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12 Day First Class Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg & Moscow
(St. Petersburg to Moscow)

12 days with Gate 1  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Russia
Depart for St. Petersburg, Russia.

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River The remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 3, Friday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Head to Peterhof Palace, the amazing Summer Palace of Peter the Great, known as his Russian re-creation of the French Palace of Versailles. It is famed for its palaces, gorgeous landscaped gardens, terraces filled with gilded statues and fountains. The guided tour takes you to the sparkling fountains of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Parks, stopping for a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland. Afterwards, return to the hotel with time at leisure for sightseeing, lunch, or shopping. This evening perhaps dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food; be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite. (Breakfast)

DAY 4, Saturday - Cruise Embarkation
After an early check out from the hotel, morning at leasure before tranferring to the port to embark your cruise on the MS Mstislav Rostropovich. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River.. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Sunday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and many others. This evening, join the Captain's dinner on board and get to know your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6, Monday - Village of Mandrogi
Cruise this morning for Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Arrive in the early afternoon, and go ashore for a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion (weather permitting). Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the workshops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Perhaps cap off the afternoon at the Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2,500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi. In the evening, join a Russian language class and enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7, Tuesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
This morning arrive to the island of Kizhi.* Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class. In the evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner followed by entertainment on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.

DAY 8, Wednesday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortified walls, which measure 2,400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting. Tonight, enjoy a Russian style dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9, Thursday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia's history. This morning's walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father's forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. The ship will set sail for Moscow at noon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10, Friday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds Tour
This morning relax on board as you prepare for an exciting afternoon in Moscow, the fabled capital of Russia. After lunch on board, begin your panoramic city tour at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square with St. Basil's cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. The tour of the Kremlin takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. 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. After dinner in a city restaurant, perhaps join the optional Moscow by Night tour that travels to lively Tverskaya Street, with its bustling shops, cafes and restaurants and to Victory Park and the observation platform at Sparrow Hills to see a panoramic view of the whole city. End this evening by traveling a few stops on the remarkable Moscow subway, with its lavishly decorated stations in marble, mosaics, chandeliers and statues. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Moscow by Night

DAY 11, Saturday - Disembarkation in Moscow, Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit
Enjoy breakfast at leisure prior to disembarkation in Moscow. Transfer to your hotel. Time to relax before taking a tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent or New Maiden Convent a UNESCO World Heritage Site, This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Afterwards, continue with a tour of Moscow's elegant Subway Stations. You will see some of the most beautiful stations, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and brightly colored stained glass. (Breakfast)

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Russia
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • View the magnificent Peterhof Palace and Gardens
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housed in the lavishly decorated Winter Palace in St. Petersburg
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a World Heritage Site
  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin grounds
  • Tour of the 16th century Novodevichy Convent & a unique tour of the Moscow subway stations
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner
  • Choice of wine or juice with dinner
  • Russian vodka tasting on board

All This Included
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich
St. Petersburg: Radisson Royal Hotel
Moscow: Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take as long as 4-6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips. 
  • 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. 
  • While sailing with LLC Vodohod d/b/a Vodohod Russian River Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions.
  • Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.
  • This program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 3+ -star MS Mstislav Rostropovich and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with renovated furnishings. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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.

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