Russian River Cruise - St Petersburg to Moscow

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Russian River Cruise - St Petersburg to Moscow

Admire St Petersburg's historic centre to take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange, on to Mandrogui, built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, learn to speak Russian and join a Russian tea party, visit some of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. Then sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities, and investigate the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square and the spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills.

This cruise takes you through the unfolding beautiful Russian landscapes as you cruise the waterways of northern Russia from St Petersburg to Moscow.

11 days from

£1,399

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 16/09/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - St Petersburg.

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

DAY 2 : St Petersburg.

Admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour this morning and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the 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 Hermitage Museum. This evening, enjoy either an optional excursion to the Ballet, optional visit to the Russian folklore show or an optional Rivers and Canals tour. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : St Petersburg.

Today's optional excursion takes you to Pushkin, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the famed Amber Room and other lavish chambers, before heading to nearby Peterhof to see the beautiful lower park and beautiful palace exterior. This evening, set sail on the Neva River and enjoy a 'Getting to Know You' show on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : 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. Back on board your ship, enjoy a Russian language lesson. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : 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. Back on board, this afternoon's activities include a Captain's bridge tour and a Russian tea party, followed by a classical concert in the evening. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Goritsy.

After breakfast, enjoy a traditional Russian song class before cruising across the White Lake to Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery. This afternoon, visit the monastery's intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, enjoy a pirate themed dinner before this evening's concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Yaroslavl.

This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. 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. This evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner on board followed by a gala concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Uglich.

Another 'Golden Ring' city, Uglich is one of Russia's best-loved towns. 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. This afternoon, enjoy a Russian language lesson and a farewell dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight's talent show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Moscow.

This morning, sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities. Explore Moscow on an included city tour, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This evening, there's an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : Moscow.

Marvel at imposing red-brick towers and extravagant palaces on today's included visit to the famous Kremlin, and view historic Cathedral Square, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to Sergiyev Posad or Novodevichy Convent or the Tretyakov Gallery or a coach transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : Moscow - 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.

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 - St Petersburg; Moscow - UK
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck porthole cabin
  • 29 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 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

  • St Petersburg City sightseeing
  • Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture
  • Goritsy Kirill-Belosersk Monastery
  • Yaroslavl City sightseeing, plus an interactive tour of the former Governor's House (Art Gallery)
  • Uglich A walking tour with a visit to the territory of Kremlin
  • Moscow City sightseeing, Kremlin

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 - St Petersburg.

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

DAY 2 : St Petersburg.

Admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour this morning and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the 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 Hermitage Museum. This evening, enjoy either an optional excursion to the Ballet, optional visit to the Russian folklore show or an optional Rivers and Canals tour. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : St Petersburg.

Today's optional excursion takes you to Pushkin, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. Visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the famed Amber Room and other lavish chambers, before heading to nearby Peterhof to see the beautiful lower park and beautiful palace exterior. This evening, set sail on the Neva River and enjoy a 'Getting to Know You' show on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : 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. Back on board your ship, enjoy a Russian language lesson. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : 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. Back on board, this afternoon's activities include a Captain's bridge tour and a Russian tea party, followed by a classical concert in the evening. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Goritsy.

After breakfast, enjoy a traditional Russian song class before cruising across the White Lake to Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery. This afternoon, visit the monastery's intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, enjoy a pirate themed dinner before this evening's concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Yaroslavl.

This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. 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. This evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner on board followed by a gala concert. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Uglich.

Another 'Golden Ring' city, Uglich is one of Russia's best-loved towns. 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. This afternoon, enjoy a Russian language lesson and a farewell dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight's talent show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Moscow.

This morning, sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities. Explore Moscow on an included city tour, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This evening, there's an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : Moscow.

Marvel at imposing red-brick towers and extravagant palaces on today's included visit to the famous Kremlin, and view historic Cathedral Square, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to Sergiyev Posad or Novodevichy Convent or the Tretyakov Gallery or a coach transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : Moscow - 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.

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 - St Petersburg; Moscow - UK
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck porthole cabin
  • 29 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 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

  • St Petersburg City sightseeing
  • Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture
  • Goritsy Kirill-Belosersk Monastery
  • Yaroslavl City sightseeing, plus an interactive tour of the former Governor's House (Art Gallery)
  • Uglich A walking tour with a visit to the territory of Kremlin
  • Moscow City sightseeing, Kremlin

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

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (10 reviews)

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17-Oct-2016

Well organised and good fun! There was so much to see, do and learn about Russia.

12-Oct-2016

The river cruise itself was good. Vodohod who provided the cruise was professional and all the employees were very good. The Archers' tour guide Anastasia was superb. She went out of her way to support customers' requests!!!

08-Oct-2016

As above.it was well organised trips excellent and the guides great .russia was awsome

30-Sep-2016

Brilliant

12-Jul-2016

Generally most enjoyable.

08-Jul-2016

The cruise was well above & beyond our expectations. <br/>Operation, organisation, catering and domestic service etc. on and off the boat was very good+ and the guides throughout the trip were the very best.<br/>A very interesting and enjoyable exper...

27-May-2016

Service was good in dining room but food could be improved.Dining times could be more flexible when not on tours.Inclusive tours and guides were very good.On board guide, Anastasia was excellent and was very helpful.

26-May-2016

On board meals good, staff helpful, cabins need updating though. Our junior suite was a bit of misnomer It was no suite just two very narrow bunk beds in a very small cabin. Guides and tours from ship very good Although would have liked a little ...

26-May-2016

Overall a good holiday. However, food was bad to start, although it did improve somewhat during the holiday - only average in all. We also had an early morning call by loud speaker every morning, telling us that breakfast would be served in about 1...

26-May-2016

The trip was well organised and included most of the places we wanted to visit.<br/>The talks and activities were interesting but we would also have liked information about the animals and plants we saw as we sailed towards Moscow.

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