Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise

11 days from $5,000 pp*
  • Embark on a six-night cruise along the Volga River.
  • Take in some of the over 600,000 pieces of art at the Hermitage Museum.
  • Enjoy a private tour of Moscow, including the famous Kremlin.
  • With private guide, visit the lavish palace grounds of Peterhof in St. Petersburg.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels pre/post cruise.
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Cruise the Volga River between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and explore both cities in-depth with a private guide.

From ornate cathedrals and lavish palaces to farmer’s markets and vodka, experience the best Russia has to offer on this journey between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Starting in Moscow, meet your private guide and set out through the city, exploring signature sights, hidden gems, and of course, the impressive Kremlin. From there, embark on a multi-night cruise on the scenic Volga River, passing traditional towns, historic cities, and pastureland along the way. Disembark as a group for fascinating shore excursions and guided tours of historic Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Vytegra, Kizhi and Mandrogi, where a sense of bygone times is prevalent. Arriving to St. Petersburg, you’ll meet up with your private guide and once again embark on a fully private experience, uncovering the city highlights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the world famous Hermitage Museum, and the lavish palace and grounds of Peterhof. An unforgettable experience awaits.

Cruise Departure Dates:

Moscow-St. Petersburg: May 21, Jul 19, Jul 31, Aug 24, Sep 5, Sep 23 (2018)

St. Petersburg-Moscow: May 15, May 27, Aug 18, Sep 29 (2018) ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Invitation Letter for Russian Entry Visa
    • Russia - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Moscow
    Moscow
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Kremlin & Armory Chamber (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Moscow to Volga Cruise
    Moscow to Volga Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Port with Assistant - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Fuel Surcharge Included
    • Embarkation & Welcome Drink
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Uglich to Volga Cruise
    Uglich to Volga Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared - Uglich Tour & Choral Concert
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Yaroslavl to Volga Cruise
    Yaroslavl to Volga Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared - Yaroslavl Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Goritsy to Volga Cruise
    Goritsy to Volga Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared - Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Kizhi to Volga Cruise
    Kizhi to Volga Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared - Kizhi Island Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Svirstroy to Volga Cruise
    Svirstroy to Volga Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared - Svirstroy Village Tour & Local Resident Visit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Disembarkation
    • Transfer - Private - Port with Assistant - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour with St. Isaac's Cathedral (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hermitage Museum Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Optional Evening Shows
  • Day 10 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Tour - Private - Pushkin & Peterhof (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 11 St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Assistant - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
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Day 1: Moscow

Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will help you with check-in, as well as walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary, and answer your questions.

After securing your trip with Kensington Tours, you'll be provided with a Letter of Invitation for your Russian entry visa, along with additional important travel documents.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Savoy (4*)

The 4* boutique hotel Savoy is conveniently located in a historic building in the the heart of downtown Moscow. Walking distance to the Bolshoi Theater, Red Square and the Kremlin, as well as luxurious shops, cafes and nightclubs, guests are well situated for a pleasant stay in the Russian capital. Reflecting the Moscow lifestyle, the Savoy combines gracious traditions with state-of-the-art guest room amenities. The chic 67-room Savoy is notable for being the first hotel in Russia to become a member of the prestigious "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" group.

Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Moscow
Moscow
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Savoy
Savoy

Day 2: Moscow

Set out on a full day must-see highlights tour of Moscow with a private guide and vehicle. Have your camera ready to capture snapshots of the city’s iconic sights such as the historic Bolshoi Theater, the former KGB building from where the notorious Soviet enforcement agency once operated, and frame up a photo at the Sofia Embankment, with the imposing Kremlin across the river. No visit to Moscow is complete without a walk in the Red Square, the most famous square in all of Russia. Recognized together with the Kremlin as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll stroll this vast cobblestone plaza, gazing upon  the city’s most recognizable landmarks; the colorful onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the red walls and towers of the Kremlin (office of the Russian president), the Lenin Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum, and the famous GUM department store. Walk the complex grounds and visit the Kremlin’s Armory Chamber to garner an understanding of the impressive wealth and opulence of the Russian royals of yesteryear. Witness a remarkable collection of ancient State regalia, coronation dresses and ceremonial tsar vestments, garments of the Russian Orthodox Church clergy, artistic gold and silver wares, ceremonial arms and armor, royal carriages and more.

Accommodation: Savoy (4*)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kremlin
Kremlin

Day 3: Moscow - Volga Cruise

Enjoy a port transfer with a private vehicle and driver. For added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will be on hand to assist you at the port.

