Volga River Cruise: Tsar’s Waterways of Russia

Discover the Iconic Volga: from South to North or wise versa
Dazzling architecture. Fascinating culture. Unbelievable opulence.

A Volga River Cruise is for those who seek something truly unique,  and yes, Russia has so much to offer... Experience Russia's rich history and cultural intrigue. enjoy the natural wonders of a vast continent.

The onion-domed buildings and gilded churches of Moscow and St. Petersburg are truly iconic – but if you delve deeper, you’ll encounter more history, heart and soul than you’d ever imagined. And as you cruise between two inspiring cultural capitals (Moscow and St Petersburg), you’ll notice something else that’s special: Russia’s unforgettable landscape. Glimpse ice-blue waterfalls, tiny islands floating in seemingly endless glassy lakes, and hauntingly beautiful sunken ruins surrounded by grand mountains.

Brand new for 2020 and the newest luxury ship in Russia,  5-star Mustai Karim has been specially designed to showcase Russia at its most authentic – because the true magic of Russia is that it’s unlike anywhere else in the world.

Volga River Cruise Highlights:

  • Speciality cuisine: creative menus highlight the best of regional and world cuisine, with special consideration for all dietary requirements. Why not indulge in vodka, Champagne and caviar on the top deck?
  • Exclusive excursions and entertainment: passing under the drawbridges in St. Petersburg, VIP museum openings, classical music concerts, immersive theatre, Russian tea ceremonies, cuisine tastings and cooking classes – every moment is delightfully unique.
  • Wellness:  a spa haven onboard, plus yoga, pilates and other fitness classes.

Two incredible routes that will whisk you away on an adventure like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. See Moscow to St. Petersburg in a new light with expert local knowledge, experience the delights of authentic Russian culture and art, and marvel at the luxury to be found around every corner – before returning to relax onboard the Mustai Karim, where your every expectation is exceeded.

The second incredible route lets you discover St. Petersburg to Moscow. Exclusive tours, authentic experiences, exquisite Russian culture and art, and grandeur like you’ve never seen before – this time from North to South, with an additional stop in the village of Mandrogi.

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

St Petersburg / Moscow

Moscow / St Petersburg

5* MS Mustai Karim

River Cruise

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

11 days / 10 nights

     

up to 329 passengers

Guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day 1:St Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg! You will be met by a representative directly upon landing, where you’ll be transferred in comfort before boarding your 5-star floating hotel, the Mustai Karim. After a brief check- in, you’ll meet the ship’s crew at a delightful cocktail reception – a relaxing way to begin your adventure after a day’s travel.

Day 2:St Petersburg - Peterhof Palace and Tsarskoye Selo

Travel to the magnificent Peterhof Palace, where the ‘Russian Versailles’ sparkles with golden fountains. Enjoy an exclusive program that takes you on an exciting tour of the capital, through the Golden Gate into a world of music and art: the famous Amber Room and an orchestral performance in the Great Throne Hall of Catherine Palace await.

Day 3:St Petersburg - Hermitage and Yusupov Palace

A truly unique experience awaits as you pass under the drawn bridges of St. Petersburg – a privilege exclusive to the guests on this cruise. After breakfast, you’ll see the winding of the Peacock Clock at the Hermitage Museum, take in the glorious architecture, and visit luxurious Yusupov Palace after a traditional Russian lunch.

Day 4:Mandrogi

Experience a taste of Russia’s traditional heritage in Mandrogi: a unique village built upon a history of craftsmanship. Learn about wood painting, intricate beadwork and weaving, blacksmithing, pottery and more. Then, you’ll be treated to a traditional midday Russian picnic – and even have the option to take a trip to a real Russian bathhouse (banya).

Day 5:Kizhi

Prepare to be amazed at the unique beauty of Kizhi Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the ornate Church of the Transfiguration, with 22 domes built entirely from wood with no single nail.

Day 6:Goritsy

A tiny Russian community with a unique medieval atmosphere, Goritsy reveals a storied past within the famous Ferapontov Monastery. Marvel at paintings over 500 years old, and delve into the lives of the royals who lived there.

Day 7:Plyos

Plyos is a medieval merchant town brimming with charm. A favourite holiday spot for Russia’s elite, with beautifully - restored architecture lining peaceful streets – its surrounding landscapes inspired the iconic painter Isaac Levitan.

Day 8:Yaroslavl

Discover one of the Golden Ring cities, Yaroslavl. Its architectural masterpieces, streets and green squares hold 1000 years of history. After a reception at the Governor’s House, try a masterclass in hot enamel painting – and visit the museum of Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first female cosmonaut.

Day 9:Uglich

Step back in time to Uglich, one of the oldest cities in Russia – some say it dates back to 937AD. See the picturesque gold and blue-domed Church of St. Dmitry, enjoy an exclusive concert in one of the central cathedrals, and experience the richness of traditional Russian life as you’re welcomed into the home of a local family.

