Welcome to St Petersburg. You will be met and transferred from the airport to the dock. A warm welcome awaits from your crew, then tonight celebrate your first taste of Russia with an on board dinner.
Founded by Peter the Great, St Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years. Nicknamed ‘Venice of the North’, the historic centre, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your city tour of St Petersburg includes St Isaac’s Cathedral with its huge gilded dome. Drive along Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg, see the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great. After lunch there is free time to explore this beautiful city once home to the Russian nobility.
The Hermitage Museum, rival to the Louvre in Paris, is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II. Your included guided tour offers full explanations on the major works, with free time as well to visit other works of your own choice.
Today we visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir, part of the Valaam Islands an archipelago in the northern part of Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Its gingerbread architecture tells a fairy tale, although the truth is the area has hosted many bloody conflicts. One of the features is Mandrogi’s Vodka Museum, containing thousands of different brands and types of Russia’s favourite tipple. Lunch is an outdoor affair, with a typical Russian barbeque hosted by locals.
Freechoice Dining: Situated in the centre of Lake Onega, Kizhi Island forms a national open air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures from various areas of the country, restored to provide a glimpse of the past. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels, including the Church of Transfiguration, with its 22 timbered onion domes, built in 1714 entirely without the use of any metal nails, only an axe and pine trees.
Cruise along the Volga-Baltic Waterway linking the Baltic Sea with the Volga River, before arriving at medieval Goritsy where we tour the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons.
The important Volga River port of Yaroslavl is your next destination. Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Visit the 17th century Church of St. Ilya the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture, then wander the grounds of the 12th century Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the oldest along the Volga.
Take an included walking tour of Uglich, part of the Golden Ring of Cities around Moscow and one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. Throughout its 1000 year history, the town has been used by various Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. Infamous as the location where Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year old son Dmitry was killed in 1591, the town’s cathedral bell that rang the news of Dmitry's death was "exiled" to Siberia. Visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration perched at the water’s edge,
then visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood.
Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860 year old history with many reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is the financial and political centre of Russia with a population of around 13 million. Today’s city tour of Moscow takes in Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum, Bolshoy Theatre and the Olympic Stadium. Then we visit the Cosmonaut training centre to experience the complex Russian space facilities. In your free time, take a ride on Moscow’s Metro famous for the ornate design of many of its stations, containing outstanding examples of socialist realistic art.
Discover More: Kostroma Show in the evening (book on tour, extra expense)
The Kremlin, for many people the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia, is the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. Your included tour today reveals the secrets behind the vast walls, a visit to Cathedral Square and a tour of the State Armoury which houses priceless weaponry, jewels, Faberge eggs and royal artefacts. Tonight is your final night on board, so join your Captain and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your onward or home bound flight and say goodbye to Russia!
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