This river cruise takes you to the great imperial cities of the czars. Two most famous metropoles of Russia are also the main treasuries of Russian art and architecture. Moscow, the medieval and 20th-century capital, has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings, while St.Petersburg, the creation of Peter the Great, is full of inspiration of Europe’s greatest 18th-century architects and craftsmen. The cruise voyage connects rivers, canals and lakes that link Moscow with St.Petersburg. You will sail through enchanting countryside and witness firsthand the tranquillity and beauty which has inspired writers and musicians for centuries.

The river cruise from St Peterburg to Moscow is 1345 km long and includes 21 locks. The route is: St Petersburg – river Neva – Lake Ladoga – river Svir with Mandrogy – Onega Lake with Kizhi island – Vytegra canal – White Lake – Goritsy – river Sheksna – the city of Yaroslavl – Rybinsk reservoir – the city of Uglich – Uglich reservoir (Volga river) – Moscow canal – Moscow 

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Included in tour price

  • Joining to English speaking group onboard throughout the itinerary 
  • Porterage of luggage 
  • Three meals per day on board of the ship starting with dinner on the day of embarkation and finishing with breakfast on the day of disembarkation 
  • Entertainment program onboard, live music in the bar every evening 
  • Excursion program: 
    • St. Petersburg: Bus City Tour, Hermitage (inside) 
    • Mandrogi: Walking Tour, barbecue lunch (instead of lunch on board) 
    • Kizhi: Open-air museum of wooden architecture 
    • Goritsy: Bus City Tour to Kirillo-Belozerski Monastery (territory + Treasure Hall) 
    • Yaroslavl: Bus City Tour, Transfiguration Monastery, Church of Elijah the Prophet 
    • Uglich: Walking tour, Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of Dmitry on the Blood 
    • Moscow: Bus City Tour, Kremlin grounds + 1 Cathedral 

Tour program


Visiting St. Petersburg * Mandrogi * Kizhi * Goritsy * Yaroslavl * Uglich * Moscow

Arrive St. Petersburg, a city built by Peter the Great in the 18th century. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your cruiseship. [D]

This morning tour the great city St. Petersburg with its many palaces, once home to the Russian nobility, drive along Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg lined with shops and baroque buildings. Take a view down Kanal Griboedova to the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. Pass the Gostiny Dvor (the city’s largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great. [B,L,D]

This day visit the Hermitage Museum. The rival of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage contains three million exhibits and early collections dating back to Catherine II.
In the evening, as your river cruise departs St. Petersburg, join your ship’s captain in a welcome dinner with wine. [B,L,D]

Today takes you to the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. A relaxing stop on the Verdant River Bank to enjoy the pleasant scenery and a picnic lunch. [B,L,D]

Day 5 – KIZHI
This morning sail the ship stops at the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. Your visit of the island includes the open-air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration that provide a delightful glimpse of Russia’s past. [B,L,D]

The ship arrives in Goritsy, set in the beautiful countryside. Tour the grounds of the well-preserved 14th century Cyril-Belozersky Monastery, named in honor of its founder, the monk Cyril and one of the most honored saints in the Russian Orthodox Church. [B,L,D]

Yaroslavl, an important Volga port is the next port of call. On your city tour, visit the 17th century Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture and wander the grounds of the 12th century Savior-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the Volga’s oldest. [B,L,D]

Day 8 – UGLICH
Stop today at picturesque Uglich situated on the right bank of the Volga River. Visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration perched at the water’s edge. Next, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Dmitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered.
This evening join your ship’s captain in a farewell dinner with toast as your river sailing ends. [B,L,D]

Day 9 – MOSCOW
Spend the morning relaxing on your cruiseship as you continue your journey en route to Moscow, Russia’s largest city. Upon arrival your city tour includes views of Red Square, the famous brightly colored onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM Department Store on Red Square, and Moscow University and other sights. [B,L,D]

Day 10 – MOSCOW
Your morning tour takes you to the Kremlin, the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. Visit one of the cathedrals situated on the grounds of the Kremlin at Cathedral Square. [B,L,D]

Day 11 – MOSCOW
After breakfast transfer from your cruiseship to the airport. [B]

B, L, D – Breakfast, lunch, dinner as provided by the shipping company

Futurist/Matka-Prima Ltd reserves the right to make the appropriate changes in the itinerary including deleting and adding cities, and changing the sequence of the itinerary as required.


M/S Vasiliy Surikov

M/S Vasiliy Surikov

Built in Austria in 1975 and totally refurbished in 2007 this 4-deck vessel is equipped with sophisticated navigation devices and modern facilities. The total passenger capacity is 150 persons. There...