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Premium Volga Cruise St Petersburg to Moscow

(Tour code: CZR17)A true taste of Russia

Experience a true taste of Russia on this epic cruise along the tributaries of the Volga River. From traditional Russian villages to the cultural cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, delve into Russian heritage both ashore and aboard the fantastic MS Rostropovich.


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Tour Highlights
  • Copenhagen
  • St Petersburg sightseeing
  • Visit to Mandrogi, including a vodka tasting
  • Kizhi Open-air Museum
  • Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in Goritsy
  • Guided tour of Uglich
  • City tour of Moscow
  • Range of on board activities
  • MS Rostropovich
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
  • Scheduled flight Moscow to London
  • 7-night cruise on the MS Rostropovich

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

June 27 Departure

Our 27th June departure will operate a different itinerary, running from Moscow to St Petersburg.

We begin our journey travelling by rail from St Pancras to Warsaw, via Brussels, Cologne and Berlin, where we enjoy a tour after our arrival on Day 3. From here we continue to Moscow and board the MS Rostropovich on Day 5. We cruise for 7 nights, enjoying the above itinerary in reverse, before arriving in St Petersburg for a city tour, staying overnight before the flight back to London on Day 13.

Days 1-3

London to Copenhagen

Begin your tour at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras station, meeting the rest of your group and Tour Manager before taking the Eurostar to Brussels. Travelling in Standard Premier Class, we enjoy a light meal and drinks during the journey. We continue by First Class rail to Bremen, travelling via Cologne, where we spend the night. We return to the station on Day 2 to catch the train to Hamburg (Standard Class), changing for Copenhagen. Arriving in the afternoon we transfer to our hotel. On Day 3 we set out on a full-day's sightseeing tour by coach of Denmark's capital city, known for its beautiful architecture, award-winning design, historic buildings, and for being home to the world's oldest monarchy. Some of the city's most popular attractions include the Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal palace, surrounded by four identical rococo palaces, and the Little Mermaid statue.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
St Petersburg
Days 4-5

To St Petersburg via Stockholm & Helsinki

We depart Copenhagen this morning, leaving by First Class rail for Stockholm. We arrive this afternoon, transferring to the port where we board an overnight ferry taking us to Finland's capital city of Helsinki. We dock on Day 5, making our way to the railway station where we take the train (Standard Class) to St Petersburg, crossing the Saimaa Canal and travelling through Vyborg along the way. Once in St Petersburg we set off on a introductory sightseeing tour, before checking into our hotel for an overnight stay and dinner together.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6

Boarding the MS Rostropovich

With a morning at leisure, you might like to find out more about the history of this incredible city, before we make our way to the dock and board our cruise ship for the next seven nights, the MS Rostropovich. We are welcomed on board by the crew, enjoying a complimentary drink and dinner to celebrate the beginning of our Volga adventure.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Winter Palace
Day 7

Exploring St Petersburg

We disembark this morning for an excursion that helps us uncover the mysteries of this Baltic city. We begin at the Peter and Paul Fortress which was originally designed as a defensive fort but later was also used as a prison, holding distinguished activists including Dostoevsky and Gorky. Today the site is preserved as a museum, and you are free to admire its exhibitions at your own pace. We continue to the Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great In 1764. This mesmerising museum houses a collection of over 3 million artefacts pertaining to various eras and countries. Set in the magnificent Royal Winter Palace, the exhibits are displayed in spacious halls with gilded marble columns and patterned mosaic floors, perfectly encapsulating the history of the Russian Tsars and the Romanov family. Back on ship we set sail, beginning our journey along a tributary of the Volga, the Neva River.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8


We continue cruising through the Russian countryside this morning, enjoying a presentation on traditional crafts before mooring in Mandrogi, on the north shore of Lake Ladoga. This unique eco village sees local artisans create typical Russian souvenirs using time-honoured techniques. Wander between the different workshops, through the winding cobbled streets and admire the fairytale houses with their intricate wooden carvings. There is also a vodka museum here, displaying 2500 different varieties of the infamous spirit made from potatoes that is widely drunk across the country. We enjoy a vodka tasting, learning about the different methods of production before we re-board the Rostropovich in time for a Russian language lesson and a delicious Ukrainian themed dinner, complete with entertainment.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9


We make our way up the Svir River onto Lake Onega today, stopping at Kizhi Island in the Republic of Karelia. Here we visit the lauded Open-air Museum, the site of around 87 wooden structures including the breathtaking Kizhi Pogost, or 'Church of Transfiguration', built in the style of St Basil's Cathedral in St Petersburg without using a single nail. Dating back to the 17th century, it's 22 onion-shaped domes are a testament to the skill of the woodworkers who built it. Back on the ship we are treated to classes on matryoshka doll painting and Russian folk songs.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10


This morning there's a chance to join another Russian language lesson, as we cruise across Lake Beloye to Goritsy. In this small, typical Russian village, we visit the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. This is followed by a sumptuous Russian feast and dancing.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11


Making our way up the Volga Baltic Waterway, we approach Uglich today. This glorious city was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries after the 'Time of Troubles', and is well known for its beautiful religious architecture, including the Uglich Kremlin and the Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 12-13

Arrival in Moscow and back to London

We cruise through the Moscow Canal and Volga River to Moscow today, disembarking to explore the vast Kremlin building, a walled city surrounded by 18th century towers and the seat of Russian government. We also take in other iconic locations including St Basil's Cathedral and Red Square before some free time to go shopping in an old state department store dating back to the Soviet era. After breakfast on Day 13, we disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight back to London.

  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast

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