The Imperial Charms of Russia River Cruise 2020
Moscow • Uglich • Yaroslavl • Goritsy • Kizhi • Mandrogi • St. Petersburg
 13 Days • 32 Meals
River Cruise
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 onboard
  • Variety of onboard entertainment
  • All port charges included
  • $65 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Moscow, Russia.
Day 2  Moscow
Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the MS Rossia where a warm welcome from your crew awaits. Tonight enjoy your first dinner onboard with your fellow travelers, as the ship overnights in Moscow. Meal: D
Day 3  Moscow
The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860 year old history with many reminders of its imperial and Soviet past. Enjoy a tour showcasing Moscow’s main highlights, including Red Square with the brightly colored domes of St. Basil Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum and GUM Department Store. Pass the Bolshoi Theatre, University buildings and other sites. In the afternoon, visit the Cosmonaut Museum to learn about Russia’s history in the ‘space race’. The ship remains docked in Moscow overnight. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Cosmonaut Museum
Day 4  Moscow
Today may be the highlight of the trip with a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. During a stroll around the grounds, 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. Early evening the ship departs and the Captain hosts a welcome aboard reception. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the State Armory
Day 5  Uglich
Enjoy a leisurely morning sailing along the river and join in the onboard activities. This afternoon, the ship arrives 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 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. The ship departs for Yaroslavl this evening. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Yaroslavl
Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, this ancient city retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colorful past. The day begins with a walking tour taking 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. The ship sails for Goritsy this afternoon. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Goritsy
The arrival to Goritsy brings you to 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. The ship departs for Kizhi Island early this afternoon. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  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! Set sail for Mandrogi this evening. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  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. An afternoon departure and leisurely cruise along the river ends the day. This evening, the Captain hosts a farewell reception. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10  St. Petersburg
Sailing on the Neva River, arrive in St. Petersburg this morning, and 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. The afternoon is at leisure and the ship remains docked in St. Petersburg for the duration of the cruise. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11  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. The afternoon is at leisure in this beautiful city. Meals: B, L, D
Day 12  St. Petersburg
The final day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of the city or just relax onboard. Meals: B, L, D
Day 13  St. Petersburg / 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. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2-12  Aboard the MS Rossia
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Availability
June 4, 2020 Main Deck $4,945 add $3,285 Unavailable
Upper Deck $5,145 add $3,415
Boat Deck $5,295 add $3,449
July 17, 2020 Main Deck $5,245 add $3,475 Unavailable
Upper Deck $5,445 add $3,615
Boat Deck $5,595 add $3,649
August 8, 2020 Main Deck $5,245 add $3,475 Available
Upper Deck $5,445 add $3,615
Boat Deck N/A N/A
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Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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