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Cultural Heritage of Russia with Darcey Bussell

Join Dame Darcey Bussell, one of the world's finest ballerinas and be captivated by enigmatic Russia on this luxury all-inclusive 14-night cruise. Discover the alluring cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow, embrace local cultures in Mandrogi, Kizhi Island and Goritsy and enjoy a private Russian Ballet concert.

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £4295pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • St. Basil Cathedral, Moscow
  • St. Petersburg
  • Kizhi Church
  • Moscow Kremlin
  • Catherine Palace, St Petersburg
  • Uglich Cathedral
  • Church Elijah, Yaroslavl

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Four nights in the fascinating city of St. Petersburg is the perfect start to this unforgettable adventure. Discover the city's many treasures including Catherine's Blok, Peterhof's Grand Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Catherine's Palace and be awed by the magnificent art collections at the incredible Hermitage Museum.

Join Strictly Come Dancing star and world-famous Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell as she tell tales of her career during a conversation with Dance critic Mark Mohanan and received a signed keepsake. Darcey will also join you for a very special ballet performance by one of the city’s ballet companies.

Admire the distinctive, rustic architecture of Mandrogi and explore Kizhi Island, home to the spectacular Church which has 22 timbered onion domes and is one of nations most intricate and famous examples of wooden architecture. See the amazing Kirillo-Belozersky monastery in Goritsy, which dates back to 1397 and enjoy a visit to the Fine Art Museum in Yaroslavl; one of Russia's oldest cities.

After exploring the Golden Ring city of Uglich, cruise along the mighty Volga River to Moscow. Discover the famous St Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, experience Moscow's insightful metro and witness a renowned Russian Circus. Explore the Kremlin and enjoy a thrilling Russian Folk Show before this spectacular cruise comes to an end.

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Cultural Heritage of Russia with Darcey Bussell

Day 1 - St. Petersburg (Russia)

Fly from the UK to St. Petersburg and transfer to your ship, the Scenic Tsar. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (D)

Day 2 - St. Petersburg

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before exploring the beautiful city of St. Petersburg on a guided tour. There is the option to visit Catherine's Block and Peterhof's Grand Palace. Alternatively, stroll through the fascinating Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - St. Petersburg

Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral or discover the Yusupov Palace. Following lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals. Today, Darcey Bussell will join you on board for the next 2 days. Discover her insights and tales from her career and time dancing in Russia in conversation with Dance Critic Mark Monahan. You will also receive a signed keepsake from Darcey and join her and Mark for a very special ballet performance by one of the city’s ballet companies. Darcey will also host a cocktail reception (B,L,D)

Day 4 - St. Petersburg

Spend your morning more of St. Petersburg's highlights including Catherine's Palace with its grandiose white and gold façade and wonderful gardens. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant before spending the afternoon at leisure. This evening, experience a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir with a lovely glass of sparkling wine. (B,D,L)

Day 5 - St. Petersburg

Spend your final day in St. Petersburg studying one of the world's most magnificent art collections at the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to Russia’s Imperial family. This evening, relax on the Sun Deck as you set sail down the Neva River. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Mandrogi

Arrive in Mandrogi and spend your day exploring this charming museum village with its traditional rustic architecture and distinctive buildings. Perhaps try shashlick, a traditional Russian meal similar to a shish kebab. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Kizhi Island

Arrive at the scenic Kizhi Island which boasts some of the nations most intricate and famous examples of wooden architecture including the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. Marvel at the impressive collection of wooden churches and chapels as you stroll through this unique destination. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Goritsy

Dock in the picturesque farming town of Goritsy where you can take a guided tour of the towns highlights. Explore the amazing Kirillo-Belozersky monastery which was built in 1397 and boasts a remarkable collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Enjoy a small vodka - the beverage which has famously been part of Russia's culture for 600 years. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Yaroslavl

Today you will explore the ancient city of Yaroslavl, one of Russia's oldest cities. Visit the Fine Art Museum and perhaps the Goritsy Monastery of Resurrection. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Uglich

Dock in the Golden Ring city of Uglich and allow a delightful guided tour to take you back in time as you explore this fascinating city. This evening, set sail along the Volga River for Moscow. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Moscow

Arrive in the mighty city of Moscow after lunch where you can discover world-renowned sights including the stunning St. Basil's Cathedral and the Red Square. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Moscow

Spend you morning exploring this marvellous city and enjoy an insightful ride on Moscow's metro which is a unique experience it itself. The afternoon can be spent at leisure. Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Moscow

Today you can enjoy an interesting visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, view original exhibits of space technology, learn about the history of space exploration and meet the a real cosmonaut. In your free time, perhaps visit the amazing Museum of the Great Patriotic War which is often known as the World War II museum. After dinner, join the Telegraph’s Russia Correspondent, Alec Luhn for an exclusive talk and Q&A. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Moscow

Start your day exploring the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. Tonight you will be treated to a thrilling Russian Folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Moscow - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Due to navigational reasons, the Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night all-inclusive cruise on Scenic Tsar
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Exclusive events with Darcey Bussell
  • Talks from Alec Luhn
  • All-inclusive throughout, including all drinks and refreshments on board**
  • Butler Service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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