Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St Petersburg

Price per person
from £1,596

Price based on
London Heathrow
25th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Russia

  • River cruise

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.

At a glance


  • 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
Russian River Cruise: Moscow to St Petersburg

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

Customer Reviews

Excellent value, super excursions, friendly team...

11th August 2017
Trusted Customer

Excellent value, super excursions, friendly team

The included excursions were good 4**** but the food...

28th June 2017
Trusted Customer

The included excursions were good 4**** but the food really did vary & was often completely cold. Our junior suite was fine but my sister- in- law was in a single cabin,with window, & even though clean was not that good.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners

UK - Moscow

Day
1

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uglich

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yaroslavl

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Goritsy

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kizhi

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mandrogui

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
11

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?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg - UK

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

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. 

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

Single cabins are not twin for sole use.

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

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

MS Chernishevsky

The ms Chernishevsky is a comfortable five-deck vessel that cruises through the Russian Waterways. It was first launched in 1986 and is 129 metres longs, which means it provides a number of facilities for passengers.

The ship features outside staterooms, with majestic views of the passing countryside; restaurant; two bars; souvenir shop; music room; dance hall; sauna and solarium. Laundry service is also available.

Purpose built for river cruising, and with a highly qualified crew eager to meet all your needs, this is the perfect vessel for discovering the fascinating Russian landscape.

Ship facts

  • Style: Classic
  • Size: Small
  • Number of decks: 5
  • Length (m): 129
  • Launch year: 1986

Amenities

  • Smoking

Cabins on this ship

These outside-facing cabins measure approximately 7 metres2 in size. They all have en-suite facilities, a heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe and radio.

These cabins have two beds and a large opening scenic window. They all have en-suite facilities, a heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe and radio.

These cabins have two beds and a large opening scenic window. They all have en-suite facilities, a heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe and radio.

One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 7 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.

2-bed cabin with separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchenette, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way with a roomy wardrobe, occasional table, console-mirror, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and a wardrobe. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people.

Life on board

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Neva Bar-Restaurant
  • Music Hall
  • Cabins & Suites

Deck 2

  • Sauna
  • Cabins

Deck 3

  • First Aid
  • Cabins

Deck 4

  • Volga Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Cabins

Deck 5

  • Sun Deck
  • Conference Hall

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