Holiday Itinerary The Volga: Moscow, White Sea and St Petersburg

Day 1: Moscow

Board the ship in Moscow. Relax and unwind after your journey before enjoying dinner aboard this evening. Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Moscow

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of the city including Red Square, and the Kremlin with the offices of the Russian president. You will see iconic sights including the St Basil Cathedral, with its colourful onion-shaped towers. On the Poklonnaja Hill visit Victory Park see the monument to the unknown soldier with many World War II tanks and military vehicles on display. Get to know the most important religious builiding of the Russian-Orthodox church, the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer. Afternoon departure on the ship on the Moscow-Volga canal towards the Volga river. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Uglich. 

Visit the small historic town of Uglich. The walking tour includes the visit of the Uglich Kremlin with the Cathedral of the Transfiguration and St Dimitri, which is also called the "Cathedral of Blood" and is now used as a museum. . Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Goritsy

Journey across the Rybinsk Reservoir and cruise along the Sheksna River. In Goritsy, visit the 14th Century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, considered the most important in Russia and visited by Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Vytegra

Cruise along the Volga-Baltic Canal. Stop in Vytegra to visit the “Submarine B-440” Museum, located on the shore of the Vytegorsk reservoir.  While strolling through the town centre you may notice the contrast between the old wooden houses and the newer buildings.  Enjoy cruising on the huge Lake Onega. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Medveshjegorsk

The 227 km long White Sea-Baltic Canal connects Lake Onega with the White Sea and has no fewer than 19 locks. It was formerly known as the Stalin Canal. Lock Number 5 is the starting point for an excursion to Medveshjegorsk, at the northern end of Lake Onega and on the St. Petersburg railway to Murmansk. The city centre is adorned with beautiful old wooden buildings and has a nostalgic railway station which is well worth a visit. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sosnovez-Solovetsky Island

Weather permitting, an early start with a full-day excursion by coach from Sosnovez to Belomorsk to the shores of the White Sea, where you'll then take a leisurely trip aboard a panoramic excursion boat to the Solovetsky Islands. Visit historical & cultural buildings including the UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery, churches and the Solovetskaya fortress. If the weather is unsuitable, an alternative excursion will be planned. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Sosnovez-Petroglyphs

Today's excursion takes you into the unspoilt region of the White Sea and where you will learn of the Karelians and see the White Sea petroglyphs, unique samples of primitive monumental art and among the most important ancient cultural and historical attractions of the Northern Europe. The prehistoric stone drawings bring their history back to life. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Rest day on board

Day at leisure as we sail through the White Sea–Baltic Canal. Enjoy the activity programme on board. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Kizhi-Petrozavodsk

Today we visit Kizhi, the magical museum island in Lake Onega. This unique ensemble of churches was built entirely without a single nail. A UNESCO World Heritage site visit to Kizhi Pogost, referred to as the “Miracle of Russian Wood Construction”. We then travel on to Petrosavodsk, where we are entertained in the town with music, dance and creative workshops. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Mansrogui

Relax as we follow the River Svir to the historic village of Mandrogui. Enjoy a guided walk through an artisan settlement with its northern architecture, followed by a visit to the Museum of Vodka, where you can learn about and have a taste of the Russian national drink. Evening grill party on shore. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Staraya Ladoga-Shlisselburg

Today's guided walk takes us to the 12th Century fortress and to the Alexander -Svirsky Trinity Monastery. During the walking tour learn about monastic life in the cloister and enjoy some time at leisure. After dinner we have an excursion to visit the UNESCO listed Shlisselburg Fortress. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: St Petersburg

This morning we visit the Hermitage, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world, located in the former winter palace of the Tsar. The museum has more than 3 million exhibits from prehistoric to modern times. In the afternoon, enjoy the excursion to Peterhof, the magnificent summer residence of the Tsar on the Gulf of Finland. The dreamlike palace and park is also referred to as the "Versailles of Russia". Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: St Petersburg

Today's excursion is to the former Tsar's palace at Pushkin. Within the colourful park stands Catharine's Palace, named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, with its famously reconstructed Amber Room. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of St Petersburg. During the tour we see cathedrals, palaces, Peter and Paul's Fortress, the Nevsky-Prospekt, as well as the legendary battleship "Aurora". Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: St. Petersburg

Disembark after breakfast for your journey home. Meals included: Breakfast

Things to note

Our cruises are popular with international customers and announcements on board the ships will be made in multiple European languages. Our Cruise Director speaks English and German. UK guests require a visa to visit Russia, visa costs are not included in the pricing and need to be budgeted for accordingly. Taxes apply and need to be paid locally in the destination.

Departure dates and prices 2021 The Volga: Moscow, White Sea and St Petersburg : 7% discount on all dates.

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The Volga: Moscow, White Sea and St Petersburg

7% discount - 15 Days fully escorted river cruise

2021 discount prices start from only £1697

A unique cruise from fascinating Moscow through Karelia to the White Sea ending in elegant St. Petersburg. Discover Moscow's Red Square, the Solovezki Monastery and the Kizhi Island church of the Transfiguration, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visits include the Mandrogui Vodka Museum and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

This wonderful The Volga: Moscow, White Sea and St Petersburg river cruise comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos. Call on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

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With Cosmos River Cruise, there's no stuffy atmosphere or high expectations. You're on holiday, so relax. The informal and casual style of our journeys means you can focus on what's important - exploring somewhere new. 

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Your Ship - MS Karelia

This generously designed mid-range ship was built in Wismar in 1961 and christened MS Popov. Over time, the ship has been continuously adapted to the increasing demands of technology and the needs of the guests. In 2018/19, the ship was completely rebuilt under the direction of Thurgau Travel and added to the Thurgau Travel fleet under the new name MS Thurgau Karelia.

All cabins are equipped with shower/WC, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV, bathrobes, slippers and air conditioning. In the cabins on the central, upper and promenade decks, the air conditioning is individually adjustable.

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Included or not

What's included

  • The cruise in cabin category selected
  • Meals as described
  • Excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Drinks with meals: tea, coffee and water
  • German / English speaking Cruise Director
  • Audio sets on all excursions

What's not included

  • Other drinks
  • Flights and transfers
  • Visa cost
  • Gratuities (we recommend 5 - 7 Euros per person / per day)

Peace of Mind Travel Plan

All 2021 travel bookings automatically come with our 2021 Peace of Mind Travel Plan, free of charge. This plan gives you the ability to move your booking to another destination, holiday, brand or simply a different 2021 or 2022 departure date in our vast travel portfolio, no questions asked. You just need to let us know before final payment and we’ll waive all land or cruise penalties and get you booked on a new holiday.

And for as long as the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting travel, all bookings for 2022 travel dates are also covered by our Peace of Mind Travel Plan, extending the ability to move travel dates through 2023.


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