Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - St. Petersburg

Airport arrival transfer to the ship

Arrival in St. Petersburg. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector

Transfer to the ship

Welcoming cocktail reception onboard a ship

Your first night onboard! We will spend several glorious days in this exciting city while your ship is docked in the port. Welcoming cocktail reception in the evening.

Day 2 - St Petersburg

City tour around St. Petersburg. Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress

After breakfast, you have a guided tour of St. Petersburg. This magnificent city enchants all its visitors with its legacy of history and the arts, and its striking beauty. St. Petersburg is a city of canals and rivers, built on 101 islands and linked by 350 graceful bridges, thus earning the name "Venice of the North". We take a bus tour around the city. You will see the major sights of St. Petersburg, including the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Church of Christ’s Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood), which revives the traditions of 17th century Russian church building. We go on to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the historic heart of St. Petersburg, dating from 1703. The fortress, the first building of the new city, was founded to protect the lands of the Neva from possible attack by Swedish troops. The sacred site of the fortress complex is the Cathedral of Peter and Paul. Until 1917 the fortress housed political prisoners. Many of its buildings have now been converted into museum. It features a splendid cathedral containing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.

Visit to the Hermitage

Today we visit one of the world’s most famous museums, the Hermitage, housed in the former Winter Palace. The museum contains a vast collection of Western Art, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Picasso and many other great masters. There are also fascinating Historical, Russian and Oriental sections. From the 1760s onwards, the Winter Palace was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently located on the bank of the river Neva, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps the major attraction of St. Petersburg.

Day 3 - St Petersburg

Free time.

Day 4 - Mandrogi

Free time in the village

Today we reach the village of Mandrogi and enjoy an outdoor break in beautiful landscape surroundings. There are several masterpieces of wooden architecture in the village. Villagers will meet you and present a special programme of their traditions and culture. There is a museum of Russian Vodka in Remeslennaya Sloboda, where tourists can learn about the technology and history of Russian vodka production. There are attractive walks through along the village and the forest to beguile you until late afternoon, when we get back on the board and continue our amazing journey.

Traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) picnic lunch

Enjoy picnic lunch of traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) served buffet-style.

Day 5 - Kizhi

Visit to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture

Today our ship will take us to the amazing tiny island of Kizhi via the Volga-Baltic Canal. The island is located at the northern end of Lake Onega. We will visit the renowned open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, collected from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 domes, is the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale church architecture. The Kizhi museum is one of the most interesting cultural sights in Northern Russia, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6 – Goritsy

Visit to the largest monastery of the Russian North

Our new destination today is Goritsy, a tiny settlement where the largest Russian Orthodox monastery of the Russian North, the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, is situated. We continue our river journey in the afternoon.

Day 7 – Yaroslavl

City tour around Yaroslavl

Arrival in the charming Russian city of Yaroslavl. This is an important port with a population of 600,000, stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga. Yaroslavl was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, and still has many interesting architectural and historical treasures. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th century Spassky Monastery complex, a group of several majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and the remains of an ancient trading center. We will start our city tour in the early morning and will visit the the Church of the Prophet Elijah and many other cultural highlights.

Visit to the Museum of Russian Art

The Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art is the biggest art museum in provincial Russia containing more then 70,000 pieces of arts and crafts including icons, graphics, sculptures and numismatics. It is located in the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl.

Day 8 - Uglich

Visit to the Cathedral of the Resurrection and the Kremlin

Today we arrive in one of the best loved towns of provincial Russia, Uglich, founded in 1148. The view of the town as approached from the Volga River is especially beautiful, with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church towering on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, the seventh wife of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. We will visit the Cathedral of the Resurrection and the Kremlin, which are among the oldest buildings in Uglich.

Day 9 - Moscow

City tour around Moscow

Moscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Start your discovery of Moscow with a guided bus city tour. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Sparrow Hills observation platform, visit Poklonnaya Hills a monument in honour of a Russian victory in the Great War (World War II), see the famous Red Square and the Bolshoi (Big) theatre or explore modern Moscow’s busy streets and discover the rich history of this magnificent city.

