Russian River Cruises

MS Amakaterina

12days/11nights
cruise holiday

Moscow to St. Petersburg or St. Petersburg to Moscow

Cruise does not operate in 2016

 

Russian cruises Moscow to St Petersburg

Enjoy a spectacular voyage through the Russian Waterways on the most luxurious ship ever built for Russian rivers,  on the MS AMAKATARINA. Explore bustling and excitement-packed Moscow, then cruise north and visit the enchanting Golden Ring cities of Uglich, Kostroma and Yaroslavl. Continue along the Volga-Baltic Waterways and through Europe’s two largest lakes, Onega and Ladoga to St. Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, spread over 101 islands and 66 canals

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA - EMBARKATION
Independent arrival in Moscow, optional transfer to ship and board the AmaKatarina. Relax in your stateroom or explore the city on your own before meeting your your cruise director and travellers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 MOSCOW
Morning take part in our city tour that includes the Red Square and many other well-known sights. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs or wander on your own, perhaps to visit St. Basil’s Cathedral or GUM, the vast Soviet-Era department store. Enjoy lunch on a day boat as you cruise the Moscow River past the imposing façade of the Kremlin. Late this afternoon, you will visit Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill and its monument to WWII, and tour the city’s amazing Metro, quite possibly the world’s most extravagant subway system – many of the stations are adorned with chandeliers, sculptures and elaborate frescoes. The ship moors overnight in Moscow. (B,L,D)
Day 3 MOSCOW
After breakfast visit the Kremlin for a fascinating guided tour of the former residence of the Czars and center of the Russian Orthodox faith. Your tour includes a visit to the Kremlin Armory, one of Moscow’s oldest museums, with a vast collection of weaponry, jewelry, and historical artifacts. The ship departs this evening for Uglich. (B,L,D)
Day 4 UGLICH
Located on the banks of the Volga, Uglich was founded by merchants in 1148 and is now home to some of Russia’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals. After arriving this evening, you will have a guided tour of the city and visit the Chambers of Prince Dimitry and the magnificent Church of Dimitry on the Blood, dedicated to the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible’s young son. The ship departs later tonight for Yaroslavl. (B,L,D)
Day 5 YAROSLAVL
Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is one of Russia’s oldest cities, tracing its roots back to the days of the Vikings. Your guided tour this morning explores the city’s history through its architecture, with stops at the fortified 12th-century Transfiguration Monastery and the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art, located in the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl. The ship departs early this afternoon and cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6 GORITSY
Goritsy is a peaceful farming town and a typical Russian village. After arriving early this afternoon, you will have a guided tour that includes the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship and continue on in the late afternoon to the island of Kizhi. (B,L,D)
Day 7 KIZHI
An island situated at the northern end of Lake Onega, Kizhi is home to some of the most amazing wooden architecture in Russia. In 1764, local residents built the Church of Intercession, with towering walls and 22 domes – all constructed without a single nail. We arrive in the early evening for a walking tour that includes the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The ship departs later tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 8 SVIRSTROY
At noon today the ship arrives in Svirstroy, a town 100 miles from St. Petersburg with a population of only a thousand people. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to sample grilled shashlyk, Russia’s very popular (and delicious) version of shish kebab. You’ll also be treated to a private visit to the home of a local Russian family, where you will gain new insights into everyday life in Svirstroy and experience warm Russian hospitality first-hand. We depart mid-afternoon and cruise overnight to St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
Day 9 ST. PETERSBURG
One of Russia’s former capitals, dating from the early 18th-century, St. Petersburg was built to Peter the Great’s exact specifications. After breakfast, you will disembark the ship and travel by hydrofoil to the Hermitage, one of the oldest, largest, and most awe-inspiring museums in the world. Founded by Catherine the Great, the museum is a complex of six buildings, including the former Winter Palace, and houses nearly three million works of art. After your visit, relax a bit with an enjoyable lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon, your sightseeing tour of this splendid city will include the Peter & Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaacs Cathedral. The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
Day 10 ST. PETERSBURG
You will visit the nearby town of Pushkin today, where Catherine’s Palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Czars. This excursion includes a tour of the Cameron Gallery, which features formal state rooms and dining rooms embellished with baroque and neoclassical furnishings and décor. You will also visit the reconstructed Amber Room, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, with its dazzling amber-covered walls. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening, experience a traditional Russian ballet performance at the Hermitage Theater, or opt for a colorful and lively “Russian Folklore Show.” The ship moors in St. Petersburg overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 11 ST. PETERSBURG
This morning, depart by hydrofoil for Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most spectacular Imperial Estate. Also known as the “Russian Versailles,” the palace was built on the shore of the Gulf of Finland by Peter the Great, initially as a resting place en route to the Imperial Naval base. Your tour includes the Lower Gardens, the Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain, which commemorates Russia’s victory over Sweden during the Great Northern War. The ship moors in St. Petersburg overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 12 ST. PETERSBURG - DISEMBARKATION
Your Russian cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

