From  £2240
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a city tour of Moscow
  • Visit the historical town of Uglich
  • Discover the Hermitage Museum
  • Cruise to the tiny island of Kizhi
  • Tour the city of St. Petersburg
  • Explore the wooden village of Mandrogui
Enquire Online

5-star Russian Luxury River Cruise - MS Rostropovich | Moscow - St. Petersburg

8 Day Tour, from £2240 per person

Experience a luxury cruise aboard the MS Rostropovich, the only boat offering private balconies sailing along the Russian Riverways. Discover the iconic attractions in Moscow and explore the fairytale island of Kizhi before reaching the grand city of St Petersburg. Whilst cruising, choose to enjoy the view from the expansive Panorama Lounge onboard or sit back and relax on your private balcony.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW
Fly to Moscow and transfer to the MS Rostropovich. Relax or explore the city at leisure before meeting fellow travellers at the evening welcome dinner on board. (D)
DAY 2
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
Today, enjoy a city tour that includes the Red Square and many other well-known sights. There is some free time to shop for souvenirs or wander on your own, perhaps to visit St. Basil’s Cathedral or GUM, the vast Soviet-Era department store. Enjoy lunch on a day boat as it cruises the Moscow River past the imposing façade of the Kremlin. Late this afternoon, visit Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill and its monument to WWII, and tour the city’s amazing Metro, quite possibly the world’s most extravagant subway system – many of the stations are adorned with chandeliers, sculptures and elaborate frescoes. The ship moors overnight in Moscow (B,L,D)
DAY 3
UGLICH
UGLICH
Located on the banks of the Volga, Uglich was founded by merchants in 1148 and is now home to some of Russia’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals. After arriving, embark on a tour of the city and visit the Chambers of Prince Dmitry and the magnificent Church of Dmitry on the Blood, dedicated to the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible’s young son. The ship departs later tonight for Goritsy . (B,L,D)
DAY 4
GORITSY
GORITSY
Goritsy is a peaceful farming town and a typical Russian village. After arriving enjoy a guided tour that includes the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship and continue on in the late afternoon to the island of Kizhi. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
KIZHI
KIZHI
Situated at the northern end of Lake Onega, Kizhi is home to some of the most incredible wooden architecture in Russia. Discover the Church of Intercession, built in 1764 by local residents, enjoy a walking tour and explore the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The ship departs in the evening. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
MANDROGUI
MANDROGUI
This morning embark on a tour of the Mandrogui village and in the evening enjoy a typical Ukrainian dinner on board. (B, L,D)
DAY 7
ST PETERSBURG
ST PETERSBURG
One of Russia’s former capitals, dating from the early 18th-century, St. Petersburg was built to Peter the Great’s exact specifications. After breakfast, disembark the ship and travel to the Hermitage, one of the oldest, largest, and most awe-inspiring museums in the world. Founded by Catherine the Great, the museum is a complex of six buildings, including the former Winter Palace, and houses nearly three million works of art. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing with the sightseeing tour of Peter & Paul Fortress, Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaacs Cathedral. The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
FLY TO UK
In the afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £2240 per person

Price Includes


  • Return flights in economy class with British Airways from London Heathrow to Moscow and returning from St Petersburg or vice versa
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Twin cabins with private facilities (category J) - see our descriptions and images of cabins 
  • Transfers on arrival/departure
  • All Meals on board; Early-riser Coffee, Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • House wine, beer and juice with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome cocktail reception/Farewell Dinner
  • Full sightseeing programme in each port of call with transfers, entrance fees and English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • All onboard entertainment programs including lectures, Russian language classes, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano
  • Home Visit with Russian Family
  • Russian visa support documents
  • Doctor on board

Price Excludes


  • Russian visas
  • Upgrade to other cabins- see our descriptions and images of cabins 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage
  • Extra excursions
Itinerary Dates  
06 May 2017
-
13 May 2017
20 May 2017
-
27 May 2017
03 Jun 2017
-
10 Jun 2017
17 Jun 2017
-
24 Jun 2017
01 Jul 2017
-
08 Jul 2017
15 Jul 2017
-
22 Jul 2017
29 Jul 2017
-
05 Aug 2017
12 Aug 2017
-
19 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017
-
02 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017
-
30 Sep 2017

M. Rostropovich

The 212-passenger M. Rostropovich, completely rebuilt in 2010-2011, brings a new level of onboard enjoyment to the Volga-Baltic Waterway. It features ten stateroom and suite categories ranging up to 432 sq. ft., most with balconies. Staterooms provide a bathroom with a separate shower, safe, hairdryer and refrigerator. Enticing public areas include an expansive Panorama Lounge; Conference Hall for onboard lectures; Fitness Room, an Infirmary staffed by a physician, plus an elevator reaching all decks.

Tour Route Map


  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Russia, Uglich
  3. Russia, Goritsy
  4. Russia, Kizhi
  5. Russia, Mandrogi
  6. Russia, St Petersburg

Image Galllery

Seen something you like?
We can tailor-make any of our tours to suit you.
Speak to one of our travel specialists about this tour or to design a bespoke itinerary.
Get In Touch