Russia’s Royal Riverways

Visiting: Moscow, Red Square, St Petersburg, Peterhof Palace


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Titan with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: TTJRT

Tour operator: Titan Travel

Age range: 16-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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.

Itinerary

icon 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.

icon Day 2 : 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.

icon Day 3 : 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.

icon Day 4 : 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.

icon Day 5 : 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.

icon Day 6 : 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.

icon Day 7 : 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.

icon Day 8 : 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.

icon Day 9 : 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.

What's Included

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    Titan onboard cocktail party

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    Porterage

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    10 nights cruise on MS Rublev

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    City tours of Moscow, Yaroslavl; St Petersburg

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    International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Lufthansa via Munich or Frankfurt. Supplements may apply from other airports

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    Visits to the Kremlin and Armoury Museum; Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery; Kizhi Open Air Museum of Architecture; Hermitage Museum

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    Titan tour manager

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    Walking tours of Uglich (including the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood); and Mandrogi Plus

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    29 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 9 lunches (days 2-10) 10 dinners (days 1-10) 9 excursions and visits

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    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Titan Travel requires a deposit of 49% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 75 days before departure..

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    Free Date Changes

    Titan Travel allows you to make 2 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 75 days before the start of the tour.

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    Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Titan Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform Titan Travel, 75 days before departure.

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    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, here is a summary of Titan Travel charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit
    At 43 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost
    At 14 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost
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