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11 Day Russia Waterways Tour 2020 (Tour Code: RWT) BUY NOW

This Russia Waterways tour will give you very good opportunity to explore the rich history, enjoy the beautiful scenery, witness the great cultural heritage and experience the lifestyles of the people of Russia. While relaxing on a luxury cruise in Russia cruising along St Petersburg, Mandrogui, Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich and Moscow, you will go onshore to visit many places of interest. This will leave you an experience you will never forget in your lifetime.



In the afternoon, you can embark on your cruise in St Petersburg Port.

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar


Days 02 – 03, 30 – 31 AUG: ST PETERSBURG (B.L.D)

St Petersburg is Russia’s cultural and historical treasure, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is known as Venice of the North, thanks to its numerous canals and hundreds of bridges. It can rightly be called a living museum – so many of its buildings are a part of Russia’s history. On these two days there will be a bus city tour to Smolny Convent, Tavrichesky Palace, Summer Garden, Palace Embankment, Winter Palace, St Petersburg Stock Exchange and Nevsky Prospect. There is a walking tour of St Peter and Paul’s Fortress. Also included is a visit to the Winter Palace, which is home to the Hermitage Museum – the largest collection of Russian art in the world. The Hermitage originally started as the private art collection of Catherine the Great. The art works are displayed in numerous halls, many of which are works of art in themselves. You may like to take part in an optional excursion to a Russian Folk Show or a Rivers & Canals tour at night. 

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar

Day 04, 01 SEP: MANDROGUI (B.L.D)

Mandrogui is the name of a small village that has no architectural wonders, giant castles or churches. You will however discover the unique style and architecture of the northern tribes that have occupied these lands for centuries. Here among the beautiful landscapes of this peaceful place we will have Russian famous shashlik (meat kebab) made on the grill. You will have free time to stroll around the town and buy some souvenirs, before returning to the ship. Whilst cruising on board the ship, you will experience live music concerts, a Russian language course, Russian song lessons, dancing music in bars nightly and the Captain’s bridge tour.   

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar


Day 05, 02 SEP: KIZHI (B.L.D)

Arrive at Kizhi-Island in the morning. Kizhi is the name of a unique island located on Lake Onega. In the centre of the island stands the amazing Transfiguration Church. This wooden church and its 22 domes are said to be built without a single nail. In fact, originally, the Transfiguration Church was located in another place. The Bolsheviks, who had little, if no, respect for religion, had some respect for its architectural value. So, they decided to move this unique church as far from the major cities and people as possible, to distant Kizhi Island. You will devote this day on the island to the open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar


Day 06, 03 SEP: GORITSY (B.L.D)

Goritzy is famous for the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (1937). This monastery’s strong walls and bastions were used by some nobles as a safe house during the Time of Trouble. The Polish Armies stormed it, but never succeeded capturing it. Unfortunately, the monastery was not successful in repelling the attacks of other invaders four centuries later. The Bolsheviks closed the monastery in the early 20th century and sent its monks to the prison camps. On your walking tour around the small town you will go inside the local Monastery of Saint Cyril on the White Lake, an exceptional Museum of icons.

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar


Day 07, 04 SEP: YAROSLAVL (B.L.D)

By today’s standards Yaroslavl is small, but its place in Russia’s history and culture cannot be underestimated. Before it was annihilated by the Mongols it was Russia’s largest city, its economic, political, cultural and scientific centre. It was rebuilt shortly after but was once again burnt to the ground. While the Mongols had been preoccupied with Yaroslavl, Moscow was able to harness enough power to overthrow the ‘Mongol yoke.’ You will explore this town on the Volga River by bus with stops in Church of St Nikolas the Wonderworker, Yaroslavl Art Museum, and Church of Elijah the Prophet. You will also have free time to explore the local market.

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar


Day 08, 05 SEP: UGLICH (B.L.D)

Uglich is a small town located on the Volga River. It is most famous for the tragic events that took place in 1591, when the 10-year-old Prince Dimitry, the last heir to the thrown of the ancient Ruyrik Dynasty, was killed here. Historians now agree that he was killed by Boris Godunov, adviser to Dimitry, who wanted the throne to himself. Dimitry’s death plunged Russia into decades of political turmoil known as the Time of Trouble.

You will discover the town on a walking tour with a visit to the Kremlin, Transfiguration Cathedral, and the Church of Saint Dimitry on the Blood.

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar

Day 09, 06 SEP: MOSCOW (B.L.D) 

Arrive in Moscow this morning. Moscow is Russia’s largest city; it’s political and economic capital. Through bribes, diplomacy and coercion, Moscow overcame its two rival principalities to become Russia’s first city. Moscow’s role was briefly challenged when Tsar Peter the Great moved the capital to his new city Saint Petersburg, on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Today is dedicated to exploring Red Square, Leningradskaya and Tverskaya streets, Novodevichy Convent (exterior), Lubyanka Building, former headquarters of the KGB (exterior), GUM and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (exterior). You may also like to take part in the optional excursions like Moscow by night & Metro. 

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar


Day 10, 07 SEP: MOSCOW (B.L.D)

Today is very special, as we will visit the Kremlin – the ancient castle built to withstand the Mongol hordes. Throughout history, the Kremlin has been the centre of political power in Russia and it remains a symbolic political centre even today. It is the official site of the inauguration ceremony of the Russian President. The Kremlin is a living museum of Russia’s history. This historical treasure has been so well preserved that it seems that you are travelling back in time. You will see the most interesting places in the Kremlin as you follow our professional guide in the steps of some of the world’s greatest leaders and its most terrible dictators. Afterwards there will be optional excursions on offer which may include the National folk show ‘Kostroma.’

Accommodation: On board Nikolay Chernishevsky ****or similar



After breakfast, check out at 10:00am and disembark the cruise ship. End of service



Cruise price: $2,490 per person, twin share

Single supplement: $980


Cruise price includes: 

1. An eleven-day Russia river cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow including all port taxes in a twin shared cabin of the Middle Deck on the deluxe 4* cruise ship “MS. Nikolay Chernishevsky” or similar; 

2. All shore excursions as indicated in the itinerary;

3. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary;

4. Services of English-speaking guides for cruise, shore excursions and land service in Russia;

5. Russia visa support letter.


Cruise price excludes:

1. Airfare, airport tax and fuel surcharge;

2. Travel insurance;

3. Russia visa fee (currently $210, subject to change);

4. Tips to guides and drivers (10EUR per person per day for the cruise);

5. Personal expenses;

6. Any services or meals not mentioned in the itinerary. 


Cruise ship information of “Nikolay Chernishevsky”

Motorship «Nikolay Chernishevsky» is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981 and refurbished in 2018. The motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17 MpH).

• Length –125 m

• Width – 16,7 m

• Draught – 2,7 m

• Passenger capacity – 218 pax


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