Helsinki and Treasures of Russia APT Travelmarvel 2022 River Cruise

Begin your adventure with a three-night stay in Helsinki before crossing the border on the Allegro high-speed train. Only on a river cruise along the Neva, Svir and Volga rivers can you experience the real Russia. Sit back, surrender to the warm hospitality on board your ship and let the treasures of this formidable nation come to you.

Helsinki

Itinerary

Fly from the UK into Helsinki today, Finland’s vibrant capital. Situated on a picturesque archipelago, the coastal city of Helsinki offers an enchanting combination of natural, cultural and historical attractions. On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Join your local guide for a tour of Helsinki, where the heart of the city is its spectacular harbour. Then, should you choose, enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city at your own leisure. Perhaps you would like to dine on delicious Finnish specialities during dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Helsinki, or perhaps you would like to set off on an optional trip to Porvoo, one of the six medieval towns in Finland that is home to many Finish artists (own expense).

Transfer to the railway station for your journey to Russia aboard the high-speed Allegro train bound for St Petersburg. Gracefully traverse the Finnish countryside before entering Russia. For your convenience, all visa and customs controls are carried out during the journey. Arrive in opulent St Petersburg and transfer to your river ship. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

This morning, enjoy a tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, St Petersburg. See Nevsky Prospect, the University quarter, Palace Square and tour the Bath Block. Admire the ornate fountains and gardens in Peterhof Park. This afternoon, you might like to take a guided tour of Peterhof Palace, once home to Peter and Katherine the Great (own expense).

Founded by Tsar Peter the Great, St Petersburg boasts a network of canals as well as baroque and neoclassical buildings which give the city a distinctive European flavour. Be prepared to be dazzled today as you visit the State Hermitage to explore one of the oldest and most impressive museums in the world.

Today, cruise down the Neva River and arrive in Mandrogi, a tiny island village that is a living museum. Wander through the quirky collection of old wooden houses and see the famous Vodka Museum before a relaxing picnic lunch. Afterwards, re-board your ship and set sail along the peaceful Svir River.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Be treated to a Russian language lesson on board, where you’ll learn some essential phrases.

Absorb the picturesque Russian countryside as you cruise towards Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Then, watch in awe as you approach the spellbinding sight of Kizhi Island. Marvel at the island’s impressive collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches. The island is dominated by the three-tiered Transfiguration Church, a 22-dome structure built in 1714 without a single nail.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Enjoy a guided walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a renowned World Heritage-listed site on Kizhi Island.

Today, cruise across the ethereal White Lake and along the Volga-Baltic Waterway, which connects the Baltic and Caspian seas. Arrive in Goritsy, and enjoy a tour to one of the largest medieval abbeys in Russia, the Monastery of St Cyril. Today the monastery remains an important part of Russia’s spiritual history, and features an intriguing collection of ancient artefacts.

Today, discover the pearl of the Golden Ring cities, Yaroslavl. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities and dates back to the age of the Vikings. Explore the World Heritage-listed historic centre, adorned with classical architecture and golden-domed churches, and visit a 12th-century monastery.

Watch idyllic rural life unfold along the banks as your ship cruises to Uglich. Here, disembark for a tour that allows you to embrace olden-day Russia. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the colourful Church of St Demetrios on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Demetrios was mysteriously killed in 1591. This afternoon, set sail along the Volga River towards Moscow.

Cruise into Moscow, Russia’s capital. On arrival, explore some of the city’s landmarks and uncover 860 years of history on a tour with a local guide. See the Kremlin, a fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars. Here, visit the Armoury Museum, which boasts a staggering collection of Tsarist artefacts, priceless jewellery and impressive armour.

Today in Moscow, enjoy a tour of Russia’s most iconic monuments and legendary palaces as you head to Red Square, where you’ll admire the ornate beauty of the onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral. Take in the famous GUM Department Store, Sparrow Hill and Lubyanka Square and see the city’s intriguing past play out through its striking imperial and Soviet architecture. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board and share a toast to new friends with a glass of Russian vodka.

After breakfast, you’ll disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
5 July 2022 £3,745
17 August 2022 £3,745
7 September 2022 £3,745

What's Included

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 10 nights onboard MS Rossia
  • 3 night stay in Helsinki
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 8 towns, villages & cities
  • Insider Experiences
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner
  • On board Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinator, and local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping