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    St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
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    The amazing architecture of Kizhi
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    The reconstructed village of Mandrogi
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    The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Moscow to St Petersburg

Russian Waterways

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Cruise the Russian waterways from Moscow to St Petersburg

This Russian river cruise is book-ended with a visit to Moscow, home to the Kremlin complex whose vast art collection features the famous Fabergé eggs, and St Petersburg with it’s opulent palaces. Discover a wealth of treasures – from the traditional wooden buildings of Kizhi Island and UNESCO-listed Yaroslavl to the reconstructed traditional Russian village of Mandrogi and the grandeur of the Hermitage collections.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners

PersonSaga Cruise Assistant


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursions

  • Visit the Kremlin and Kremlin Armoury
  • Tour of Moscow
  • Highlights of Uglich
  • Tour of Yaroslavl
  • Visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery
  • Open-air museum on the island of Kizhi
  • Tour of Mandrogi
  • Sightseeing tour of St Petersburg
  • Visit The Hermitage Museum

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Day 1 UK to Moscow


Fly to Moscow and embark your ship, either MS Surikov or MS Rublev.

Moscow Moscow Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 2 Moscow


An included sightseeing tour introduces you to the great landmarks of Russia's cultured, capital city. Red Square is home to many of the key attractions here, such as the colourful St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the Kremlin. Later in the afternoon set sail and enjoy a welcome cocktail party.

Moscow Moscow Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 3 Moscow

Arrival in Moscow

Today’s included excursion visits the vast Kremlin complex with its gold-domed churches and iconic bell tower. Inside the complex you will see a vast collection of Russian art, including ornate Fabergé eggs and delicate tapestries.

Moscow Moscow Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 4 Uglich


An included tour reveals the highlights of Uglich and uncovers its chequered past, which is linked to figures like Ivan the Terrible and Boris Godunov.

Russian Waterways Uglich Yaroslavl Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 5 Yaroslavl


Enjoy an included tour of Yaroslavl.

This was Russia’s second largest city during the 17th century and its historic centre is now a World Heritage Site.

Russian Waterways Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 6 Goritsy


From the small settlement of Goritsy, an included excursion visits the 14th-century monastery of Kirillo-Belozersky where you will see ornate frescoes and ancient icons.

Goritsy Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Volga District Russia Europe

Day 7 Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island

Today's included excursion takes you to the open-air museum of wooden architecture on the island of Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes a collection of churches, chapels and houses.

Russian Waterways Kizhi Island Republic of Karelia Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 8 Mandrogi


Mandrogi is a reconstructed traditional Russian village complete with traditional old wooden houses and cobblestone walkways. Perhaps buy some handicrafts in the workshop or sample the country’s favourite beverage in the Vodka Museum. Enjoy a picnic lunch ashore.

Set sail for St Petersburg later this afternoon and tonight join a farewell dinner.

Russian Waterways Mandrogi Leningrad Oblast Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 9 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 as Russia's ‘Window on the West’, this city was built as a showpiece, with neo-Classical buildings and spacious avenues. An included panoramic tour takes in the city’s historic monuments and architecture, including Summer and Winter Palaces, the Admiralty Building, the Victory Column and St Isaac’s Cathedral.

Your ship remains moored in St Petersburg for the next two nights.

Russian Waterways St Petersburg St Petersburg Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 10 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Today enjoy a visit to the celebrated Hermitage State Museum.

The museum is one of the greatest art galleries in the world and is set in a palace that contains countless treasures. Here is a cross section of the history of Western European art, ranging from Florentine and Venetian Renaissance art to Impressionism and post-Impressionism. In addition, there's an extensive collection of prehistoric, Egyptian and Oriental art plus temporary exhibitions. The museum covers a large area and the visit includes a considerable amount of walking, a few flights of stairs and standing for quite long periods.

Russian Waterways St Petersburg St Petersburg Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 11 St Petersburg to UK

St Petersburg

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Russian Waterways St Petersburg St Petersburg Northwestern District Russia Europe

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions, at an additional cost or by exploring independently.

Moscow to St Petersburg

Russian Waterways