Moscow - St. Petersburg 5-star cruise by Vodohod

Travel along the beautiful Volga River as you make your way between Russia's largest and most fascinating cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Both these cities are rich in history, art, architecture and the food is pretty good too! By taking a river voyage, a ship can easily link these two great imperial cities of the czars. Moscow has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings and is known as the medieval and 20th century capital of Russia, while St. Petersburg is a dreamland of 18th century architecture and craftsmanship. Besides offering visits to sites of unique historical and architectural interest, these cruises afford a relaxing alternative to traveling by taking you along the Neva River, Lake Ladoga, the Svir River, Lake Onega, the Baltic canal, White Lake and the Volga River.

ITINERARY & MAP

Day 1 - 2

Moscow: Welcome on board! Check in begins at 14:00 (2.00 PM), but you may board earlier or later depending on you arrival in Moscow. If you order a transfer, you will be met at the airport or train station by one of our drivers and taken by comfortable car to the river port where you will board your cruise ship (transfer is optional).

Over the next few days, you will get the chance to explore Moscow and learn about its riveting history. You will be taken on a city tour and see Moscow's most interesting sights and learn about this amazing city's past and present. You will also have a chance to do some light shopping and there will be time to relax aboard the ship in the evenings.

One of the highlights of your time in Moscow is a visit to Red Square and the Kremlin. You will also visit one of the Kremlin's famous cathedrals. The Kremlin as we know it today was rebuilt as a stone structure during the beginning of the 14th century but the actual site has been inhabited and used as a fortified city wall for centuries before this period. The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure - at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city's former military fortification, a palace and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia's political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents.

Moscow is Russia's political and financial capital as well as a major world class cultural center. The city includes many must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe. It is unique in that it blends the ancient with the modern. See medieval structures among modern office buildings, walk down crooked old city streets opening up to wide, busy boulevards. It is a fantastic city and truly a site that shouldn't be missed.

Day 3

Uglich: You will be taken on a walking city tour with visit to the Kremlin, the Church of St. Demitrius on the Blood and the Transfiguration cathedral.

Uglich was founded in 1148 as a small princedom bordering on Muscovy and is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. 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 on the horizon. The history of the town is fascinating; 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, heir to the Russian throne 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. The death of Prince Dmitri brought on the start of the Time of Troubles, a dynastic and political crises and one of the most tumultuous periods in Russian history which ended 15 years later after the election of a new Tsar, Mikhail Romanov (the first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty). Inside the Kremlin the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry also stands. During your time in Uglich you will learn more about the town's past and walk along the paths of Russian history.

Day 4

Arrival in the ancient village of Goritsy. Tour of the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery and the Museum of Icons.

Goritsy is a tiny settlement 7 kilometers from the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery. The remains of the Nunnery of the Resurrection that sits on the banks of the Sheksna River can be visited and is within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops. Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. 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 the tour you will return to your ship and set sail in the direction of St. Petersburg along the Volga Baltic Canal. The Volga Baltic Canal is a series of canals and rivers that connect the Volga river to the Baltic Sea.

Day 5

You'll cruise along Europe's second largest lake, Lake Onega and arrive on the island of Kizhi. Here you will visit a fascinating open-air museum containing numerous examples of elaborate Russian, wooden architecture.

Kizhi Island: 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 from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The most impressive site on the island is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya (the church of twenty-two wooden domes). This masterpiece of architecture, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees. The church magically changes color as the day grows old, it is certainly one of the most interesting things you will see during your time in Russia.

Day 6

A stop in the village of Mandrogui. Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spend 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). You will love it!

Mandrogui is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. It features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia's favorite pastime.

Day 7 - 8

Arrival in the imperial capital of Russia - 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's 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 many others.

On the last day of your cruise you will say goodbye to Russia, your ship's crew and the many new friends we are sure you will have met during your time with us. We are sure that your memories of the trip will last a lifetime and we look forward to welcoming you to Russia sometime in the future. Our driver will meet you at the ship and take you to the airport to see you off (transfer is optional).

