Days 1 & 2 - Moscow
Day 3 - Uglich
Day 4 - Kirillov
Day 5 - Kizhi Island
Day 6 - Mandrogi/Lake Onega
Day 7 - St. Petersburg
Day 8 - Return flight

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Waterways of the Tsars

An upgraded vessel for a shorter 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 2020 to the Russian 5-star MS Rostropovich on a shorter cruise with the option to add hotel stays in central Moscow and St. Petersburg. 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
UK Tour Manager
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 1 - 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 (£35). (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 (£60). (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 Return flight to London or stay on to explore this unique city. (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.


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

Date Price
August 22 £2045
September 5 £2095

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Sole use supplement (main deck) £1195
Deluxe sole use supplement (middle deck) £1795
Deluxe sole use supplement (boat deck) £1895
Deluxe sole use supplement (sun deck) £1995
Bolshoi Suite sole use supplement (middle deck) £2995 

Cabin Upgrades

Deluxe (Middle Deck) £345
Deluxe (Boat Deck) £395
Deluxe (Sun Deck) £445
Bolshoi Suite (middle deck) £695

Extension Options

Extension - St Petersburg
2 nights £395
Single supplement £125

Extra nights - Moscow
Peking Hotel (per night) £60
Single supplement £40

Independent Arrival

Save £300
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, 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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