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Russian History Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg - 2021

Moscow • 7-night river cruise with Uglich, Goritsy, Lake Onega/Kizhi Island, Mandrogi • St. Petersburg
  • VISIT MOSCOW’S RED SQUARE, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • ENJOY AN INCLUDED TOUR OF THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, A UNESCO SITE HOME TO MORE THAN 3 MILLION WORKS OF ART
  • ONE OF THE MOST TRADITIONAL SHIPS ON THE VOLGA RIVER, THE M/S CRUCELAKE'S CABINS AND COMMON AREAS WERE RENOVATED FOR THE 2021 SAILING SEASON
  • ENJOY AN INCLUDED TOUR OF THE RIVERS AND CANALS OF ST. PETERSBURG
  • VISIT KIZHI ISLAND AND EXPLORE ITS CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION, AN ORNATE STRUCTURE BUILT ENTIRELY WITHOUT NAILS
  • MARVEL AT PETERHOF, A MAGNIFICENT UNESCO-DESIGNATED PALACE THAT EARNED THE NICKNAME “THE RUSSIAN VERSAILLES”
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  • $453
    PER DAY
  • 13
    DAYS
  • 32
    TOURS
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St. Petersburg to Moscow

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Helsinki, Finland

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DAY 1:

Fly to St. Petersburg

Travel to Russia on an overnight flight bound for St. Petersburg. If you took our pre-trip extension to Helsinki, you’ll arrive by train.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Russia’s Imperial Capital

If you booked your airfare through Vantage, a Vantage representative will greet you and arrange your transfer to your hotel. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Landmarks of the "Window on the West”

Today you'll begin your discovery of St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s “Window on the West,” a dazzling baroque city of white, gold, and pastels — and one of the best reasons to travel to Russia. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that's been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll admire the Church on Spilled Blood, where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881, and Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main thoroughfare that is the focal point of shopping, dining, and nightlife. Its myriad bridges make it a lovely walking path to admire the glistening canals — the reason why this metropolis is often called the “Venice of the North.”


This afternoon, after lunch on your own, tour St. Petersburg’s canals and beautifully-adorned bridges. You'll also tour Yusupov Palace, legendary site of Rasputin's slaying.

Vantage Exclusive:
  • Tour the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, including Yusupov Palace
Included Feature:
  • City tour of St. Petersburg

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Follow in the steps of the tsars and embark the m/s Crucelake

This morning you'll visit Catherine's Palace, yet another magnificent landmark of the tsarist era and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built for the wife of Peter the Great, the palace is surrounded by serene gardens and once served as the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

Upon your return to St. Petersburg, you'll embark the m/s Crucelake with a festive and traditional salt and bread ceremony. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore this magnificent city on your own. Perhaps you'll spend the afternoon enjoy the city's public parks or taking a hop-on, hop-off canal cruise. The day is yours to explore, and in the evening, you’re welcome to join a lively show of Russian folk music and dance.

Included Feature:

  • Excursion to Catherine's Palace

Cultural Connection:

  • Enjoy a “bread and salt” welcome upon embarkation

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Marvel at Peterhof, the “Russian Versailles”

Travel a short distance outside of St. Petersburg this morning to visit Peterhof, a UNESCO site often called the "Russian Versailles." Peter the Great built the splendid palace and elaborate gardens on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. You’ll admire the spray of fountains set to music and a marvelous art collection, including a stunning room filled to the brim with historic portraits. Enjoy an included lunch and afternoon, with dinner on board.


Included Feature:
  • Excursion to UNESCO-listed Peterhof Palace

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum

Today you'll visit Peter and Paul Fortress back in the city, the original citadel of St. Petersburg founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Though this small island originally housed prisoners, it makes for a majestic sightseeing destination today with its sparkling tower rising above the Neva River. Then, enjoy regional culinary specialties during lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Hermitage Museum, a UNESCO site which features over 3 million works of art, a collection that was begun by Empress Catherine the Great and is spread out over a complex of five massive buildings that once formed the Winter Palace. In the evening, enjoy the Captain's Welcome Dinner and Reception accompanied by folk and classical music. 

