River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Russia.
DAY 2 - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive and transfer to your ship for embarkation. The port is approximately a 1 hour drive from the St. Petersburg airport. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. (D)
DAY 3 - St. Petersburg City Tour
Enjoy a morning city tour of St. Petersburg. This panoramic tour takes you to Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Square, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and many more sights along the way. In the afternoon visit the famous museum, the Hermitage, home to one of the largest and richest collections of Western art in the world. Among the museum's vast collection, which spans six buildings (the most famous being the Winter Palace), priceless works by artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and many others are displayed amid opulent architectural design. This evening, enjoy dinner and the night at leisure on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 - Day at Leisure in St. Petersburg
Today is free at leisure to explore St. Petersburg on your own. Long considered Russia's most opulent city, St. Petersburg is today the country's second-largest city after Moscow, and former capital of the Romanov Czars. The ship will set sail at 4:30 pm. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and get to know the crew and staff of the MS Shashkov (B,L,D)
DAY 5 - Daylight Sailing
Enjoy daylight sailing and the morning at leisure on board. Stop in the romantic village of Mandrogi, whose name literally means "pine-trees on the bog," to enjoy time at leisure to explore the city. Rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 - Open Air Museum
This morning, arrive in Kizhi, a small island featuring one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected, the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration. The Church is the island's most famous architectural landmark and largely responsible for making Kizhi one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. It features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy and was built without using a single nail. Visit the Church and Open Air Wooden Architecture Museum. Enjoy dinner and the evening at leisure on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 - Monastery of St. Cyril
Arrive in Goritsy, an old Russian town of rich historical and cultural heritage. Today, visit the Monastery of St. Cyril, one of Russia's largest monasteries. Established in 1397 on the bank of Lake Siverskoye, the monastery of St. Cyril was once home to the largest monastery church in Northern Russia, the Assumption cathedral, which still stands today. The monastery's fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are an impressive sight, home to several towers including the Chasuble, the Vologda, and the Tent-like. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 - Yaroslavl City Tour
Arrive this afternoon in Yaroslavl, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a tour of this historic city, one among many in Russia's famous Golden Ring. The tour includes sites such as the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet and a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Enjoy an interactive tour of the former Governor's house. You will also have the opportunity to explore a local market. Dinner on board this evening. (B,L,D)
DAY 9 - Uglich City Tour
This afternoon, arrive in Uglich, one of Russia's oldest cities. Famous in Russian history for the dynastic crisis known as the Time of Troubles, which followed the suspicious death of Prince Dimitry (Ivan the Terrible's youngest son), Uglich is a popular stop when sailing the Volga due to its historic architecture and charm. Enjoy a tour of the city, including visits to the Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of Prince Dimitry. (B,L,D)
DAY 10 - Moscow City Tour
Arrive to Moscow just after lunch today, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the fabled capital of Russia. Traveling by coach, view the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Novodevichy or “New Maiden” convent, the former headquarters of the KGB, and many more historical sites. Explore Red Square, the most famous city square in Russia and visit GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. Enjoy dinner and the evening at leisure on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 11 - Kremlin Tour
Today's tour takes you to one of the best-known monuments in Russia, the Kremlin. Venture inside this former residence of the Russian czars on a guided walking tour. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the Kremlin grounds on your own before returning to the ship. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 12 - Depart for the USA
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. The Moscow airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port.(B)
River Cruise Highlights
St. Petersburg City Tour
Monastery of St. Cyril
Moscow City Tour
All This Included
10 nights Tourist Class river cruise on MS Zosima Shashkov
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Shore excursions per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Not Included: Shore excursions and gratuities.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: cabin aboard MS Zosima Shashkov
Cabin upgrades available.
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Passengers returning from Moscow on Day 12 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.
MS Zosima Shashkov cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.
As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. Visas are required for Russia.
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.