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+44 1756 706500

Russian Waterways

Explore the Russian Waterways from St Petersburg to Moscow visiting the magnificent Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl and Kizhi Island on board a luxury ship. Includes return flights from the UK, private home-to-airport transfers, overnight hotel stays in St Petersburg and Moscow, complimentary drinks on board, Freedom of Choice Touring and Signature Experiences

Fly Cruise
12 nights from £4445pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • St Basil's Cathedral, Russia
  • Church of St Demetrios on the Blood, Uglich
  • Peterhof, St Petersburg
  • Kizhi
  • Goritsy
  • Yaroslavl

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Russian Waterways Special Offer

Begin this superb holiday with a stay in the magnificent city of St Petersburg. Visit the lavish Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace, enjoy a ballet performance at the famous Hermitage Theatre and join a special tour of the State Hermitage before the museum is open to the public, with an exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony.

Kizhi Island is home to the spectacular Transfiguration Church, built without a single nail, and a stop at the peaceful town of Goritsy includes a visit to the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake.

Explore the Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl before cruising to the historic city of Moscow where you can admire the colourful domes of St Basil's Cathedral, explore the Armoury Museum within the walls of the Kremlin and visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics.

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Russian Waterways Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - St Petersburg (Russia)

Fly from the UK to St Petersburg and transfer to the Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 for an overnight stay. (D)

Day 2 - St Petersburg

Enjoy a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof Palace for a guided tour and explore the opulent grounds with their cascading fountains, often referred to as the Versailles of Russia. Later, transfer to your luxurious river ship, the MS Excellence Katharina. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - St Petersburg

Enjoy a tour of Catherine Palace and its grounds built as a summer palace for the Empress. Spend time at leisure this afternoon before enjoying a ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - St Petersburg

Take a hydrofoil over the Neva River to the State Hermitage, home to Russia's royal art collection of more than three million works. Today's Signature Experience allows you to tour the museum before it is open to the public and watch the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony. This afternoon see Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, the Nevsky Prospect and Palace Square on a guided sightseeing tour. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Svirstroy or Mandrogi

2019: Signature Experience - See how the locals live when you are welcomed into the home of a Russian family to enjoy morning tea and traditional pastries with them. Later there will be time to browse for homemade trinkets in the village of Svirstroy. (B,L,D) 2020: Dock in Mandrogi this morning and explore this charming village with its traditional houses before browsing handmade trinkets at the local market. Perhaps visit the Vodka Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Kizhi Island

Visit World Heritage-listed Kizhi situated on Lake Onega. It is home to some of Russia's most impressive wooden architecture. Explore the open-air museum of buildings where you can see the Church of the Transfiguration which was built without a single nail. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Goritsy

Dock in the peaceful farming town of Goritsy where you can take a guided tour with highlights including the Monastery of St Cyril of the White Lake. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Yaroslavl

Explore the Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl, one of Russia's oldest cities. Discover impressive architecture on your guided tour, including the Spassy Monastery and the Church of Elia the Prophet. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Uglich

Cruise along the Moscow Canal to the Volga River and dock in Uglich, a fascinating Golden Ring city. Enjoy a guided tour with highlights including the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Moscow

Today there is a choice of two sightseeing activities. Discover Russia's National Gallery, Tretyakov Art Gallery, or enjoy a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics where you can see a range of exhibits. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Moscow

Tour the Armoury Museum within the walls of the Kremlin which was once the royal residence of the Tsars. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Moscow

Disembark ship and enjoy a tour of Moscow with highlights including the Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and a trip on the Moscow Metro. Later, tour a WWII bunker and enjoy a haunting private performance by a military choir. Stay overnight in the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Moscow - UK

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

The captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 10-night cruise
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car within 75 miles of your chosen airport
  • Overnight stay in Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, St Petersburg
  • Overnight stay in Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow
  • Flights from regional UK airports with transfers between ship and airport
  • 2018: Complimentary beverages throughout the cruise
  • 2019: Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice sightseeing
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Port Taxes

Additional Information

  • A visa is required for UK guests travelling into Russia, which is not included in the cost of the cruise.

Special Features

  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing in Moscow:
  • Visit Russia's National Gallery or the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
  • Visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood or the Hydroelectric station and Hydropower Engineering Museum (2019)
  • Signature Experiences:
  • Private tour of the State Hermitage with exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony
  • Enjoy pastries in the home of a local Russian family (2018)
  • Tour a WWII bunker in Moscow with a private military choir performance (2018)
  • Enjoy a private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre (2019)
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 6th - St Petersburg to Moscow - Sailing on: Valentina From: £5195
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • July
    • Jul 24th - St Petersburg to Moscow - Sailing on: Valentina From: £4545
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  • August
    • Aug 23rd - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Valentina From: £4445
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  • September
    • Sep 12th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Valentina From: £4445
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Price Information

  • Single supplements are available on request
Map for Russian Waterways