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  • This unique offer presents the choice of four river cruises from St. Petersburg to Moscow or Moscow to St. Petersburg! 
  • All tours are spend on board hand-selected four or five-star ships, which will take you on comprehensive adventures through Yaroslavl, Uglich, Moscow and more. 
  • On your 7, 10 or 11-night adventure, you'll stay in comfortable cabins on a Full Board Dining Basis, making the most of your choice of ships' recreational facilities throughout your tour!

Your Destination

This fascinating tour will take you from St. Petersburg to Moscow on a river cruise and vice versa, stopping off for bus and walking tours of places such as Yaroslavl and Uglich. You will have a chance to visit stunning, imposing cathedrals and monuments, an open-air museum in Kizhi, and a Monastery in Goritsy. The comprehensive tour will allow you to have your own time to explore the majesty of these places, whilst also guiding you through their rich history and cultural idiosyncrasies.

Our Offer

Offer 1: Cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow for 7 or 10 nights

7-night/8-day cruise on MS Rostropovich 5* 
10-night/11-day cruise on MS Nikolay Chernishevsky 4*
10-night/11-day cruise on MS Mustai Karim 5*

Offer 2: Cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg for 7 or 11 nights

7-night/8-day cruise on MS Rostropovich 5* 
11-night/12-day cruise on MS Nikolay Chernishevsky 4*
11-night/12-day cruise on MS Mustai Karim 5*

Your Cruise Itinerary from St Petersburg to Moscow In Brief

7-Night Itinerary

Day 1-2: St.Petersburg
Enjoy a bus city tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, the Hermitage Museum and 1 lunch in the city.

Day 3: Mandrougi
Spend free time ashore and enjoy a kebab ashore (Shashlik).

Day 4: Kizhi
Visit an open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Day 5: Goritsy
Visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and Museum of Icons.

Day 6: Uglich
Enjoy a walking city tour with a visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 7-8: Moscow
Enjoy a bus city tour, visit the Kremlin and Cathedral, and enjoy a dinner in the city before taking a transfer to the airport. 

10-Night Itinerary

Day 1-3: St.Petersburg
Take a transfer from the airport, then enjoy a bus city tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, the Hermitage Museum.

Day 4: Mandrougi
Spend free time ashore and enjoy a kebab (Shashlik).

Day 5: Kizhi
Visit an open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Day 6: Goritsy
Visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and Museum of Icons.

Day 7: Yaroslavl
Enjoy a bus city tour, visit a local market in your free time, discover the Church of St Elijah the Prophet from the outside and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from the inside.

Day 8: Uglich
Take a walking city tour with a visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 9-11: Moscow
Enjoy a bus city tour, visit the Kremlin and Cathedral, and then make use of an included transfer to the airport.

Your Cruise Itinerary from Moscow to St Petersburg In Brief

7-Night Itinerary

Day 1-2: Moscow
Take a transfer from the airport, then enjoy a bus city tour, visit the Kremlin and Cathedral, and enjoy a lunch in the city.

Day 3: Uglich
Enjoy a walking city tour with a visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 4: Goritsy
Visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and Museum of Icons.

Day 5: Kizhi
Visit an open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Day 6: Mandrougi
Spend free time ashore and enjoy a kebab ashore (Shashlik).

Day 7-8: St.Petersburg
Enjoy a bus city tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof (lower park), and then take a transfer to the airport.

11-Night Itinerary

Day 1-3: Moscow
Take a transfer from the airport, then enjoy a bus city tour, visit the Kremlin and Cathedral, and enjoy a lunch in the city.

Day 4: Uglich
Enjoy a walking city tour with a visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 5: Yaroslavl
Take a bus tour of the city and enjoy some free time in the local market. Then, explore The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (outside), the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside), and take an interactive tour of the former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

Day 6: Goritsy
Visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and Museum of Icons.

Day 7: Kizhi
Visit an open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Day 8: Mandrougi
Spend free time ashore and enjoy a kebab ashore (Shashlik).

Day 9-12: St.Petersburg
Enjoy a bus city tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof (lower park), and then take a transfer to the airport.

