- St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
- The amazing architecture of Kizhi
- The reconstructed village of Mandrogi
- The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Moscow to St Petersburg
- VIP on selected river cruises
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.
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
Saga Cruise Assistant
- 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, either MS Surikov or MS Rublev.
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 Russian art, including ornate Fabergé eggs and 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 a collection of churches, chapels and houses.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Day 11 St Petersburg to UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Pre- or post-holiday extension with breakfasts included
Before or after your holiday, stay two nights with breakfasts included at the locally rated 5-star Indigo Hotel (4Q) in St Petersburg’s Smolninskoe neighbourhood. From here you can follow in the footsteps of Russian aristocrats through an area of ornate 19th-century mansions and Imperial palaces. Trace the curve of the Fontanka River to the Summer Garden, adorned with neo-classical sculptures, continuing to the grand Mikhailovsky Theatre. See the onion domed Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and discover stucco facades, fashion boutiques and cafes along Nevsky Prospect. There is plenty to explore during this two-night stay.
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.