Fuel Surcharge is included in the cruise cost.

Welcome aboard!
You'll set sail this evening along the Russian waterways.

Join the Captain's Welcome Reception for a welcome drink, and for a chance to meet some of your fellow cruisemates, prior to a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: MS Volga Dream I (6N)

The family-owned and operated MS Volga Dream I river cruiser features boutique-style, personalized service, and classic décor with a slight Russian touch. Accommodating just 109 passengers across 56 comfortable cabins, an intimate cruise experience awaits for all guests who come on board. Spread over three decks, facilities include a restaurant, sun deck, and lounge, while onboard activities include such things as Russian language lessons, matrioshka painting classes, piano concerts and more. WiFi access is available onboard for guests looking to stay connected.

Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Volga River
Volga River
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  MS Volga Dream
MS Volga Dream

Day 4: Uglich - Volga Cruise

Today you'll dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, one of the spokes of Russia’s famous Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, Ivan The Terrible’s son, was murdered in 1591. Your visit will be followed by an enchanting concert of choral music in St. John’s Church. 

Enjoy a special documentary film viewing of 'Construction of the Moscow Canal'.

Accommodation: MS Volga Dream I (6N)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Uglich
Uglich

Day 5: Yaroslavl - Volga Cruise

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia. Highlights include the Spassky Monastery, which contains the Transfiguration of the Savior, and the Church of Elijah the Prophet with its enviable collection of mosaics.

You'll also get to take part in a costumed tea ceremony at the governor’s house before re-boarding the boat for dinner.

Accommodation: MS Volga Dream I (6N)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Church of Elijah the Profet
Church of Elijah the Profet

Day 6: Goritsy - Volga Cruise

Today you sail across Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, once the 'tsar’s fishing grounds'. After lunch, you'll arrive in the idyllic village of Goritsy for a guided group tour of the fortress-like Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, with its magnificent frescoes by one of Russia's most renowned icon painters.

This evening, enjoy a Russian dinner with vodka tasting.

Accommodation: MS Volga Dream I (6N)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Day 7: Kizhi - Volga Cruise

Kareliya is a region that must be seen to be believed, it spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, a vast wilderness of forest and water. Lake Onega is fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including your stop at Kizhi, with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills, and the famous Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without a single nail being used.

Enjoy an evening piano concert featuring pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov.

Accommodation: MS Volga Dream I (6N)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Day 8: Svirstroy - Volga Cruise

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy today is being invited into a local resident’s home. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhkie” (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell you all about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After tea, you'll hope on a coach to the nearby town to see a WWII monument and to visit a local primary school.

Enjoy a bbq feast on the open deck this evening.

Accommodation: MS Volga Dream I (6N)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Svirstroy Home
Svirstroy Home

Day 9: St. Petersburg

Docking in St. Petersburg, celebrate the end of your great cruise with a complimentary cocktail and regale the high points of your trip with your fellow passengers before disembarking.

Meet your driver and vehicle for a private port transfer. An English-speaking assistant will be on hand to help you with your connection.

With a private guide and driver, set out on a half-day highlights tour of St. Petersburg to get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of the city. Drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect. See Palace Square, the world’s third largest square, with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the General Staff Building, and the Winter Palace complex, home to the UNESCO-listed Hermitage. See the candy-colored domes of the remarkable Church of the Savoir on Spilled Blood, and visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The fourth largest cathedral in the world, the 19th century neoclassical St. Isaac’s Cathedral was constructed to host as many as 12,000 worshippers at once, and its enormous skyline-dominating dome was covered in solid gold at the request of Peter the Great. Experience the dazzling cathedral interior, and don’t miss out on a chance to climb the 250 steps to the colonnade of the dome where you’ll have a magical 360-degree view of the city.

Today you’ll set out with a private guide and vehicle on a half-day tour of the Hermitage Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Travel+Leisure’s top ‘Things Not to Miss’ in St. Petersburg. Spread across four massive buildings, including the renowned Winter Palace, the Hermitage is comprised of nearly 360 rooms in total. Be sure to mention any specific areas of interest to your guide for a tour of the collection tailored just for you. There's much to choose between, with the world's finest collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, including masterpieces by Old Masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Titian. You can also marvel at world famous works by Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin, see works from ancient Greece and Rome, or admire the Military Gallery, featuring hundreds of portraits of generals from the Patriotic War of 1812.

