12 Day First Class Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg & Moscow

$2789
Land Only
$3429*
Air & Land
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Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow
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Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow
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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Moscow $3049* $2369
Aug 30  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3019* $2319
Sep 13  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $2879* $2269
Sep 21  (Sold Out) Moscow $2879* $2369
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Moscow $3149* $2429
Aug 30  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3199* $2479
Sep 13  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $2809* $2369
Sep 21  (Sold Out) Moscow $2939* $2429
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Moscow $3299* $2579
Aug 30  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3449* $2739
Sep 13  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3389* $2739
Sep 21  (Sold Out) Moscow $3429* $2789
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Moscow $3359* $2639
Aug 30  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3579* $2849
Sep 13  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3499* $2849
Sep 21  (Sold Out) Moscow $3539* $2899
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Moscow $4009* $3109
Aug 30  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3609* $2949
Sep 13  (Sold Out) St. Petersburg $3599* $2949
Sep 21  (Sold Out) Moscow $3649* $3109

*Not Included:
Shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

MS Mstislav Rostropovich cannot accommodate triples.

As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.

Departures Jul 5: The Russian government is requiring that all foreign travelers arriving in St. Petersburg and Moscow during the FIFA Confederations Cup event register with their accommodations upon arrival. All passengers traveling on these departures must bring a photocopy of their passport including all pages, including blank pages, and submit this to the ship reception desk upon embarkation.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Russia
Depart for St. Petersburg, Russia

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: St. Petersburg

DAY 3, Friday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure in St. Petersburg which is known as one of the world's most beautiful cities. This evening perhaps dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food; be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Cruise Embarkation
Enjoy the morning at leisure in St. Petersburg or after an early check out from the hotel, join the optional to Peterhof Palace, the amazing Summer Palace of Peter the Great, known as his Russian re-creation of the French Palace of Versailles. It is famed for its palaces, gorgeous landscaped gardens, terraces filled with gilded statues and fountains. The guided tour takes you to the sparkling fountains of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Parks, stopping for a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland. Afterwards, return to the hotel with time at leisure for sightseeing, lunch, or shopping. Later, transfer to the port to embark your cruise on the MS Mstislav Rostropovich. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River
Optional: Peterhof Palace
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and many others. This evening, join the Captain's dinner on board and get to know your fellow travelers
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Village of Mandrogi
Cruise this morning for Mandrogi, part of the Valaam Archipelago, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Arrive in the early afternoon, and go ashore for a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion (weather permitting). Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the workshops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Perhaps cap off the afternoon at the Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2,500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi. In the evening, join a Russian language class and enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
This morning arrive to the island of Kizhi. Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class. In the evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner followed by entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortified walls, which measure 2,400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting. Tonight, enjoy a Russian style dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia's history. This morning's walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father's forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. The ship will set sail for Moscow at noon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds Tour
This morning relax on board as you prepare for an exciting afternoon in Moscow, the fabled capital of Russia. After lunch on board, begin your panoramic city tour at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square with St. Basil's cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. The tour of the Kremlin takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. After dinner in a city restaurant, perhaps join the optional Moscow by Night tour that travels to lively Tverskaya Street, with its bustling shops, cafes and restaurants and to Victory Park and the observation platform at Sparrow Hills to see a panoramic view of the whole city. End this evening by traveling a few stops on the remarkable Moscow subway, with its lavishly decorated stations in marble, mosaics, chandeliers and statues
Optional: Moscow by Night*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Disembarkation in Moscow, Day at Leisure
Enjoy breakfast at leisure prior to disembarkation in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure or perhaps, join the optional tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent or New Maiden Convent a UNESCO World Heritage Site, This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Afterwards, continue with a tour of Moscow's elegant Subway Stations. You will see some of the most beautiful stations, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and brightly colored stained glass
Optional: Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit
Overnight: Moscow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Russia
Transfer to the Moscow airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director. Please visit this link for tour information.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Moscow, Russia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, Russia’s fascinating capital and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Moscow

