- St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
The decoration on the domes and walls was added over 200 years, giving the cathedral the distinctive look for which it's famous today.
- The amazing architecture of Kizhi
In the 18th century this tiny seven-kilometre long island on Lake Onega had two beautiful wooden churches and a bell tower built on it
- The reconstructed village of Mandrogi
Traditional Russia is bought alive at Mandrogi. On the shores of the river Svir, a Russian village has been recreated with houses and museums.
- VIP on selected river cruises
Journey from historic Moscow to majestic St Petersburg on this Russian river cruise
Explore historic Moscow and impressive St Petersburg. Discover a wealth of historic treasures – from the picturesque wooden buildings of Kizhi Island to the splendour of the Hermitage collections – on this leisurely Russian river cruise.
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
Saga Cruise Assistant
Plus all this…
- Return flights and transfers
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- 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
Day 1 UK to Moscow
Fly to Moscow and embark your ship MS Surikov.
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.
Day 3 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 impressive Russian art, including delicate tapestries.
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.
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.
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.
Day 7 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 an impressive collection of churches, chapels and houses.
Day 8 Mandrogi
Mandrogi is a reconstructed traditional Russian village complete with charming old wooden houses and cobblestone walkways. Perhaps buy some traditional 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.
Day 9 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 impressive neo-Classical buildings and spacious avenues. An included panoramic tour takes in the city’s beautiful monuments and architecture, including Summer and Winter Palaces, the impressive Admiralty Building, the Victory Column and St Isaac’s Cathedral. Your ship remains moored in St Petersburg for the next two nights.
Day 10 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 magnificent palace that contains enough treasures to keep you fascinated for days! 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.
Day 11 St Petersburg to the UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Post-holiday extension with breakfasts included
After your holiday, stay two nights with breakfasts included at the locally rated 5-star DOM Boutique Hotel (4Q) in St Petersburg city centre, located in a beautiful 19th-century mansion in the pretty, historic area between the embankment of the Fontanka river and the diplomatic district. Within walking distance are the stunning Mikhailovsky and Marble Palaces and the Mikhailovsky castle, while the hotel is also very near Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare.
Each of the 60 rooms in this elegant hotel is uniquely furnished and comes with a television, telephone, minibar, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. The gourmet Giardino restaurant serves international cuisine including a buffet breakfast. There is also a lobby bar and library.
Whilst we always try to arrange and cover the costs of visas in the price of our holidays, for some countries we're not able to do this – Russia is one such country. We'll take care of the first part of the process but then you'll have to take the paperwork and payment to one of the Russian Embassies yourself.
We will send a visa application pack to you 12 weeks before departure for you to complete and return to Saga, together with a passport size photo and a colour copy of the picture page of your passport. We'll then apply for the visa support documents from our agent in Russia (which may take several weeks). Once we get these we'll complete the online application for you and post both that and the Visa Support Documents to you, along with full instructions on what to do next (please note that the application is only live for 30 days from the day it's done).
You and any other passengers travelling with you will then have to visit either the Russian Embassy in London or Edinburgh with your documents and passports. There's no appointment system, you simply turn up and wait your turn. Your fingerprints will be taken and you'll be asked to pay for the visa by cash, credit or debit card – the current charge is £118.00. Your passport will be posted back directly to you within 5 to 20 working days.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions, at an additional cost or by exploring independently.