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from Moscow to St Petersburg

11 days from £1,799 per person

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Seeing a dazzling array of treasures in the Kremlin Armoury Museum. Cruising the array of rivers, vast lakes and broad canals that link the iconic cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.


For centuries, the rivers, canals and lakes of north-west Russia provided the tsars with a serene and luxurious means of travel between the imperial powerhouses of Moscow and St Petersburg. It is still the most relaxing way to experience two of the world’s greatest cities - Moscow, with imposing icons and colourful cathedrals, and St Petersburg, with palaces and museums brimming with priceless treasures. This superb value Russian river cruise includes extended stays in both, and offers a glimpse into rural life.

Your holiday includes:

9 excursions and visits

  • City tours of Moscow, Yaroslavl; St Petersburg
  • Visits to the Kremlin and Armoury Museum; Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery; Kizhi Open Air Museum of Architecture; Hermitage Museum
  • Walking tours of Uglich (including the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood); and Mandrogi


  • 10 nights cruise on MS Rublev
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Lufthansa via Munich or Frankfurt. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 29 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 9 lunches (days 2-10) 10 dinners (days 1-10)


  • Titan onboard cocktail party
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Porterage

Russias Royal Riverways

  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 - UK - Moscow

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Moscow. On arrival, we head to the port and board our vessel.

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 2 St Petersburg

    Days 2-3 - Moscow

    Moscow, the capital of Russia, was founded in 1147 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky as a fortress on the banks of the Moskva River. During its 850-year history, it has witnessed times of glory and darkness, growing into the centre of Russian political, cultural and economic life.

    An orientation tour on the morning of day 2 will include the historical centre of Moscow, Red Square; see the fairytale St Basil’s Cathedral in its colourful Byzantine splendour; and shop in GUM, the largest department store in Moscow. We’ll also take a tour to the Kremlin, the oldest, most characteristic part of the Russian capital, and the symbol of Russian and Soviet power. Free time allows for further exploration.

    A visit to the Armoury Museum is included, located inside the Kremlin. It was built in 1851 as a factory for making weapons and armour and today it houses a museum in which an enormous collection of Soviet national treasures are displayed, including the famous Fabergé Eggs, as well as spectacular jewels.

    Perhaps visit the stations of Moscow’s Metro, that have often been called the ‘people’s palaces’, for their incredible, elegant designs and lavish use of natural stone materials, mosaics and chandeliers. We set sail in the evening of day 3.

    • Moscow orientation tour, including Kremlin and Armoury Museum (morning day 2)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 3 Mandrogi

    Day 4 - Uglich

    The approach to Uglich is one of the most memorable sights of your cruise along the Volga. From the river, the view of the town with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St John’s Church looms on the horizon.

    Despite Uglich’s incredible beauty, it has had a disturbing history including the murder of Ivan the Terrible’s son, Tsarevich Dmitry, in 1591. On our walking tour, we’ll explore the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built on the spot where his body was found.

    • Walking tour of Uglich, including the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood (morning)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 4 Kizhi Island

    Day 5 - Yaroslavl

    After sailing Lake Rybinsk, we arrive in Yaroslavl known as the ‘Russian Florence’, founded nearly half a century before Moscow in 1010. On our city tour, we visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with 17th-century frescoes, and the 12th-century Transfiguration Monastery, with murals depicting St John’s apocalyptic visions.

    • Yaroslavl city tour (afternoon)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 4 Goritsy KirilloBelozersky Monastery

    Day 6 - Goritsy

    In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Goritsy, a peaceful farming community where your cruise stops for a few hours. Whilst here, we’ll visit the vast Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, built in 1397 on the banks of the Sheksna River and once the largest monastery in Northern Russia.

    • Visit to Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (afternoon)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 7 Yaroslavl, Church of Elijah the Prophet

    Day 7 - Kizhi Island

    The Kizhi Open Air Museum of Architecture is located on ancient land, where heathen rites were held. Here, we explore 18th-century wooden churches, built without a single nail, and a wooden octagonal clock tower. This afternoon, we cruise Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe and one of the world’s purest.

    • Kizhi Open Air Museum of Architecture (morning)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 8 Uglich, Church of St Dmitry on the Blood

    Day 8 - Mandrogi

    Today, we visit Mandrogi, a reconstructed village, built on the shore of the Svir River to illustrate the traditions and lifestyle of Russia’s past. Inside the wooden houses are many craftsmen working to make matrushkas, lace, ceramics, and other souvenirs.

    • Walking tour of Mandrogi (morning)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • JRT Day 910 Moscow, Kremlin

    Days 9-10 - St Petersburg

    St Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence; an imperial capital that seems to have been built as a monument to its own passing. The city has witnessed so many dramatic events that one may find it hard to believe that St Petersburg is a mere 300 years old. Founded in 1703 to be the most European city of Russia, it remains Russia’s ‘Window to the West’ - just as Peter the Great envisioned it to be.

    Whilst here, we’ll visit the extraordinary Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and most respected art museums in the world, containing works by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. There’ll also be an orientation tour of the famous sites, including Palace Square. The opportunity to visit Peterhof Gardens, built by Peter the Great to impress European royalty, will also be available. Here, over 175 fountains dominate the gardens, including the Great Cascade, in front of the palace that commemorates the Russian victory over the Swedes in 1709.

    • City tour of St Petersburg (morning day 9)
    • Hermitage Museum visit (morning day 10)

    MS Rublev (2-star)

  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 11 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.

    Arrive Home

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Important information about your destination

Please note: • This tour requires a reasonable level of mobility in order to enjoy it fully. • Russian vessels should not be compared with the more modern ships on European rivers. Cabins are relatively small, with wet-rooms in cabins. MS Rublev is not equipped with wheelchair access or a lift and doesn't have extensive soundproofing, therefore some noise from air-conditioning and other machinery on board may be experienced at times.



Visa Information

Commencing 10th December 2014 it became necessary for all UK and Irish residents flying into Russia to present themselves at one of two centres, either London or Edinburgh, between one and two months prior to travel date. The applicants will have to provide fingerprints, Passports and completed Application Forms.

Provided that all documentation is accurate and accepted, the Russian authorities will process the Application and return the Passport, with the Russian Visa, by post direct to the applicant within approximately 14 days. This visit would take place between one and two months before travel and of course would have to be undertaken by each traveller.

For more information regarding the details of the centre where the processes will take place, please click here.

If you should have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact our helpdesk department free on 0800 988 5811 and they will be able to advise further.

Russia’s Royal Riverways

from Moscow to St Petersburg

11 days from £1,799 per person