Day 10 - Moscow

Kremlin Territory with Cathedrals

Today we explore Moscow as a great city of Russian history and culture. We will visit the Kremlin (the former residence of the Tsars and Russian Orthodox Patriarchs) and its uniquely beautiful Orthodox cathedrals. You will also see the Byzantine splendour of St. Basil's multi-coloured onion-domed cathedral, in Red Square. You can take an optional tour to the Pushkin Museum, as well as the Kremlin Armoury Museum, where you'll admire many of the treasures of the Tsars, including famous and spectacular jewels, crowns, thrones and royal armour.

Day 11 - Moscow

Airport departure transfer from the ship

Transfer to the airport.

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Russian National Tourist Office price in Black

Travel 55 discount price in Red

Tel Russian National Tourist Office on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 ref: RU55

Date

Prices from

excl. flights

Prices from

incl. flights*

Single supp

12, 13 May

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

£650

20 May

£1395
£1326

£1695
£1611

£650

3, 10 June

£1395
£1326

£1695
£1611

£650

24 June

£1395
£1326

£1665
£1582

£650

1, 15, 22 July

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

£650

2 September

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

£650

16 September

£1395
£1326

£1695
£1611

£650

23 September

£1245
£1183

£1545
£1468

£600

Prices are per person, based on two sharing. *The price including flight is approximate and may vary up or down. We will confirm final price of your flight after we receive your booking.

All holidays subject to Russian National Tourist Office Terms and Conditions

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Russian National Tourist Office
St Petersburg - Moscow on the Volga River

River Cruise 11 Days - 5% discount

Prices from £1307

Prices from £1307

One of the most relaxing and interesting ways to discover Russia is from aboard a ship, watching the ever-changing landscapes drift by.

Sailing along the intricate network of interconnecting rivers, canals and lakes that link Moscow with St. Petersburg is a great way to explore the diversity of the fascinating modern and ancient cities along the way, and experience the enchanting and peaceful nature of Eastern Europe’s countryside.

The Ms Russ is comfortable 4 deck vessel in Germany in 1987 and fully refurbished in 2012. All cabins are equipped with privet facilities, wardrobe, radio, refrigerator and air conditioning. There is large scenic window in each cabin.

To book this amazing 11 day St Petersburg - Moscow on the Volga River holiday telephone the Russian National Tourist Office direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

The Travel 55 discount of 5% is applicable for all Russian National Tourist Office holidays and tours. To book call direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

What's Included

  • Flights: advertised package price including flights covers flights from / to London and domestic flights in Russia where applicable. The airfare is not guaranteed unless ticketed. Please note if you depart from a regional airport in the UK there might be additional surcharges for flights. The package price depends on the availability of flight tickets and is to be reconfirmed by your travel consultant
  • Accommodation: TWIN / DBL cabin. All of the ship's deck cabins are outward facing. All cabins have private toilet/shower facilities, refrigerators, air conditioning, radio and ample closet space. Cabin type according to the package selected
  • Meals: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day in the on-board restaurant. Service begins with dinner on the day of arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of departure. Kebab (shashlik) ashore in Mandrogi village
  • Transport: for sightseeing we generally use a coach or simply go on foot
  • Tour staff and support: cruise tour leader, English-speaking guide, transfer driver, support staff
  • Local culture and traditions: all excursions, entrance fee as described in the itinerary
  • Entertainment: welcome cocktail reception on Day 1, full sightseeing programmes as per itinerary, captain's bridge tour, lectures on Russian language and songs throughout the journey, nightly entertainment and dancing, daily aerobics

Visas - 7% discount off full visa service

All UK residents need a visa to enter Russia.

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel.

Please note, that your Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: if you lose it or stay over your designated departure date, leaving the country could be more troublesome than entering it.

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