Day 10:Moscow: Red Square

Discover Moscow’s sights through the eyes of a local: the Kremlin with its iconic red-built walls; Red Square, home to the dazzling domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Zaryadye Park with its impossible floating bridge. After an exciting dinner deep underground at the famous Bunker-42, feel on top of the world as you take in a glorious bird’s-eye view of Moscow from the highest 360-degree observation deck in the city.

Day 11:Moscow

After you disembark from the Mustai Karim, a comfortable transfer awaits to take you directly to the airport. 

Inclusions

5* luxury river cruise ship accommodation for all nights

Full board catering (three meals per day) while onboard the cruise ship

Arrival and departure airport transfers

All excursions according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides

Onboard entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, etc

Lectures by a guest speaker

Russian visa support document

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees. Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Optional excursions

Individual transfers

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
May 5 - May 16, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,825contact usReserve
May 16 - May 26, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,700contact usReserve
May 26 - Jun 6, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $4,070contact usReserve
Jun 6 - Jun 16, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,700contact usReserve
Jun 16 - Jun 27, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $4,070contact usReserve
Jun 27 - Jul 7, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,700contact usReserve
Jul 7 - Jul 18, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $4,070contact usReserve
Jul 18 - Jul 28, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,700contact usReserve
Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,825contact usReserve
Aug 8 - Aug 18, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,480contact usReserve
Aug 18 - Aug 29, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,825contact usReserve
Aug 29 - Sep 8, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,700contact usReserve
Sep 8 - Sep 19, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $4,070contact usReserve
Sep 19 - Sep 29, 2020 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,700contact usReserve
Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2020 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $3,825contact usReserve
11 days
St Petersburg / Moscow to Moscow / St Petersburg
from
$
3,480
USD
Make an enquiry
11 days
from
$
3,480
USD
Make an enquiry
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Day 1: St Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg! You will be met by a representative directly upon landing, where you’ll be transferred in comfort before boarding your 5-star floating hotel, the Mustai Karim. After a brief check- in, you’ll meet the ship’s crew at a delightful cocktail reception – a relaxing way to begin your adventure after a day’s travel.

Day 2: St Petersburg - Peterhof Palace and Tsarskoye Selo

Travel to the magnificent Peterhof Palace, where the ‘Russian Versailles’ sparkles with golden fountains. Enjoy an exclusive program that takes you on an exciting tour of the capital, through the Golden Gate into a world of music and art: the famous Amber Room and an orchestral performance in the Great Throne Hall of Catherine Palace await.

Day 3: St Petersburg - Hermitage and Yusupov Palace

A truly unique experience awaits as you pass under the drawn bridges of St. Petersburg – a privilege exclusive to the guests on this cruise. After breakfast, you’ll see the winding of the Peacock Clock at the Hermitage Museum, take in the glorious architecture, and visit luxurious Yusupov Palace after a traditional Russian lunch.

Day 4: Mandrogi

Experience a taste of Russia’s traditional heritage in Mandrogi: a unique village built upon a history of craftsmanship. Learn about wood painting, intricate beadwork and weaving, blacksmithing, pottery and more. Then, you’ll be treated to a traditional midday Russian picnic – and even have the option to take a trip to a real Russian bathhouse (banya).

Day 5: Kizhi

Prepare to be amazed at the unique beauty of Kizhi Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the ornate Church of the Transfiguration, with 22 domes built entirely from wood with no single nail.

Day 6: Goritsy

A tiny Russian community with a unique medieval atmosphere, Goritsy reveals a storied past within the famous Ferapontov Monastery. Marvel at paintings over 500 years old, and delve into the lives of the royals who lived there.

Day 7: Plyos

Plyos is a medieval merchant town brimming with charm. A favourite holiday spot for Russia’s elite, with beautifully - restored architecture lining peaceful streets – its surrounding landscapes inspired the iconic painter Isaac Levitan.

Day 8: Yaroslavl

Discover one of the Golden Ring cities, Yaroslavl. Its architectural masterpieces, streets and green squares hold 1000 years of history. After a reception at the Governor’s House, try a masterclass in hot enamel painting – and visit the museum of Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first female cosmonaut.

Day 9: Uglich

Step back in time to Uglich, one of the oldest cities in Russia – some say it dates back to 937AD. See the picturesque gold and blue-domed Church of St. Dmitry, enjoy an exclusive concert in one of the central cathedrals, and experience the richness of traditional Russian life as you’re welcomed into the home of a local family.

Day 10: Moscow: Red Square

Discover Moscow’s sights through the eyes of a local: the Kremlin with its iconic red-built walls; Red Square, home to the dazzling domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Zaryadye Park with its impossible floating bridge. After an exciting dinner deep underground at the famous Bunker-42, feel on top of the world as you take in a glorious bird’s-eye view of Moscow from the highest 360-degree observation deck in the city.

Day 11: Moscow

After you disembark from the Mustai Karim, a comfortable transfer awaits to take you directly to the airport. 

Included

5* luxury river cruise ship accommodation for all nights

Full board catering (three meals per day) while onboard the cruise ship

Arrival and departure airport transfers

All excursions according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides

Onboard entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, etc

Lectures by a guest speaker

Russian visa support document

Not included

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees. Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Optional excursions

Individual transfers

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