Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St Petersburg

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Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St Petersburg

Begin your cruise by wandering Russia's enigmatic capital with the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral. Take a Russian lesson as you journey through Uglich and Yaroslavl, some of Russia's 'Gold Ring Cities'. Cruise the White Lake and Lake Onega, and stop in the pretty parklands of Mandrogui, built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet. And finally take in the highlights of the historic centre of St Petersburg, including the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the impressive Winter Palace Façade and the Peter and Paul Fortress.

12 days from

£1,559

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 05/09/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

View Dates
  • Red Square, Moscow Red Square, Moscow
  • St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
  • Kremlin, Moscow Kremlin, Moscow
  • Onion domes in the Kremlin, Moscow Onion domes in the Kremlin, Moscow
  • Uglich and the Volga River Uglich and the Volga River
  • Kremlin, Uglich Kremlin, Uglich
  • Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl
  • Yaroslavl Yaroslavl
  • A vodka tasting party on board MS Nikolay Chernishevsky A vodka tasting party on board MS Nikolay Chernishevsky
  • Kirill-Belosersk Monastery, near Goritsy Kirill-Belosersk Monastery, near Goritsy
  • Museum of Wooden Architecture, Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture, Kizhi
  • Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Island Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Island
  • Enjoy a Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls painting lesson on board MS Nikolay Chernishevsky Enjoy a Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls painting lesson on board MS Nikolay Chernishevsky
  • Traditional wooden structure, Mandrogui Traditional wooden structure, Mandrogui
  • Church of the Resurrection, St Petersburg Church of the Resurrection, St Petersburg
  • Hermitage, St Petersburg Hermitage, St Petersburg
  • Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Moscow.

Fly to Moscow where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Nikolay Chernishevsky, for embarkation. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Moscow.

Explore Russia's enigmatic capital on an included city tour this morning, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This afternoon, marvel at imposing red-brick towers, extravagant palaces and historic Cathedral Square on an included trip to the Kremlin, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. Tonight, enjoy an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Moscow.

This morning, explore Moscow further or take advantage of one of the optional excursions available, including a trip to Sergiyev Posad, a transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing or a tour of the New Maiden's Convent. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board before tonight's fun-filled 'Getting to Know You' show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Uglich.

Enjoy a Russian language lesson and a traditional Russian song class this morning as you cruise to Uglich, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring Cities'. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour including the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transfiguration Cathedral before returning to your ship for this evening's folk concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Yaroslavl.

Another 'Golden Ring' city, Yaroslavl is one of Russia's best-loved towns. View the city's highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colourful local market, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. Back on board, activities include a Russian song lesson. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Goritsy.

As you cruise across the White Lake, enjoy a Matryoshka painting lesson, where you'll learn how Russian Nesting Dolls are decorated. In the afternoon, reach Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery and enjoy a visit to the intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, feast on a traditional Russian dinner before this evening's folk concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Kizhi.

Cruise to Lake Onega's picturebook island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transfiguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. This evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Mandrogui.

Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amidst pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and woodcarvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab. On board this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight's talent show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : St Petersburg.

This morning, admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the impressive Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After lunch, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum on an included excursion. Tonight, join the optional 'Rivers and Canals' tour or the optional excursion to a Russian folklore show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : St Petersburg.

Today's optional excursion takes you to Pushkin and Pavlovsk, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the many lavish chambers, such as the famed Amber Room and the Palace of Paul the First in Pavlovsk. This evening, join the optional excursion to a Russian ballet or the optional 'St Petersburg by night' tour. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : St Petersburg.

This morning, enjoy an excursion to the Peterhof, where you will visit the beautiful lower park and see the exterior of the palace. In the afternoon, why not take an optional River and Canals excursion? Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : St Petersburg - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to St Petersburg 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.

Note: Single cabins are not twin for sole use.

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.

Note

There is a steep staircase from the Lower Deck to the Main Deck and there is no lift on the ship.

