Deluxe Russian River Cruise (Moscow to St Petersburg)

Price per person
from £1,700

Price based on
London Heathrow
22nd Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Russia

  • River cruise

Stand before the red walls of the Kremlin in the seat of Russian power, and journey back through the centuries to visit a Tsar’s winter palace and a 14th-century monastery on the shores of White Lake.

At a glance


  • Moscow See the city's iconic sights of Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin.
  • Uglich Join an excursion of this 12th century town on the banks of the Volga River.
  • Goritsy Village Explore the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery on the shores of White Lake.
  • Kizhi Museum An enchanting open-air museum of wooden architecture.
  • Mandrogui Tour Village tour including a traditional Russian BBQ lunch.
  • St Petersburg See the famous sights of the magnificent Winter Palace and St Isaac's Cathedral.
Luxury Russian River Cruise (Moscow to St Petersburg) map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All airport and port taxes

Overview

Stand before the red walls of the Kremlin in the seat of Russian power, and journey back through the centuries to visit a Tsar’s winter palace and a 14th-century monastery on the shores of White Lake.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Moscow

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uglich

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Goritsy

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kizhi

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mandrogui

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg - UK

Day
8

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

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

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

Rostropovitch

Renovated in 2011 and belonging to the 5 anchors class of vessels, its dimensions (135 meters long and 16.7 meters wide) make it a comfortable ship, leaving room for an intimate atmosphere. Aboard the MS Rostropovich, passengers can enjoy two bars and restaurants, a movie theater or even a space dedicated to fitness.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 5 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of cabins: 106
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 212 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Gross tonnage: 3830
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 16.7
  • Speed in knots: 14
  • Launch year: 1980
  • Refit year: 2009

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

All cabins are exterior and include a scenic window, two beds that can be joined together (in some cabins), a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, TV, radio, fridge, hair dryer, and safe.

Details

  • 39 sq. ft. (without balcony)
  • 41 sq. ft. (with balcony)

All cabins are exterior and include a scenic window, two beds that can be joined together (in some cabins), a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, TV, radio, fridge, hair dryer, and safe.

Details

  • 62 sq. ft. (without balcony)
  • 52 feet (with balcony)

All cabins are exterior and include a scenic window, two beds that can be joined together (in some cabins), a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, TV, radio, fridge, hair dryer, and safe.

Details

  • Bolshoi Suite with balcony: 62 sq. ft.
  • Marinski Suite with balcony: 69 sq. ft.
  • Hermitage Suite with balcony: 62 sq. ft.

All cabins are exterior and include a scenic window, two beds that can be joined together (in some cabins), a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, TV, radio, fridge, hair dryer, and safe. Double bed, sofa, 2 armchairs

Details

  • 98 sq. ft.

Life on board

Age Restrictions

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and / or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships.

Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care ,or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking.No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Boutique

Salon Bar River Melody

Excursions

Choose from the itinerary onboard and experience the towns and cities you go  by. Mooring in the heart of towns near historical centres giving you the opportunity to explore the historical and architectural heritage.

Bar/Restaurant Symphony

Opera Restaurant

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Symphony Bar/Restaurant
  • Cafe
  • River Melody Lounge Bar
  • Deluxe cabins with balcony
  • Bolshoi Suites with balcony
  • Marinski Suites with balcony
  • Standard cabins with balcony

Deck 2

  • Conference/Cinema Room
  • Reception
  • Deluxe cabins without balcony
  • Junior Suite without balcony
  • Standard cabins without balcony

Deck 3

  • Sun Deck
  • Gym
  • Deluxe cabins with balcony
  • Hermitage Suites with balcony

Deck 4

  • Opera Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Junior Suites without balcony
  • Deluxe cabins with balcony
  • Bolshoi Suites with balcony
  • Marinski Suites with balcony
  • Standard cabins with balcony
  • Imperial Suite with panoramic balcony

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