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5-Star Luxury River Cruise - St. Petersburg - Golden Ring - Moscow - 8 Days (CR-58)

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8 days
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St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Uglich, Goritsy, Mandrogi, Valaam
from £2,895
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This 8-day tour begins in elegant St Petersburg, Russia’s capital during the time of the Tsars. You’ll see the best of the city’s sights before setting off in one of Russia’s most luxurious river cruise ships to cross Europe’s two largest lakes. Stops at Kizhi Island and the Golden Ring towns of Uglich and Goritsy are sure to be highlights of this wonderful cruise along the River Volga. Round off your adventure in cosmopolitan Moscow.

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St Petersburg
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided TourA guided tour of the Hermitage, former residence of the Russian Tzars and one of best museums of the world. This stunning palace, an architectural masterpiece in itself, contains a collection over 3,000,000 works of art representing the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. The collection includes works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, French impressionists, sculptures and treasures icons, coins and Tsar’s jewellery. The Hermitage is an unforgettable place to visit.
4 hours | £60 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Petrodvorets (Palace, Fountain and Park Ensemble)Half day tour to the suburbs of St Petersburg to visit one of the magnificent summer palaces - Petrodvorets. The Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a world-famous palace, fountain and park complex, and an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence.
5 hours | £110 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | £70 per person
State Museum of the Defense and Blockade of LeningradThis small but extremely moving museum collection is dedicated perhaps to the most harrowing period of the city's historical siege and defence of Leningrad during the Second World War. Displays show the famine-ravaged city and the heroic efforts to somehow get food in from beyond the blockade, across the frozen Lake Ladoga; the famous 'Road of Life' is depicted here. More than one million people died during the Blockade. Their sacrifice and the extraordinary endurance of the survivors is a source of both immense pride and profound sorrow of Leningrad.
3 hours | £60 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)Guided visit to one of the major architectural treasures of the Royal St. Petersburg - settlement of Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. This small town has two gigantic palaces, set amidst huge and beautiful parkland: the glorious Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece by the Italian architecture Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and the Alexander Palace, where the last tsar family dwelt. We will visit the Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti.
5 hours | £110 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | £55 per person

Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the ship
On arrival at the airport your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to the river port. Board the MS Mustai Karim in St Petersburg and settle in. This evening, a welcome cocktail party has been laid on, a chance for you to meet those you will be travelling with over a glass of sparkling wine and one of Russia’s favourite treats - red caviar. Afterwards, a sumptuous dinner awaits in the main deck restaurant.

