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Experience the historic, picturesque sights of the world’s largest country! Spend starlit nights cruising along the Volga River, the longest river in Europe. Take in all the sights of Moscow with four whole days of exploring. Explore the historic Russian towns northeast of Moscow. Follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims as you visit Sergiev Posad and Goritsky monasteries. Visit the historic city of Yaroslavl, transformed into a commercial hub by Catherine the Great. Go back in time as you encounter the island of Kizhi and the historic village of Mandrogi. End with 3 days sightseeing Saint Petersburg.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
Welcome to Moscow and day 1 of your Russian tour! Check in at the hotel lobby and meet your tour leader. Once you’ve settled in, you have the day to explore before joining us for the welcome dinner this evening. Make use of Moscow’s metro system, it’s the fastest mode of transport in the world. Trains run every 90 seconds during rush hour, and an estimated 9 million passengers use the metro every day!
See the sights of Moscow from the comfort of the coach. Snap a few photos as you stop off at the iconic landmarks. No trip to Russia is complete without a visit to the Kremlin, known as the heart of the city. Walk along Old Arbat street and do some souvenir shopping. Spend the evening exploring the the city, and perhaps sample some local vodka.
Today, check in to the cruise ship. Before stepping aboard, spend the morning exploring Moscow’s sights. Set out on your own, or speak to your tour leader about optional experiences available for you to join. Reconvene with your group back in the hotel lobby, hop aboard your shuttle and head to the ship.
Make your way to Sergiev Posad. This beautiful city is famous for its monastery, the blue domes of which can be seen from afar. Take your time exploring the city and all it has to offer. Here, you can take a step back as far as the 14th century! After exploring, meet back at the coach and head back to the boat. After a delightful dinner on board, sit back and revel in the onboard entertainment.
It’s the last day to soak up all that Russia’s capital has to offer. Take the time to visit the sites you’ve missed the first time around. Join your tour leader on some intriguing optional excursions, or wander about on your own. Around late afternoon we’ll fire the engines to make our way to our second stop on our Russian boat tour. Dine on board and see the city lights of Moscow disappear into the night.
Wake up to the boat is cruising along the Volga River. Make use of the boat’s view decks and marvel at the scenery passing us by. We arrive in the city of Uglich in the late afternoon and waste no time to start exploring. Embark on a walking tour that includes the Kremlin and its surrounding sites, Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood and the Transfiguration Cathedral. Head back to the boat by early evening and sit down to dinner as the ship departs for Yaroslavl.
Open your eyes as we dock at our next destination - Yaroslavl. After breakfast on board, venture onto land and through the oldest and largest city on the Golden Ring. Catch a glimpse of all the sights on your city bus tour and take your time meandering through the local market. Capture a photo of the outside of the Church of St Elijah the Prophet, and wander inside the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker. Take part in an interactive tour of the former Governor’s House, which is now an art gallery. Then, it’s back to the boat, where you will be treated to lunch and your river cruise continues to our next stop.
Find your way towards Goritsy. Before reaching land, indulge in a Russian tea ceremony on board. Set off to explore the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake. Eat lunch on board and embrace Russian culture as you participate in traditional song and dance classes. Lose yourself in the Russian fairy tales before the Slavic dinner aboard. End the night with some live music in the bar.
Spend the morning en route to Khizi, an island on Lake Onega. Take part in Russian language and napkin folding classes. Enjoy a relaxed lunch onboard with your fellow passengers. Participate in the Captain’s bridge tour and see what goes on behind the scenes of your Russian boat cruise. A pirate’s game will be on offer where you can “seek the treasure” before arriving in Kizhi. Roam the sights on a walking tour of the Khizi enclosure. Visit the open-air museum of wooden architecture and see the Transfiguration Cathedral. Next up is the Intercession Cathedral, and exploring inside an izba (traditional wooden house). Tonight, get back aboard and sit down to a delicious meal. End the day with an evening show of Mr and Mrs Cruise and live music.
Arrive in Mandrogi after breakfast and take your time admiring the landscape and the romantic village itself. Meander through the traditional Russian town and see the typical wooden houses and crafts exhibited by locals. Indulge at the Russian pancake and pie house or visit the Museum of Vodka (at extra cost). Before heading back to the ship, enjoy lunch in Madrogi. This evening it’s time to dress up and dine with the captain. Spend your last evening on board dancing and enjoying music in the bar!
The cruise to St Petersburg has reached its final destination. After breakfast, explore Imperial Russia’s capital - St. Petersburg. The city tour will show you all the sights this magnificent city has to offer - from museums and monuments, to parks and palaces. Tour through the Peter and Paul Fortress, visit the iconic Hermitage Museum and its incredible exhibits. End your day back on the ship, with a hearty meal.
After breakfast on the boat, head back to land and to visit and explore Peterhof Palace. The Palace served as the summer residence of the emperors for 200 years. The design of the Lower Garden is based on that of 17th century formal French gardens. Enjoy lunch on the ship. This afternoon you have free time to explore as you please. End the day with a dinner on board.
Another whole free day in St. Petersburg to spend as you please. Visit the town of Pushkin and all its historic sights, or head to Pavlovsk and the Pavlovsk Palace. Shop for some last-minute souvenirs or sit back with some vodka and watch the locals go about their day. This evening you could treat yourself to a night of Russian ballet, or enjoy an evening of music onboard.
After breakfast, the captain and his crew bid farewell to all the passengers. It’s also here that your tour ends. Be sure to exchange contact details with your fellow passengers and new friends!
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