We Love —
- Travel between the existing and former Capitals of Russia both of which are steeped in history, housed within wondrous architecture.
- Your river ships specialises in introducing its guests to Russian culture and history, with lessons in Russian singing, dancing and nesting doll painting.
- Admire beautiful Russian landscapes as you cruise the waterways of northern Russia from Moscow to St Petersburg on your vessel.
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Itinerary 1 —
Day 1: UK - Moscow
Fly to Moscow and make your way to your ship. This evening, enjoy dinner and traditional Russian folk music on-board.
This is your chance to discover the main sights of Russia's impressive capital, including the Red Square where one can find many of the most important landmarks in Moscow, including the Alexander Garden, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square. There is also time for a quick photo opportunity at Novodevichy Convent & a visit to Goum, the largest and most impressive department store in the capital.
Day 3: Moscow
After breakfast you will be taken to see the Moscow Kremlin. This fortified complex has functioned as the Seat of the Grand Dukes, the Residence of the Tsars, and currently is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation; it features four palaces, four cathedrals, and monumental enclosing walls and towers. Return to the ship for lunch and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure, followed by dinner on board.
Your will depart Moscow tonight and start its way up the River Volga.
Today, visit to the town of Uglich which juts out into the Volga River on one of his many deep bends, first documented in 1148. The town made its historical mark due to the suspicious death of Dmitri Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible.
The Church of St Dmitri on the Blood, built in his memory, appears on the horizon as the ship sails towards the town and is one of the great sights to be seen in Uglich. In the evening, enjoy a captain's dinner and entertainment on-board.
Disembark in one of the oldest cities in Russia, where history can be found around almost every corner. Such a fascinating place deserves a tour and yours will take you to some of its best loved sights such as the jewel coloured domes of the Church of Elijah and the treasure-trove of art that isthe Governor's Building.
The afternoon will be devoted to the local market where you can soak up the local atmosphere.
Today, disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. Spend some time wandering through its medieval streets as you visit the main attractions. The Monastery of St. Cyril was founded in 1397 and is a particular delight to visit due to its an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. In the evening a Russian style dinner and entertainment awaits you on-board.
After breakfast and morning entertainment on-board, visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. This island draws its fame from its scenic collection of wooden churches with the centrepiece, the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails.
The Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russian river cruise. Entrance is included to the open air museum of wooden architecture and a visit to a typical Korelian House. Return to the boat after for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on-board.
Wake up in Mandorgui, this village is a fantastically colourful example of rural Russia & traditional Russian life that is lived out within charming wooden buildings with highlights such as a vodka museum which houses a collection of 2,800 different types of vodka brought from all across the Russian Federation. Joining this popular attraction are craft workshops where painting and wood carving, weaving, lacework, and pottery are demonstrated.
Today's tour includes a traditional Russian BBQ lunch, visitors can also see local recipes being made and visit the farms which are tended by the local villagers.
Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship's Gala Concert.
After breakfast on-board, prepare to explore the wonderful city of St Petersburg on a panoramic city tour. The tour by coach will take in some of the most famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare.
After lunch you will visit the world-renowned Hermitage museum. A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin and Rembrandt. Return to the ship for dinner on-board.
Day 10-11: St Petersburg
Spend some time drinking in the magic of Russia's second capital at your own pace.
Day 12: Departure
After breakfast, make your way to the airport in time for your flight home.
Your Ship —
On-board entertainment includes live performances of Russian folk music and classical music, as well as activities designed to introduce passengers to Russian culture and history, like lessons in Russian singing, dancing and nesting doll painting. For a characteristic taste of Russia, passengers can also experience a Russian tea ceremony and vodka tasting.
Your Stateroom —
You may choose from a Boat Deck or Middle Deck Cabin
Reservations for single guests, children or a third adult are also available to book offline. Please call 0844 8262098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tipping on-board is discretionary.
VIP HOME PICKUP SERVICE: Included VIP pickup service is available if you live within 50 miles of your departure airport. If you live further than 50 miles away, you can still take advantage of this service by paying £1.70 per mile. Available on all 2017 new holiday bookings. All offers, including savings and free case of wine are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
Your Board Basis —
This offer is based on a Full Board stay (breakfast, lunch & evening meal in the main restaurant - excluding drinks)
Both ships offer European cuisine, combined with elements of Russian fare. Breakfast is a buffet meal, while lunch is a hearty affair that usually offers a traditional Russian soup, considered an essential staple on most local lunch menus. Dinners are often something of an event - displaying the food and colourful garb of various Russian regions.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Are not included but can be added at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee.
Visa Information —
A visa is required for entry into Russia.
The tour operator will provide further details of this once the booking is confirmed.
Please note that costs do apply for obtaining a visa. Please find details below:
Standard Service – 7 working days - £115
Express Service – 2 working days - £210
(prices correct at time of print, subject to change)
PLEASE NOTE: WHEN APPLYING FOR A VISA IT IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE YOUR FINGERPRINTS TO THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES. YOU MUST DO THIS IN PERSON BY VISITING THEIR OFFICE IN EITHER LONDON OR EDINBURGH
Voyage Prive cannot be held responsible for visas and full cancellation costs will be incurred in the event the visa is not granted or received in advance of your departure.