St. Petersburg - Moscow 4-star cruise by Crucemundo (long)

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 Moscow – St. Petersburg cruise, a ship can link these two great imperial cities of the czars easily for tourists. Moscow has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings and is known as the medieval and 20th century capital, 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.


Day 1 - 3

Your cruise begins in the imperial capital of Russia - St. Petersburg.  Welcome onboard! Check in starts at 14:00 (2.00 PM), but you may arrive earlier or later in the day. 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).

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.

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.

Day 4

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 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

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.

Day 7

Uglich: You will be taken to the walking city tour with visit to 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, Uglich 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 up 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 8-10

Arrival in Moscow, your final destination. Over the next few days you will have a chance to explore Moscow and learn about its riveting history.

You will be taken on a city tour where you will see Moscow's most interesting sights and learn about this amazing city's past and present. During the tour you will visit the Novodevichy Convent - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also get the chance to do some light shopping at the famous Old Arbat Street. 

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).

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.


Prices are per person.


  • Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard)
  • Daily International entertainment on board: concerts, Russian lessons, master classes, movies, captain’s cocktail and dinner
  • Luggagehandlingonboardtheship
  • Use of cabin safe (Deluxe or Junior Suite cabins)
  • 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 tax (35 EUR per person).

Included meals:

  • Full board, three meals per day (from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on the departure day);
  • Breakfast is buffet style, lunch and dinner are with fixed menu with the possibility to select courses;
  • Breakfast in your cabin is possible (from 07:00 to 11:00)
  • Water, tea/ coffee for all meals. 1 shot of vodka OR 1 glass of wine (white/red) OR 1 glass of juice per each dinner
  • Complimentary bottle of water (0.5l) in cabin on arrival day / in Deluxe and Junior Suite cabins replenished daily
  • Coffee-station onboard the ship available for guests from 06:00 till 19:00
  • Early risers breakfast with tea/coffee and cookies
  • Welcome cocktail (at the start of the navigation), Captain’s farewell dinner with a special menu, Russian tea ceremony, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead of lunch onboard, subject to the weather conditions);
  • Hot or cold drinks (depending on weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions.

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. 
  • Internation airfare.
  • Arrival and departure transfers. We can arrange those for an extra fee.
  • Travel insurance. We highly recommend to purchase travel insurance before embarking on your trip to Russia. It’s always good to have extra protection while traveling far from home. Click here to learn more.
  • Optional excursions (available on board);
  • Suggested gratuity for crew and staff (7€ per traveler per day)
  • Personal purchases.

All pre/post cruise services (additional arr/dep transfers, hotel accommodations, additional excursions, etc.) can also arranged by us.

Payment policy:

20% prepayment (non-refundable deposit) is required at the moment of booking, the remaining balance is due 79 days before the cruise.

Cancellation fees:

  • Up to 79 days before embarkation – 20% of cruise price (deposit)
  • 78-70 days before embarkation – 40% of cruise price
  • 69-60 days before embarkation – 60% of cruise price;
  • 59-40 days before embarkation – 80% of cruise price;
  • 40 days and less – 100% cancellation fee.

Other terms: 

  • Passenger name change less than 30 days before the cruise start date is subject to a fee of 50 EUR per name
  • Cabin numbers are provided 7 days before the cruise or for a supplement of 50 EUR per person when booking
  • Children policy: 0–2 y.o. child may travel free of charge if accommodated with 2 adults in a cabin, 3–12 y.o. child may have a 10% discount if accommodated in a twin cabin with 1 adult
  • 3rd and 4th person in TRIPLE will receive a 30% discount from the standard rate



Crucelake 4*

"Crucelake" is a 4-deck ship built in Germany. The motorship features  2 restaurants, a bar, a theater hall, baby club, cinema club, sauna, souvenir kiosk, ironing room, and a rental store.  

Junior Suite with a Balcony, MS Crucelake
JUNIOR SUITE WITH A BALCONY ON BOAT DECK (17.5-21 sq.m., cabins №421-424 )
Bed configuration: twin or double, and a sofa (2 additional sleeping places can be arranged)
Equipment: private facilities with a walk-in shower, 2 bed stands, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer, an armchair, a sofa, a safe, a table
Windows: balcony

Deluxe with balcony, MS Crucelake
DELUXE CABIN WITH A BALCONY ON BOAT DECK (15.5-16 sq.m., cabins №401-408, 411-418)
Bed configuration: twin or double, and a sofa which can be used for 3rd person or 2 armchairs
Equipment: private facilities with a walk-in shower, 2 bed stands, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer, 2 armchairs or a sofa, a safe, a table, a banquette
Windows: balcony

Deluxe without balcony, MS Crucelake
DELUXE CABIN ON BOAT DECK (14 sq.m., cabins №425-428)
Bed configuration: twin or double
Equipment: private facilities with a walk-in shower, 2 bed stands, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer, 2 armchairs, a safe, a table
Windows: 2 panoramic windows which can be open

Singlу cabin with balcony on boat deck, MS Crucelake
SINGLE CABIN WITH BALCONY ON BOAT DECK (7.6 sq.m., cabins №409, 410, 419, 420)
Bed configuration: 1 single bed
Equipment: private facilities with a walk-in shower, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer, an armchair
Windows: balcony

Superior twin cabin on middle deck, MS Crucelake
SUPERIOR TWIN CABIN ON MIDDLE DECK (10 sq.m., cabins №313-362)
Bed configuration: twin only
Equipment: private facilities with a walk-in shower, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer
Windows: a panoramic window which can be open

Single cabin on boat deck, MS Crucelake
SINGLE CABIN ON BOAT DECK (7.6 sq.m., cabins №429, 430)
Bed configuration: 1 single bed
Equipment: private facilities, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer
Windows: a panoramic window which can be open

Standard twin cabin on main or middle deck, MS Crucelake

STANDARD TWIN CABIN ON MAIN OR MIDDLE DECK (10 sq.m., cabins №207-236, 305-312)
Bed configuration: twin only
Equipment: private facilities, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer
Windows: a panoramic window which can be open

Quadruple/triple cabin on lower deck, MS Crucelake
QUADRUPLE/TRIPLE CABIN ON LOWER DECK (13 sq.m., cabins №105-114)
Bed configuration: twin only, 1 (in triple) and 2 (in quadruple) bulk beds
Equipment: private facilities, a wardrobe, AC, a fridge, a radio, a TV, a hairdryer
Windows: 2 illuminators, do not open


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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