Russia Volga River Cruise 13 Days/11 Nights

Moscow/Uglich/Yaroslavl/Goritsy/Kizhi/Mandrogui/St. Petersburg Dates:May22Jun12Jul3/10/24/31Aug14/21Sep4/11/25

Day1 Canada-Moscow
Day2 Arrive Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.
Day3 Moscow (B, L,D)
Explore Russia’s enigmatic capital on an included city tour this morning, admiring highlights such as the colorful onion domes of St.Basil’s Cathedral, legendary Red Square, Tverskaya Street and GUM. This afternoon, marvel at imposing red-brick towers, extravagant palaces, and historic Cathedral Square on an included trip to the Kremlin, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin’s best-known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation, and Archangel Michael Cathedrals. You may enjoy optional tours to Armory museum or attend an exciting Circus performance (pre-book only). You may also join an optional Moscow by Night Metro Tour.
Day4 Moscow (B,L,D)
This morning, explore Moscow further or take advantage of one of the optional excursions available, including a trip to Sergiyev Posad, a tour of the New Maiden’s Convent or Tretyakov Gallery. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board and a live concert. 
Day5 Uglich (B,L,D)
Enjoy a Russian Language Lesson and a traditional Russian Song Class this morning as you cruise to Uglich, one of Russia’s Golden Ring cities. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour that includes the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transguration Cathedral before returning to your ship for this evening’s folk concert.
Day6 Yaroslavl (B,L,D)
Another Golden Ring city, Yaroslavl is one of Russia’s best-loved towns. View the city’s highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colorful local market, the Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker, and the Governor’s House Art Exhibition. Back on board, and experience a Russian Tea Ceremony.
Day7 Goritsy (B,L,D)
Slowly wake up in the morning as you cruise across White Lake. In the afternoon, reach Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St. Cyril) Monastery and enjoy a visit to the intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, feast on a traditional Russian dinner before tonight’s Vodka and Blini Tasting Party (Optional on Ms Nikolay. Chernyshevsky).
Day8 Kizhi (B,L,D)
Cruise to Lake Onega’s picture-book island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. This evening, enjoy a pirate-themed dinner on board.
Day9 Mandrogui (B,L,D)
Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amidst pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colorful tiles and woodcarvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat: a succulent shashlik kebab. On board this evening, enjoy Captain’s Dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight’s talent show.
Day10 St Petersburg (B,L,D)
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. This morning, admire St. Petersburg’s historic centre on an included tour and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Smolny Convent, the impressive Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St. Isaac Cathedral. After lunch, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum on an included excursion.
Day11 St Petersburg (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Peterhof, where you will visit the beautiful lower park and see the exterior of the palace. In the afternoon, why not take an optional transfer into St. Petersburg to explore the city at leisure.
Day12 St Petersburg (B,L,D)
Today’s optional excursion takes you to Pushkin, home to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. You may visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the many lavish chambers, such as the famed Amber Room. This evening, join the optional excursion to a Russian Ballet. 
Day13 St Petersburg Departure(Disembarkation) (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport and y back to your sweet home.

Price Includes

• International airfare from Toronto in economy class and airport taxes

• Accommodations in outside cabins, with private bathroom facilities,  individual temperature control and large scenic window

• Meals as indicated in the programs

• Captain’s welcome dinner 

• Excursion programs detailed in the itinerary (Optional tours are  available on board)

• Luggage handling to/from the ship

• Nightly entertainment and dancing

• Arrival and departure transfers

Price Not Include

• Any personal expenditures• Insurance

• Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members (EUR 7-8/person, per day.)

• Gratuities:Guides and drivers 

• Russian Visa fee