Day 1 – Moscow
Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Moscow
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Moscow city tour, tour of the metro, and Arbat Street
Your panoramic city tour includes the most remarkable city sites, such as Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, and impressive Tverskaya Street. Following lunch downtown, take a tour of Moscow’s metro system—famous for its palatial décor—before visiting Arbat Street, longtime hangout for intellectuals and dissidents. Enjoy some free time on your own; shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and city center. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 3 – Moscow
FEATURED EXCURSION: Kremlin and Armory Museum visit
Visit the Kremlin, a self-contained 15th-century city with palaces, armories, 15th- and 17th-century cathedrals, and a medieval fortress. You’ll also explore the Kremlin’s Armory Museum and its many treasures, ranging from the czars’ coronation robes to the famous Fabergé eggs. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and the city center.
Day 4 – Moscow
Enjoy an entire day at your leisure, perhaps returning to the sites that caught your eye on your panoramic tour. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and the city center.
Day 5 – Cruising the Moscow Canal and Volga River, UglichFEATURED EXCURSION: Uglich walking tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood
Cruise the Moscow Canal before arriving in Uglich. Visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built to honor the slain son of Ivan the Terrible, and spend some free time browsing the local markets.
Day 6 – Yaroslavl, cruising Lake RybinskFEATURED EXCURSION: Yaroslavl city tour
Yaroslavl, the “Heart of the Golden Ring,” is considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. You’ll visit the town’s exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet and delight in a tasting of local produce at the farmers’ market.
Day 7 – Goritsy (Kirillov), cruising Lake Onega
FEATURED EXCURSION: Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province
Gain a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world. Watch school children perform dances or sketches for you at the House of Children’s Arts and Crafts, or stop by the Wood Restoration Center to see demonstrations of traditional woodworking methods. Later, stroll the grounds of 14th-century St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery.
Day 8 – Kizhi Island, cruising Lake Onega
FEATURED EXCURSION: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Cruise to Kizhi Island to visit its famous open-air museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features the awe-inspiring Transfiguration Church, constructed entirely of wood without the use of a single nail.
Day 9 – Cruising the Svir River, Mandrogi, cruising Lake LadogaFEATURED EXCURSION: Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore
Visit the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, home to craftspeople who bring Russia’s past vibrantly to life, and cap off the afternoon with a traditional shashlikpicnic.
Day 10 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Alexandrinsky Theatre ballet performance
Enjoy both a panoramic city tour and a walking tour of enchanting St. Petersburg, taking in majestic sites such as Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace and Palace Square, the Church of the Resurrection, and St. Issac’s, followed by a cruise along the city’s luminous canals. In the evening, you'll be treated to a spectacular Russian ballet performance at the Alexandrinksky Theatre.Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 11 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin
Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit the lavish Catherine Palace and Park, a masterpiece of Russian rococo architecture that is unrivaled in luxury and scale.
Day 12 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Hermitage Museum
The world-famous Hermitage Museum features nearly three million works of art by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, and you’ll have the opportunity to see these masterpieces during your visit today. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 13 – Depart St. PetersburgDisembark the ship and transfer to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to the Baltic capitals.
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Discover the passion and grandeur of Russian history, art and culture.
The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures and spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory and splendor.
Explore the dichotomy of Moscow—rich with monuments to both 15th-century czars and 20th century Communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and the extravagant Moscow metro system. See some of Russia’s vast and beautiful countryside as well as its delightful small towns, where locals still engage in traditional crafts. Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, which are known for their white-stone churches and gorgeous monasteries. Be amazed by Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. And uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals and elegant architecture from a wide variety of eras.
Everything you can imagine when you think of Russia—gilded icons, rich traditions, incredible architecture, world-class museums, Fabergé eggs, the ballet and, yes, vodka—is part of this amazing adventure.
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