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3-Star Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg - Golden Ring - Moscow - 11 Days (CR-01)

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11 days
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St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Goritsy, Mandrogi
from $3,045
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With its combination of rich history, a varied cultural program and breathtaking scenery, this tour is a must for anyone wishing to delve beneath the surface of Russia's most intriguing cities. Beginning in St Petersburg, we'll cruise via the Golden Ring to vibrant Moscow, the country's cosmopolitan capital. Traversing several rivers, the Moscow Canal and the Baltic Waterway, our route takes us on a voyage of discovery amidst some of Russia's most compelling destinations.

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St. Petersburg
Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the ship
Welcoming cocktail reception onboard a ship
We arrive at the airport in St Petersburg where our driver awaits, ready to transfer us to the ship. On board, there'll be a cocktail reception giving us the perfect opportunity to mix with our fellow passengers.
Day 2
Visit to the Hermitage
Leaving the ship docked in port, we head into St Petersburg today, our destination perhaps Russia's most iconic museum. The Hermitage, housed in the Tsar's Winter Palace, is now a permanent exhibition of more than three million works of art. All the world's great artists are represented, from Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and everyone in between. Commanding a magnificent location on the bank of the river Neva, this Baroque-style palace is undoubtedly the major attraction of St. Petersburg.
Day 3
City Tour around St. Petersburg
Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
St Petersburg doesn't bear to be rushed, and so today we spend a second day in this beautiful city. Our guided tour will take us to the Peter and Paul Fortress, at the historic heart of the city since its construction in 1703. It was founded to protect the new settlement from possible attack by the Swedes. The sacred site of the fortress complex is the Cathedral of Peter and Paul. Until 1917 the fortress housed political prisoners, but many of its buildings have now been converted into museums. It features a splendid cathedral containing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.
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Day 4
Free time in the village
Traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) picnic lunch
In complete contrast to the city, today we reach the village of Mandrogi and get out into the Russian countryside. There are many attractive walks to delight, both within the village and through its surrounding woodland. The villagers, proud of their heritage, will put on a show to teach us about their traditions and culture. Sights which are just begging to be explored include the village's traditional wooden architecture and a museum devoted to that most Russian of drinks, vodka (optional). Midway through the day we'll enjoy a picnic lunch of traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) served buffet-style.
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Day 5
Visit to the Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Delightful Kizhi is today's port of call, a tiny island nestled at the northern end of Lake Onega which we reach by transiting the Volga-Baltic Canal. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its extensive collection of ancient wooden structures collected and brought here to be lovingly restored. The Church of the Transfiguration is its jewel in the crown, a charming fairytale building with no less than twenty two domes. Note that for river cruises between 1st and 14th May, we'll have to stay on the ship. Due to the lake freezing solid, unfortunately a visit to Kizhi would not be possible.
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Day 6
Visit to the Largest Monastery of the Russian North
We move on to Goritsy, which, despite its diminutive size, plays host to the largest Russian Orthodox Church in the country. It's name is the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and we'll explore it thoroughly before continuing along the river in the afternoon.
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Day 7
City Tour around Yaroslavl
Visit to the Museum of Russian Art
Charming Yaroslavl has a long history and there is much to explore here. An important port strung out along both banks of the Volga, it dates back to the 11th Century. Prince Yaroslav the Wise, its founder, made a good choice with its location. Of special interest to visitors is the magnificent 13th century Spassky Monastery complex, as well as several majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and the remains of an ancient trading center. In addition, we'll also pay a visit to the Museum of Russian Art, which features a large collection of icons, graphics and sculptures, located in the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl.
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Day 8
Walking City Tour. Visit to the Kremlin
Farewell gala dinner onboard
Uglich is one of Russia's best loved towns, dating from 1148. The best way to arrive is as we do: by boat. The view of the town as approached from the Volga River is especially beautiful, with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church dominating the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, the seventh wife of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin here. We will visit the Transfiguration Cathedral and the Kremlin, among the oldest buildings in Uglich. Tonight, our last night sailing, we celebrate with a lavish Gala dinner.
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Day 9
City tour around Moscow
The Russian capital combines the very best of old and new. Its leafy avenues, landscaped gardens, imposing squares and of course the granite embankments found along the Moscow River make this a very pleasant city to explore. Our guided bus tour will pick out the highlights, including a panoramic view of the city from the Sparrow Hills observation platform. Heading to the center of this world-class city, we'll visit Red Square and also the home of the Bolshoi ballet.
Day 10
Kremlin Territory with Cathedrals
Today we will visit the Kremlin, the former residence of the Tsars and Russian Orthodox Patriarchs, and now the base of the Russian president. We will also see the Byzantine splendor of St. Basil's multi-colored onion-domed cathedral in Red Square. You can take an optional tour to the Kremlin Armoury Museum, where you'll be able to admire many of the treasures of the Tsars, including spectacular jewels, crowns, thrones and royal armour.
Day 11
Transfer from the ship to the airport
Our driver will be on hand today to transfer you to the airport for the return flight.
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Year of travel
Travel dates Excluding flights Single supplement Motor Ship Book
10/06/2023 - 10/16/2023 $3,045 - 3* Simonov book now
Travel dates Excluding flights Single supplement Motor Ship Book
10/06/2023 - 10/16/2023 $3,245 - 3* Simonov book now
Travel dates Excluding flights Single supplement Motor Ship Book
10/06/2023 - 10/16/2023 $3,345 - 3* Simonov book now
Travel dates Excluding flights Single supplement Motor Ship Book
10/06/2023 - 10/16/2023 $3,445 $395 3* Simonov book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote for flights from any international airport.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. Discouns for children.
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The service provided from all staff members was excellent. We loved the river cruise St. Petersburg to Moscow.
So helpful. They were very responsive, obtained a translator for us to retrieve lost baggage. Service was very excellant.
We would like to thank all of you at Go Russia for arranging a really unforgettable, eye-opening holiday to Russia; it is a truly wonderful, beautiful country and we loved it!
Everything went smoothly, the trip was amazing.
Everybody showed patience and understanding and I was made to feel confident that I was in good hands.
I have travelled with you last year and decided to go again recently with an additional programme my driver Michael and guide Victoria were perfect hosts I fully commend them to you
Wonderful guides, great service, transfers as arranged, generally very efficient.
Julia was very responsive to questions. Also very knowledgeable with information of the tour. Nicholas, on board guide was very attentive to all of the guests needs.
The ship was very clean and staff, including tour ”minders”, anxious to please and very helpful throughout. Excursions as specified and v good local guides provided throughout - some really excellent.
The 'Go Russia' team and Diane, were very professional, efficient and friendly. The responses to questions were fast and with full information. There were NO bad experiences

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