From  £2240
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Tour the city of St. Petersburg
  • Explore the wooden village of Mandrogui
  • Cruise to the tiny island of Kizhi
  • Discover the Hermitage Museum
  • Visit the historical town of Uglich
  • Enjoy a city tour of Moscow
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5-star Russian Luxury River Cruise - MS Rostropovich | St. Petersburg - Moscow

8 Day Tour, from £2240 per person

Luxuriate aboard an unforgettable cruise through the heart of Russia on the splendid MS Rostropovich. 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

Fly to St Petersburg and transfer to the MS Rostropovich. Relax in your cabin or explore the city on your own before meeting your fellow travellers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
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)
This morning embark on a tour of the Mandrogui village and in the evening enjoy a typical Ukrainian dinner on board. (B, L,D)
This morning arrive on the island of Kizhi, situated at the north end of Lake Onega. Kizhi is home to some of the most amazing wooden architecture in Russia, such as the Church of Intercession, built by locals in 1764 – the church’s towering walls and 22 domes were all constructed without a single nail. Visit this church on a walking tour today, and also stop at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The ship departs around noon and heads for Goritsy. B,L,D)
Goritsy is a peaceful farming town that is quintessentially Russian. Arrive here in early afternoon and have a guided tour that includes the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship late afternoon and continue on to Yaroslavl, cruising through the night. (B,L,D)
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. The morning tour will in some of the most notable buildings, such as 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 around lunchtime for Moscow. (B,L,D)
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. The ship moors overnight in Moscow (B,L,D)
Free morning before transfer to airport for flight back to the UK.

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  
01 Oct 2016
08 Oct 2016
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
09 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017
23 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, St Petersburg
  2. Russia, Mandrogi
  3. Russia, Kizhi
  4. Russia, Goritsy
  5. Russia, Uglich
  6. Russia, Moscow

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