Russian History Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg - 2023

Moscow • 7-night river cruise with Uglich, Goritsy, Lake Onega/Kizhi Island, Mandrogi • St. Petersburg
  • Russian River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg including Uglich, Goritsy, Lake Onega, and Mandrogi
    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
  • Architecture at Kizhi Island, Russia
    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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  • $446
    PER DAY
  • 13
    DAYS
  • 32
    TOURS
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Moscow to St. Petersburg

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DAY 1:

Fly to Moscow

Travel to Russia on an overnight flight.

DAY 2:

Arrive in the capital

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will greet you in the airport in Moscow after your flight and arrange transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner and Briefing at your hotel this evening.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Embark the MS Crucelake in Moscow

After breakfast, you'll have time to explore a bit of Moscow before embarking your ship this afternoon. Your Russia travel itinerary begins with a grand city tour of Moscow, including the KGB building, Kremlin Towers, and the Arbat, a massive pedestrian thoroughfare filled with many shops that put any Cold War-era memories of bare shelves, well, on the shelf! 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 beckons.

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. Some stations even have massive chandeliers! After embarking your ship, you'll take part in an onboard bread and salt ceremony - a traditional Slavic greeting. Gather for an informational briefing and then enjoy dinner on board. After dinner, join us this evening to 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 Feature:
  • City tour of Moscow
Cultural Connections:
  • Visit Moscow’s Metro
  • Traditional bread and salt ceremony

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Immerse yourself in the arts in Moscow

Today you'll 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.

This afternoon, after a late lunch onboard your ship, you'll have the afternoon to explore at leisure. Dinner will be onboard.

Included Feature:

  • Tretyakov Gallery visit

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

The mighty Kremlin

Visit Russia's symbol of might and majesty, the Kremlin, on a guided tour that includes the Assumption Cathedral and State Armory Chambers, the repository of the bejeweled Fabergé eggs. Today, feast on local specialties during an included lunch at a local restaurant.

In the evening, enjoy the Captain's Welcome Dinner and Reception.

Scenic Sailing: As your ship departs, prepare yourself for some cruise highlights. You’ll cover more than 1,000 kilometers on Russian waterways, including two canals (Moscow Canal and the Volga-Baltic Canal), 15 locks, artificial reservoirs, natural lakes, and rivers.

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 lunch in a local restaurant

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Life on the Volga

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. Enjoy a lively "Russian language for travelers" lesson and a lecture on Russian History. After a port talk this afternoon, discover Uglich, one of the motherland’s oldest towns that is part of the storied Golden Ring along the picturesque Volga. A favorite location of Ivan the Terrible, you’ll learn more about its fascinating history on a walking tour. Immerse yourself in local life here when you visit a local family, where home-hosted tea and tasty pies await. Later this evening, enjoy live music in the bar.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Uglich

Cultural Connection:

  • Lecture about Russian History
  • Enjoy a lively Russian language for travelers lesson
  • Visit a local home, and get acquainted with Russian family life

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Toast Goritsky discoveries

Before arriving at your next port of call, enjoy lunch onboard, along with a lecture on Russian history. This afternoon, you’ll arrive in Goritsy for a walking tour, and enjoy the tranquil village’s fascinating history as a former home to several monasteries. Visit a local school to learn about day-to-day life, as well as a local home. The 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.

Back on board, try your hand at Russian specialties during a cooking lesson, followed by vodka and tea with pie 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 on board.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Goritsy
  • Visit Resurrection Monastery
Cultural Connection:
  • Russian History Presentation
  • Visit a local school to learn about day-to-day life
  • Visit a local Russian home
  • Russian cooking lesson and blini tasting with vodka, tea and pie
  • Matroyshka doll painting before lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Lake Onega & Kizhi Island

After a leisurely breakfast on board and a port talk on the imperial capital of St. Petersburg, you’ll learn more about Russian history during an onboard lecture. Visit the Captain’s Bridge to marvel at views of Lake Onega before arriving at Kizhi Island, whose church and the adjacent clock tower are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture is a true site to behold, and 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.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Kizhi Island excursion, with visit to the Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Cultural Connections:
  • Russian History Presentation
  • Russian fairytales presentation

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Marvelous Mandrogi

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. Back on board, learn the art of painting matryoshka (nesting dolls), followed by an on board lecture on Russian fairytales. Toast your Russian river cruise at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Farewell Dinner this evening. Afterwards, enjoy a talent show and live music at the bar.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Mandrogi, visiting wooden homes and handicraft market
Cultural Connections:
  • Russian History presentation and language lesson

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Welcome to St. Petersburg

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 also 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.”


Lunch in a local restaurant introduces you to more Russian cuisine. This afternoon, you’ll visit the Hermitage Museum, which features over 3 million works of art, a collection that began with Empress Catherine the Great and is spread out over a complex of five massive buildings. Perhaps you’ll come back and visit in your spare time to see even more than what you’ll admire this afternoon.

Included Feature:
  • City tour of St. Petersburg
  • Excursion to Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Hermitage Museum visit
Cultural Connection:
  • Lunch in local restaurant

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Marvel at Peterhof, the “Russian Versailles”

This morning you'll travel a short distance outside of St. Petersburg 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 the marvelous art collection, including a stunning room filled to the brim with historic portraits.

Included Feature:
  • Excursion to Peterhof Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Follow in the steps of the tsars

You'll disembark the ship this morning and visit Catherine's Palace, yet another magnificent landmark of the tsarist era and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

St. Petersburg is also lovely for strolling — perhaps you’ll choose to spend the afternoon walking through any number of public parks, taking an independent hop-on, hop-off canal cruise, or visiting the Fabergé museum and marvel at the works of master jeweler Carl Fabergé, who created his famous artisanal eggs and more for the last two Russian tsars.

Included Feature:

  • Excursion to Catherine's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 13:

Landmarks of the "Window on the West"

Your included tour today features St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals, which are part of the historic group of monuments known collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And besides a storied history, what connects these banks? Beautiful bridges, of course. Adornments include statues, horses, griffins, and sphinxes, and the spans all come in a plethora of hues. See them and Yusupov Palace, legendary site of Rasputin’s slaying. This afternoon will be at your leisure.

This evening, join us for a Farewell Briefing and Farewell Dinner.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Tour the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, with a visit to Yusupov Palace

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 14:

Return home or continue on to Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or begin your optional Helsinki, Finland extension.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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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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