Sat Day 1 Ar. Moscow
Upon arrival at Moscow airport, please collect your luggage and proceed through Customs. You will be met by our representatives who will transfer you to your cruise ship.
You will be taken with your baggage to your designated cabin. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Sun Day 2 Moscow
MOSCOW will keep any visitor enthralled and busy. Today you will tour the Kremlin, the grand and imposing Red Square with the guarded Lenin Mausoleum, the Byzantine splendor of St. Basil’s multicolored onion-domed cathedral and the celebrated Moscow metro (subway) with its marble statues, mosaics and crystal chandeliers. Tour the Armory Museum, repository of Czarist treasures, where you will admire spectacularly famous jewels, crowns, thrones and royal armour.
Mon Day 3 Moscow – Uglich
Return to the ship which sails in the afternoon.
Lv. Moscow 17:30 Return to the ship which sails in the afternoon.
Tue Day 4 Ar. Uglich 15:00 Lv. Uglich 18:00
Today’s port of call is UGLICH. Founded in 1148, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John’s Church looming on the horizon. At the end of the 16th Century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honourary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that the Tsarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St. Demetrius on the Blood was built and stands today. Within the Kremlin is the oldest building in Uglich – the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry.
Wed. Day 5 Ar. Kostroma 09:00 Lv. Kostroma 13:00
Today arrive in KOSTROMA. Kostroma is one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring and certainly a highlight of the cruise. The pride of Kostroma is the museum at the former Ipatyevsky Monastery founded in the 14th Century by the Zernov family who were the forbearers of the Godunovs. Kostroma is the only city in the country which has retained the layout formed in its central part representing the best of Russian classicism of the 18th/19th Centuries.
Ar. Yaroslavl 17:00 Lv. Yaroslavl 20:00
Visit YAROSLAVL. Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11th Century by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colourful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th Century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th Century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading centre. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet in the town’s central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church constitute a veritable museum of old Russian paintings.
Thu. Day 6 Ar. Irma 13:00 Lv. Irma 16:00
Arrive at IRMA, which is called a ‘green stop’, meaning a place for relaxation and quiet walks among the trees and meadows; a chance to simply enjoy the lovely surroundings. There is no sightseeing in Irma; you will enjoy an outdoor barbecue (shashlyk) picnic here.
Fri. Day 7 Ar. Kizhi 19:00 Lv. Kizhi 22:00
Visit KIZHI on Lake Onega. Your cruise takes you via the Volga/Baltic Canal on your way to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. Renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture assembled from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past, Kizhi is a feast for the eyes. The Transfiguration Church, with 22 domes, is the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale church architecture.
Sat. Day 8 Enjoy the day sailing through the Russian countryside.
Sun Day 9 Ar. St. Petersburg 08:00
Arrive at ST. PETERSBURG where the ship will dock. Created by Peter the Great to rival Venice, its 101 islands, 66 canals, and hundreds of bridges have secured its reputation as the most beautiful city in the country. See the Nevsky Propekt’s shops, cafes and theatres, tour the impressive St. Issac’s, the city’s largest cathedral, now a museum of elaborate icons and artworks.
Mon Day 10 St. Petersburg
You will have an excursion to the town of Pushkin to visit the summer palace of Peter the Great’s wife, Catherine. The palace is set in a large park and is now a museum housing furniture and ceramics plus displays explaining the palace’s history.
Tue Day 11 St. Petersburg
You will also enjoy a visit to the world famous Hermitage Museum, formerly the Winter Palace, home of the last six czars. A treasure trove of three million exhibits, its 320 halls display da Vincis. Rembrandts, Titians, Michelangelos, French Impressionists and North American artists.
Wed. Day 12 Lv. St. Petersburg
Disembark today. You will be transferred to St. Petersburg Airport for your onward flight home.
Based on minimum 10
- Single supplement: $1375
Based on 6-9 passengers
- Single supplement: $3250
Based on 2-5 passengers
- Single supplement: $1495