Included Features:
  • Excursion to the Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Hermitage Museum visit
Cultural Connection:
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Evening musical entertainment in the ship's lounge

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Marvelous Mandrogi

After breakfast this morning, learn the art of painting matryoshka (nesting dolls) and about Russian life during a shipboard lecture. This afternoon takes you on an excursion to the village of Mandrogi, where you’ll visit a wooden home and a local handicrafts market, followed by a shashlik (Russian barbecue) lunch onboard. Later, partake in a lively "Russian for Travelers" language lesson. After dinner, enjoy live music in the bar.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Mandrogi
Cultural Connections:
  • Enjoy a shashlik Russian BBQ lunch
  • Learn the art of painting matryoshka (nesting dolls)
  • Learn about Russian life at an onboard lecture that includes local handicrafts
  • Enjoy a lively Russian language for travelers lesson & presentation on Russian culture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Lake Onega & Kizhi Island

This morning, arrive at Kizhi Island and enjoy a visit to the Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture, a true site to behold. Here, you’ll admire fascinating examples of traditional wooden buildings collected from around Russia. Among the notable structures is the Church of the Transfiguration, an ornate structure with 22 domes, built entirely without nails. See the Kizhi Pogost, whose church and the adjacent clock tower are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After you depart Kizhi Island and enjoy lunch on board, visit the Captain’s Bridge to marvel at views of Lake Onega. This afternoon enjoy a lecture on the history and production of Russian vodka. After dinner on board, enjoy live music in the bar.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Kizhi Island excursion, with visit to the Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Cultural Connection:
  • Lecture on the history and production of Russian vodka
  • Enjoy live music in the lounge tonight

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Toast Goritsky discoveries

This morning you’ll learn more about Russian history during an onboard lecture before arriving in Goritsy for a walking tour. Be enchanted by the tranquil village’s fascinating history as a former home to several monasteries. Visit a local school, as well as a local home to learn about day-to-day life. Resurrection Monastery awaits you next, and its storied history (founded by one of Ivan the Terrible’s daughters-in-law) is as fascinating as the architecture.

This afternoon back on board, try your hand at Russian specialties during a cooking lesson, followed by vodka and tea with pies and a blini tasting. These traditional pancakes are usually made with buckwheat flour and garnished with sour cream, butter, or caviar. Later, enjoy a cocktail reception before dinner onboard.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Goritsy
  • Visit Resurrection Monastery
Cultural Connections:
  • Learn more about Russian history during an onboard lecture
  • Visit a local school to learn about day-to-day life, as well as a local home
  • Try your hand at Russian specialties during a cooking lesson, followed by vodka and tea with pies and a blini tasting

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Life on the Volga along the Golden Ring

Away from the cities, Russia is a land of villages, fields, forests, and lakes, all threaded by rivers such as the mighty Volga, Europe's longest. Discover Uglich this morning, one of the motherland’s oldest towns and part of the storied Golden Ring. A favorite of Ivan the Terrible, you’ll learn more about its fascinating history on a walking tour. The highlight is seeing the outside of the Dmitry of the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral in the city's kremlin. Immerse yourself in tradition when you visit a local home, where home-hosted tea and tasty pies await.

After lunch onboard, learn about Russian fairy tales during an engaging lecture. Later this evening, indulge in a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Farewell Dinner, with a talent show and onboard entertainment.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Uglich
Cultural Connections:
  • Visit a local home, and get acquainted with Russian family life
  • Learn about Russian fairy tales during an onboard presentation

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Marvelous Moscow

Enjoy breakfast on board your ship before a port talk on Russia’s capital. This afternoon you’ll visit Russia's symbol of might and majesty, the Kremlin, on a guided tour that includes Assumption Cathedral and the State Armory Chambers, the repository of the bejeweled Fabergé eggs. Tonight’s dinner is in a local restaurant, where you’ll feast on regional specialties and get a real flavor for traditional culture.

Included Features:

  • Visit the Kremlin and enjoy a guided tour that includes the Kremlin Grounds and Assumption Cathedral
  • Visit to the Armory Chambers
Cultural Connection:
  • Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Capital delights beckon

This morning, enjoy a city tour including the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the KGB building, the Kremlin Towers, and the Arbat. Plus, you'll have free time to explore iconic Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's Mausoleum beckon. On today’s tour, you’ll also visit Moscow’s Metro, which serves as a sort of art gallery, a public-works remnant from the 1950s. Enjoy an included lunch and an afternoon at leisure. This evening, after dinner onboard, you’ll admire even more views during an included Moscow by Night tour. You’ll witness New Maidens' Convent, Victory Hill, and have several photo stops, including Red Square with its twinkling lights.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Moscow by Night tour
Included Features:
  • City tour of Moscow
  • Visit the Arbat pedestrian thoroughfare
Cultural Connection:
  • Visit Moscow’s Metro

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Immerse yourself in the arts

This morning, disembark the ship and visit the Tretyakov Gallery — a fascinating introduction to Russian art and culture — with more than 100,000 works charting the development of Russian painting from the 10th to 20th centuries. After transferring to the hotel, you'll have an afternoon at leisure. Your Farewell Dinner will be in the hotel this evening.

Included Features:

  • Tretyakov Gallery visit

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 14:

Depart for home

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for the Moscow airport for your flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Helsinki, Finland

FROM: $1449 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $362 PER DAY

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and are therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Cruise Director or regional expert.

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