Embark on a voyage of discovery and uncover Russia’s fascinating
history, be amazed by the tremendous architecture and admire local
crafts and lifestyles. On this fascinating cruise you will discover
intriguing communities and the marvellous cities of Moscow and
Arrive in Moscow on your flight from the UK. You will be transferred
to the ship where you will enjoy dinner on-board this evening.
Moscow is a dynamic city, bursting at the seams with awe-inspiring
architecture, rousing museums, ancient monuments, memorials and
ruins from the Soviet period. Enjoy getting to know the city on your
included tour. Later you will have plenty of time to make your own
discoveries of Moscow, perhaps take the Metro and admire some
of the beautiful underground stations or stand in the famous Red
Encounter more of Moscow today as you have another full day in
the city. Your included tour takes you to the symbol of the Russian
state - the magnificent Kremlin. Explore the red brick towers and
glorious cathedrals of the Kremlin and discover exquisite treasures
in the Armoury. Golden-domed cathedrals, magnificent palaces
and beautiful buildings line the streets and squares of the Moscow
Kremlin; all of which have been carefully created over many
centuries. We depart Moscow this evening.
The ancient town of Uglitch is our port of call after lunch today. Your
included walking tour this afternoon enables you to discover more of
Uglitch, including the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood. The church
is a memorial to the young son of Ivan the Terrible, Dimitri, who is
said to have died tragically in the city after he was exiled here in the
The name Goritsy means ‘hills’ in Russian and it is upon the
namesake that this small town sits overlooking a calm, blue lake.
One of the religious havens in this vast country it is home to the
Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, which is one of the oldest in the world.
Discover more of this compact town and its history as you join the
included excursion to the monastery. You will have free time this
afternoon to enjoy Goritsy before we set sail for Kizhi.
Kizhi Island is one of over 1500 islands which pepper Lake Onega.
Around 80 wooden structures populate the island creating a
tremendous open-air museum. In the early evening we will take a
walk around the island to admire the unique architecture and enjoy
the peaceful atmosphere of the island. The remarkable wooden
structures are believed to have been crafted by skillful carpenters,
around the 16th century.
Mandrogi is a reconstructed traditional Russian village complete
with craft workshops, a vodka museum and a Russian bathhouse. In
this fairytale-like village you will be able to witness craftspeople at
work, sample the local specialties and buy Russian craft items.
Later today we will call at Svirstroy – a small village located on the
Svir River. Villagers sell individually crafted items and artwork from
traditionally built kiosks. Welcoming residents are known to invite
visitors into their homes for tea and a keen ear – they will happily
tell stories of the village’s history.
St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, is widely renowned as one
of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You will discover more on your
included tour today as we traverse the streets - pausing to admire
significant sights and monuments on our way. Be sure to visit the
Peter and Paul Fortress and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
You will have plenty of time today to make your own discoveries of
this mesmerizing metropolis. Why not walk around the streets and
canals, an area widely referred to as ‘Venice of the North’, or visit the
incredible Yusupov Palace - former home of the Yusupov family and
murder scene of the infamous Rasputin. An excursion is included
to the world renowned museum complex, The Hermitage. The
complex is made up of numerous significant buildings including the
Winter Palace, the Hermitage Theatre, Menshikov Palace and more.
Within the museum you will discover paintings, admire sculptures
and works of applied art, marvel at archaeological finds and a
fascinating and comprehensive collection of numismatic material.
Following breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the
airport for your return flight to the UK.