River Cruise Itinerary
Air 1: Overnight Flight
Today board your overnight flight en route to Moscow, Russia.
Day 2: Moscow, Russia - Ship Embarkation
This morning you arrive in Moscow, the grand capital of Russia and its most dynamic city. Transfer to the ship, your home for the next nine nights, where you will enjoy nightly entertainment and delicious local cuisine. This evening, spend time getting acquainted with your fellow passengers and the ship. (Dinner)
Day 3: Moscow
Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world and home to more than nine million people. Enjoy a tour highlighting historic and famous landmarks including Red Square (UNESCO), St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Tverskaya Street, Moscow’s grand boulevard lined with shops and restaurants. Enjoy some leisure time either in the city or aboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Moscow - Cruising
Take the Moscow Metro to visit the 15th century Kremlin. Known as the “Underground Palace,” each Metro station was designed by a Russian architect, sculptor or artist. At the incredible Kremlin (UNESCO), view the priceless collection of Imperial treasures in the Armory Museum, including the crown jewels. Set sail from Moscow through the countryside of Russia and enjoy nightly on-board entertainment such as a romance concert, a classical music concert, and even a Russian folklore show with dancing lessons! In the afternoon, join your fellow travelers for a private Piroshki tea party hosted by your Russian companions. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception, followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Uglich
Approach the picturesque Golden Ring city of Uglich and soak in a lovely view of the magnificent architectural monuments from the deck. A walking tour features historic Transfiguration Cathedral, where a local choir brings the church's acoustics to life during a brief demonstration. Also see the blue-domed Church of Prince Dimitry on the Blood. Visit a local handicraft market to view regional crafts and learn about the Chaika watches. Continue along the mighty Volga River through unspoiled forests and rural villages. While sailing, enjoy an exclusive sampling of cuisine unique to Russia, such as blini and caviar. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Goritsy
Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you sail south to Goritsy*, a peaceful farming community, where you’ll visit the Kirill Belosersk Monastery. Later, sail in the vast White Lake, once known as the Tsar’s fishing grounds. On board, a special treat awaits as you join the chef and crew for an interactive Russian culinary demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Lake Onega - Kizhi Island
Cruise through picturesque Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe and one of the world’s purest. This morning you arrive at Kizhi Island, at the northern end of Lake Onega. Kizhi is renowned for its open-air museum. Visit these fascinating buildings of northern-style wood architecture including the remarkable Church of the Intercession. This spectacular church has nine domes in three tiers and is one of the ultimate examples of Russian fairytale architecture. Later, join your fellow travelers for an exclusive introduction and tasting of various types of vodka and an included lecture on the culture surrounding this Russian spirit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Svir River - Green Stop on Mandroghi or Svirstroy
Cruise through the 119-mile Svir River which connects Lake Onega with Lake Ladoga. Pause for a few hours in a quaint riverside settlement where you will explore various buildings which represent country life in Russia. You may enjoy a walk through the woods or visit the workshops to watch artisans at work. Afterwards, everyone comes together at the outdoor pavilion for a traditional Shashlik barbecue lunch. This evening, enjoy a festive Captain’s dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: St. Petersburg
Sail along the Neva River to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s magnificent creation and one of the loveliest European cities. Your morning tour of this fabled city of canals will take you to Palace Square, the historic heart of St. Petersburg (UNESCO), and along Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main boulevard. See the monumental St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Admiralty Tower and other great buildings that stand as monuments to the extravagant splendors of Imperial Russia. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour through the world-famous Hermitage Museum, the crown jewel of St. Petersburg. No museum rivals the Hermitage in size, grandeur and holdings, including masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens and Picasso. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: St. Petersburg
Today, take an excursion to Tsarskoye Selo (formerly known as Pushkin) and tour the magnificent Catherine Palace. Marvel at the blazing robin’s egg blue of the exterior and tour its distinctive rooms. After your visit, enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant featuring delicious local cuisine, drinks and lively entertainment. The remainder of your afternoon is free to take in the best of St. Petersburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: St. Petersburg - Disembark Ship - Tour Concludes
Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful cultural journey. (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
Enjoy a guided tour through the world-famous Hermitage Museum, the crown jewel of St. Petersburg, located in the Winter Palace.
Visit the magnificent baroque style Catherine Palace, former home of Catherine the Great.
Explore the incredible Kremlin and view the priceless collection of imperial treasures in the Armory Museum.
Moscow sightseeing includes the world-famous Red Square with the spectacular view of the rainbow-colored St. Basil’s cathedral.
Cruising between Moscow and St. Petersburg, discover the unknown Russia, where daily life has remained unchanged for centuries.
All This Included
Experience the splendor of the czars, vibrant Slavic culture and the expansive beauty of rural Russia on this 11-day cruise from Russia’s capital, Moscow to Peter the Great’s glittering city, St. Petersburg. Visit Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral‘s kaleidoscopic towers. Step inside the Kremlin and discover its imperial treasures. See the architectural treasures of the “Golden Ring.” Cruise through picturesque Lake Onega and the mighty Volga River. Follow an expert guide to discover the incredible treasures of the immense Hermitage Museum as you explore St. Petersburg, one of the loveliest cities in Europe.
Accommodations for 8 nights.
23 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip.
Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: To be determined
Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.
Single accommodations are limited to two cabins and available on request only. Single cabins are not available on the Main Deck. Rate given applies to Upper or Boat Decks.
Child rates available on request only.
Triple accommodations are not available.
All cabins on board your ship are outside cabins. Collette offers standard, outside cabins of similar quality and size for main, upper and boat deck categories.
There are many trip highlights offered onboard throughout the cruise; however, these are scheduled at the sole discretion of the cruise line and may not take place on the exact day they are featured in the itinerary.
Optional shore excursions can only be purchased on the ship. Payment can only be CASH and only in Rubles, U.S. Dollars or Euros. It is highly recommended that you exchange money upon arrival in Russia (at the airport or during the city tour the following day). You should exchange enough money to pay for all the options you wish to purchase and also to tip the staff on the ship. Credit cards are not accepted for these expenses.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.