12 Day Russian River Cruise: St. Petersburg to Moscow (MS RUSS)


River Cruise Package Includes

  • 10 nights Tourist Class river cruise on MS Russ (Category Main Deck) outside cabin
  • 29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Wireless audio system for excursions
  • Port Taxes

Special Features   

  • St. Petersburg City Tour
  • Hermitage Museum 
  • Monastery of St. Cyril
  • Moscow City Tour
  • Kremlin

MS Russ Deck Plan

European River Cruising on the MS Brilliant


DAY 1, Friday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Russia. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive and transfer to your ship for embarkation. The port is approximately a 2 hour drive from the St. Petersburg airport. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner

Russian River Cruises: St Petersburg RiverDAY 3, Sunday - St. Petersburg City Tour
Enjoy a morning city tour of St. Petersburg. This panoramic tour takes you to Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Square, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and many more sights along the way. In the afternoon visit the famous museum, the Hermitage, home to one of the largest and richest collections of Western art in the world. Among the museum's vast collection, which spans six buildings (the most famous being the Winter Palace), priceless works by artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and many others are displayed amid opulent architectural design. This evening, enjoy dinner and the night at leisure on board
Optional: Rivers & Canals in St. Petersburg (PM)
Optional: Ballet Performance (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Russian River Cruise: Pushkin PalaceDAY 4, Monday - Day at Leisure in St. Petersburg
Today is free at leisure to explore St. Petersburg on your own. Long considered Russia's most opulent city, St. Petersburg is today the country's second-largest city after Moscow, and former capital of the Romanov Czars. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and get to know the crew and staff of the MS Russ
Optional: Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park (AM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Daylight Sailing
Enjoy daylight sailing and the morning at leisure on board. Stop in the romantic village of Mandrogi, whose name literally means "pine-trees on the bog," to enjoy time at leisure to explore the city. Rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Open Air Museum
This morning, arrive in Kizhi, a small island featuring one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected, the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration. The Church is the island's most famous architectural landmark and largely responsible for making Kizhi one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. It features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy and was built without using a single nail. Visit the Church and Open Air Wooden Architecture Museum. Enjoy dinner and the evening at leisure on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Monastery of St. Cyril
Arrive in Goritsy, an old Russian town of rich historical and cultural heritage. Today, visit the Monastery of St. Cyril, one of Russia's largest monasteries. Established in 1397 on the bank of Lake Siverskoye, the monastery of St. Cyril was once home to the largest monastery church in Northern Russia, the Assumption cathedral, which still stands today. The monastery's fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are an impressive sight, home to several towers including the Chasuble, the Vologda, and the Tent-like
Optional: Vodka & Blini Tasting Party (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Russian River CruisesDAY 8, Friday - Yaroslavl City Tour
Arrive this morning in Yaroslavl, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a tour of this historic city, one among many in Russia's famous Golden Ring. The tour includes sites such as the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet and a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. You will also have the opportunity to explore a local market. Dinner on board this evening
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Uglich City Tour
This afternoon, arrive in Uglich, one of Russia's oldest cities. Famous in Russian history for the dynastic crisis known as the Time of Troubles, which followed the suspicious death of Prince Dimitry (Ivan the Terrible's youngest son), Uglich is a popular stop when sailing the Volga due to its historic architecture and charm. Enjoy a tour of the city, including visits to the Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of Prince Dimitry
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Russian River Cruise: Moscow, RussiaDAY 10, Sunday - Moscow City Tour
Arrive to Moscow just after lunch today, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the fabled capital of Russia. Traveling by coach, view the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Novodevichy or “New Maiden” convent, the former headquarters of the KGB, and many more historical sites. Explore Red Square, the most famous city square in Russia and visit GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. Enjoy dinner and the evening at leisure on board ?
Optional: Moscow by Night
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Kremlin Tour
Today's tour takes you to one of the best-known monuments in Russia, the Kremlin. Venture inside this former residence of the Russian czars on a guided walking tour. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the Kremlin grounds on your own before returning to the ship. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on board
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent (PM)*
Optional: Excursion to Sergiev Posad (PM)*
Optional: Kostroma National Folk Show (PM)**
Optional: Moscow Circus Performance (PM)**
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday- Depart for the USA
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. The Moscow airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port
Meals: Breakfast

* The Moscow Novodevichy Convent and the Excursion to Sergiev Posad will operate simultaneously.
** The Kostroma National Folk Show and the Moscow Circus Performance will operate simultaneously.

? Jul 1 Departure: The ship will continue cruising on Day 10 and arrive to Moscow at 10 pm. On Day 11, the Moscow city tour will be provided in the morning and the Kremlin tour in the afternoon. The optional Moscow Novodevichy Convent and Excursion to Sergiev Posad will not be offered on this departure.


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