12 Day Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg & Moscow

2 St. Petersburg, 7 nights River Cruise & 1 Moscow
Round trip airfare from JFK, 10 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing

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Price Includes
  • Flights New York-St. Petersburg, Moscow-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights St. Petersburg
    • 7 nights river cruise on MS Mstislav Rostropovich
    • 1 night Moscow
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • 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

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, Thursday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Moscow, Russia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, Russia’s fascinating capital and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Moscow

DAY 3, Saturday - Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit, Cruise Embarkation
After an early check out from the hotel, visit 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. Afterward, 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. Return back to the hotel for time at leisure before transferring to the port for embarkation 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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds
The panoramic tour of Moscow, fabled capital of Russia, begins with the exploration of famous Red Square and a visit to GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. View the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and continue to 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. Visit one of the cathedrals and admire the frescoes and exquisite icons. After lunch, embark on a city tour. Drive by Leningradskaya and Tverskaya streets and the former headquarters of the KGB. Return to the ship. This evening, join the Captain's dinner on board and get to know your fellow travelers
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Relax on board today. Perhaps, join a Russian language class, or attend a lecture about traditional Russian handicrafts. In the late afternoon, 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. The 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. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and folklore entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - 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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
Tour the ship’s bridge with the friendly staff, and continue practicing your Russian at the language class. Time to relax on board before the late afternoon arrival on 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 Mandrogi. In the evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner followed by entertainment on board
*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 8, Thursday - Village of Mandrogi
In the late morning, dock in 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 2,500 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 pavilion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail for St. Petersburg, the jewel of Russia. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship's Gala Concert and Captain's farewell dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - 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, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends at dinner on board. Afterwards, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet or take the optional scenic tour of St. Petersburg by Night
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: St. Petersburg by Night*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Disembarkation in St. Petersburg, Peterhof Palace
This morning disembark the ship and 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. Afterward, check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure in St. Petersburg which is known as one of the world's most beautiful cities. This evening perhaps dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food; be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Russia
Transfer to the St. Petersburg airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • 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.
  • For visa information, check our Visas page.
  • 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.