Take the "river less travelled" and sail from Moscow to St Petersburg on this 12-day Russian River Cruise. Journey through the beautiful, pastoral countryside of Russia along canals, waterways and lakes, gazing at a land of ancient monasteries and shimmering forests of silver birch. Listed here are the dates for the M/S Chernishevsky, but alternative dates are possible on board the M/S Kronshtadt and M/S Korotkov.
For upgrades to the Middle Deck and the Boat Deck, please speak to one of our Travel Specialists.
Our four-star ships have usually been refurbished within the last 3 to 4 years. They can be compared to a four-star hotel in terms of quality and customer service. Cabins are more contemporary and public areas stylish. Generally, they will have less passengers on board than our three-star ships.
Arrive in Moscow. Transfer to the boat and enjoy a welcome dinner on board. (D)
Embark on a tour of the capital by coach. Visit Red Square, admire the multi-domed St.Basil's Cathedral, and discover the Lenin Mausoleum and the Bolshoi Theatre. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning excursion to the Kremlin and one of the cathedrals located within the grounds. Spend some free time at leisure before the ship departs Moscow in the evening. (B,L,D)
Despite its funny sounding name, Uglich is one of Russia's most picturesque towns and is best viewed from the river. Visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration and the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood. In the evening, enjoy a gala dinner hosted by the captain. (B,L,D)
Arrive in the historic city of Yaroslavl, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi Rivers. On a sightseeing tour by bus seethe 17th century Church of Elijah the Prophet which stands in the city's centre and is Yaroslavl's most beautiful church. Visit the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and embark on an interactive tour of the former Governor's house. (B,L,D)
In the afternoon, arrive at Goritsy, a typical Russian village. There is an excursion to Kirillo-Belozerksy Monastery and various optional events. (B,L,D)
The ship reaches the tiny fairy-tale island of Kizhi on the northern shore of Lake Onega. Explore the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, a fascinating collection of over 90 historic wooden buildings, and discover the beautiful Church of the transfiguration. (B,L,D)
The ship arrives at Mandrogi. Relax and enjoy a picnic BBQ on the riverbank. (B,L,D)
Depart on a sightseeing tour of St Petersburg by coach, visiting key sights for photo-stops including the Admiralty Building, Battleship Aurora, Winter Place and St. Isaac's Cathedral. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning at the Hermitage Museum exploring the world's largest collection of artefacts including sculptures, archaeological finds and paintings from famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of one of St Petersburg's most famous attractions, the palace and park of Peterhof. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a free day in St Petersburg to explore at leisure or book optional excursions. Perhaps choose to visit Catherine Palace, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo. Explore its legendary Amber Room and spend time exploring the immacutely kept grounds and gardens. (B)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
There are a large number of ships plying the Russian waterways, especially between Moscow and St Petersburg. However, most ships follow similar itineraries and offer a comparable standard of accommodation and tours. We can book a number of boats, so even if you don't find a date to suit you, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
M/S Chernishevsky is a four deck vessel built in Germany in 1981 (project 301), refurbished in 2007. It is equipped with modern navigation devices and can reach the speed up to 26 km per hour (around 17 mph). Its length is 125 metres, width is 16.7 metres, and immersion is 2.9 metres. The boat can accommodate up to 265 passengers.
What a fantastic trip, loved every minute. The guide in Moscow was brilliant. Loved the hotels and all the tours.
We enjoyed our holiday immensely. Our guide in Moscow was excellent. He looked after us very well and was very informative as he took us around Moscow and especially the Kremlin. We would recommend Regent Holidays to anyone wanting to do the Russia trip.
A rivetingly interesting trip. It was good to be in a party of 6 so as to get full benefit of the guides. April was a good time of year as the volume of tourists had not yet built up. Overall, the tour was very good value.
The holiday was perfect from the start. Our Driver and Guide were excellent, very informative and knowledgeable - we could not have wished for more.
The guide in Moscow was excellent and knowledgeable on all museum exhibits. In St Petersburg the guide was very entertaining, well organised and a pleasure to be in her group.
A good well planned tour. Thank you.
The service we received from our Regent Agent, Peter Wybrow, was exceptional. He was very professional and knowledgeable. We had every confidence before our trip that ‘things would run to plan’ – which of course they did. We would have no hesitation recommending Regent to our family and friends.