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    Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum
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    St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
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    Mandrogi village

St Petersburg to Moscow

Russian Waterways

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Journey from opulent St Petersburg to historic Moscow on this Russian river cruise

Explore the grandeur of St Petersburg and historic Moscow. Discover a wealth of treasures – from the picturesque wooden buildings of Kizhi Island to the splendours of the Hermitage collections – on this leisurely Russian river cruise.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

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

PersonSaga Cruise Assistant


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

MapIncluded excursions

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

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Day 1 UK to St Petersburg

St Petersburg

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

St Petersburg St Petersburg Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 2 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 impressive neoclassical buildings and spacious avenues.

An included panoramic tour takes in the city’s beautiful monuments and architecture, including Summer and Winter Palaces, the Admiralty Building, the Victory Column and St Isaac’s Cathedral. This afternoon another included tour visits the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. The museum is one of the greatest art galleries in the world and is set within a palace containing numerous treasures.

St Petersburg St Petersburg Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 3 St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Today, there is a great range of optional excursions for you to choose from, including the opportunity to attend a ballet, visit Pavlovsk Palace and gardens, explore Peter and Paul Fortress, and more…

Your ship sets sail this evening as you enjoy a welcome cocktail party.

St Petersburg St Petersburg Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 4 Mandrogi


Mandrogi, on the Svir River, is a reconstructed traditional Russian village complete with rustic 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 to the accompaniment of traditional Russian folk music.

Mandrogi Leningrad Oblast Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 5 Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island

This morning your ship sails into Lake Onega to the small island of Kizhi. You’ll visit the open-air museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where wooden buildings from all over Russia have been re-erected to provide a glimpse of life in centuries gone by.

Kizhi Island Republic of Karelia Northwestern District Russia Europe

Day 6 Goritzy


This morning cruise to the small settlement of Goritsy, from where an included excursion visits the 14th-century monastery of Kirillo-Belozersky. Two monks founded the monastery after the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to them and instructed them to build it. The original simple wooden church has been replaced over the centuries by a huge complex of buildings. Back on board ship cruise towards Yaroslavl.

Goritsy Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Volga District Russia Europe

Day 7 Yaroslavl


Enjoy an included tour of Yaroslavl, Russia’s second largest city during the 17th century. The historic centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See some of the city’s churches, such as the Monastery of Our Saviour and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, and perhaps take a stroll along the banks of the Volga.

This afternoon there’s an optional visit to the Fine Arts Museum.

Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 8 Uglich


An included walking tour reveals the highlights of Uglich and uncovers its chequered past, which is linked to infamous figures like Ivan the Terrible and Boris Godunov. You will also visit the former local Kremlin and the Church of Tsarevich Dimitri-on-the-Blood, which stands near the spot where Prince Dimitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Uglich Yaroslavl Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 9 Arrival in 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. There’s also a choice of optional excursions available today, such as a visit to the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum or tour of the Moscow Metro with it’s Art Deco architecture.

Your ship remains moored in Moscow for two nights.

Moscow Moscow Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe

Day 10 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.

You’ll also visit the Kremlin Armoury used by the Tsars to store their countless treasures safely and now one of the oldest and most important museums in Moscow. Here you'll find a collection of weaponry, ceremonial carriages, royal thrones and imperial regalia, allowing you to gain a real insight into the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the Russian royalty. Among today’s optional excursions is a trip to the famous Moscow Circus.

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Day 11 Moscow to UK


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

Moscow Moscow Oblast Central Federal District Russia Europe Russian Waterways

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

St Petersburg to Moscow

Russian Waterways