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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Imperial Charms of Russia

Visit ancient folk communities and the magnificent Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl on this 11-night cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

Fly Cruise
11 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Catherine's Palace, St Petersburg
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Kizhi Church
  • Uglich
  • Yaroslavl
  • St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

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Explore the heart of Russia on this superb cruise between the fascinating cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.

Enjoy a three-night stop in the Russian capital of Moscow. A guided city tour showcases the key sights including the Red Square, overlooked by the colourful St Basil's Cathedral. You'll also enjoy a visit to the Kremlin Grounds and the State Armoury, before bidding farewell and cruising to Uglich, part of the Golden Ring.

Discover Yaroslavl's impressive monuments, a reminder of its colourful past, explore the typical Russian village of Goritsy, home to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, and see the amazing Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island, which was built without a single nail.

Admire the Russian handicrafts including the famous 'matryioshka' dolls during your time in picturesque Mandrogi, before spending an unforgettable three days in St Petersburg, capital of the Russian Empire for over 200 years. Enjoy a visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest museums in the world which houses nearly three million exhibits.

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Imperial Charms of Russia Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Moscow (Russia)

Fly from the UK to Moscwo and transfer to your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Moscow

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour taking in Moscow's main sights, including Red Square which is overlooked by St Basil's Cathedral. This afternoon, head to the Cosmonaut Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Moscow

Today you'll experience one of the cruise highlights, a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. The Kremlin is the former seat of the Russian Government. During a stroll, see Cathedral Square then tour the State Armoury which houses weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts. Tonight, the Captain hosts a Welcome Cocktail. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Uglich

Visit one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia, Uglich, part of the Golden Ring. Throughout the years, it has been used as a base for attacks by Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible. During a walking tour, visit the green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration and the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl was founded in the 11th century. The city retains many monuments from its noteworthy past. A walking tour takes in the historic centre, a World Heritage Site, as well as the 17th-century Church of St Ilya the Prophet and the 12th-century Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Goritsy

Enjoy a visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, which houses the Assumption Cathedral and ancient icons which were revered by Ivan the Terrible. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Kizhi

Cruise Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe, to the small island of Kizhi. Join a walking tour through the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble which houses a collection of restored 18th-century Russian wooden buildings. The Church of the Transfiguration was built without a single nail. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Mandrogi

The beautiful village of Mandrogi is situated on the River Svir. See traditional Russian handicrafts including pottery and the famous "matryioshka" dolls. There will also be time to enjoy some of Mandrogi's other attractions, such as the Vodka Museum. This evening, enjoy your Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - St Petersburg

Cruise along the Neva River into St Petersburg. It was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years. Its historic centre threaded with canals is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided bus tour takes you along the Nevsky Prospect, the city's main boulevard. Pass the Gostiny Dvor, the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - St Petersburg

The day begins with a visit to the Hermitage Museum which is one of the oldest museums in the world. It houses nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - St Petersburg

Spend the day at leisure taking in more of the sights. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - St Petersburg - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 11-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • 9 guided excursions
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 2 drinks per person with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary 24-hour coffee station, and 1 water bottle restocked daily in your cabin
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Additional Information

  • EmeraldPLUS activities:
  • Visit to the Cosmonaut Museum
  • Visit to the State of Armoury
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