From  £1195
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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3-star Russian River Cruise | St Petersburg to Moscow

11 Day Tour, from £1195 per person

Take the "river less travelled" and sail from St Petersburg to Moscow on this 10-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 Chicherin.

Price based on Main Deck cabins. For upgrades to the Middle Deck and the Boat Deck, please speak to one of our Travel Specialists. This journey also operates from Moscow to St Petersburg. Please click here for an itinerary for this route or contact one of our Russia Travel Specialists for more information.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
ARRIVE ST PETERSBURG
ARRIVE ST PETERSBURG

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

DAY 2
ST PETERSBURG
ST PETERSBURG
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)
DAY 3
ST PETERSBURG
ST PETERSBURG
Morning visit to the Hermitage, St Petersburg’s rival to the Louvre in Paris. The collection contains over three million exhibits. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
MANDROGI
MANDROGI
Today stop at Mandrogi to relax on the verdant river bank and enjoy the pleasant scenery with a picnic lunch. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
KIZHI
KIZHI
This morning the ship stops at the tiny fairytale 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)
DAY 6
GORITSY
GORITSY
Afternoon arrival at Goritsy, a typical Russian village. There is an excursion to Kirillo-Belozerksy Monastery and various optional events. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
YAROSLAVL
YAROSLAVL
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)
DAY 8
UGLICH
UGLICH
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)
DAY 9
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
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
MOSCOW
MOSCOW

Morning excursion to the Kremlin and one of the cathedrals in the grounds. Time at leisure or book an optional excursion. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
MOSCOW
Free morning before transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £1195 per person

Price Includes

  • Twin air-conditioned cabins on the main 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
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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
  • Daily aerobics
  • Tour of ship’s bridge
  • Port taxes

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Russian visa
  • Drinks with meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • 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.


MS Chicherin

MS Chicherin is named after the revolutionary and Soviet ambassador Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin and was completely refurbished in 2012. On board there are 2 suites, 128 twins (2-bed cabin), 14 quads (4-bed cabin) and 10 singles (1-bed cabin).

All staterooms we feature are outside (no interior cabins) and with large opening windows. Each cabin has air-conditioning (individually controlled), private en-suite bathrooms (WC, shower, washbasin, hairdryer and towels), as well as a refrigerator and safe.

Dining on board MS Chicherin features European cuisine specialities with elements of Russian traditional cooking. Breakfasts are buffet-style. Lunches usually include 3 courses (salad/soup, main and dessert). Dinner is waiter-served and with a traditional Russian food menu.

On board entertainment is focused on lots of included activities and live performances (classical and Russian folk music). On board lectures are on the country's history and culture. Daily talks provide information on visited river ports, nearby towns, shore excursions and additional tours available for booking locally. Travellers can also enjoy traditional Russian tea ceremonies, Russian language lessons, dancing and singing classes, vodka tasting and matrioshka painting classes.

On the Boat and Middle Deck are the two restaurants (Ladoga and Onega). There is the Panorama Bar Lounge (Main Lounge/Music Hall) on the Boat Deck.

On the Sun Deck find the Conference Hall and Bar (Dance Hall/Cinema/Meeting Room) On the Middle Deck enjoy drinks in the Berezka Bar Lounge (Library / Reading Hall). There is also a small Souvenir shop.

The Infirmary, Beauty Salon, laundry service, Lobby and reception can all be found on the middle deck.

Tour Route Map


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

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