Optional (Not Included):
Choose between one of the various evening entertainment options St. Petersburg has to offer: performances at the Marinsky Theater, a folklore show in Nikolaevskey Palace, a show at the famous Ciniselli Circus, or a river cruise combined with a folklore show. Please speak to your Travel Consultant if you are interested in adding a show to your itinerary during your time in St. Petersburg.

Accommodation: Angleterre Hotel (4*)

Angleterre Hotel is located next to the St. Isaac's Cathedral in the heart of St. Petersburg, and is only 5 minutes from Nevsky Prospect. Many of the main attractions of the city are close to the hotel, such as the famous Hermitage Museum, Peter's & Paul's Fortress, and the many palaces and gardens interspersed throughout the city. Each of the hotel's 188 bedrooms and five suites are decorated in a style that combines classic with contemporary, blending Russian and European furniture and accessories. Borsalino Brasserie provides a stylish setting with an innovative menu of contemporary European food combined with fresh local ingredients. The hotel features a fitness centre, a swimming pool, sauna, a turbo solarium, and a beauty studio.

Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Angleterre Hotel
Angleterre Hotel

Day 10: St. Petersburg

Take a full day tour to Pushkin, originally named Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village), famous for the marvelous Catherine Palace and park. The town, also known as Pushkin, in honour of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was the main summer residence of the royal family. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, and canvases, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. Visit one of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine Palace, the Amber Room. Your private guide will tell the story of the consturuction of Catherine Palace and about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. After the tour you will return to your hotel.

Accommodation: Angleterre Hotel (4*)
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Peterhof Palace
Peterhof Palace

Day 11: St. Petersburg

Meet your driver and vehicle for a private airport transfer. An English-speaking assistant will be on hand to help you with your connection.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Savoy (4*): Moscow

The 4* boutique hotel Savoy is conveniently located in a historic building in the the heart of downtown Moscow. Walking distance to the Bolshoi Theater, Red Square and the Kremlin, as well as luxurious shops, cafes and nightclubs, guests are well situated for a pleasant stay in the Russian capital. Reflecting the Moscow lifestyle, the Savoy combines gracious traditions with state-of-the-art guest room amenities. The chic 67-room Savoy is notable for being the first hotel in Russia to become a member of the prestigious "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" group.

Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Savoy
Savoy

MS Volga Dream I (6N): Volga Cruise

The family-owned and operated MS Volga Dream I river cruiser features boutique-style, personalized service, and classic décor with a slight Russian touch. Accommodating just 109 passengers across 56 comfortable cabins, an intimate cruise experience awaits for all guests who come on board. Spread over three decks, facilities include a restaurant, sun deck, and lounge, while onboard activities include such things as Russian language lessons, matrioshka painting classes, piano concerts and more. WiFi access is available onboard for guests looking to stay connected.

Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  MS Volga Dream
MS Volga Dream

Angleterre Hotel (4*): St. Petersburg

Angleterre Hotel is located next to the St. Isaac's Cathedral in the heart of St. Petersburg, and is only 5 minutes from Nevsky Prospect. Many of the main attractions of the city are close to the hotel, such as the famous Hermitage Museum, Peter's & Paul's Fortress, and the many palaces and gardens interspersed throughout the city. Each of the hotel's 188 bedrooms and five suites are decorated in a style that combines classic with contemporary, blending Russian and European furniture and accessories. Borsalino Brasserie provides a stylish setting with an innovative menu of contemporary European food combined with fresh local ingredients. The hotel features a fitness centre, a swimming pool, sauna, a turbo solarium, and a beauty studio.

Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Angleterre Hotel
Angleterre Hotel
Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Angleterre Hotel Lobby
Angleterre Hotel Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    We are very grateful to Alyssa Page and the other folks at Kensington tours for your work on our behalf. Everything went remarkably smoothly and your attention to detail was outstanding. I'd like to give a big shout-out to Try Norway for their in-country support--particularly their detailed itinerary that told us exactly what to expect at each transition point. The tour director for Hurtigruten Cruises said he had never seen an itinerary with such helpful detail . All in all we are very happy with Kensington and your in-country associates for helping us to have such a wonderful experience of Norway.

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  • Luisa Currie — October 07, 2013 — Cruises

    I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our tour of St Petersburg. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable yet flexible and fun. Using Kensington Tours for our shore excursions truly made our time in Russia the highlight of our vacation.

  • — October 07, 2013 — Cruises

    I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our tour of St Petersburg. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable yet flexible and fun. Using Kensington tours for our shore excursions truly made out time in Russia the highlight of our vacation.

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