Russian River Cruise - St Petersburg to Moscow

Price per person
from £1,495

Price based on
London Heathrow
12th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Russia

  • River cruise

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.
Russian River Cruise: St Petersburg to Moscow

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

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.

Did what it said on the tin! Good overall experience...

29th September 2017
Mr GEORGE BROWN

Did what it said on the tin! Good overall experience within the various elements. When using someone else's boat it it is important to give clients a little more info eg understandbly there were at least 6 different nationalities aboard which meant a lot of repetition of translated announcements. The boat is due to go in for major overhaul/ update from mid october. Facilities on board reflected this as it was a three star boat. The UK rep on board was 5 star standard.

Overall very good and enjoyable, the boat was good value...

9th July 2017
Mrs Jennifer McKean

Overall very good and enjoyable, the boat was good value for money, the food very good and the staff were a delight nothing was too much trouble. It was definitely sightseeing at speed the guides were excellent very knowledgeable. The highlight for me was the Moscow by Night tour I would highly recommend it. However I wish the brochure had made it clear how little time there was in St Petersburg and Moscow because I would have booked extra days in these cities. I think the company lost out there. The VIP collection service was excellent and much appreciated.

Not the best river boat holiday I have been on....

8th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Not the best river boat holiday I have been on.

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7th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Good could have been extended a few days and allow...

7th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Good could have been extended a few days and allow more free time in St P and Moscow

Very good value for money, many included excursions and visits...

30th May 2017
Mrs Angela Howcroft

Very good value for money, many included excursions and visits to heritage sites that would have been very expensive to book separately.

See previous comments please...

27th May 2017
Trusted Customer

See previous comments please

Outstanding cruise for the money...

26th May 2017
Mr Jeffrey Noakes

Outstanding cruise for the money

We had a good overview of Russian life. The choice...

26th May 2017
Mr Kenneth Atkinson

We had a good overview of Russian life. The choice of places to visit was excellent and varied. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • 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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