The Volga is the longest river in Europe and is often seen as the heart of Russia. From its beginnings in the far north of the country to the shores of the Caspian Sea, travelling on the Volga, its tributaries and connecting waterways is considered to be one of the best ways of viewing rural and traditional Russia. This 8-day cruise on the MS Rostropovich off ers a glimpse into both present-day and historical Russia.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Moscow with British Airways. Transfer to the MS Rostropovich for 7 nights. (D)
Morning tour of Moscow, including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM department store and Lubyanka Square, where the KGB had their headquarters. Afternoon tour of the Kremlin and Cathedral Square. (B, L, D)
Walking tour of Uglich, including the Church of St Dmitry and Church of Transfiguration. (B, L, D)
Visit Kirillov Belozersky monastery in the town of Goritsy and the Museum of Icons. (B, L, D)
Explore the Unesco-listed Kizhi island. Visit the open-air museum of history and architecture, including the Transfi guration Cathedral. Featuring 22 carved domes, it is made entirely from wood, without a single nail. (B, L, D)
Visit Mandrogi village, popular for its handicrafts. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of St Petersburg to view Palace Square, Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Aurora, whose guns fired the first shots in the Russian Revolution. Afternoon visit to the Hermitage with its unrivalled collection of European masterpieces. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure or optional excursions. Early afternoon airport transfer and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Asla Group Limited and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
The cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, varying water levels and lock passage. Some departures operate in reverse order.
The Imperial Waterways of Russia cruise departs on the following dates:
11, 18 & 25 May 2019
1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June 2019
6, 13, 20 & 27 July 2019
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August 2019
7, 14, 21 & 28 September 2019
5 & 12 October 2019
The MS Rostropovich is one of the newest cruise vessels in Russia, having sailed on its maiden voyage in 2011. The ship has 106 staterooms, 76 of which feature balconies. The size of the staterooms varies from 10 sq metres for a Standard cabin to 40 sq metres for the Imperial suite. All cabins have exterior views, with all lower category staterooms having small windows. There are two restaurants: Opera is the main dining room and Symphony is available for more intimate dining. All meals are included on the cruise (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The ship is equipped with a lift reaching all floors, a gym, sauna, gift shop and complimentary tea and coffee station.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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