From  £1525
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Ideal for first-time visitors to Russia who want to see more than just its glamourous, cosmopolitan cities
  • A classic river cruise packed with authentic Russian experiences from folk performances to vodka tasting and even Russian language classes
  • Explore Russia's most famous cities, Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as smaller towns and settlements along the Volga River
  • Enjoy pastoral views of golden domed cupolas glinting in the sun as you sail along Russia’s canals as well as two of Europe's largest lakes - Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega
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4-star Russian River Cruise | St Petersburg to Moscow

11 Day Tour, from £1525 per person
Itinerary Dates
14 May  -  24 May
04 Jun  -  14 Jun
25 Jun  -  05 Jul
16 Jul  -  26 Jul
06 Aug  -  16 Aug
27 Aug  -  06 Sep

Take the "river less travelled" and sail from St Petersburg to Moscow on this 11-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. 

Various boat options are available for this journey. 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. Price based on Main Deck cabins.

For upgrades to the Middle Deck and the Boat Deck, please speak to one of our Travel Specialists.

Tour Itinerary


Arrive in St Petersburg. Transfer to the boat and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)


Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of St Petersburg to include photo stops of Admiralty Building, Winter Palace and St Isaac’s Cathedral. Also visit Peter and Paul's Fortress. (B,L,D)

Morning visit to the Hermitage, St Petersburg’s rival to the Louvre in Paris. The collection contains over three million exhibits. (B,L,D)
Today stop at Mandrogi to relax on the verdant river bank and enjoy the pleasant scenery with a picnic lunch. (B,L,D)

This morning the ship stops at the tiny fairy-tale island of Kizhi on the northern shore of Lake Onega. Your visit to the island includes the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th-century Russian wooden buildings and the highlight of this visit - the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration. (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)

Arrive in the historic city of Yaroslavl, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi Rivers. On a sightseeing tour by bus see the 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)
Far from ugly, the view of the town on approach from the Volga River is especially beautiful with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. Visit the church of St. Dimitry of the Blood and the Kremlin where the seventh wife of Ivan The Terrible lived in exile. (B,L,D)
Explore the city on a morning’s excursion that will include the colourful, multi-domed St Basil’s Cathedral (outside only), Red Square, the Lenin Mausoleum, the Bolshoi Theatre and many other points of interest. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
Morning excursion to the Kremlin and one of the cathedrals in the grounds. Time at leisure or book an optional excursion before the river cruise departs Moscow this evening. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
Free morning before transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £1525 per person

Price Includes

  • Twin air-conditioned cabins with private facilities
  • Three meals per day [breakfast, lunch, dinner] commencing with dinner on day of embarkation and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Transfers on arrival/departure
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Full sightseeing programme in each port of call with transfers, entrance fees and English speaking guides
  • Russian language and song lessons
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing
  • Aerobic Classes
  • Tour of ship’s bridge
  • Port taxes

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Russian visa
  • Drinks with meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage
  • Optional excursions

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

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.

Itinerary Dates  
14 May 2022
24 May 2022
04 Jun 2022
14 Jun 2022
25 Jun 2022
05 Jul 2022
16 Jul 2022
26 Jul 2022
06 Aug 2022
16 Aug 2022
27 Aug 2022
06 Sep 2022

M/S Chernishevsky

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.

The ship features outside cabins with air-conditioning, affording majestic views of the passing countryside. The dining room offers Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as the specialities of the surrounding regions. There are two restaurants, bars, a small souvenir shop, music room, dance hall, and sauna. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise. 

Tour Route Map

  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Russia, Vologda
  3. Russia, Mandrogi
  4. Russia, Arkhangelsk
  5. Russia, Solovetsky
  6. Russia, Goritsy
  7. Russia, Murmansk
  8. Russia, Yaroslavl
  9. Russia, Petrozavodsk
  10. Russia, Uglich
  11. Russia, Kizhi
  12. Russia, St Petersburg

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