Your Cruise

Our members will stay on one of the following ships during their cruise
- When opting for the 7-Night / 8-Day Tour, you will be accommodated on MS Rostropovich 
- When opting for the 10-Night / 11-Day Tour, or 11-Night / 12-Day Tour, you may choose between accommodation on MS Nikolay Chernishevsky or MS Mustai Karim

MS Rostropovich 5*

On this cruise, guests may choose between accommodation in either a:
Deluxe Cabin Boat Deck with a Balcony (Category B+)
Deluxe Twin / Double Cabin Middle Deck with a Balcony (Category C+)
Deluxe Twin / Double Cabin Main Deck without Balcony (Category F-)
Standard Twin Cabin Main Deck without Balcony (Category I-) 
Deluxe Twin / Double Cabin Sun Deck with a Balcony (Category A+)

This is a luxurious four-deck vessel, built in Czechoslovakia in 1980, fully refurbished from the hull in 2009. The ship houses 106 cabins and can accommodate up to 212 passengers for a luxurious experience on board. There is the Opera Restaurant, Symphony Bar/Restaurant, River Melody Lounge Bar and outside bar to discover, whilst entertainment and recreation comes in the form of the Maestro movie theatre, a Solarium, Gym and Playing Room. Whilst on board, guests can be sure they will be well looked after. 

There are spacious cabins on the ship, most featuring balconies. The cabins are equipped with an extended bathroom with a shower stall and furnished with two separate beds that can be joined, bedside tables, console, mirror, chairs, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.

MS Nikolay Chernishevsky 4*

On this cruise, guests may choose between accommodation in either a:
Twin Middle Deck Cabin
Deluxe Main Deck Cabin
Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin 

The MS Chernishevsky 4* is a comfortable four-deck vessel. Built in Germany in 1981, and refurbished in 2017, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour! 

All cabins are equipped with private facilities, a wardrobe, radio, refrigerator, and air conditioning. There is a large scenic window in each cabin (except the lower deck).

MS Mustai Karim 5*

On this cruise, guests may choose between accommodation in either a:
Standard Upper Deck Cabin
Standard Boat Deck Cabin
Deluxe Upper Deck Cabin
Deluxe Boat Deck Cabin

The MS Mustai Karim 5* is a brand new luxury four-deck vessel. The motorship was built in Russia in 2019 and is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 22,5 km per hour. All cabins are outside with floor-to-ceiling windows, equipped with wardrobe, satellite-TV, safe, fridge, hairdryer, radio, telephone and private facilities. The ship also features a pub, panorama bar, spa salon, reading lounge and restaurant providing guests with everything they may need for a comfortable stay on board. 

All cabins sleep up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Your Board Basis

Throughout your cruise, you will dine on a Full Board Basis (breakfast, lunch and evening meal served in the main restaurant - excludes drinks).

On each ship, breakfast served onboard is a European buffet style breakfast  with water on the table. There is a coffee station serving tea, coffee and biscuits, open throughout the day from 6 am to 7 pm. Lunch onboard is buffet style with water on the table. Dinner onboard is served to the table with 1 bottle of mineral water (0,5 l), as well as 1 glass of red/white wine or juice provided for each dinner. On embarkation day after 11 pm and on disembarkation day before 6 am, a boxed meal is provided instead of dinner/breakfast. 

Please Note: During stay in Moscow and St. Petersburg the menu is fixed (no choice of dishes).

Your Optional Excursions

Our members can choose to add the following excursions at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee - subject to availability. 

Highlights of St Petersburg by bus with or without cruise

Your Optional Excursions

Experience the best of St. Petersburg with this easy to use, 24-hour city pass which offers unlimited access to a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, with a choice of two scenic routes. In the cruise option, enjoy a relaxing two-hour river cruise along the Neva.

You will visit some of the city’s most significant landmarks including Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral, Anichkov Palace, and Nevsky Avenue. Each bus features a multilingual audio guide which provides interesting facts about the city.

Your Journey through Russia

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: Return airport transfers are included for members booking flights. 

For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.

Weather

Jan
min : -9°C max : -2°C
Feb
min : -9°C max : -2°C
Mar
min : -5°C max : 1°C
Apr
min : 1°C max : 8°C
May
min : 7°C max : 16°C
Jun
min : 11°C max : 20°C
Jul
min : 14°C max : 22°C
Aug
min : 12°C max : 20°C
Sep
min : 8°C max : 14°C
Oct
min : 4°C max : 8°C
Nov
min : -1°C max : 2°C
Dec
min : -7°C max : -3°C

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here.


Please note that the advice can change, and you should continue to check all advice until you travel. 