St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest and second most important city - the Northern capital of the country, Russia's cultural center, and considered the world's 'Northern Venice' due to its extensive system of canals and islands. Walk along Nevsky Prospect and experience the grandeur of pre-revolutionary imperial Russia. Pass palaces from the past and gaze at the famous embankment of the Neva River with its numerous bridges and striking architecture. St. Petersburg is also home to Russia's largest and busiest port and with its many world class theaters and museums has a very high level of cultural life.

PRICES & DATES

Prices are per person.

The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 75% of the total cruise price. Surcharge for single occupancy in Deluxe or Suite cabin is 100% of the cruise price.

Included catering:

  • Three meals per day during the tour, except for the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation. On the day of embarkation - dinner, on the day of disembarkation - European breakfast. On embarkation day after 23.00 and on disembarkation day before 06.00 a boxed meal is provided instead of dinner and breakfast. Breakfast and lunch - buffet, dinner - served to the table.
  • Coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits) works on board the ship - from 06:00 till 19:00
  • 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per person daily in the cabin
  • Breakfast, lunch (including lunch when in the city): water on the table
  • Dinner (including dinner while in the city): 1 bottle of mineral water (0,5 l) + 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) per person
  • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
  • Welcome cocktail - 1 glass of sparkling wine or juice for one person
  • Tea / coffee for all meals
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Themed dinners
  • “Captain dinner” with a special menu + 1 glass of sparkling wine per person
  • Hot tea (in cool weather) upon returning to the boat from shore excursions
  • Cold iced tea or juice (in hot weather) upon returning to the ship from shore excursions

Included service in cabins:

  • Bath robes in Suite cabins;
  • In all cabins - shampoo 30 ml., shower gel 30 ml., conditioner 30 ml., body lotion 30 ml. (refillasneeded), showercap, slippers;
  • Safe in all cabins;
  • Minibar in Suite cabins (for additional fee);
  • TVs and phones in all cabins.

Included service on board:

  • Hot towels after return on board from shore excursions
  • Onboard guides speaking English / French / German / Spanish / Italian; service of onboard guides with other foreign languages can be provided for an additional fee;
  • Included excursion program 
  • Entertainment activities on board, including Russian language lessons, Russian songs, dance evenings, folklore concerts, and so on.

Other included services:

  • Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for a Russian visa at the local Russian Consulate in your country. PLEASE NOTE: your passport should be valid for no less than 6 months after the planned departure from Russia and it should have at least 2 blank pages. The process of applying for a visa may take a long time and we recommend that you start the process 3 months before your trip. In case you are booking the trip last minute, we recommend that you check with the Russian Consulate in your country whether you have enough time for the visa application process. In case you have to cancel your trip because of visa issues standard cancellation policy will be applied. 
  • Port taxes

Not included:

  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK, Australian, Indian and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. With Full Visa Support, you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. 
  • International airfare.
  • Arrival and departure transfers. We can arrange these for an extra fee.
  • Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks from onboard bars
  • Optional tours
  • Suggested gratuity for crew and staff (7€ per traveler per day)
  • Forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
  • Travel and health insurance. We highly recommend to purchase insurance before embarking on your trip to Russia.  It's always good to have extra protection for peace of mind while traveling far from home.  Click here  to learn more.
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry services, bar charges, beauty salon services, telephone and cable charges and medical services).
  • Room service offered for an additional fee.

Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arr/dep transfers, hotel accommodations, additional excursions, etc.) can also arranged by us.

BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY IN 2020:

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 65 days before departure.

Cancellation terms: 
65 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 25% of the entire package will be charged.
64-55 days before departure – a fee equal to 50% of the entire package will be charged.
54-36 days before departure – a fee equal to 75% of the entire package will be charged.
35 days or less before departure or in the event of a no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY IN 2021:

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: 
75 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 25% of the entire package will be charged.
74-65 days before departure – a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
64-41 days before departure – a fee equal to 60% of the entire package will be charged.
40-35 days before departure – a fee equal to 75% 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.

Ship

Ships

Rostropovich 5*

This luxurious four-deck vessel was built in Czech Republic in 1980 and totaly refurbished in 2009. The ship features 2 bars (one with a balcony), 2 restaurants, coffee station, conference hall/movie theater, a playing room, and a souvenir store. There is also a gym, a solarium with chaise-longues, ironing room, and a medical room. The ship has an elevator which makes it stand out from many other Russian cruise ships. 


