4-star Russian River Cruise | Moscow to St Petersburg
12 Day Tour, from £1855 per person
All aboard the M/S Tolstoy to sail from Russia’s cosmopolitan capital, Moscow, to imperial St Petersburg, exploring beautiful Russian landscapes and ancient towns in between. M/S Tolstoy is good 4-star four deck vessel featuring comfortable outside cabins with air conditioning, offering majestic views of the passing countryside. Continental and Russian cuisine as well as specialities of the surrounding regions are served on board. With plenty of cruising time guests can relax in the sauna and enjoy the music room, dance hall and on board evening entertainment.
Price based on Main Deck cabins. For upgrades to the Middle Deck and the Boat Deck, please speak to our Russia specialists. Other Russian river cruises on different boats are available for this journey, should these dates not be suitable. This journey also operates from St Petersburg to Moscow. Please click here for an itinerary for this route or contact one of our Russia Travel Specialists for more information.
Fly to Moscow and transfer to the boat. In the evening 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. Perhaps book a half-day tour to the Kremlin’s Armoury. Speak to a Regent Russia Specialist for more details. (B,L,D)
Despite its 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 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)
The ship arrives in Goritsy in the afternoon. Here, enjoy an excursion to Kirillo-Belozerksy Monastery. This incredible medieval complex stretches out along the shore of the Siverskoye Lake and is one of the largest and best preserved buildings in northern Russia. (B,L,D)
The ship reaches the tiny fairytale 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 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 Palace 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 at 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 immaculately kept grounds and gardens. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
12 day tour, from £1855 per person
- Return flights in economy class with British Airways from London Heathrow
- All airport taxes and security charges
- Twin air-conditioned cabins on main deck with private facilities
- Full board (set menu begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation) (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transfers
- Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
- Gala farewell dinner aboard
- Full sightseeing programme in each port of call
- Lecturer and Russian language and song lessons
- Nightly entertainment, dancing and daily aerobics
- Tour of the ship’s bridge
- Port taxes
- Russian Visa
- Regional Add-ons from Aberdeen,Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle
- Drinks with meals
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.
The four-star vessel MS Lev Tolstoy has double, single and triple accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, 220V sockets, picture windows and radios.
On board there are two bars (one with swimming pool), a restaurant , reading lounge, TV room, souvenir shop, beauty salon, sauna and a conference room on the sun deck. Laundry and medical service are also available. This ship was built in Austria and was originally designed for high ranking Kremlin official and to host foreign dignitaries.
M/S Tolstoy accommodates 168 guests as apposed to 200-300 on other ships of a similar size.
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Tour Route Map
- Russia, Moscow
- Russia, Uglich
- Russia, Yaroslavl
- Russia, Goritsy
- Russia, Kizhi
- Russia, Mandrogi
- Russia, St Petersburg
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