Day 1 – St. Petersburg (embark)
Arrive at St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport and be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hermitage Museum
Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace, and prepare to be amazed. Spend your last evening onboard at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin
Tour the splendid Catherine Palace and Park, a rococo masterpiece offering unrivaled luxury.
Day 4 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood visit, and Alexandrinsky Theatre ballet performance
See imperial St. Petersburg via a panoramic tour and from the water. Stop to visit the iconic Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. In the evening, be treated to a ballet performed at Alexandrinsky Theatre. Note: If the theatre is closed to the public for a private function, the performance will be held at an alternative venue. Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 5 – Cruising Lake Ladoga, Mandrogi, Cruising Svir River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore
Be guided through the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, home to talented artisans who bring Russia’s past vividly to life, and then enjoy a traditional shashlik picnic lunch.
Day 6 – Kizhi Island, cruising Lake Onega
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Marvel at the all-wood Church of Transfiguration at the UNESCO-designated open-air museum.
Day 7 – Goritsy (Kirillov)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province
See one of the most beautiful monasteries in the country, the 14th-century St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery. You’ll also visit the House of Children’s Arts and Crafts, gaining a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world.
Day 8 – Cruising Lake Rybinsk, Yaroslavl
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Yaroslavl city tour
Stroll through Yaroslavl’s UNESCO-designated city center with your local expert and step inside the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet, whose interior is covered in frescoes from the floor to the top of the domes.
Day 9 – Uglich
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Uglich walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood
Visit one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, Uglich, home of the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built in honor of the slain son of Ivan the Terrible.
Day 10 – Moscow
Spend your last day in Moscow at leisure.
Day 11 – Moscow
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Kremlin and Armory Museum visit
The legendary Kremlin, a self-contained city with palaces, armories and cathedrals built within a medieval fortress, is the birthplace of Moscow. A huge triangle enclosed in red-brick walls, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest area in Moscow and one of the world’s most beautiful architectural treasures. Tour the Kremlin and Armory Museum with its priceless collection of tsarist treasures, including the coronation robes of the tsars and exquisitely crafted Fabergé eggs.
Day 12 – Moscow
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Moscow city tour, tour of the metro and Arbat Street
Your panoramic tour showcases the best of Moscow: the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Enjoy a typical Russian lunch before visiting one of the most beautiful subways in the world, and then take stroll down Arbat Street, the longtime hangout of intellectuals and dissidents. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: During your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing may change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 13 – Depart Moscow
Disembark the ship and transfer to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for your flight home.