Day 1 Moscow
Welcome to Moscow. If you had a hundred years, you couldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here. (Dinner)
Day 2 Moscow
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible world icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Moscow
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Moscow
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.
Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Moscow
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War II museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Uglich
Part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will show you the many highlights of this city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Yaroslavl
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Today you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Fine Art Museum, housed in the Governor’s mansion, featuring the impressive collection of Russian paintings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Goritsy
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Kizhi Island
Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Mandrogi
Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings and perhaps try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 St. Petersburg
Start your day with a visit to the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before cruising through the city’s canals and getting to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 St. Petersburg
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Afterwards enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please.
Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Explore the Imperial Bath House and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, which was modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces’ majestic Fountains.
This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 St. Petersburg
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)
Reveal the mysteries of Russia on a 15 day river cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow, cruise the majestic waterways on board the luxurious Scenic Tsar.
In the words of Winston Churchill, Russia has always been ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.
From the might and splendour of Moscow to the beauty of St. Petersburg, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world. There’s simply no better way to traverse this land than along Russia’s majestic waterways. The best option by far is a luxury cruise on board the boutique Scenic Tsar with only 112 guests.
41 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
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.