12 Day Russian River Cruise

10 night at the MS Zosima Shashkov or MS Georgy Chicherin
Round trip airfare from NYC, 10 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-St. Petersburg, Moscow-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights Tourist Class river cruise on MS Zosima Shashkov
  • or MS Georgy Chicherin
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • English speaking cruise director throughout
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walk the lanes of the quaint "Golden Ring" city of Yaroslavl, dating back to the Viking era
  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow
  • Choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink with dinner

Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

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.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

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

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River; transfer to the port to embark your cruise. 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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Hermitage Museum & St. Petersburg City Tour
This morning visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. This afternoon, your tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to view 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. Tonight, after dinner, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet or opt to take a scenic cruise along St. Petersburg's legendary canals
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: Rivers & Canals of St. Petersburg*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Today is free to explore all of the delights of this magical city on your own. Or, join the optional excursion to Pushkin Palace and Peterhof Park. Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit the lavish 18th century Catherine's Palace, summer residence of the Russian Tsars, named for Catherine, widow of Peter the Great. Explore the luxurious palace, an architectural masterpiece, and the surrounding gardens. Visit the reconstructed Amber Room, with its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber, gold leaf and mirrors. Then, continue to Peterhof Palace with its gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland. This configuration of palaces and gardens was masterminded by Peter the Great, and is often called the "Russian Versailles." Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail from St. Petersburg. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and get to know your fellow traveling companions
Optional: Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Village of Mandrogi
Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the village with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavillion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - 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 as the ship sails towards Goritsy
*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.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - 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 fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and set sail for Yaroslavll
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Yaroslavl City Tour
Arrive this afternoon in the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. This beautiful city, one of Russia’s oldest, traces its roots back to the days of the Vikings. View the fortified Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery and its Cathedral, the oldest building in Yaroslavl, dating back 800 years. Continue to the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art housed in the 18th-century Governor’s mansion, with its impressive collection of Russian paintings spread out across many palatial rooms. View the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet with its detailed frescoes and icons, a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker. Time to browse the local food markets before returning to the ship for dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - 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. This evening join the Captain's dinner on board and a delightful talent show
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Moscow City 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 before returning to the ship for dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Kremlin Grounds Tour
Visit the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia - and in the world. The guided walking tour 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. This afternoon return to the ship to rest, explore Moscow on your own, or take the optional afternoon tour to the Kremlin Armory. Here, you will find the largest collection of the world-famous Fabergé eggs. Marvel at Grand Siberian Railway egg, with its gold train, platinum locomotive and ruby headlamp, crafted to commemorate the Moscow–Vladivostok line. View Russian arms and armor, the state regalia, thrones, carriages, and ornate coronation dressers. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends on board
Optional: Armory Museum
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Depart Russia
Morning disembarkation in Moscow. The airport is approximately a two hour drive from the port. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • 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 and MS Konstantin Fedin cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.
  • Please note, Saturday departure on September 17, 2016 will be accommodated on MS Konstantin Fedin.
  • 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.
  • Visa required for Russia
Not Included
Shore excursions and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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