12 Day First Class Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg & Moscow 2018 (Moscow to St. Petersburg)
12-day River Cruise with Gate 1
River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Moscow, Russia.
DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, Russia’s fascinating capital. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
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. (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. (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. (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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Wednesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
Tour the ship’s bridge with the friendly staff, or, 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. (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 town 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. (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, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: St. Petersburg by Night*
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. (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. (Breakfast)
DAY 12, Monday - Depart Russia
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director.
River Cruise Highlights
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
All This Included
10 nights First Class accommodations
23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Shore excursions per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Accommodations on this Tour
Moscow: Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich
St. Petersburg: Radisson Royal Hotel
Cabin upgrades are available.
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
MS Mstislav Rostropovich cannot accommodate triples.
As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.