Standard Double Main Deck Without Balcony 11,7-12,1 sq.m. (Category J-) MS Rostropovich
Standard Double Main Deck Without Balcony 11,7-12,1 sq.m. (Category J-)
Cabins 111, 112, 122, 123 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with a double bed, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Standard Twin Main Deck Without Balcony 13 sq.m. (Category I-) MS Rostropovich
Standard Twin Main Deck Without Balcony 13 sq.m. (Category I-)
Cabins 103 - 109 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Standard Double Middle Deck With Balcony 12,4-13,4 sq.m.(Category H+) MS Rostropovich
Standard Double Middle Deck With Balcony 12,4-13,4 sq.m.(Category H+)
Cabins 218, 219, 237, 238 are furnished with double bed. All cabins are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Standard Twin/Double Boat Deck With Balcony 12,7 sq.m. (Category G+) MS Rostropovich
Standard Twin/Double Boat Deck With Balcony 12,7 sq.m. (Category G+)
Cabins 312, 325 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined) or double bed, bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Main Deck Without Balcony 18,7-19,6 sq.m.(Category F-) MS Rostropovich
Deluxe Twin/Double Main Deck Without Balcony 18,7-19,6 sq.m.(Category F-)
Cabins 100-102, 110, 115-121 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket and large scenic window. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Junior Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck Without Balcony 21,7 sq.m. (Category D-) MS Rostropovich
Junior Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck Without Balcony 21,7 sq.m. (Category D-)
Cabins 200, 201, 220, 221 equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Middle Deck With Balcony 15,3-17,3 sq.m.(Category C+) MS Rostropovich
Deluxe Twin/Double Middle Deck With Balcony 15,3-17,3 sq.m.(Category C+)
Cabins 202-209, 213-217, 222-229, 233-236 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Boat Deck With Balcony 15,7-16,5 sq.m. (Category B+) MS Rostropovich
Deluxe Twin/Double Boat Deck With Balcony 15,7-16,5 sq.m. (Category B+)
Cabins 300-307, 311, 313-320, 324 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Deluxe Twin/Double Sun Deck With Balcony 15,7-16,3 sq.m. (Category A+) MS Rostropovich
Deluxe Twin/Double Sun Deck With Balcony 15,7-16,3 sq.m. (Category A+)
Cabins 400-406, 408, 409-415, 417 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Bolshoi Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck With Balcony 19 sq.m. (Category BSM+) MS Rostropovich
Bolshoi Suite (Twin/Double) Middle Deck With Balcony 19 sq.m. (Category BSM+)
Cabins 210-212, 230-232 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Mariinski Suite (Twin/Double) Boat Deck With Balcony 21,2-21,6 sq.m. (Category MSB+) MS Rostropovich
Mariinski Suite (Twin/Double) Boat Deck With Balcony 21,2-21,6 sq.m. (Category MSB+)
Cabins 308-310, 321-323 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Hermitage Suite (Twin/Double) Sun Deck With Balcony 19 sq..m. (Category HS+) MS Rostropovich
Hermitage Suite (Twin/Double) Sun Deck With Balcony 19 sq..m. (Category HS+)
Cabins 407, 416 are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with two separate beds (can be joined), bedside tables, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

Imperial Suite (King Size Bed Double) Middle Deck With Panoramic Balcony 30 sq.m. (Category IS++) MS Rostropovich
Imperial Suite (King Size Bed Double) Middle Deck With Panoramic Balcony 30 sq.m. (Category IS++)
Cabin 239 equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, 220 volt socket. The cabin is furnished with double bed, bedside tables, sofa and two armchairs, coffee table, console mirror, chair, wardrobe, TV, fridge, radio, telephone, hair dryer and safe.

TESTIMONIALS

Barbara and Louis, USA

Louis and I want you to know that our vacation was just great. The Rostropovich was very nice boat. All the crew were pleasant and helpful, including our guide Antonne. The food was very good. All the transfers worked out perfectly. We certainly would recommend your company.