DAY 3, Saturday - Cruise Embarkation
Enjoy morning at leisure in Moscow or after an early check out from the hotel, join the optional tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent or New Maiden Convent, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Afterwards, continue with a tour of Moscow's elegant Subway Stations. You will see some of the most beautiful stations, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and brightly colored stained glass. Return back to the hotel for time at leisure before transferring to the port for embarkation on the MS Mstislav Rostropovich. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River
Optional: Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds*
The panoramic tour of Moscow, fabled capital of Russia, begins with the exploration of famous Red Square and a visit to GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. View the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world. The guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Visit one of the cathedrals and admire the frescoes and exquisite icons. After lunch, embark on a city tour. Drive by Leningradskaya and Tverskaya streets and the former headquarters of the KGB. Return to the ship. This evening, join the Captain's dinner on board and get to know your fellow travelers
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Relax on board today. Perhaps, join a Russian language class, or attend a lecture about traditional Russian handicrafts. In the late afternoon, arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia’s history. The walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father’s forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and folklore entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortified walls, which measure 2,400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting. Tonight, enjoy a Russian style dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
Tour the ship’s bridge with the friendly staff, or, continue practicing your Russian at the language class. Time to relax on board before the late afternoon arrival on the island of Kizhi. Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open- air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class as the ship sails towards Mandrogi. In the evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner followed by entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Village of Mandrogi
In the late morning, dock in Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2,500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail for St. Petersburg, the jewel of Russia. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship's Gala Concert and Captain's farewell dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and many others. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends at dinner on board. Afterwards, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet or take the optional scenic tour of St. Petersburg by Night
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: St. Petersburg by Night*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Disembarkation in St. Petersburg, Day at Leisure
This morning disembark the ship and transfer to the hotel in St. Petersburg or you may join the optional tour to Peterhof Palace, the amazing Summer Palace of Peter the Great known as his Russian re-creation of the French Palace of Versailles. It is famed for its palaces, gorgeous landscaped gardens, terraces filled with gilded statues and fountains. The guided tour takes you to the sparkling fountains of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Parks, stopping for a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland. Return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Optional: Peterhof Palace
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure in St. Petersburg which is known as one of the world's most beautiful cities. This evening perhaps dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food; be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Russia
Transfer to the St. Petersburg airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*May 4 departure the Red Square will be closed for the Victory Day Parade.

*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director. Please visit this link for tour information.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Optional Tours

Travel to Peterhof, located southwest of St. Petersburg, overlooking the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. You will have an opportunity to view the series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles." Your tour includes time at leisure to explore the Lower Park including a visit to the inside of one of the Palaces.

Departs at 9:00 am. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #4 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $90.00
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Visit the Novodevichy Convent, founded in the early 16th century by Duke Vasily III to commemorate the recapture of the old Russian city of Smolensk. Learn the fascinating history of the convent filled with numerous dramas and tragedies. View the five-domed Cathedral of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, the oldest structure of the convent, built in 1524-1525. This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Later, travel on a few stops of the Moscow Subway to see some of the most impressive subway stops, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and statues.

Departs at 10:15 am. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #11 01 May 2017 - 02 Oct 2017 $49.00
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Visit the Novodevichy Convent, founded in the early 16th century by Duke Vasily III to commemorate the recapture of the old Russian city of Smolensk. Learn the fascinating history of the convent filled with numerous dramas and tragedies. View the five-domed Cathedral of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, the oldest structure of the convent, built in 1524-1525. This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Later, travel on a few stops of the Moscow Subway to see some of the most impressive subway stops, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and statues.

Departs at 10:15 am. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #3 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $49.00
Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit 10:15 AM Thumbnail

Travel to Peterhof, located southwest of St. Petersburg, overlooking the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. You will have an opportunity to view the series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles." Your tour includes time at leisure to explore the Lower Park including a visit to the inside of one of the Palaces.

Departs at 9:30 am. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #10 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $90.00
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