Imperial Waterways of Russia
Day 1 UK - Moscow
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Moscow. Meet your Uniworld representative and transfer to the port to embark River Victoria (5-star).
Day 2 Moscow
See Moscow’s most iconic sights with a local expert - the Kremlin, Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral and Tverskaya Street - as well as some under-the-radar secrets, both above ground and below. Then take a tour of the metro and Arbat street. Glamorous, grand Moscow was the capital of the medieval nation. In the evening, enjoy the captain’s welcome reception and dinner.
Day 3 Moscow
This morning, you’ll have the chance to explore the Kremlin, a fortified complex in the heart of Moscow and the government’s headquarters. It offers an intriguing look at Russia’s political and cultural heritage. Take a look at a collection of Russian regalia at the Armoury Museum and wander through the exquisite Cathedral Square. Plenty of adventures await this afternoon with free time in Moscow to explore on your own.
Day 4 Uglich
Cruising through the Moscow Canal, you’ll get your first glimpse of rural Russia on your way to the historic town of Uglich. The ship docks within walking distance of the town, so you may browse charming local shops, stroll along the promenade, and take in the Wonderful Assumption Church. Legend, history, art and mystery come together under the blue domes of the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built where the son of Ivan the Terrible was found slain. Inside you’ll see magnificent frescoes and icons from the 17th and 18th centuries. Alternatively take a Hydropower GULAG tour.
Day 5 Yaroslavl - Cruising Lake Rybinsk
Stroll through Yaroslavl’s UNESCO-designated city centre with a local expert. Step inside the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet, whose interior is covered in frescoes from the floor to the top of the domes, then relax aboard a scenic lake cruise.
Day 6 Goritsy - Cruising Lake Onega
Beyond Russia’s major cities lies a completely different world. Two tiny villages are on today’s itinerary - Goritsy, a farming settlement, and Kirillov, which has extraordinary churches linked to the tsars. Later, relax on board as you cruise through the second-largest lake in Europe. Lake Onega has 1,369 islands, and is fed by 58 rivers.
Day 7 Kizhi Island
Marvel at the all-wood Church of Transfiguration; its 22 intricate, shimmering shingled domes were built without a single nail. Or explore the UNESCO-designated open-air museum, which presents homes from all over northern Russia.
Day 8 Mandrogi - Cruising Lake Ladoga
Travel back to the 19th century at a reconstructed Russian village. Visit talented artisans who make items using old-world materials and techniques, such as traditional dolls, painted Karelian birchwood boxes and miniature Fabergé-style eggs mounted as pendants. You’ll also sample the best piroshki in Russia at a rustic Shashlik lunch.
Day 9 St Petersburg
Peter the Great took all the might, ambition and money at his disposal, imported the finest architects from Italy, the greatest decorative artists and the most celebrated painters to create this extraordinarily beautiful city. St Petersburg is a city of canals, palaces and cathedrals. Take a panoramic tour on land and water. In the evening, be treated to an exquisite ballet performance.
Day 10 St Petersburg
Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace, and prepare to be amazed. This former residence of the tsars is home to a massive collection of priceless art, including work by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rodin, plus astonishingly beautiful pieces from the nomadic cultures of Russia.
Day 11 St Petersburg
Tour the splendid Catherine Palace and Park, once the summer residence of the tsars. This rococo masterpiece offers unrivalled luxury, including a room made entirely of amber. Dine on traditional Russian fare at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Spend your last evening on board at the Captain’s farewell dinner.
Day 12 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.