Barbara and Louis, USA (August, 2018)
Stephen, UK

We have just returned home to the UK after our visit to Russia and the cruise on the MS Rostropovich. We had a superb time. The quality of the ship was superb and the service provided by all the staff was very friendly and professional. A very good introduction to Russia on our first visit to your country. I am emailing to thank you personally for the very efficient service provided by Express to Russia. From the initial enquiry, through the provision of additional information, to the conclusion of the booking you have always responded very promptly to my emails. This made the whole process much easier than it might otherwise have been and I would most certainly recommend your services to others. Thank-you and best wishes for the future.

Stephen, UK (August, 2018)
Hugo , Ilona , Marie-Pierre and Jean-Marie, South Africa

We had the most wonderful cruise and really enjoyed Russia. The crew on board were fantastic, food was great and we had a professor on board discussing current affairs, amazing. Tours were amazing and informative. Transfers were on time, so all in all, thank you for arranging such an experience, much appreciated.

Hugo , Ilona , Marie-Pierre and Jean-Marie, South Africa (July, 2018)
Gordana, Serbia

Two days ago we have returned from our journey in Russia. It was absolutely a wonderful experience! We had enjoyed every minute of our trip. Beautiful country with so much to offer! Many thanks for the great assistance that you have provided to us with the booking of the cruise!

Gordana, Serbia (July, 2018)
Mike & Irma, South Africa

I want to provide to you some feedback about the boat trip which we undertook from 12 till 19 May 2018. 1. The transfers from the airport to the boat was fantastic. Your driver went out of his way to assist us till into the reception area of the correct boat. He was on time at the airport also. He was very friendly also. 2. The cruise: this was a memorable experience for us. We got much more than we expected. The Russian history lessons; the Russian language lessons; the Vodka tasting lecture – these were very informative 3. The crew on the ship went out of their way to make us comfortable and relaxed. They were always available and very friendly 4. The local tours and the guides were very well planned and executed. The Guides are so passionate about their tasks and made one feel ashamed of the way we were told by our government in the communism era how bad Russia was. 5. The transfer from the ship to the airport in Moscow was great. The driver was there on time and drove safely to the airport with us. Very friendly also. I will definitely recommend the tour and your company to all who ask me about the visit to Russia. Perhaps I will come visit Russia again in the future and spend more time in Moscow also. Thank you once again for assisting with arranging a most memorable vacation!

Mike & Irma, South Africa (May, 2018)
Olive, Australia

I enjoyed my holiday in Russia very much and I found your company to be extremely helpful and courteous, it was a joy to correspond with you, thank you for making my holiday plans easier.

Olive, Australia (September, 2017)
Svetislav, Slovenia

Staff of Express to Russia and especially ms, Galina are exceptional competent ladies: very communicative and prompt with answers; booking, invitation letters, transfer from the airport to pear and in Saint Petersburg to hotel (we extended staying there for five days on our own) etc. went smooth. Pleasure to do business with ms. Galina and Express to Russia!

Svetislav, Slovenia (August, 2017)
Helga and Al, USA

We are back from our beautiful, Russian Cruise Excursion. My wife Helga and I want to thank you for helping me/us to arrange this wonderful trip. The specific reason for this trip was to take once more an adventure trip of this kind as a gift to our self on our 50th wedding anniversary. The anniversary was on the 10th while we were in St. Petersburg were we celebrated at the Astoria hotel with a ballet in the evening at the Mariinsky Theater in Tsar Nicolas Box. Upon our arrival on ship, and thanks to you I felt like a Russian finding the bottle champagne in our cabin and enjoying it. I made a toast to you and want to express my sincere thanks. My wife and I would have liked to have met you while in St. Petersburg. I now would like to say, that we experienced some of the Russian Soul and would wish that the rest of the world would have such love for their country.

Helga and Al, USA (June, 2017)
Jennifer, Australia

It was a long held dream of mine to visit your beautiful country. Cruising between St Petersburg and Moscow was beyond my expectations , so far my best travel experience Thanks to Express to Russia for all their assistance in organising my trip

Jennifer, Australia (May, 2017)
Brian Asmus, USA

I LOVED THE CRUISE!!!!! It was amazing and I had the best time. The food/service/cabin were all great and the price was FANTASTIC!!!!! I have mentioned this to my sister and her husband and they are considering going next year. LOVED it. I don't have ONE complaint :). THANKS for an amazing experience.

Brian Asmus, USA (October, 2016)

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