Explore The Authentic Russia By River

Explore the authentic wonders of Russia

An experience with so much included

An experience with so much included, only £191 per night!

Cruise through the dazzling metropolis on a relaxing river cruise, where every turn reveals a fascinating new view.

Includes return flights, transfers, all meals on board plus 2 lunches in local restaurants, live entertainment, a exciting mix of excursions including guided tours and visits to the Hermitage Museum and the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastry

Russia is the world’s largest country and has not only epic history but an incredible culture, monumental architecture and sweeping landscapes.

Your adventure will start in the dazzling metropolis of Moscow with a guided tour of the magnificent 70 acre Kremlin Fortress and historic Red Square before cruising along the mighty Mother Volga, Europe’s longest river. You will be amazed by a different landscape at every turn from ancient forests to centuries old churches and brightly painted houses in villages lost in time.

The waters of the River Sivr are home to tranquil bays, the fairy tale village of Mandrogi and Kizhi Island where you will be able to see the outstanding beauty of the Church of Transfiguration with 22 shimmering domes.

Your final port of call will be a city often described as Europe’s most beautiful, St Petersburg. With majestic architecture to be seen on every corner, your cruise includes a visit to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum which features an exceptional collection of priceless artworks.

All of this will be seen from a traditional river cruise ship built to navigate the waterways of Russia. Four generously sized decks offer plenty of space for relaxing, dining and enjoying the spectacular views. Cabins and suites have a sophisticated and classical feel to them and will be the perfect evening retreat.

PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • 11 nights on board the MS Rossia
  • Return flights & transfers
  • 9 visits and tours
  • Full board
  • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Expert cruise director
  • Checked Luggage
Day 1: Arrive in Moscow

You fly to Moscow, where a coach will transfer you to the ship, moored in this unique city. The professional crew welcomes you on board and there’s time to settle in and familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship before dinner is served.

Day 2: Moscow

Set yourself up for your morning tour with breakfast, whilst chatting with your fellow passengers about what lies in store. You can view some of the breathtaking sights within Moscow, such as St Basil’s Cathedral, the glorious colours of its cluster of onion-shaped domes, topped with glinting golden crucifixes, and the turrets and spires of the vast Kremlin fortress soaring high above its huge ornate walls. See the austere granite slabs of Lenin’s mausoleum and the mighty State Historical Museum, housing vast, priceless collections. Visit the famous GUM State Department Store, with its immense glass roof reminiscent of London’s 19th-century railway stations, see the dazzling white façades and shining domes of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and enjoy panoramic views of this intriguing city from Sparrow Hills overlooking the mighty Moskva River.

Day 3: Moscow

Rise refreshed and ready to discover more of this historic city. On our guided tour this morning we return to the Kremlin, which formerly housed the Russian government, with stunning palaces and cathedrals enclosed behind its vast walls. See the Tsar’s Bell and Cannon and the mighty Ivan the Great Bell Tower, once the tallest structure in the country, its gold, onion-shaped domes piercing the sky. As we set sail along the Moscow Canal, which connects the Moskva and Volga rivers, the Captain’s welcome cocktail reception is served before dinner, so relax in the lounge and take in the changing views through the ship’s panoramic windows.

Day 4: Uglich

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the restaurant before we arrive in picturesque Uglich. Its name coming from the word for ‘corner’, this attractive city on a sharp bend of the Volga forms part of Russia’s Golden Ring, a group of ancient towns that played an important part in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church and are now open-air museums, with a wealth of unique monuments and colourful architecture. We will enjoy a walking tour of the city’s Kremlin, once surrounded by water and now perched high on the river bank.

Day 5: Yaroslavl

During this morning’s breakfast, our ship arrives in the ancient city of Yaroslavl, the largest and oldest city of the Golden Ring. We will wander the charming old town, admiring the elegant façades of merchants’ houses, each more impressive than the next. See the exquisite 17th-century church of Elijah the Prophet, known for its vibrant frescoes, and stroll the grounds of an ancient monastery with its medieval holy gate.

Day 6: Goritsy

At sunrise, we will dock into the picturesque village of Goritsy which is the centre of one of the largest accumulations of monasteries in Russia. From here a coach will take us to the magnificent Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century by one of the most revered saints in the Russian Orthodox Church. After lunch, relax on board as we cruise the Volga-Baltic Waterway, part of an impressive 229-mile network of rivers and a canal linking the Volga to the Baltic Sea.

Day 7: Kizhi

Overnight the MS Rossia has made steady progress northwards and today you will enjoy another wonderful morning’s cruising as we enter the waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Later we moor on the tiny island of Kizhi, an enchanting green sliver at the northern end of the lake. Thought to be a pagan site for Ugric and Finnish tribes, its significance grew as a centre on the trading route to the White Sea during medieval times. In 1951, an open-air museum was founded here, comprising a fascinating collection of restored 18th-century wooden structures brought in from nearby villages, including chapels, belfries, log houses, mills, bathhouses and barns. Impressive as these are, the main attraction of this UNESCO-listed site is the extraordinary Church of the Transfiguration.

Day 8: Mandrogi

We experience another highlight this morning as we cruise the scenic River Svir. Head up on deck and enjoy this diverse and atmospheric landscape: steeply sided riverbanks splice the depths beneath, emerald-green marshes alternate with red rock faces and isolated villages, with their scattering of timber houses seemingly frozen in time. Before long, we moor in picturesque Mandrogi. This quintessential Karelian village, reliant on its fishing and mills, was a place unchanged for decades until it was completely destroyed during the Second World War.

Day 9: St Petersburg

This morning as we reach our journey’s end, early risers will enjoy our stately arrival along the River Neva into spectacular St Petersburg. With a history dating back 300 years and today a UNESCO World Heritage site, this grand imperial city will enchant you with its gilded domes, glittering spires and magnificent architecture. We return to the ship for lunch with free time after to explore.

Day 10: St Petersburg

Today brings another highlight with our guided visit to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Open to the public since 1852, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and its vast collection of over three million items, including the world’s largest collection of paintings, occupies an impressive complex of six historic buildings along the river embankment, including the spectacular Winter Palace with it pastel colonnaded façade, the former residence of the Tsars. After lunch in a local restaurant, you may wish to return to the ship or remain in St Petersburg to further explore the historic centre.

Day 11: St Petersburg

The day is at leisure so you may wish to further explore or relax on board. So what is it to be? Perhaps visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, a former prison founded in 1703. Its ornate cathedral, with beautiful marble columns and chandeliers, is the final resting place of many of the country’s rulers, including Catherine the Great and the Romanovs. Art aficionados may wish to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art or return to the Hermitage to visit the General Staff Building, one of the most famous architectural monuments in St Petersburg, with its impressive collection of works by Monet and Renoir amongst others.

Day 12: Return home

You will be collected by your transfer and taken to the airport ready for your return flight.

This offer is subject to availability and based on two adults sharing a twin cabin. Deposit £250 per person. Flights available from Birmingham, London Heathrow, Manchester. Departure dates available include 5th, 16th, 27th of June, 18th, 29th of  July, 9th, 30th of August 2020.

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