Deluxe Russian River Cruise (St Petersburg to Moscow)

Price per person
from £2,000

Price based on
London Heathrow
30th Jun 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Russia

  • River cruise

Marvel at the Russian landscape with its wide boulevards, stunning architecture and vibrant colours. Tour the famous sights and magnificent collection of art housed in St Petersburg, try a traditional Russian BBQ, visit a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake and take a panoramic city tour of Moscow. This deluxe cruise of the waterways of northern Russia is your chance to discover its hidden gems and charming scenery.

At a glance


Luxury Russian River Cruise (St Petersburg to Moscow) 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

Marvel at the Russian landscape with its wide boulevards, stunning architecture and vibrant colours. Tour the famous sights and magnificent collection of art housed in St Petersburg, try a traditional Russian BBQ, visit a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake and take a panoramic city tour of Moscow. This deluxe cruise of the waterways of northern Russia is your chance to discover its hidden gems and charming scenery.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - St Petersburg

Day
1

Travel to St Petersburg 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

St Petersburg

Day
2

After breakfast on board, explore the history-rich city of St Petersburg on a spectacular panoramic coach tour. St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and the country’s cultural heart. You'll visit 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 the city’s main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt. Your tour includes entrance to the world renowned Hermitage museum. The winter palace of Catherine the Great is one of the biggest museums in the world and houses a magnificent collection of art and 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

Mandrogui

Day
3

Today you'll get a chance to sample a traditional Russian BBQ lunch in the historic village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The charming village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. You can watch 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

Kizhi

Day
4

After breakfast and entertainment on board, visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island is famous for its collection of wooden churches and is home to the impressive centrepiece of a 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails. The Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russian river cruise. Entrance includes the open-air museum of wooden architecture and a typical Karelian House. Return to the boat for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Goritsy

Day
5

Today, explore the tiny settlement of Goritsy on the edge of the White Lake. With its medieval atmosphere, the main attractions of this picturesque river town 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. In the evening a Russian-style dinner and entertainment await you on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uglich

Day
6

Visit the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148 and still containing some of the finest samples of Russian architecture. The town lays claim to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible, who 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, which can be seen on the horizon as your ship sails towards the town, was built in Dmitry’s memory. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
7

Arrive in Moscow and begin your discovery of the 860 plus year-old capital city of Russia after lunch. Moscow's history is evident everywhere you look in the city, with the modern and ancient existing side by side. On your panoramic tour visit some of the iconic sights including the Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin – the former residence of the Russian Tsars. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and then continue your exploration of the Kremlin, the Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square. Return to the ship for your farewell dinner and entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow - 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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