UK - Moscow
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Moscow. On arrival, we will transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel (5T) or Ararat Park Hyatt (5T).
After an orientation tour of the city, we’ll continue to the Novodevichy Cemetery, which holds the tombs of prominent Russian authors, musicians and political leaders, including Sergei Prokofiev and Boris Yeltsin. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure for your own explorations.
This morning, we visit the Armoury Museum inside the Kremlin, to view its collection of medieval armour and weaponry, royal thrones, costumes, silverwork and opulent carriages. We will continue to the 15th century Cathedral of the Assumption, known for its beautiful frescoes, and the Cathedral of the Archangel, where many Russian tsars are buried. Next is Red Square, visiting landmarks such as St Basil’s Cathedral and the GUM Department Store.
Day 4 - Moscow
After a morning at leisure, we pay a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, which houses the finest collection of Russian art in the world. After exploring Moscow’s Metro to admire splendid architecture, we transfer by Metro train to the port and embark MS Volga Dream (5T). On arrival we are greeted with a traditional Russian bread, salt and vodka welcoming ceremony.
Day 5 - Uglich
Following a leisurely day of cruising through the forested countryside north of Moscow, we dock in the historic 10th century town of Uglich, one of the oldest in Russia. We step ashore to visit the striking bright-red Church of St Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the spot where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591. Later we attend an enchanting concert of choral music at St John’s Church before returning to our ship.
Day 6 - Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl’s origins go back to the 11th century, and its historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today we will visit the Spassky Monastery to view its 16th-century frescoes and the ornate Church of Elijah the Prophet, built in 1650. There will be a costumed reception at the governor’s house, and we will return to our ship to be treated to a traditional Russian tea ceremony and a cookery class.
Day 7 - Goritsy
This morning we reach the charming little riverside town of Goritsy, famous for its monasteries, including the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, which was founded in 1397. This evening, we will enjoy a special Russian dinner with a vodka tasting.
Day 8 - Kizhi Island
We sail into beautiful Lake Onega today, fed by 58 rivers and dotted with more than 1,600 islands, including Kizhi, where we step ashore. We will explore the UNESCO-listed collection of historic wooden houses here, and the remarkable wooden Church of the Transfiguration. On board our ship this evening there will be a piano concert of works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
Day 9 - Svirstroy
The highlight of your day in Svirstroy 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 tell you all about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens.
This morning we arrive in beautiful St Petersburg, where we disembark and take a guided sightseeing tour, visiting the Peter and Paul Fortress and driving along Nevsky Prospect, lined with shops, restaurants and museums as well as major landmarks such as Kazan Cathedral. This evening we check in to our hotel for the next three nights, the Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (5T) or Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (5T).
After breakfast we explore one of the world’s greatest museums, the Hermitage Museum, which holds an amazing three million exhibits across five buildings, including the beautiful Winter Palace. After lunch, we head to the magnificent Peterhof Palace, designed by Peter the Great and known as the ‘Versailles of Russia’. The palace was badly damaged during the Second World War but it has been meticulously restored and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll through the spectacular gardens, laid out with dozens of elaborate fountains and statues.
This morning we visit the Fabergé Museum and after lunch continue to the sumptuous Catherine Palace was the summer residence of Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, and is best known for its extraordinary Amber Room, featuring six tons of solid amber deftly carved and framed in gold leaf.
Day 13 St Petersburg - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.