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: 
  • within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts
  • Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai

  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

    • within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Kharkiv Oblast
    • North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Elbrus area)


    Entry Requirements 


    You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 


    To enter Russia, you’ll need to get a visa before you travel. Make sure you allow enough time to get your visa. The Russian Embassy advised in March 2018 that it takes around 20 business days (4 weeks) to process most visa applications. 

    You will require a letter of invitation to support your visa application, which will be provided by our local supplier. To obtain the letters of invitation required, you will need to send the following information to the local tour company (details will be provided on your voucher).
    Last name
    First name
    Middle name
    The date of birth
    Passport number
    Nationality 
    Gender

    Once you have received your letter of invitation, you will need to apply for a visa.

    We would recommend visiting the following website as the visa application process provided by the Russian Nation Tourist Office.

    http://www.visitrussia.org.uk/visa/tourist-visa.php

    Standard Service – 7 working days - £115
    Express Service – 2 working days - £210
    (prices correct at time of print, subject to change)

    As part of the visa application process, all applicants based in the UK aged 12 or over will need to visit a visa application centre to submit biometric data (scanned fingerprints). These are located in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The Russian government has also announced plans to introduce biometric fingerprinting for all foreign nationals, including British nationals when entering Russia. No dates have been confirmed for this.


    On receiving your visa you should check the details carefully including the validity dates and passport number to make sure they are correct. Make sure you’re aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa before you travel. You should adhere to the validity and conditions of your visa while you’re in Russia, as the authorities strictly enforce all visa and immigration laws.


    Immigration Cards


    You must sign an immigration card every time you arrive in Russia. This will be given to you at passport control. The card is in 2 identical parts. One part will be retained by the Immigration Officer. You should keep the other part safe as you’ll need to submit this at passport control when you leave Russia. Should you lose it, your departure from Russia could be delayed. There are also many hotels and hostels that will not accept guests without an immigration card.


    Health 


    For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries


    If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip. 


    You can normally bring prescription and over the counter medication into Russia for personal use. However, if your medication contains narcotic or psychoactive substances (details available on the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website in Russian), you must carry a prescription in your name which has been translated into Russian and then notarised. Notarisation services in the UK are available from a Notary Public.


    Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance.

    Location Information

    The following addresses list the ports for this offer.

    Utkina Zavod
    31, Oktyabrskaya embankment, St. Petersburg

    The North River Terminal 
    51, Leningradskaya Highway, Moscow

    In More Detail

    Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

    This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
    Check-in time: 3 pm
    Check-out time: before 12 pm

    Our price doesn’t include an additional fee of 15EUR, which will be applied in case of changes in provided Visa support documents, which may be payable locally (this price is a guideline and is subject to change without prior notification).

    Please Note: 
    Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
    Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
    If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

    Important information for your cruise:
    1. An additional fee of 15 Euros is applied in case of changes in the provided Visa support documents (if these changes happened not due to the fault of UTS or cruise partner.
    2. In exceptional cases, the Cruise Company reserves the right to replace the ship and/or cabins for a ship and/or cabins of the equal or higher category – without additional charges or for a ship and/or cabins of a lower category – with the difference in the price reimbursed.
    3. The Cruise Company reserves the right to introduce changes in the course of the tour if they are caused by force-major circumstances. In this case, the Cruise Company shall make all possible efforts to maintain the type and quality of the paid services.
    4. The Cruise Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise tour in case the group is not complete (less then 150 pax by tour). In this case, the Cruise Company shall inform the Partner about it not later than 30 days before embarkation. At the same time, the Cruise Company effects the change of the cancelled tour for another one or if the final client refuses to do it, the Cruise Company repay the amount for cancelled tour, received from him.

    What's Included

    • Cruise aboard the MS Rostropovich, MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky or MS Mustai Karim
    • On the MS Rostropovich: Deluxe Cabin Boat Deck with a Balcony (Category B+), Deluxe Twin / Double Cabin Middle Deck with a Balcony (Category C+), Deluxe Twin / Double Cabin Main Deck without Balcony (Category F-), Standard Twin Cabin Main Deck without Balcony (Category I-) or a Deluxe Twin / Double Cabin Sun Deck with a Balcony (Category A+)
    • On the MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky: Twin Middle Deck Cabin, Deluxe Main Deck Cabin or Deluxe Middle Deck Cabin
    • On the MS Mustai Karim: Standard Upper or Boat Deck or Deluxe Upper or Boat Deck Cabin
    • Full Board throughout
    • Onboard entertainment
    • Excursions as per the cruise itinerary
    • English speaking board guides service
    • Luggage handling onboard the ship
    • Visa support letter
    • Return private transfers from airport to boat included for members booking flights

