways of northern Russia from Moscow to St Petersburg on your 5* vessel.

Begin your discovery in the capital city of Russia and onto the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148, then enjoy a Ukrainia dinner, and through on to the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega, famous for its collection of wooden churches, build entirely without the use of nails.

Taste a traditional Russian BBQ lunch at the historical village of Mandrogui in the north of St Petersburg, and finally take a panoramic city tour by coach to take in some of the famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the Magnificent Winter Palace.

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  • Moscow Moscow
  • Moscow Moscow
  • Moscow Moscow
  • Uglich Uglich
  • Kizhi Island Kizhi Island
  • Kizhi Island Kizhi Island
  • St Petersburg St Petersburg
  • St Petersburg St Petersburg
  • St Petersburg St Petersburg

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Moscow.

Fly to Moscow where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Rostropovich. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on-board. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Moscow.

This morning, begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia. Join the panoramic city tour to see some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and continue to your afternoon exploration of the Kremlin – the former residence of the Russian Tsars, discover the huge Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and visit one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square. Return to the MS Rostropovich for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, dinner and entertainment in the bars. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Uglich.

Today, join the included visit to the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The town's historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his father's death in 1584 but was found dead in questionable circumstances seven years later. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built in his memory, appears on the horizon as the ship sails towards the town and is one of the great sights to be seen in Uglich. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Goritsy.

Today, disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery of St. Cyril was founded in 1397 and is an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. The Goritsy Nunnery is much smaller than the Monastery and was founded later in 1544. In the evening a Russian style dinner and entertainment awaits you on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Kizhi.

After breakfast and morning entertainment on-board, visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island is world famous due to the collection of wooden churches with the centrepiece, the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails. The Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russian river cruise. Entrance is included to the open air museum of wooden architecture and a visit to a typical Korelian House. Return to the boat after for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Mandrogui.

Today's tour includes a traditional Russian BBQ lunch taken in the historical village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. Visitors can also see local recipes being made and visit the farms which are tended by the local villagers. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship's Gala Concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : St Petersburg.

After breakfast on-board, prepare to explore the wonderful city of St Petersburg on our panoramic city tour. The tour by coach will take in some of the most famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. Included is a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and also the world-renowned Hermitage museum. A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. Return to the ship for dinner on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : St Petersburg - UK.

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Note: Sailing times and itineraries are subject to change but the content will remain the same where possible.

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for entry into Russia. This must be obtained prior to arrival. Details on how to obtain the visa will be sent with your booking confirmation.

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Moscow; St Petersburg - UK
  • Accommodation Outside main deck cabin
  • 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Selected Included Excursions
  • Daily International Entertainment Programme
  • Transfers
  • All local, port and airport taxes
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Cruise Highlights

  • Moscow Panoramic City Tour
  • Uglich City Tour
  • Goritsy Village Tour
  • Kizhi Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kizhi
  • Mandrogui Tour including a traditional Russian BBQ
  • St Petersburg Panoramic City Tour

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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