Russian Waterways 2020 APT River Cruise

Discover the highlights of Russia on this 13 day river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow. Enjoy a tour of Moscow's iconic monuments including Red Square, then visit the State Hermitage in St Petersburg and dock in Mandrogi - a charming village teeming with traditional houses.

Moscow

Itinerary

The City of Tsars. The Venice of the North. Russia’s hub for the arts. However which way you describe St Petersburg, it certainly does not disappoint. An APT representative will meet you on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This evening, come together to share a welcome dinner, where you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Embark on a city exploration, where you will see attractions such as St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Nevsky Prospect and Palace Square. You will also visit Peter and Paul Fortress, as well as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Afterwards, take a guided tour of the imperial estate, Peterhof Palace, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. Later, the time has come to board your river ship.

Signature Experience: At the State Hermitage, go inside before the museum is open to the public and take in the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony. Acquired by Catherine the Great, the Peacock Clock is a large automated clock featuring three life-sized mechanical birds.

Signature Experience: For something special this evening, appreciate Russia’s arts scene and attend a private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in St Petersburg.

Take a Hydrofoil ride on the Neva River to the State Hermitage, the second-largest art museum in the world, home to Russia’s royal art collection of more than three million works. After your Signature Experience, tour the museum. Spend the afternoon back on board. Tonight, delight in another Signature Experience.

After breakfast today, head out to enjoy a discovery of the lavish Catherine Palace and grounds, constructed in the 18th century as a summer palace for the Empress.

After cruising through the night, dock in Mandrogi, located within a dense forest on the banks of the Svir River. Famous for its towering churches, most of Mandrogi was bombed by German forces in World War II. Decades later, St Petersburg arts benefactor, Sergei Gutsait, led the reconstruction of this charming village teeming with traditional houses. Here, visit the Vodka Museum that houses more than 3,000 different varieties, then spend time at leisure to look around the village.

Situated on Lake Onega, Kizhi is home to some of Russia’s wooden architecture that is certain to fascinate you. Once declared a parish centre for the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th century, it survived a rebellion until the 1950s, where most of the island’s residents left, leaving behind impressive wooden relics. You will explore the open-air museum of wooden structures and marvel at the World Heritage-listed Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without the use of a single nail.

Today cruise onto the White Lake, then dock in Goritsy, a peaceful farming town. Your guided discovery here includes a visit to the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and its Museum of Icons.

Make a stop in the historic Golden Ring city, Yaroslavl. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1010, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities, tracing its origins back to the Vikings. Here, a sightseeing exploration illuminates the city’s history through its glorious architecture, including Spassky Monastery and the Church of Elia the Prophet.

Dock in another Golden Ring city, Uglich, where you can pick the sightseeing that best suits you. On a guided discovery, visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Hydroelectric Station and Hydropower Engineering Museum.

Dock in Moscow this afternoon as you arrive at your final destination on this journey. Enjoy an insightful guided exploration of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps gain an insight into the history of space exploration with a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, situated at the base of a 100-metre titanium obelisk. Alternatively, explore Tretyakov Art Gallery, Russia’s national gallery.

On a guided tour of the Armoury Museum, venture inside the walls of the Kremlin, a historic fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars. Later, you will have a choice of sightseeing.

Take a unique morning discovery that allows you to marvel at some of Moscow’s unique Metro stations, which feature chandeliers and marble statues. Later, tour a Cold War bunker, including a haunting private performance from a military choir. This evening, partake in the fun at a farewell dinner, where traditional Russian folklore performers will dazzle you.

Be transferred to the airport.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
12 September 2020 £5,445

What's Included

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 11 nights on one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 7 towns, villages & cities
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
  • Enjoy 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping