Days 1 - 2 Moscow
Day 3 Uglich
Day 4 Kirillov
Day 5 Kizhi Island
Day 6 Mandrogi / Lake Onega
Days 7 - 9 St. Petersburg
Day 10 Return flight

Spendology - Widgets

Waterways of the Tsars

An upgraded vessel for a cruise along the quiet rivers, lakes and canals between Moscow and St. Petersburg, visiting historic Uglich, St. Cyril’s Monastery and magnificent Kizhi Island

Following our customer requests we have upgraded our cruise vessel for 2022 to the Russian 5-star MS Rostropovich for a cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Both cities are linked as rivals in history as Moscow, the capital of Russia until 1712 when Tsar Peter the Great moved his capital to newly-created St. Petersburg, did not regain its status as capital until 1918.

Calls will be made at historic cities such as Uglich, founded by merchants in 1148 on the banks of the Volga, Goritsy, a peaceful typical Russian farming village and Kizhi Island in Lake Onega. The island reveals the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 shimmering grey domes. As we navigate the Neva, Svir and Volga rivers, lakes Ladoga and Onega, the White Lake, Rybinsk Reservoir and Moscow/Volga canals, and pass through several locks, the ‘real’ Russia is revealed.

The intricate system of waterways has a beauty that is hard to describe. Serene, peaceful and timeless with silver birch and pine forests, calm flowing water and spectacular sunsets.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Russian 5-star Vessel
Drinks with Meals Included
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6  32

Day 1 Fly to Moscow and embark on the MS Rostropovich for a seven-night cruise. Optional tour to see Red Square and metro stations by night (£60). (D)

Day 2 Tour of Moscow includes Red Square, GUM department store and a visit to the Kremlin with one of its beautiful cathedrals. Optional visit to the Armoury collections which include Fabergé Imperial eggs, state carriages, thrones and coronation dresses (£80). (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise the Moscow/Volga Canal. Walking tour of Uglich includes the former Kremlin, Church of St. Dimitrius on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan, The Terrible’s son was mysteriously killed and the Cathedral of our Saviour’s Transfiguration. Cruise to Goritsy. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise the Rybinsk Reservoir, the Sheksna River and reservoir to Goritsy. Short drive to Kirillov to visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. Cruise on the Volga-Baltic canal, spanning 229 miles with seven locks linking the Volga River with the Baltic Sea and Lake Onega. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Kizhi Island walking tour with its open-air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO site. Discover a collection of some of the most incredible wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. Visit the Church of Intercession, built in 1764 by local residents. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cross Lake Onega and cruise the Svir river. Visit the village of Mandrogi with colorful ‘izbas’. Sail Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe. Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Reach St. Petersburg for a tour including views of Nevsky Prospekt, the St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church on the Spilled Blood. Visit to the Hermitage, one of the oldest and most awe-inspiring museums in the world and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Optional evening ballet performance (bookable locally). (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit to Peterhof Palace Gardens. Transfer to 4-star Cronwell Inn Stremyannya Hotel for two nights. (B)

Day 9 Visit to the private Fabergé Museum and the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral including the colonnades. (B)

Day 10 Return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Groups will be divided for sightseeing but the cruise takes up to 212 passengers.
Armoury excursion (day 2) is pre-bookable only, at least 50 days before departure.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a standard twin Middle Deck cabin 
Aeroflot from Heathrow / to Gatwick

Date Price
June 18 £2275
July 16 £2275
August 13 £2245
September 10 £2265
September 24 £1925

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single cabin £1155 (Jun/Jul £1195; Sep 24 £925)
Deluxe sole use supplement (middle deck) £1795 (Jun/Jul £1825; Sep 24 £1395)
Deluxe sole use supplement (boat deck) £1925 (Jun/Jul £1965; Sep 24 £1495)
Deluxe sole use supplement (sun deck) £2095 (Jun/Jul £2125; Sep 24 £1645)
Bolshoi Suite sole use supplement £2965 (Jun/Jul £2995; Sep 24 £2295)

Cabin Upgrades

Deluxe (Middle Deck) £355
Deluxe (Boat Deck) £445 
Deluxe (Sun Deck) £535
Bolshoi Suite £715

Optional Excursions

Moscow by night £60
Armoury collection £80

Extension Options

Extra nights - Moscow
Peking Hotel (per night) £60
Single supplement £35

Independent Arrival

Save £300
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 10-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, house wine, beer and water included with meals, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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