St. Petersburg to Amsterdam, Imperial Charms of Russia and Jewels of the Rhine

20 Days
St Petersburg to Amsterdam
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$ 10,515
$ 9,015
Dates & Pricing

2019 St Petersburg > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ERZA
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
St Petersburg
Return City:
Amsterdam

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival St. Petersburg

    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. You will be met and transferred from the airport to MS Rossia, where a warm welcome awaits from your crew. Tonight enjoy your first dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - St. Petersburg

    After breakfast, your guided bus tour will take you along the Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. You will pass the Gostiny Dvor (St. Petersburg largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great, the sights of the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Kazan and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Tonight, your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - St. Petersburg

    Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - St. Petersburg

    The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg or just enjoy and relax on board of MS Rossia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Mandrogi

    Today we visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many of opportunities for you to admire items of Russian handicrafts, such as pottery and the famous “matryioshka” dolls. You will also have free time to enjoy some of Mandrogi’s other attractions, like the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of one of Russia’s most famous exports.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Kizhi

    Today you will cruise Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and arrive at the small island of Kizhi. You will be taken on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breath-taking Church of the Transfiguration. Built in 1714, the structure of the Church was built without a single nail.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Goritsy

    Today we arrive in Goritsy, a typical Russian village set in the most scenic countryside. Take a coach from the ship to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, by Cyril, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons, which were loved by Ivan the Terrible.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Yaroslavl

    Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your walking tour will take you through the historic center, a World Heritage Site, which is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Uglich

    Your day starts with a visit to Uglich, one of most beloved towns in Old Russia, which is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. 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. During your walking tour you will visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. Then, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible was murdered. This evening, the Captain will host a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Moscow

    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 inhabitants. You will have a city tour where you will have a chance to see Moscow’s main highlights, including the sights of the Red Square, where you can see the brightly colored St. Basil’ Cathedral from the outside, sights of the Lenin Masoleum and the State Historical Museum. In the afternoon, you will visit the Cosmonaut museum.

    DiscoverMORE: Kostroma National Dancing Show (extra expense - booked on cruise)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Moscow

    Today we have one of the biggest highlights to your tour, a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. For many people the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia, the Kremlin is the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. During a stroll around the Kremlin Grounds you will see the majestic Cathedral Square which still retains its original form. Then, you will have tour of the State Armoury, which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts.
    You’re Invited: Visit to the State of Armoury
    You’re Invited: Visit to Cosmonaut Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Moscow Disembarkation – Zürich

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer^ to the airport (flight not included). Welcome to Switzerland and the finance and banking capital of the world, Zürich.
    One Night Stay: Zürich

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Zürich – Basel Embarkation

    Travel from Zürich to the Rhine-side town of Basel, the centre of the country’s pharmaceutical industry. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Breisach

    Today you have a choice to visit a typical Black Forest Village, featuring many of the famous black forest items, like Cuckoo clocks, amongst other things. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through some of the black forest trails.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
    You’re Invited: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Kehl - Strasbourg

    Once docked in Kehl, you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. Your guided walking tour will include the Grande Île, the historical city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks.
    You’re Invited: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    Continue downstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will have a chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town or take part on an active hike to Heidelberg Hill.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Active Hike to Heidelberg Hill
    You’re Invited: Wine Tasting on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Koblenz

    Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will have a tour of Koblenz and a chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII.

    DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Cologne

    Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with free time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany's largest and most modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has many different museums and galleries. This evening, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.

    DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Amsterdam

    This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Amsterdam Disembarkation

    After breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ships’
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights on board of MS Rossia
  • Stay one night at the Crowne Plaza, Zürich
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Guided bus tour of St. Petersburg
  • Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Visit to Mandrogi
  • Tour to the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island
  • Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Tour to Yaroslavl
  • Visit to Uglich
  • Guided tour of Moscow
  • Visit to Kremlin Grounds
  • Visit a typical Black Forest village
  • Guided tour of Heidelberg
  • Tour of Koblenz and visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided walking tour of Cologne
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 53 superb meals including: 19 Full Breakfasts (B), 16 Lunches (L) & 18 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • 2 drinks per passenger with meals on board MS Rossia
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board your Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ship’

You’re Invited
  • Visit to Cosmonaut Museum
  • Visit to the State of Armoury
  • Black Forest Cake Assembling demonstration
  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Wine tasting in Heidelberg

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