    Not Included

    • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
    • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
    • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
    • Insurance, gratuities of 10EUR per person per day and personal expenses
    • Surcharge for public holidays

    MS Rostropovich 5*

    • Bar-Restaurant "Symphony"
    • Coffee Station
    • Restaurant "Opera"
    • "Maestro" Conference Hall/Movie Theatre
    • Lounge-Bar "River Melody"
    • Outside Bar
    • Lift
    • Solarium
    • Gym
    • Playing Room
    • Medical Room
    • Reception
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Ironing Room
    • Smoking Area

    Inclusions

    • Three meals per day during the tour, except for the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation. On the day of embarkation - dinner, on the day of disembarkation - European breakfast. On embarkation day after 23h00 and on disembarkation day before 06h00, the boxed meal is provided instead of dinner/breakfast respectively.
    • Coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits) works on board the ship - from 06h00 till 19h00
    • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) for 1 person. Daily in the cabin
    • Breakfast, lunch (including lunch in the city): water on the table
    • Dinner (including dinner in the city): 1 bottle of mineral water (0,5 l) + 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) per person
    • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
    • Welcome cocktail - 1 glass of sparkling wine or juice for one person
    • Tea / coffee for all meals
    • Russian Tea Ceremony
    • “Captain dinner” with an improved menu + 1 glass of sparkling wine per person
    • Hot tea (in cool weather) upon returning to the boat from shore excursions
    • Cold iced tea / juice (in hot weather) upon returning to the motor ship from shore excursions
    • Onboard guides speaking English
    • Included excursion programme
    • Headphones for the entire excursion programme
    • Entertainment activities on board

    MS Chernishevsky 4*

    • Restaurant
    • 2 Bars
    • Solarium
    • Sauna
    • Medical Room
    • Souvenir Store
    • Conference Hall
    • Ironing Room

    Inclusions

    • Three meals per day during the tour, except for the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation. On the day of embarkation - dinner, on the day of disembarkation - European breakfast. On embarkation day after 23h00 and on disembarkation day before 06h00, the boxed meal is provided instead of dinner/breakfast respectively.
    • Coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits) works on board the ship - from 06h00 to breakfast, from 10h00-12h00, 16h00-18h00, 21h00-23h00.
    • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) for 1 person. Daily in the cabin
    • Breakfast, lunch (including lunch in the city), dinner: water on the table
    • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
    • Welcome cocktail - 1 glass of sparkling wine or juice for one person
    • Tea / coffee for all meals
    • Russian Tea Ceremony
    • “Captain dinner” with an improved menu + 1 glass of sparkling wine per person
    • Hot tea (in cool weather) upon returning to the boat from shore excursions
    • Cold iced tea / juice (in hot weather) upon returning to the motor ship from shore excursions
    • Onboard guides speaking English
    • Included excursion programme
    • Headphones for the entire excursion programme
    • Entertainment activities on board

    MS Mustai Karim 5*

    • Beer pub (Bar)
    • Panorama bar Spa salon
    • Conference hall
    • Reading lounge
    • Souvenir store
    • Medical room
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant-salon

    Inclusions

    • Three meals per day during the tour, except for the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation
    • Buffet style breakfast, salad and soup bar for lunch, the main course is served to the table (3 choices) and a la carte dinner
    • Round clock coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits)
    • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per person in the cabin
    • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per person for the excursions
    • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
    • Welcome drink on embarkation day
    • Crew presentation cocktail – 1 cocktail per person
    • Midnight soup
    • Russian Tea Ceremony
    • Themed dinners
    • “Captain dinner” with an improved menu + 1 glass of sparkling wine per person
    • Hot tea (in cool weather) and hot towels upon returning to the boat from shore excursions
    • Cold iced tea/juice (in hot weather) upon returning to the motor ship from shore excursions
    • Onboard guides speaking English
    • Included excursion programme
    • Headphones for the entire excursion programme
    • Fitness yoga instructor (free trial lesson)
    • Entertainment activities on board

    Your Contract

    If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

    If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

    Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

    Important Information

    If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

    The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

    Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

    You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

    Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

    Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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