The Imperial Charms of Russia River Cruise
St. Petersburg • Mandrogi • Kizhi • Goritsy • Yaroslavl • Uglich • Moscow
 13 Days • 32 Meals
Enjoy a journey through parts of Russia’s “Golden Ring” – a circle of ancient towns and cities. Discover why they are some of Russia’s most picturesque places and famous for preserving the memory of the most significant events in Russian History. This will be an experience of a lifetime as you travel along the Svir and Volga Rivers.

 Highlights
  • 32 Meals (11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking Tour / Cruise Director
  • Eleven-night cruise aboard the MS Rossia
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for excursions
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals included onboard with Russian Influences
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Selection of complimentary drinks to accompany meals
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Variety of onboard entertainment
  • $65 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Day 2  St. Petersburg
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the MS Rossia, where a warm welcome awaits from your crew. Tonight enjoy your
Day 3  St. Petersburg
After breakfast, depart on a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site city. Travel along the Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg, and pass the Gostiny Dvor (city’s largest department store), the National Library, monument to Catherine the Great, the sights of the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Kazan and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Tonight, your Captain is delighted to host a welcome reception. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  St. Petersburg
Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection is comprised of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  St. Petersburg
The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of the city or just relax onboard. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Mandrogi
Visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. The charming landscape is dotted with colorful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. During your free time, visit the Vodka Museum or shop for local handicrafts such as pottery and the famous “matryioshka” dolls. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Kizhi
Cruise Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, before arriving at the small island of Kizhi. Depart on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), housing a collection of restored 18th-century Russian wooden buildings. The highlight of the museum is the three-tiered, 22-domed Transfiguration Cathedral. Built in 1714, this amazing structure is constructed entirely without nails! Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Goritsy
Today we arrive in Goritsy, a typical Russian village set in the most scenic countryside. Depart by coach to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, by Cyril, one of the most honored saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons, which were loved by Ivan the Terrible. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Yaroslavl
Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, this ancient city retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colorful past. Your walking tour will take you through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers. Visit the Church of St. Ilya the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture, then wander the grounds of the Saviour - Transfiguration Monastery, one of the oldest along the Volga. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10  Uglich
The day begins with a visit to Uglich, one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia and part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. Throughout its 1000 year history, the town has been used by various Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. On the walking tour, visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. This evening, the Captain will host a farewell dinner. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11  Moscow
Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860 year old history with many reminders of its imperial and Soviet past. Enjoy a city tour showcasing Moscow’s main highlights, including Red Square, where you can see the brightly colored St. Basil Cathedral, the Lenin Masoleum and the State Historical Museum. In the afternoon, you will visit the Cosmonaut Museum. This evening, join an optional excursion to the Kostroma National Dancing Show. Meals: B, L, D
Day 12  Moscow
Today may be the highlight of the trip with a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. During a stroll around the grounds you will see the majestic Cathedral Square which still retains its original form, followed by a tour of the State Armory, which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artifacts. Meals: B, L, D
Day 13  Moscow / USA
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow travelers and crew and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport and your flight home. Meals: B, L, D

 Accommodations
Days 2-12  Aboard the MS Rossia
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
August 10, 2019* Main Deck $5,045 add $3,275
Upper Deck $5,245 add $3,415
*This date runs a reverse itinerary. Ship will sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
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