We Love —
- Admire beautiful Russian landscapes as you cruise the waterways of northern Russia from St Petersburg to Moscow or vice versa on your 5* vessel
- Enjoy a 7 night cruise on board of this amazing ship: MS Rostropovich
- Named after the celebrated cellist and conductor, the 5 star MS Rostropovich is one of the most contemporary and stylish river cruise ships on Russia’s rivers, the perfect ship to discover this magical land
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Your Cruise —
Begin your discovery in the capital city of Russia and onto the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148, then enjoy a Ukrainian dinner, and through on to the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega, famous for its collection of wooden churches, build entirely without the use of nails.
Taste a traditional Russian BBQ lunch at the historical village of Mandrogui in the north of St Petersburg, and finally take a panoramic city tour by coach to take in some of the famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the Magnificent Winter Palace.
Your Itinerary —
Fly to St Petersburg where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Rostropovich. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on-board. Includes Dinner
DAY 2 : St Petersburg
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. Included is entrance to 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, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. Return to the ship for dinner on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 : Mandrogui
Today's tour includes a traditional Russian BBQ lunch taken in the historical village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. 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. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 : Kizhi
After breakfast and morning entertainment on-board, visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island is world famous due to the 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. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Today, disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery of St. Cyril was founded in 1397 and is an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. The Goritsy Nunnery is much smaller than the Monastery and was founded later in 1544. In the evening a Russian style dinner and entertainment awaits you on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 : Uglich
Today, join the included visit to the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The town’s historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his father’s death in 1584 but was found dead in questionable circumstances seven years later. The Church of St Dmitry 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 Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on-board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 : Moscow
This morning, the ship arrives in Moscow. After lunch, you begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia. Join the panoramic city tour to see some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and continue to your afternoon exploration of the Kremlin – the former residence of the Russian Tsars, discover the huge Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and visit one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square. Return to the MS Rostropovich for the final night’s dinner and entertainment. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 : Moscow - UK
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
Please note: this itinerary can also be taken in reverse order.
The above itinerary runs on the following dates 27/05/2017, 10/06/2017, 08/07/2017, 19/08/2017.
Reverse itinerary runs on 15/07/2017, 26/08/2017, 23/09/2017.
Your Ship —
The ship includes a spacious sun deck; solarium with chaise lounges; symphony restaurant with bar; coffee station; River Melody lounge bar; outside bar; Opera restaurant; Maestro conference hall/movie theatre for informative talks & activities; fitness room; gift shop; medical room; lift; reception.
Your Stateroom —
You may choose from a Main Deck Outside, Deluxe Main Deck or Junior Suite Middle Deck.
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.
Your cruise includes full board. Breakfasts are buffet style while lunch and dinner can consist of either regional specialities or international dishes.
Your Journey —
Flights: Indirect flights included with Lufthansa
Full flight details can be found HERE
All flight times are local
Transfers: shared transfers are included.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Specific flights cannot be selected and confirmed timings will be shown on your official documentation from the tour operator. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.
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.