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Moscow; St Petersburg - UK
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck porthole cabin
  • 32 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Included Excursions with English speaking guide
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Welcome Bread and Salt ceremony
  • On-board Entertainment Programme including Russian language lessons, Captain's bridge tour, dancing and live music concerts
  • 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 City sightseeing, Kremlin
  • Uglich Kremlin, Church of Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration Cathedral
  • Yaroslavl Exterior visit of Church of Elijah the Prophet, interior visit of Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, Governor's House
  • Goritsy Museum of Icons at Kirill-Belosersk Monastery
  • Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture
  • Mandrogui Enjoy time at leisure
  • St Petersburg City sightseeing, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum
  • On the Cruise Captain's welcome party, Russian language lesson, Captain's bridge tour, entertainment programme, Captain's farewell dinner

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
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Moscow.

Fly to Moscow where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Nikolay Chernishevsky, for embarkation. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Moscow.

Explore Russia's enigmatic capital on an included city tour this morning, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This afternoon, marvel at imposing red-brick towers, extravagant palaces and historic Cathedral Square on an included trip to the Kremlin, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. Tonight, enjoy an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Moscow.

This morning, explore Moscow further or take advantage of one of the optional excursions available, including a trip to Sergiyev Posad, a transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing or a tour of the New Maiden's Convent. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board before tonight's fun-filled 'Getting to Know You' show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Uglich.

Enjoy a Russian language lesson and a traditional Russian song class this morning as you cruise to Uglich, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring Cities'. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour including the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transfiguration Cathedral before returning to your ship for this evening's folk concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Yaroslavl.

Another 'Golden Ring' city, Yaroslavl is one of Russia's best-loved towns. View the city's highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colourful local market, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. Back on board, activities include a Russian song lesson. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Goritsy.

As you cruise across the White Lake, enjoy a Matryoshka painting lesson, where you'll learn how Russian Nesting Dolls are decorated. In the afternoon, reach Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery and enjoy a visit to the intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, feast on a traditional Russian dinner before this evening's folk concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Kizhi.

Cruise to Lake Onega's picturebook island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transfiguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. This evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Mandrogui.

Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amidst pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and woodcarvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab. On board this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight's talent show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : St Petersburg.

This morning, admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the impressive Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After lunch, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum on an included excursion. Tonight, join the optional 'Rivers and Canals' tour or the optional excursion to a Russian folklore show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : St Petersburg.

Today's optional excursion takes you to Pushkin and Pavlovsk, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the many lavish chambers, such as the famed Amber Room and the Palace of Paul the First in Pavlovsk. This evening, join the optional excursion to a Russian ballet or the optional 'St Petersburg by night' tour. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : St Petersburg.

This morning, enjoy an excursion to the Peterhof, where you will visit the beautiful lower park and see the exterior of the palace. In the afternoon, why not take an optional River and Canals excursion? Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : St Petersburg - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to St Petersburg 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.

Note: Single cabins are not twin for sole use.

Early Booking Offer

Book before 15 December 2017 to receive a complimentary Moscow by night and metro excursion on 2018 departures.

What's Included

  • Flights UK - Moscow; St Petersburg - UK
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck porthole cabin
  • 32 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Included Excursions with English speaking guide
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Welcome Bread and Salt ceremony
  • On-board Entertainment Programme including Russian language lessons, Captain's bridge tour, dancing and live music concerts
  • 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 City sightseeing, Kremlin
  • Uglich Kremlin, Church of Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration Cathedral
  • Yaroslavl Exterior visit of Church of Elijah the Prophet, interior visit of Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, Governor's House
  • Goritsy Museum of Icons at Kirill-Belosersk Monastery
  • Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture
  • Mandrogui Enjoy time at leisure
  • St Petersburg City sightseeing, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum
  • On the Cruise Captain's welcome party, Russian language lesson, Captain's bridge tour, entertainment programme, Captain's farewell dinner

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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26-Sep-2016

Food onboard was disappointing. Cabins were very small and very basic

22-Sep-2016

It was really interesting and we enjoyed every minute. However, we fel that perhaps you ought to emphasis that there are a lot of steps on the boat and a fair bit of walking on the trips. Quite a few people remarked that it was definitely a holiday f...

10-Aug-2016

Good

09-Aug-2016

Everything we could wish for. Well organised trips with excellent guides.

09-Aug-2016

The best part of this holiday was undoubtedly Anastasia our 'onboard' rep. She was absolutely amazing and the trouble she took for her passengers was outstanding - her knowledge of English meant she could sort out any little problems very quickly. Th...

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