Russia’s many mysteries revealed In the words of Winston Churchill, mighty Russia has always been ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’
From the haunting beauty of St. Petersburg to the might and splendor of Moscow, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world. It is, after all, a land as vast as it is beautiful. Visit the iconic Hermitage, watch ballet performed by the masters, sample vodka and visit the mighty Kremlin.
Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Welcome to St. Petersburg. If you had a hundred years, you wouldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here.
Day 2 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Peterhof Grand Palace
Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the palace’s majestic fountains.
Day 3 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Canals and bridges cruise
Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.
Day 4 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Private Ballet performance
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens.
Day 5 | St. Petersburg Highlights: Hermitage
This morning you’ll visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Tonight, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River.
Day 6 | Mandrogi Highlights: Museum village
It’s all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
Day 7 | Kizhi Island Highlights: Church of Transfiguration
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island – an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.
Day 8 | Goritsy Highlights: Vodka tasting
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail, you’ll get to toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.
Day 9 | Yaroslavl Highlights: City tour
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.
Day 10 | Uglich Highlights: Golden Ring city
Part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will be just what the doctor ordered.
Day 11 | Moscow Highlights: Scenic Sundowners cruise
Relax on board as you sail towards Russia’s mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.
Day 12 | Moscow Highlights: Russian circus
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it’s considered one of the best subway systems in the world.
After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.
Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.
Day 13 | Moscow Highlights: Enrich meet a cosmonaut
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.
Day 14 | Moscow Highlights: The Kremlin
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes.
Tonight, witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.
Day 15 | Moscow Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must. However, it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.