1. Arrive St Petersburg, Embark Ship
Fly into St Petersburg this morning, Russia’s extravagant cultural hub. Be met upon arrival at the airport and transfer with a group to your river ship. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
2. St Petersburg, City Tour
This morning enjoy a tour of St Petersburg. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, and the St Nicholas Cathedral of the Epiphany. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore, or take part in an optional tour.
3. St Petersburg, Hermitage Museum
Founded by Tsar Peter the Great, St Petersburg boasts a network of canals and baroque buildings which give the city a distinctive European flavour. Be prepared to be dazzled today as you visit the State Hermitage to explore one of the oldest and most impressive museums in the world. Enjoy the freedom to have lunch where you please today.
4. St Petersburg, Peterhof Park and Palace
Explore Peterhof Park and Palace before some time at leisure in St Petersburg. This evening, enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception as you set sail.
Today, cruise down the Neva River before arriving in Mandrogi, a tiny island village that is a living museum. Wander through the quirky collection of old wooden houses. Then see the famous Vodka Museum. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch and be sure to meander through the curious artisan shops filled with beautiful handmade gifts. Afterwards, re-board your ship and set sail along the peaceful Svir River.
Absorb the picturesque Russian countryside as you cruise towards Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake.
Today, cruise across the ethereal White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway, which connects the Baltic and Caspian seas. Arrive in Goritsy, and enjoy a tour to one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril. Today the monastery remains an important part of Russia’s spiritual history, and features an intriguing collection of ancient artefacts.
Today, discover the pearl of the Golden Ring cities, Yaroslavl. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities and dates back to the age of the Vikings. Explore the World Heritage-listed historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches, and visit a 12th-century monastery.
Watch idyllic rural life unfold along the banks as your ship cruises to Uglich. Here, disembark for a tour that allows you to embrace olden-day Russia. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Demetrios was mysteriously killed in 1591. This afternoon, set sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.
Cruise into Moscow, Russia’s capital. On arrival, explore some of the city’s landmarks and uncover 860 years of history on a tour with a local guide. See the Kremlin, a fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars. Here, visit the Armoury Museum, which boasts a staggering collection of Tsarist artefacts, priceless jewellery and impressive armour. This evening, perhaps explore Moscow by Night.
Today in Moscow, enjoy a tour of Russia’s most iconic monuments and legendary places as you head to Red Square, where you’ll admire the ornate beauty of the onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral. Take in the famous GUM Department Store, Sparrow Hill and Lubyanka Square and see the city’s intriguing past play out through its striking imperial and Soviet architecture. Enjoy free time to explore Moscow this afternoon. Back on board this evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and share a toast to new friends with a glass of Russian vodka.
12. Disembark Ship, Depart Moscow
After breakfast, you’ll disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.