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Cruising Russia’S Volga River

Europe
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRAKRPMA

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

This river cruise begins in Moscow, where iconic sights include Red Square and the Kremlin. It ends in St Petersburg, with the Catherine Palace and the State Hermitage Museum just two incredible highlights. In between you'll unearth Russia's fascinating history as you step ashore in traditional towns and villages and admire onion-domed churches. 

​This river cruise begins in Moscow, where iconic sights include Red Square and the Kremlin. It ends in St Petersburg, with the Catherine Palace and the State Hermitage Museum just two incredible highlights. In between you'll unearth Russia's fascinating history as you step ashore in traditional towns and villages and admire onion-domed churches.

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What's Included

Return Flights from Heathrow with British Airways

11 Nights full board on the 4* ship MS Lev Tolstoy

32 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11  dinners, including a glass of wine, beer or soft drink at dinner

Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide

Overseas transfers and other transportation

Porterage

Welcome cocktail

Onboard entertainment

​​Tea and coffee on board

Farewell dinner

A full programme of optional shore excursions​


 

Moscow tour

Visit to the Kremlin

Walking tour of Uglich

Tour of the ancient city of Yaroslavl

Discover the tiny settlement of Goritsy

Kizhi island walking tour

Mandrogui village, craft centre and traditional picnic

Panoramic tour of St Petersburg and Peter and Paul Fortress visit 

State Hermitage Museum

Peterhof Palace Lower Park

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK/Moscow
  • Depart on your flight to Moscow today, where on arrival we'll transfer you to your river cruiser. With two nights in Russia's capital, there's plenty of time to explore before setting off on your cruise of the Volga, the longest river in Europe. Take time to settle into your cabin, then we'll get together for a welcome briefing followed by dinner and an evening of entertainment on board. ​
  • DAY 2 Moscow and the Kremlin
  • Moscow is an incredible city which features stunning architecture and a fascinating history, and we'll explore today on a tour. We'll head Moscow's heart, the iconic Red Square, where so much of Russia's history unfolded and the might of the Soviet military was paraded. We'll admire the striking onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral and see Lenin's Mausoleum, where the former leader of the Soviet Union lies on public display.  We'll stop for lunch in a city centre restaurant before we continue to the Kremlin. Here we'll see the three cathedrals within its walls, the Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral. We'll also have the chance to admire the famous Tsar Bell, the largest bell in the world, weighing almost 202 tons, and hear the fascinating story behind its construction. We'll spend a relaxed evening back on board our river cruiser, enjoying dinner and entertainment.
  • DAY 3 Moscow
  • Today is yours to spend just as you wish. Head ashore once more to explore Moscow independently or perhaps you'll choose to join an optional excursion. Back on board this evening, join the Captain's welcome cocktail reception before dinner as we set sail for Ugllich.
  • Day 4 Uglich
  • We arrive at Uglich today, a town whose history is entwined with the suspicious death of Prince Dmitry. He headed here in an attempt to flee the reign of his father, the notorious Ivan the Terrible, but was found in the square with his throat cut some years later. As we sail towards the town, make your way up on deck to see the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built in the prince's memory. 

    Once ashore you'll see the church again as we head off on a walking tour, which also takes in the terroritory of the former Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and the Transfiguration catherdral .

  • DAY 5 Yaroslavl
  • We're going to see more of Russia's famous onion domes in today's port of call, Yaroslavl, believed to be the oldest city on the Volga. We'll step ashore to discover its UNESCO-listed centre and a host of exquisite churches. The Church of Ilya the Prophet is one of the most picturesque with five emerald-green onion domes, and we'll also see the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker.
  • DAY 6 Goritsy
  • Our port of call today is the tiny settlement of Goritsy, perched on the edge of the White Lake and home to just 600 inhabitants. A guided tour will reveal highlights such as its traditional wooden-framed houses and the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. It is said that the parents of Ivan the Terrible prayed here for an heir before his birth. There's free time to make your own discoveries too. Look out for the Goritsy Nunnery, founded in 1544 by Princess Efrosiniya, the wife of one of Ivan the Terrible's sons. It was eventually turned into the tsar's personal harem after she was drowned when Ivan suspected her of treason.
  • DAY 7 Kizhi
  • There's time to enjoy the facilities on board your river cruiser this morning before we arrive at the island of Kizhi. Located on Lake Onega, this UNESCO-listed site is one of the most scenic destinations on the Volga. The island is known for its collection of wooden churches which were transported here for preservation purposes, and have turned it into a fascinating open-air museum. As we explore we'll see its centrepiece, the remarkable Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails and boasting 22 onion domes.
  • DAY 8 Mandrogui
  • Take in the scenery over breakfast as the ship makes its way to the historic village of Mandrogui. Here we step ashore to discover delightful homes crafted in gingerbread house-style woodwork. The village also showcases traditional Russian life, and during a visit to a craft centre we'll see demonstrations of wood carving, weaving and pottery. Lunch today is a traditional shashlik picnic. If you enjoy the favourite Russian spirit vodka, why not join an optional excursion to the Museum of Vodka. There are 2,800 types here and you'll have the chance to taste just a few.  
  • DAY 9 St Petersburg and the State Hermitage Museum
  • We arrive this morning at the wonderful city of St Petersburg, Russia's imperial capital which was built from nothing by Peter the Great. A panoramic tour by coach will show you all its highlights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace. We'll also see famous sights such as St Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospekt, the city's main thoroughfare.  Included in our visit today is the famous  Peter and Paul Fortress. Originally built to protect the city from attack, it was ultimately used as a garrison and a jail for political prisoners.   After lunch in the city, we're going to visit the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Founded in 1764, it displays more than 2.7 million items, with a magnificent collection of art housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. With three nights in St Petersburg, we'll fit in plenty more sights, and there's a range of optional excursions to choose from too.
  • DAY 10 Peterhof Palace
  • The wonderful sights continue today with an included excursion to the Peterhof Palace and gardens. Built in 1703 by Peter the Great to rival the beauty of the Palace of Versailles, a highlight here is the Lower Park. On our walking tour we'll admire the Grand Cascade, which comprises 64 fountains, the Chessboard Hill Cascade, Monplaisir palace and many more of the 150 ornate fountains. 
  • DAY 11 St Petersburg
  • You have a free day to discover St Petersburg at your leisure. Alternatively, you might be tempted to join our optional excursion to one of St Petersburg's most prized palaces, the spectacular Catherine Palace in Pushkin. Commissioned by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine I, its elaborately decorated blue, white and gold façade will take your breath away. We'll then step inside to see, amongst other highlights, the famous Amber Room. The inlaid amber panels that decorated the walls were a gift from King Frederick William of Prussia. These were removed by the Nazis during the Second World War and have never been found. However, the room has now been restored to its former glory and is a fabulous sight. ​
  • DAY 12 St Petersburg/UK
  • After enjoying breakfast on board, we'll disembark the river cruiser and transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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Accommodation

    • MS Lev Tolstoy
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Optional Excursions

​Catherine Palace in Pushkin
Museum of Vodka

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Further Information

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