We can extend your stay in St. Petersburg, you can arrive earlier and spend a few nights in a hotel. There are plenty of sightseeing options to choose from.
Day 2
City Tour around St. Petersburg
Draw Bridges Tour
Begin your St Petersburg sightseeing in earnest this morning with a city tour by bus. This will show you many of the canals and historic buildings that make this northerly city such a pleasure to explore. Tonight a sojourn along the river onboard MS Mustai Karim affords the opportunity to see St Petersburg’s drawbridges open.
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Day 3
Excursion to the Central Manor of Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Today we reach Valaam, the largest island in Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe. We enjoy a guided walking tour of the Central Manor of Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
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Day 4
Free time in the village
Traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) picnic lunch
On the north shore of Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, you’ll come across a small village called Mandrogi. Originally a lumber and fishing centre, after World War Two its traditional buildings were restored. A stop here has been arranged; Mangrogi’s cobbled streets reveal a plethora of arts and crafts inside gingerbread houses adorned with elaborate fretwork. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at an included masterclass. Many visitors enjoy a visit to the Museum of Vodka (optional), which has 2800 different types of the spirit under its roof. A picnic lunch with shashlik (Russian kebab) will be arranged for you.
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Day 5
Visit to the Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Downsizing the lake today - Onega is the second largest - we take you to charming Kizhi Island. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll have the chance to get to know this unique historical, cultural and natural complex. At its heart is the magnificent Transfiguration Cathedral built without a single nail. Surrounding it are traditional wooden houses and an octagonal clock tower, also built from wood and dating from 1862.
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Day 6
Visit to the Largest Monastery of the Russian North
Today the itinerary includes a stop at Goritsy, the place where Ivan the Terrible once planned to retire. The focus of our visit will be the UNESCO-listed Monastery of Resurrection, and in particular the Cathedral of Nativity of the Virgin, whose walls are covered with well-preserved frescoes painted by Dionisius in the Middle Ages. The monastery has had a chequered but fascinating history, particularly in modern times. In the 1920s, the monastery was transformed by the Bolsheviks into an agricultural cooperative, though nuns were allowed to work and pray here; a decade later, it was shut and most of the nuns were executed. Since the 1990s, a small community of nuns have lived in the convent.
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Day 7
Walking City Tour. Visit to the Kremlin
There are so many attractive towns in the Golden Ring it would be remiss of us to limit the sightseeing to just one of them, so today a visit to Uglich is in order. This ancient town is heaving with historic buildings - begin with the Kremlin of Uglich and the beautiful Church of St. Dmitry on the Spilled Blood, where Ivan the Terrible’s son lost his life in mysterious circumstances. The Kovcheg choir will perform for MS Mustai Karim guests. Afterwards, we’ll take you to the home of a local family where you can enjoy some traditional Russian hospitality.
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Moscow City Tour by CarA city as great as the Russian capital requires your undivided attention. Our guided city tour by car affords the opportunity for you to sightsee without concerning yourself with getting around, as well as enabling you to cover sufficient ground to get a sense of place. Here in Moscow, more than anywhere else in Russia, you’ll sense the presence of the Russian Renaissance; the city, like the country as a whole, has altered immensely over the past two decades.
5 hours | £95 per person
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided TourGuided tour to the Red Square arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. It's got its name from the Russian word for "red", which many centuries ago meant "beautiful". Each building here is a legend: you will see brightly-domed St. Basil's cathedral, the world - renowned Lenin Mausoleum, expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and Kremlin towers. Today, Red Square is a popular tourist attraction and it is often used for rock and pop concerts including high-profile participants like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and others.
4 hours | £65 per person
Diamond Fund Guided TourThe Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.
2 hours | £100 per person
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.
4 hours | £80 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.
7 hours | £125 per person
Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.
3 hours | £75 per person
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided TourYou will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Kremlin’s beautiful orthodox cathedrals. The Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. We will also visit the Armoury to see a unique collection of ancient state regalia: the ceremonial vestments and coronation dress of the Tsars, gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, and ceremonial weapons and arms (optional).
5 hours | £90 per person
Moscow Metro Guided TourExplore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. Moscow Metro with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures looks like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it’s still beating many other European underground system with its extremely reliable services. During our guided tour we will explore the most sensational underground stations where the guide will show architectural masterpieces and also explain the history of metro construction.
2 hours | £65 per person
Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided TourKolomenskoye is a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy. Kolomenskoye also hosts traditional festivals during all major holidays.
4 hours | £80 per person
Memorial Museum of AstronauticsMemorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow is a unique museum devoted to space exploration and development of rocket science. It is located in the basement of the monument "Conquerors of Space" erected in honor of the launch of Sputnik by architects M. Barshch, A. Kolchin and sculptor A. Faydysh - Krandievskiy and opened on 4 November 1964. The monument is made of polished titanium, used in rocket production, its height is 110 meters, and the angle is 77 degrees.
4 hours | £80 per person

Day 8
Transfer from the ship to the airport
Thank you for spending your holiday on board the MS Mustai Karim. After breakfast a transfer to the airport is arranged for you and we wish you a pleasant onward journey.

You can add a few days in Moscow to your cruise. We can arrange hotel accommodation and optional tours.
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Dates and prices
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Year of travel
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Motor Ship Book
29/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £2,895 / £3,795 £1,445 5* M. Karim book now
03/09/2024 - 10/09/2024 £2,895 / £3,795 £1,445 5* M. Karim book now
24/09/2024 - 01/10/2024 £2,895 / £3,795 £1,445 5* M. Karim book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Motor Ship Book
29/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £2,995 / £3,895 £1,495 5* M. Karim book now
03/09/2024 - 10/09/2024 £2,995 / £3,895 £1,495 5* M. Karim book now
24/09/2024 - 01/10/2024 £2,995 / £3,895 £1,495 5* M. Karim book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Motor Ship Book
29/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £3,795 / £4,695 £1,545 5* M. Karim book now
03/09/2024 - 10/09/2024 £3,795 / £4,695 £1,545 5* M. Karim book now
24/09/2024 - 01/10/2024 £3,795 / £4,695 £1,545 5* M. Karim book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Motor Ship Book
29/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £3,895 / £4,795 £1,595 5* M. Karim book now
03/09/2024 - 10/09/2024 £3,895 / £4,795 £1,595 5* M. Karim book now
24/09/2024 - 01/10/2024 £3,895 / £4,795 £1,595 5* M. Karim book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Motor Ship Book
29/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £4,045 / £4,945 £1,695 5* M. Karim book now
03/09/2024 - 10/09/2024 £4,045 / £4,945 £1,695 5* M. Karim book now
24/09/2024 - 01/10/2024 £4,045 / £4,945 £1,695 5* M. Karim book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. Discouns for children.
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