Volga River Cruise: Tsars Waterways of Russia

Duration11days

Price fromUSD $4,050 ?Currency ConversionConverted from USD based on the latest exchange rate. Final amount and payment will be in USD. Final conversion rate is determined by your bank.

Trip StyleRiver Cruise

Time of yearMay - October

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.

Arrival

St Petersburg / Moscow

Departure

Moscow / St Petersburg

Accomodation

5* MS Mustai Karim

Trip style

River Cruise

Duration

11 days / 10 nights

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Group size

up to 329 passengers

Type of tour

Guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day 1 St Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg! You will be met by a representative directly upon landing, and transferred to your 5* hotel in the city center. Relax after the flight or take a walk nearby to explore the cosy streets on your own.

Day 2 St Petersburg

After check-out from the hotel, we enjoy a city center tour by bus, including Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov monarchs, Nevsky Prospect, with its endless fine shops, cafes, and museums, St.Isaak’s Cathedral, and Smolny Cathedral.

Lunch is followed by a tour of the richest art collection of the Hermitage Museum, 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 3 St Petersburg

A truly unique experience awaits as you pass under the drawn bridges and navigate the canals of St. Petersburg – a privilege exclusive to the guests on this cruise. 

After lunch, we travel to the magnificent Peterhof Palace, where the ‘Russian Versailles’ sparkles with golden fountains.

Day 4 Valaam

Today we depart early for the Valaam Archipelago, a group of 50 islands in the north of Lake Lagoda, the largest lake in Europe. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring inside the walls of the Central Monastery Complex, dominated by the majestic Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Get acquainted with one of the most scared Orthodox sites in Russia and the site of numerous clashes between the Russians and Swedes in their struggle for power during the 16th century.

Day 5 Mandrogi

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

Day 6 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. Enjoy a concert “Music of Northern Village” in a beautiful setting.

Day 7 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 8 Uglich

Today you’ll arrive in Uglich, an ancient town filled with brightly coloured architecture. Its Kremlin and the Church of St. Dmitry are particularly famous – the church’s fascinating history is tied to the life and death of Ivan the Terrible’s son. In the afternoon, relax as the sounds of Kovcheg Choir wash over you, then spend a special moment of time in a local family home.

Day 9 Moscow

Today we reach our final destination - Moscow, the glorious capital of Russia. After you disembark from Mustai Kariml, you will be transferred to your centrally located 5* hotel.

Enjoy free time for self-discovery before dinner with your fellow travellers in one of the most popular restaurants.

Day 10 Moscow

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. 

Day 11 Moscow

After breakfast, a comfortable transfer awaits you to take you directly to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination. 

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Inclusions

5* luxury river cruise ship accommodation

5* hotel accommodation in St Petersburg and Moscow

Full board catering (three meals per day) while onboard the cruise ship, several meals while in Moscow and St Petersburg

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

Exclusions

Flights

Travel insurance

Arrival and departure airport transfers

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

Dates & Prices

Dates Availability Price Single sup.  
May 15 - May 25, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
May 24 - Jun 3, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
May 31 - Jun 10, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Jun 12 - Jun 22, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Jun 19 - Jun 29, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Jun 28 - Jul 8, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780 Reserve
Oct 2 - Oct 12, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,050 US $3,780 Reserve
Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,050 US $3,780 Reserve
Oct 18 - Oct 28, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,050 US $3,780 Reserve

Volga River Cruise: Tsars Waterways of Russia

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Volga River Cruise: Tsars Waterways of Russia

Days 11

From USD $4,050

Trip Style River Cruise

Time of year May - October

Day 1: St Petersburg

Welcome to St Petersburg! You will be met by a representative directly upon landing, and transferred to your 5* hotel in the city center. Relax after the flight or take a walk nearby to explore the cosy streets on your own.

Day 2: St Petersburg

After check-out from the hotel, we enjoy a city center tour by bus, including Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov monarchs, Nevsky Prospect, with its endless fine shops, cafes, and museums, St.Isaak’s Cathedral, and Smolny Cathedral.

Lunch is followed by a tour of the richest art collection of the Hermitage Museum, 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 3: St Petersburg

A truly unique experience awaits as you pass under the drawn bridges and navigate the canals of St. Petersburg – a privilege exclusive to the guests on this cruise. 

After lunch, we travel to the magnificent Peterhof Palace, where the ‘Russian Versailles’ sparkles with golden fountains.

Day 4: Valaam

Today we depart early for the Valaam Archipelago, a group of 50 islands in the north of Lake Lagoda, the largest lake in Europe. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring inside the walls of the Central Monastery Complex, dominated by the majestic Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Get acquainted with one of the most scared Orthodox sites in Russia and the site of numerous clashes between the Russians and Swedes in their struggle for power during the 16th century.

Day 5: Mandrogi

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

Day 6: 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. Enjoy a concert “Music of Northern Village” in a beautiful setting.

Day 7: 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 8: Uglich

Today you’ll arrive in Uglich, an ancient town filled with brightly coloured architecture. Its Kremlin and the Church of St. Dmitry are particularly famous – the church’s fascinating history is tied to the life and death of Ivan the Terrible’s son. In the afternoon, relax as the sounds of Kovcheg Choir wash over you, then spend a special moment of time in a local family home.

Day 9: Moscow

Today we reach our final destination - Moscow, the glorious capital of Russia. After you disembark from Mustai Kariml, you will be transferred to your centrally located 5* hotel.

Enjoy free time for self-discovery before dinner with your fellow travellers in one of the most popular restaurants.

Day 10: Moscow

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. 

Day 11: Moscow

After breakfast, a comfortable transfer awaits you to take you directly to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination. 

Included

5* luxury river cruise ship accommodation

5* hotel accommodation in St Petersburg and Moscow

Full board catering (three meals per day) while onboard the cruise ship, several meals while in Moscow and St Petersburg

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

Arrival and departure airport transfers

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

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup.
May 15 - May 25, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
May 24 - Jun 3, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
May 31 - Jun 10, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Jun 12 - Jun 22, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Jun 19 - Jun 29, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Jun 28 - Jul 8, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,750 US $3,780
Oct 2 - Oct 12, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,050 US $3,780
Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2022 (M to SPB)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,050 US $3,780
Oct 18 - Oct 28, 2022 (SPB to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,050 US $3,780

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