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Russian River Cruise on M/S "Rostropovich"

12 days
11 nights






Low Season
$ 4,975.00 ((Standard (main deck)
$ 5,565.00 ((Standard (middle deck)
$ 5,960.00 ((Deluxe (main deck)
$ 6,150.00 ((Junior Suite (main deck)
$ 8,900.00 ((Bolshoi Suite (middle deck)
$ 9,690.00 ((Mariinski Suite (middle deck)
$10,475.00 ((Hermitage Suite (sun deck)
$13,025.00 ((Imperial Suite (middle deck)
High Season
$ 5,370.00 ((Standard (main deck)
$ 5,960.00 ((Standard (middle deck)
$ 6,350.00 ((Deluxe (main deck)
$ 6,545.00 ((Junior Suite (main deck)
$ 9,295.00 ((Bolshoi Suite (middle deck)
$10,085.00 ((Mariinski Suite (middle deck)
$10,870.00 ((Hermitage Suite (sun deck)
$14,210.00 ((Imperial Suite (middle deck)


Jun 19, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 high
Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 low

Ships & Cabins:


  • Full board, three meals per day (from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on departure day).
    Breakfast and lunch are buffet style, dinner is with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead of lunch onboard, subject to weather)
  • Water is included for all meals at the restaurant and water pitcher is provided daily for cabins.
  • One glass of house wine is provided per person for each dinner.
  • A coffee-station is available for early risers.
  • Welcome bread and salt ceremony (arrival day).
  • Russian and Ukrainian thematic dinners.
  • Captain’s farewell dinner with special menu.
  • Cocktail party


Day 1  : Moscow

Arrive in Moscow for your Russia River Cruise. You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Rostropovich, your home for the next 11 nights on our Volga River Cruise. Upon arrival there will be an information briefing on board. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner and entertainment in the bars. You can check in to the ship any time after 14:00hrs and are advised to arrive in time for the information briefing and evening entertainment.

Day 2  : Moscow

Begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia. Join the panoramic city tour to see some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and continue to your afternoon exploration of the Kremlin – the former residence of the Russian Tsars, discover the huge Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and visit one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square. Return to the MS Rostropovich for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, dinner and entertainment in the bars.
*Entrances included to Kremlin and 1 of the Cathedrals within the territory. Lunch

Day 3  : Moscow

Sighseeing in Moscow

Day 4  : Uglich

After breakfast on board the MS Rostropovich, your day will include a visit to the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The town’s historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his father’s death in 1584 but was found dead in questionable circumstances seven years later. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood*, built in his memory, appears on the horizon as the ship sails towards the town and is one of the great sights to be seen in Uglich. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board.
Entrances included to Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration Cathedral

Day 5  : Yaroslavl

After breakfast, disembark for an excursion to the ancient city of Yaroslavl, founded in 1010 by Yaroslav Mudri (Yaroslav the Wise). Enjoy a visit to the Fine Arts Museum, situated in the former Governor’s House, as well as visiting the main sights of the city during a panoramic bus tour. There will be time to visit the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, built in 1620 and to have some free time exploring the local markets. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying lunch as you cruise. During the course of the afternoon, enjoy some of the on board activities which may include a Classical concert, a Russian Tea Party or take part in the dance class.

Entrances today: Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, interactive tour to former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

Day 6  : Goritsy

After breakfast and morning entertainment on board ship, arrival and disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery of St. Cyril* was founded in 1397 and is an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. The Goritsy Nunnery is much smaller than the Monastery and was founded later in 1544. Evening Russian style dinner and entertainment on board ship.

Entrances included to the Church and Museum of Icons at the Monastery of St Cyril

Day 7  : Kizhi

After breakfast and morning entertainment on board, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous due to the collection of wooden churches with the centrepiece, the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails. The Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russia river cruise. Return to the boat for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on board.
* Entrances included to the open air museum of wooden architecture and a visit to a typical Korelian House

Day 8  : Mandrogui

Breakfast and the Captain’s Farewell dinner are served on board today with a traditional Russian BBQ lunch taken in the historical village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. Visitors can also see local recipes being made and visit the farms which are tended by the local villagers. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship’s Gala Concert. Here you may visit the museum of Vodka, paying a local entrance fee of approx. €5 per person

Day 9  : St. Petersburg

Prepare to explore the wonderful city of St Petersburg on our panoramic city tour. The tour by coach will take in some of the most famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. Included is a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress* and also the world-renowned Hermitage museum*. A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items. Return to the ship for dinner on board.

*Entrances included to Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum.
Please note these tours may be on days 10 or 11, as the daily schedule is not yet finalised.

Day 10  : St. Petersburg

Optional excursions will be offered on board

Day 11  : St. Petersburg

Optional excursions will be offered on board

Day 12  : Departure from St. Petersburg

Enjoy breakfast at leisure on board ship prior to departure.
Departure transfers can be arranged for you at an additional charge.


 Excursion programme detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard).

 Daily international entertainment on board: concerts, lessons, master classes, movies, welcome bread and salt ceremony, captain’s cocktail and dinner.

 Porterage onboard the ship.

 Use of cabin safe.

 Visa Support Letter.

 Visa support for the duration of the cruise only (see notes).