Arrival Transfer to the Ship
As we arrive in St Petersburg, our driver will be waiting with a Go Russia signboard and will transfer you to the ship, our base while we explore Russia's most elegant city. There'll be a welcome cocktail reception tonight to enable you to mingle with your fellow passengers.
City Tour around St. Petersburg
After breakfast on board, we'll disembark for a guided tour of this historic city. Crossed by a plethora of canals and rivers, built on 101 islands and connected by 350 bridges, it's no wonder this place is nicknamed the "Venice of the North". By bus we'll visit some of the main sights including the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Church of Christ’s Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood), which revives the traditions of 17th century Russian church building.
Visit to the Hermitage
It's hard to contemplate a visit to St Petersburg without an in-depth examination of the world-class Hermitage. What was the Tsars' Winter Palace is now reimagined as the home for over three million works of art. Magnificently located on the bank of the river Neva, this Baroque-style palace is where you'll find works by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Rembrandt and many more.
Free Time in the Village. Optional Excursions
Heading away from St Petersburg and into the countryside, today's stop at the village of Mandrogi is a world away from the city. We can learn what it takes to create the world's best vodka at the village's museum (optional) and enjoy a special cultural programme put on by the villagers in our honour. Later, take a stroll through the village or its surrounding woodland before reboarding the boat.
Visit to the Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Passing through the Volga-Baltic canal, we reach Kizhi, a tiny island located at the northern end of Lake Onega. There, we'll spend time at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The Church of the Transfiguration, with its twenty two domes, is the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale church architecture. We're sure you'll agree, the Kizhi museum is one of the most interesting cultural sights in Northern Russia, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visit to the Largest Monastery of the Russian North
Although tiny, Goritsy is the location of the largest Russian Orthodox monastery in the Russian North. It's called the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery and we'll enjoy a guided tour before continuing with our river journey later this afternoon.
City Tour around Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl is one of the most charming cities in the country, an important port with a population of 600,000, stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga. Its founder was Prince Yaroslav the Wise who established a settlement here in the 11th century. A couple of centuries later the Spassky Monastery complex was added and in the 17th century, several beautiful cathedrals. There's much to see on our guided tour today including the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Monastery, the Church of the Prophet Elijah, the remains of an ancient trading centre and an elegant rotunda.
Visit to the Cathedral of the Resurrection and the Kremlin
The approach to Uglich from the Volga River is one of the most beautiful we'll see on this cruise. Founded in 1148, this pretty provincial town is dominated by the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church. We'll also visit the Kremlin, amongst the oldest buildings in town and the place where the seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible lived in exile in the 16th century.
City Tour around Moscow. Red Square
Today we reach the Russian capital, a city of leafy boulevards and majestic squares, its streets and gardens bisected by the Moscow River with towering granite embankments. Our bus tour takes us to a variety of sites including the Sparrow Hills observation platform, the Bolshoi Theatre and of course iconic Red Square, the setting for the colourful domes of the glorious St Basil's Cathedral.
Kremlin Territory with Cathedrals
There's too much to see in Moscow to be able to fit it all into just one day, so we continue our sightseeing today. We return to Red Square where alongside St Basil's you'll find GUM department store and Lenin's Mausoleum. In the Kremlin, we admire the beautiful Orthodox cathedrals. There's also the chance to take an optional tour to the Armoury Museum which houses the treasures of the Tsars should you wish.
Tour Dates & Prices
Departure Transfer from the Ship
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the ship ready for your airport transfer.
Accommodation is offered on three decks: main, middle and boat. The major difference is the location on the ship with the boat deck being on the top. You are likely to have better views from cabins located on top decks where it is also quieter as ship entrance and reception are located on the main deck.
Please see below for detailed description of the ship operated on this cruise.
Motor Ship Sergey Rakhmaninov - 3* Vessel
The magnificent “MS Rakhmaninov” named after the famous Russian composer Sergey Rakhmaninov was built in 1991 in Germany, fully refurbished in 2013. It is one of the best modern motor ships (project 302) «river-sea» class on the Russian waterways, built to meet the highest international safety standards with all modern facilities.Learn more
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