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Cruise: Viking Luxury Cruises

St. Petersburg - Moscow (13 days and 12 nights)


This St. Petersburg to Moscow cruise is operated by Viking River Cruises, the top name in luxury cruises in Russia. Thinking of Russia, two great cities immediately come to mind: Moscow and St. Petersburg. This monumental 13-day itinerary includes multiple days in both cities, touring such landmarks as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. But, there is another side of Russia—quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich that only a river cruise can provide. See opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and visit beautiful cathedrals. It is an unforgettable way to experience the history and culture of this unique and mysterious country.

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Day 1
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia St. Petersburg: Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner.
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Day 2
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia St. Petersburg: This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculptures. Return aboard for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet.
(B, L, D)


Day 3
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia St. Petersburg: Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine’s Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian Czars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate décor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine aboard and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening.
(B, L, D)


Day 4
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia St. Petersburg: Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, with its landscaped gardens, beautiful fountains and French Gothic interiors. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional Kommunalka visit get a glimpse of these Russian living spaces or take an optionalcanal cruise. Lunch and dinner served aboard; ship departs early evening.
(B, L, D)


Day 5
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Scenic Waterways & Mandrogy:Spend a relaxing day cruising along Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail on the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the vodka museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of Matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega.
(B, L, D)


Day 6
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Kizhi: Cruise through the early morning, admiring the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Arrive during breakfast at the island village of Kizhi. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church—a fairytale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart late morning and cruise through the night.
(B, L, D)


Day 7
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery:Continue cruising along the Volga-Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397; see several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino. Return aboard for an afternoon departure.
(B, L, D)


Day 8
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Yaroslavl:Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities—ancient towns that preserve the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient city rich in monuments and visit the covered food market where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure.
(B, L, D)


Day 9
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Uglich: After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch served aboard; cruise through the night.
(B, L, D)


Day 10
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Moscow Canal & Moscow: This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. You will also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late dinner on board.
(B, L, D)


Day 11
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Moscow: Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. Or you may choose to join a full-day optional excursion to Sergiev Posad, a Golden Ring city named for the greatly venerated St. Sergius of Radonezh, to see one of the four most important Russian Orthodox monasteries in Russia. Lunch is served aboard, or included in your full-day excursion. This afternoon you may choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space and exploration. Dine aboard, then relax—or take an optional Moscow by Night tour.
(B, L, D)


Day 12
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Moscow: After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. See its many tall towers and elegant palaces, and tour inside one of the brightly colored cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore—you may wish to spend some time people-watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. Or, you may take an optional afternoon tour to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Return aboard for a farewell dinner.
(B, L, D)


Day 13
River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Moscow: After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension.
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Prices, per person:

Our prices are fixed in EUR as well as your order total price and payment balance. Any amounts in other currencies used for payments and informational purposes are calculated based on the current exchange rate. Any amounts in other currencies used for payments and informational purposes are calculated based on the current exchange rate. This includes all partial payments and your payment balance.
Rostropovich 5* vessel has more cabin categories than those listed on site. In the price table, you see the least expensive cabin for each deck.

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Included:
  • Daily Shore Excursions: 11 included guided tours
  • Accommodations
  • Included Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners
  • Port Charges: included on all itineraries
  • Complimentary Beverages: wine, beer & soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Internet Access: Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary
Not included:
  • Russian Visas. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare. However, we can offer you extremely inexpensive flights to Russia through our discount airfare booking engine. Please click here to learn more.
  • Arrival and departure transfers. To see transfer prices please click here. You can order transfers by clicking “Add transfer” while submitting the order.
  • Option tours
  • Tips for the crew and ship staff
  • Forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
  • Accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance (we recommend you purchase insurance).
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry services, bar charges, beauty salon services, telephone and cable charges and medical services).
Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arr/dep transfers, hotel accommodations, additional excursions, etc.) can also arranged by us.

Children under 12 years old are not allowed on the cruise. Children from 12 to 18 are to be accompanied by parents or by legal representatives older than 21 (must stay in the same cabin).

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 75 days before departure.

Cancellation terms for river cruises:
75 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 25% of the entire package will be charged.
74-35 days before departure – a fee equal to 50% of the entire package will be charged.
34 days or less before departure or in the event of a no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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