REVERSE ITINERARY - ST PETERSBURG - MOSCOW

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - EMBARKATION
Arrive in St. Petersburg and board the AmaKatarina. Relax in your stateroom or explore the city on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 ST. PETERSBURG
One of Russia's former capitals, dating from the early 18th-century, St. Petersburg was built to Peter the Great’s exact specifications. Your morning sightseeing tour of this splendid city includes Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, St. Isaacs Cathedral and the Peter & Paul Fortress. Relax over lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, depart by hydrofoil for Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most spectacular Imperial Estate. Also known as the “Russian Versailles,” the palace was built on the shores of the Gulf of Finland by Peter the Great. Your tour includes the Lower Gardens, the Grand Cascade and the Samson Fountain, which commemorates Russia’s victory over Sweden during the Great Northern War. The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
Day 3 ST. PETERSBURG
You will visit the nearby town of Pushkin today, where Catherine’s Palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Czars. This excursion includes a tour of the Cameron Gallery and its formal state rooms and dining rooms embellished with Baroque and Neoclassical furnishings and décor. You will also visit the reconstructed Amber Room, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber. This evening, experience a traditional Russian ballet at the Hermitage Theater or opt for a lively and colorful “Russian Folklore Show.” The ship moors overnight in St. Petersburg. (B,L,D)
Day 4 ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast, travel by hydrofoil to the State Hermitage, one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most awe-inspiring museums. Founded by Catherine the Great, the museum is a complex of six buildings (including the former Winter Palace) that houses nearly 3 million works of art.The remainder of the day is at your leisure. The ship departs this evening for Svirstroy. (B,L,D)
Day 5 SVIRSTROY
Svirstroy is 100 miles from St. Petersburg with a population of about a thousand people. After your noontime arrival, you will have a chance to sample grilled shashlyk, Russia’s very popular and delicious version of shish kebab. You will also enjoy a private visit to the home of a local Russian family, where you will gain new insights into everyday life in Svirstroy and experience genuinely warm Russian hospitality. The ship departs late afternoon and cruises through the night. (B,L,D)
Day 6 KIZHI
This morning you will arrive on the island of Kizhi, situated at the north end of Lake Onega. Kizhi is home to some of the most amazing wooden architecture in Russia, such as the Church of Intercession, built by locals in 1764 – the church’s towering walls and 22 domes were all constructed without a single nail. You will visit this church on your walking tour today, and also stop at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The ship departs around noon and heads for Goritsy. (B,L,D)
Day 7 GORITSY
Goritsy is a peaceful farming town that is quintessentially Russian. You will arrive here in early afternoon and have a guided tour that includes the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship late afternoon and continue on to Yaroslavl, cruising through the night. (B,L,D)
Day 8 YAROSLAVL
Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is one of Russia's oldest cities, tracing its roots back to the days of the Vikings. After arriving mid-afternoon, your guided tour explores the city’s history through its architecture, with stops at the fortified 12th-century Transfiguration Monastery and the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art, the former residence of the Governor of Yaroslavl. The ship departs this evening for Uglich. (B,L,D)
Day 9 UGLICH
Located on the banks of the Volga, Uglich was founded by merchants in 1148 and is now home to some of Russia’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals. Your morning tour will take you to some of the most notable buildings, such as the Chambers of Prince Dimitry and the magnificent Church of Dimitry on the Blood, dedicated to the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible's young son. The ship departs around lunchtime for Moscow. (B,L,D)
Day 10 MOSCOW
This morning, venture beyond the walls of the Kremlin for a guided tour of this former residence of the Czars and the Armory. Later, enjoy lunch on a day boat as you cruise the Moscow River past the Kremlin’s imposing façade. You will have free time to shop for souvenirs or perhaps visit St. Basil’s Cathedral with its iconic onion domes, or GUM, the vast Soviet-Era main department store. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 11 MOSCOW
Today’s city tour includes Red Square and many other well-known sights, including the amazing Moscow Metro, quite possibly the world’s most extravagant subway system. The sight of subway stations adorned with chandeliers, sculptures and frescoes is something not to be missed. You will also see Red Square, Lenin’s Tomb, and the WWII monument on Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill. The ship moors overnight in Moscow. (B,L,D)
Day 12 MOSCOW - DISEMBARKATION
Say farewell to Russia and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Itinerary Outline:

