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+44 1756 706500

Imperial Charms of Russia

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

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £2295pp

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, 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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11-Night Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Moscow (Russia)

Fly from the UK to Moscow 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. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the Kremlin Grounds, the former seat of the Russian government. Spend the evening at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Moscow

The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of Moscow or just enjoy and relax on board. There are also various optional tours for you to choose from. Tonight, the Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine. (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 17th-century Church of St Elijah the Prophet and includes an inside visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. (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 Open Air Museum of Architecture 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. (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, and will conclude with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress: The Boat house, Peter I monument, Commandant´s house, Nevsky Gate and St. Peter and Paul´s Cathedral. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - St Petersburg

The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg or just enjoy and relax on board. There are various optional tours for you to choose from. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - St Petersburg

Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II. (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.

10-Night Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - St Petersburg (Russia)

Fly from the UK to St Petersburg and board your ship. (D)

Day 2 - St Petersburg

You will start your exploration of St. Petersburg with a bus city tour passing by Smolny convent, Tavrichesky palace, Summer Garden, Palace embankment as well as the Winter palace. Your tour will include a visit to the world famous Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II. After your included lunch in the city, the guided bus tour will take you along the Spire of the Basil Island (buildings of Stock Exchange, Kunstkamera, Zoo Museum), pass by the buildings of the Senate and the Synod, St. Isaac´s cathedral and drive along Nevsky prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. One cannot miss the splendid of the church of the Savior on spilled blood, emblematic for St. Petersburg. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress: the Boat house, Peter I monument, Commandant´s house, Nevsky Gate and St. Peter and Paul´s Cathedral. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - St Petersburg

The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg or just enjoy and relax on board of MS Nizhni Novgorod. We have also prepared various optional tours for you to choose from. Tonight, your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Mandrogi

Your next stop is the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many of opportunities for you to admire items of Russian handicrafts, such as pottery and the famous “matryioshka” dolls. You will also have free time to enjoy some of Mandrogi’s other attractions, like the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of one of Russia’s most famous exports. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Kizhi

Today you will cruise Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and arrive at the small island of Kizhi. You will be taken on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breath-taking Church of the Transfiguration. Built in 1714, the structure of the Church was built without a single nail. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Goritsy

Goritsy is a typical Russian village set in the most scenic countryside. Take a coach from the ship to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, by Cyril, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons, which were loved by Ivan the Terrible. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Yaroslavl

Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your tour will include a stop at the 17th century Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, as well as an inside visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and an interactive tour to former Governor’s House (Art Gallery). (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Uglich

Your day starts with a visit to Uglich, one of most beloved towns in Old Russia, which is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. Throughout its 1000 year history, the town has been used by various Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. During your walking tour you will get to see the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. Your walk will also include a stop at the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible was murdered. This evening the Captain will host a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Moscow

Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860-year old history with many reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is the financial and political centre of Russia with a population of around 13 million inhabitants. During your included city tour today you will drive along Leningradskaya Street, Tverskaya Street, Novodevichy convent and have a chance to see Moscow’s main highlights, including the sights of KGB, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, inside visit to the famous department store GUM and enjoy some free time at the Red square. The evening is yours to explore on own or take part in our carefully planned optional tours.(B,L,D)

Day 10 - Moscow

Today we have one of the biggest highlights to your journey, a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. For many people the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia, the Kremlin is the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. During a stroll around the Kremlin Grounds you will see the majestic Cathedral Square which still retains its original form, the Palace of Congresses, Senate square with the Arsenal and Senate buildings, residence of the President of the Russian Federation. This afternoon, don’t miss the chance to discover more of Moscow either on your own or on our many optional tours planned for this day. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Moscow - UK

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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

Price Includes

  • 10 or 11-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions
  • 2 drinks per guest served 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
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 29th - St Petersburg to Moscow (10 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2345
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £2845
      Blue Water Price from: £2345
  • June
    • Jun 8th - Moscow to St Petersburg (11 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2595
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £3095
      Blue Water Price from: £2595
    • Jun 19th - St Petersburg to Moscow (10 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2495
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £2995
      Blue Water Price from: £2495
    • Jun 29th - Moscow to St Petersburg (11 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2795
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £3295
      Blue Water Price from: £2795
  • August
    • Aug 10th - Moscow to St Petersburg (11 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2545
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £3045
      Blue Water Price from: £2545
    • Aug 21st - St Petersburg to Moscow (10 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2295
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £2795
      Blue Water Price from: £2295
    • Aug 31st - Moscow to St Petersburg (11 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2495
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £2995
      Blue Water Price from: £2495
  • September
    • Sep 21st - Moscow to St Petersburg (11 nights) - Sailing on: Nizhny Novgorod From: £2395
      Cat D Twin Deluxe Cabin
      Brochure Price from: £2895
      Blue Water Price from: £2395

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