12 Day Russian River Cruise

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13 Day Russian River Cruise
Air & Land from $2739

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
May 17  (Sold Out) $2819* $2059
Jun 07  (Sold Out) $3139* $2269
$3269* $2209
$3269* $2159
$2999* $2109
$2869* $2059
Sep 20  (Sold Out) $2539* $1949
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
May 17  (Sold Out) $2929* $2209
Jun 07  (Sold Out) $3299* $2429
$3429* $2369
$3429* $2319
$3139* $2269
$3049* $2209
Sep 20  (Sold Out) $2679* $2059
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
May 17  (Sold Out) $3039* $2319
Jun 07  (Sold Out) $3399* $2529
$3429* $2479
$3539* $2429
$3409* $2369
$3159* $2319
Sep 20  (Sold Out) $2739* $2159
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
May 17  (Sold Out) $3959* $3249
Jun 07  (Sold Out) $4119* $3249
$4199* $3249
$4359* $3249
$4289* $3249
$4089* $3249
Sep 20  (Sold Out) $3869* $3249

*Not Included:
Shore excursions and gratuities.

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

After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take up to 6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips.

Passengers returning from Moscow on Day 12 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.

MS Zosima Shashkov cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.

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.

While sailing with LLC Vodohod d/b/a Vodohod Russian River Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Vodohod Russian River Cruise Terms and Conditions

Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.

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 program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 2-star MS Zosima Shashkov and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with dated décor but is clean. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. Staterooms and beds are small and bathrooms functional with a unique sink/shower configuration.The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

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

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River; transfer to the port to embark your cruise. 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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, 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 view 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, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. Tonight, after dinner, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet or opt to take a scenic cruise along St. Petersburg's legendary canals
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: Rivers & Canals of St. Petersburg*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Today is free to explore all of the delights of this magical city on your own. Or, join the optional excursion to Pushkin Palace and Peterhof Park. Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit the lavish 18th century Catherine's Palace, summer residence of the Russian Tsars, named for Catherine, widow of Peter the Great. Explore the luxurious palace, an architectural masterpiece, and the surrounding gardens. Visit the reconstructed Amber Room, with its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber, gold leaf and mirrors. Then, continue to Peterhof Palace with its gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland. This configuration of palaces and gardens was masterminded by Peter the Great, and is often called the "Russian Versailles." Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail from St. Petersburg. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and get to know your fellow traveling companions
Optional: Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Village of Mandrogi
Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the village 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 2500 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 pavillion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - 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 as the ship sails towards Goritsy
*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - 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 fortifying walls, which measure 2400-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 while sailing for Yaroslavl
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Yaroslavl City Tour
Arrive this afternoon in the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. This beautiful city, one of Russia’s oldest, traces its roots back to the days of the Vikings. View the fortified Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery and its Cathedral, the oldest building in Yaroslavl, dating back 800 years. Continue to the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art housed in the 18th-century Governor’s mansion, with its impressive collection of Russian paintings spread out across many palatial rooms. View the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet with its detailed frescoes and icons, a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker. Time to browse the local food markets before returning to the ship for dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - 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. This evening join the Captain's dinner on board and a delightful talent show
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Moscow City 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 before returning to the ship for dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Kremlin Grounds Tour
Visit 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. This afternoon return to the ship to rest, explore Moscow on your own or, take the optional afternoon tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a superb architectural monument that is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends on board
Optional: Armory Museum
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart Russia
Morning disembarkation in Moscow. The airport is approximately a two hour drive from the port.Transfer to the 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.

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 Pushkin to visit Catherine's Palace, the summer residence of the Russian imperial family, with its long history that begins in the early 18th century. In 1710 Peter I presented these lands to his second wife Catherine I. The first palace to be built on the land was a two story stone palace but was demolished and reconstructed several times. Explore the palace and the surrounding park and learn of the long history behind this beautiful site. Take some time to view the amber panels backed with gold leafs and mirrors in the famous Amber Room which was reconstructed after the second world war. Continue 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 does not feature a visit to the palace but includes time at leisure to explore the Lower Park.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 40 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #4 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $141.00
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Following your tour of the Kremlin, visit the Kremlin Armory that dates back to 1511 and discover the unique compilation of artifacts of the Russian Czars from the 12th-19th centuries. Here, you will find the largest collection of the world-famous Fabergé eggs. Marvel at Grand Siberian Railway egg, with its gold train, platinum locomotive and ruby headlamp, crafted to commemorate the Moscow–Vladivostok line. View Russian arms and armor, the state regalia, thrones, carriages, and ornate coronation dressers.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 40 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #11 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $70.00
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