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Welcome to Russia! You will be met at the airport by one of our drivers and taken by a comfortable car to the river port where you will board your cruise ship.
Enjoy a guided tour today for about 6 hours with your guide. You enjoy a walking tour of Red Square and the mighty Kremlin today. Red Square is dominated by the spectacular and iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, with its brightly coloured turban shaped domes. Red Square is also the site of the historic and ritzy GUM department store and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Next to Red Square is Russia’s political power house - the Kremlin. Our walking tour takes in the treasures of the golden domed Kremlin, its cathedrals, Ivan the Great’s Bell Tower and the Tsar Bell - the largest bell in the world, which weighs in at over 200 ton!
Free day to explore further, just make sure you are back at the boat in good time!
Uglich: You will be taken to visit to Kremlin, the Church of St. Demitrius on the Blood and the Transfiguration cathedral. The view of the town as you approach it from the Volga River is breathtaking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John´s Church rising up on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile at the Kremlin in Uglich. It was here in her garden that the 10 year old Prince Dmitry of the Rurik Dynasty was murdered by Boris Godunov who wanted to seize power for himself. On the spot of his death, the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today.
Yaroslavl: You will be taken to the panoramic city tour. You will also see the Church of Elijah the Prophet (exterior), Church of St Nicholas (interior) and Transfiguration Monastery. It was founded in the 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and is one of the ancient Russian cities making up the Golden Ring. It was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then restored and rebuilt and by the 17th century it had become Russia’s second largest city after Moscow and an important cultural and political centre.
Goritsy: You´ll tour the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery and Museum of Icons. The remains of the Nunnery of the Resurrection on the banks of the Sheksna River can be visited and is within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops. St. Cyril on the White Lake was founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky on the shore of Lake Siverskoye. The monastery had wide trade in the 15th to 17th centuries and was used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles. After lunch you will return to your ship and set sail in the direction of St. Petersburg along the Volga Baltic Canal.
You´ll cruise along Europe’s second largest lake, Lake Onega and arrive on the island of Kizhi. Here you will visit an open air museum containing numerous examples of elaborate Russian, wooden architecture. Via the Volga Baltic Canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture. The most impressive site is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees.
Mandrogui: Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spending a day of rest, relaxation and fun. We will have a fantastic barbeque picnic on the banks of the river featuring one of Russia’s favorite specialties – shashlik (meat shish kebab prepared on an outdoor fire). One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia´s favorite pastime.
St. Petersburg: Your time in St. Petersburg will begin with a Panoramic City Tour. This tour is the best way to get acquainted with all of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg´s most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city´s most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral (exterior) and the Winter Palace. You will see the Peter and Paul Fortress (interior) - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city.
One of the highlights of your entire cruise will be a visit to the Hermitage, Russia’ premier museum containing one of the largest art collections in the world. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage´s treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and a large collection of impressionists and post impressionists including Matisse and Picasso as well as many others.
On the last day of your cruise you will say goodbye to Russia. Our driver will meet you at the ship and take you to the airport to see you off.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...