1 Moscow EMBARKATION
    Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
2 Moscow City tour and Red Square
    Lunch on a day boat
     Metro & Bow Hill
3 Moscow Kremlin & Armoury tour
     
4 Uglich Chambers of Prince Dimitry
    Church of Dimitry on the Blood
5 Yaroslavl Transfiguration Monastery
    Former Governor's House (art gallery)
6 Goritsy St. Cyril Monastery
    Museum of Icons
7 Kizhi Wooden Architecture Museum
8 Svirstroy Russian home visit
    Shashlyk (Russian BBQ)
9 St Petersburg Hermitage Museum
    Lunch in local restaurant
    City tour
10 St Petersburg Excursion to Pushkin, Catherine's Palace & Park
    Ballet performance at Hermitage
    OR Folklore show
11 St Petersburg Excursion Peterhof
12 St Petersburg DISEMBARKATION
 
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2015 Departure dates and prices  in US Dollars

Departure
Date 2015
Start
City
Ship
Name
Cruise
Only
May 10 Moscow AmaKaterina $3999
May 21 St Petersburg AmaKaterina $4099
Jun 01 Moscow AmaKaterina $4199
Jun 12 St Petersburg AmaKaterina $4199
Jun 23 Moscow AmaKaterina $4199
Jul  04 St Petersburg AmaKaterina $4199
Jul 15 Moscow AmaKaterina $4199
Jul 26 St Petersburg AmaKaternia $4199
Aug 6 Moscow AmaKaterina $4199
Aug 17 St Petersburg AmaKaterina $4199
Aug 28 Moscow AmaKaterina $4199
Sep 8 St Petersburg AmaKaterina $4199
Sep 19 Moscow AmaKaterina $4099
Sep 30 St Petersburg AmaKaterina $3999

Port Charges: $253 per person

Single Supplement: 50% of double; Suites 100%.

Note: A Visa is required for Russia; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Prices are per person in Cat. F in a standard cabin.
To upgrade to a higher Category, add the following amount per person:

Cat.
Deck
STATEROOM
Price
E
Deck 4
Standard Twin with window
$ 279
D
Deck 3 & 4
Superior with windows
$ 699
C
Deck 3
Deluxe with balcony
$ 1399
B
Deck 2
Deluxe with balcony
$ 1599
A
Deck 1
Deluxe with balcony
$ 1799
BS
Deck 2
Bolshoi Suites with balcony
$ 2099
MS
Deck 2
Mariinsky Suites with balcony
$ 2599
HS
Deck 1
Hermitage Suites with balcony
$ 2799
IS
Deck 3
Imperial Suites with balcony
$ 4999

Children are not accepted!


NOTE: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking.

The choices are:
Choice A: Two twin beds
Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

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