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M/S Nizhny Novgorod 4* Cruise (NN11V)
12 days, 11 nights
Cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg
The cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg visits many interesting ports of call including Kizhi, Goritsy and Uglich not to mention the two Russian greats themselves. From visiting fascinating wonders such as the Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture in Kizhi to a trip to the famous Hermitage Museum. This cruise is packed full of exciting excursions that help you to get a taste for Real Russia. As well as inspiring excursions IntoRussia also give you the chance to immerse yourself in traditional Russia as you taste foods such as Shashlyk in Mandrogi.
MOSCOW • Uglich • Yaroslavl • Goritsy • Kizhi • Mandrogui • ST PETERSBURG
EASTBOUND: MOSCOW TO ST PETERSBURG
Your Russian adventure has begun! Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to the port for boarding your cruise ship. Dinner is served onboard.
Get your bearings and absorb the magnificent atmosphere of bustling Moscow with an introductory city tour around the most interesting Moscow sights, including Tverskaya street, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Historical Museum, GUM and Red Square (free time). In the evening relax with some free time on board or choose from optional activities in the afternoon: National folk show "Kostroma", tour to Sergiev Posad, visit to Tretyakovskaya Gallery or Moscow by night city tour with a metro ride.
Today enjoy a stroll around the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin and visit one of its many beautifully decorated cathedrals. Tonight your journey along the vast Volga river begins. Enjoy the on board entertainment as you glide towards Uglich.
Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the church of st Dmitry on the spilt blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga. Today you arrive have a walking city tour with visits to the territory of the Uglich Kremlin, the church of st. Dimitry on the blood and the transfiguration cathedral.
Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a particular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufacture. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - century architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium. Today you make a stop in Yaroslavl and have a bus city tour with visits to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the local market (free time), and the striking Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (from the outside).
Welcome to the Northwest of Russia, the village of Goritsy, home to the Resurrection Convent, standing at the shoreline. From Goritsy a bus will drive you to the town of Kirillov, 8 kilometers away, to tour one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its remarkable architecture and fascinates the visitors by its majestic churches enclosed within austere fortress walls. The monastery is also famous for its Museum of Icons some of them are the oldest in Russia.
Situated to the northeast of Lake Onega, the island of Kizhi is home to the open-air museum of fascinating wooden architecture. Walking on the island, you can see old wooden churches, chapels, bell towers, peasant houses, granaries, barns, windmills, bathhouses which were all brought from around the Onega region to illustrate the architecture common to the Russian North.The focal point, referred to as the Kizhi Ensemble, comprises the awe-inspiring 22-domed Transfiguration Cathedral (1714), the neighboring Church of Intercession (1774) and the bell tower between the two. Another significant structure is the modest Chapel of the Resurrection of Lazarus. Built in 1391, it is the oldest standing wooden church in Russia.
Inhabited by talented craftsmen, Mandrogui is a reconstructed village, built on the bank of the Svir River to illustrate the traditions and lifestyle of Russia's past. Experience provincial Russian lifestyle, watch the artisans and craftsmen making “matryoshkas” (Russian nesting dolls), carving wood, sewing, and ... visit the Vodka Museum, which boasts 250 varieties of the national drink. Today you have some free time to stroll around the village.
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you have a guided panoramic tour around the main city attractions, including Nevsky Prospect, the St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Later you have a walking tour to the Peter and Paul Fortress with a visit to the St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. After lunch at the city restaurant you go on a 3-hour guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. Optional evening activity: St. Petersburg rivers and canals boat ride.
This day is free for you to spend it at your leisure. Optional tour: trip to Pushkin and Pavlovsk. In Pushkin you explore the Catherine’s palace visiting its grand hall and amber room, and take a walk in its beautiful park. In Pavlovsk you visit the famous Paul palace and stroll through the park. Optional evening activity: ballet performance.
Today you travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to see the former summer residence of Russian tsars and emperors - Peterhof. You enjoy a walking tour in Lower Park exploring the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain and the Monplaisir Palace. Optional evening activity: folk show.
Day 12, ST PETERSBURG
After breakfast you disembark your ship and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.
M/S NIZHNY NOVGOROD
Motorship “Nizhny Novgorod” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1977, refurbished in 2019, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH). Length – 125 m, Width - 16, 7 m, Immersion - 2, 8 m, Passenger capacity – 216 (triple cabins for double accommodation).
• Restaurant bar • Fitness Centre • Conference hall • Sauna • Souvenir store • Solarius • Panorama bar • Restaurant • Medical room •Reading lounge
2 room cabin with separate bedroom and lounge area, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way with a roomy wardrobe, occasional table, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed, a wardrobe and a console-mirror. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Extra bed type – sofa-bed.
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 8 square metres in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style.
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style.
Three-bed single-staged cabin with two non-opening portholes, around 11 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Can be used for double accommodation as one of the beds is a foldaway bed.
PLEASE NOTE: All our website prices were always subject to live currency updates. Since recent frequent currency fluctuations, we decided to display OUR CRUISE PRICES in EURO - to stay true to you, our traveller. We no longer want to see our prices changing daily therefore we stick with Euro! Don't worry, when you make the booking we will invoice you in British pounds with the applicable daily exchange rate.
M/S Nizhny Novgorod Cruise
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise, 12 days/11 nights
Prices are per person, excluding flights
St Petersburg to Moscow Cruise, 11 days/10 nights
Prices are per person, excluding flights
The deposit is paid on this tour - please enquire at the booking stage
IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions
Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour
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• Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation
• 1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days
• Luggage handling in river ports and on board the ship
• Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day. Breakfast is buffet style, dinner and
lunch are with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead on lunch on board, subject to weather conditions)
• Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
• Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
• English/French/German/Spanish/Italian speaking board guides; services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be provided at
• On board entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly,
Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
• Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)
• Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
• Visa support letter
• Full visa support
• International flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Travel insurance
• Optional excursions (available on board)
• Personal spendings
• Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate