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Russian River Cruise - St Petersburg to Moscow

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • River cruises

Epic and colourful with a history to match: this is a riveting journey between St Petersburg and Moscow along the Volga River. Stand before the Kremlin and St Basil's iconic domes in Moscow’s Red Square, and explore St Petersburg’s impressive historic centre.

At a glance

  • St Petersburg City sightseeing tour including the Old Stock Exchange, Rostral Columns and the Winter Palace.
  • Kizhi Museum of Wooden Architecture An enchanting open-air museum.
  • Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery The largest monastery in Europe, situated on the shore of Lake Siverskoye.
  • Yaroslavl A bus tour of the city's sights including the former Governor's House and the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker.
  • Uglich An interesting 12th-century village located on the Volga River.
  • Moscow Iconic sightseeing which includes the Kremlin and Red Square.
  • On the Cruise Captain's welcome party, Russian language lesson, Captain's bridge tour, entertainment programme, Captain's farewell dinner

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
Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

Very good tour. Would definitely recommend it....

16th June 2018
Mr Philip Holroyd

Very good tour. Would definitely recommend it.

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16th June 2018
Mrs Lake Heoh Deeman

It was a good cruise anyway, but enhanced by a...

16th June 2018
Mr Peter Scanlon

It was a good cruise anyway, but enhanced by a superb tour guide, Anastasia.

As above.... Archers might want to indicate to future travellers...

15th June 2018
Trusted Customer

As above.... Archers might want to indicate to future travellers on this cruise, that warm clothing will be required.

The two small things that I did not like was...

27th May 2018
Mrs Gail Cardwell

The two small things that I did not like was being told that they give you coffee and tea as the seas cruises. It is restricted and varies every day which is very annoying. Also they have not been able to arrange for hot food coming up from the kitchen to the dinning to be kept hot, which can result in getting food poison.

Good value for money and very enjoyable, would try...

26th May 2018
Mrs Pamela Hobson

Good value for money and very enjoyable, would try another river cruise with Archers

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25th May 2018
Mrs Verena Samuel

Enjoyable holiday, compact cabins, excellent food. One of the stops...

25th May 2018
Trusted Customer

Enjoyable holiday, compact cabins, excellent food. One of the stops was missed out due to frozen lake and the substitute for that day was very basic. Stops quite short.

A few to many churches were included in the itinery....

25th May 2018
Mr Gerald Peter Sothcott

A few to many churches were included in the itinery.

We are pleased we started at St Petersburg as our...

29th September 2017
Trusted Customer

We are pleased we started at St Petersburg as our preference was Moscow but we loved every bit of our trip.

Overview

Epic and colourful with a history to match: this is a riveting journey between St Petersburg and Moscow along the Volga River. Stand before the Kremlin and St Basil's iconic domes in Moscow’s Red Square, and explore St Petersburg’s impressive historic centre.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

UK - St Petersburg

Day
1

Travel 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.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Petersburg

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mandrogui

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kizhi

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Goritsy

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yaroslavl

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Uglich

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Moscow - UK

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this cruise. 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.

The MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky will be completely refurbished in Winter 2017.

Why book with Archers Holidays?