Day 1 – St. Petersburg (embark)
Arrive at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport, where you'll be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Alexandrinsky Theatre ballet performance
Enjoy both a panoramic city tour and a walking tour of enchanting St. Petersburg, taking in majestic sites such as Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace and Palace Square, the Church of the Resurrection, and St. Issac’s, followed by a cruise along the city’s luminous canals. Later, you'll be treated to a spectacular Russian ballet performance at the Alexandrinsky Theatre. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 3 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Hermitage Museum
The world-famous Hermitage Museum features nearly three million works of art by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, and you’ll have the opportunity to see these masterpieces during your visit today.
Day 4 – St. Petersburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin
Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit the lavish Catherine Palace and Park, a masterpiece of Russian rococo architecture that is unrivaled in luxury and scale.
Day 5 – Cruising Lake Ladoga, Mandrogi, Cruising Svir River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore
Visit the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, home to craftspeople who bring Russia’s past vibrantly to life, and cap off the afternoon with a traditional shashlik picnic.
Day 6 – Kizhi Island, cruising Lake Onega
FEATURED EXCURSION: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Cruise to Kizhi Island and visit its famous open-air museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the awe-inspiring Transfiguration Church, constructed entirely of wood without the use of a single nail.
Day 7 – Goritsy (Kirillov)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province
Gain a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world. Watch school children perform dances or sketches for you at the House of Children’s Arts and Crafts, or stop by the Wood Restoration Center to see demonstrations of traditional woodworking methods. Later, stroll the grounds of 14th-century St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery.
Day 8 – Cruising Lake Rybinsk, Yaroslavl
FEATURED EXCURSION: Yaroslavl city tour
Yaroslavl, the “Heart of the Golden Ring,” is considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. You’ll visit the town’s exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet and delight in a tasting of local produce at the farmers’ market.
Day 9 – Uglich
FEATURED EXCURSION: Uglich walking tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood
Visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built to honor the slain son of Ivan the Terrible, and spend some free time browsing the local markets in Uglich.
Day 10 – Moscow
FEATURED EXCURSION: Moscow city tour
Your panoramic city tour includes the most remarkable city sites, such as Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, and impressive Tverskaya Street.
Day 11 – Moscow
Enjoy an entire day at your leisure, perhaps returning to sites that caught your eye on your panoramic tour. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and the city center.
Day 12 – Moscow
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Kremlin and Armory Museum visit and tour of the metro with Arbat Street
Visit the Kremlin, a self-contained 15th-century city with palaces, armories, 15th- and 17th-century cathedrals, and a medieval fortress. You’ll also explore the Kremlin’s Armory Museum and its many treasures, ranging from the czars’ coronation robes to the famous Fabergé eggs. Following lunch downtown, take a tour of Moscow’s metro system—famous for its palatial décor—before visiting Arbat Street, longtime hangout for intellectuals and dissidents. Enjoy some free time on your own; shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and city center. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 13 – Depart Moscow
Disembark the ship and transfer to the Moscow Airport for your flight home.
Discover the passion and grandeur of Russian history, art and culture.
The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures and spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory and splendor.
Explore the dichotomy of Moscow—rich with monuments to both 15th-century czars and 20th century Communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and the extravagant Moscow metro system. See some of Russia’s vast and beautiful countryside as well as its delightful small towns, where locals still engage in traditional crafts. Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, which are known for their white-stone churches and gorgeous monasteries. Be amazed by Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. And uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals and elegant architecture from a wide variety of eras.
Everything you can imagine when you think of Russia—gilded icons, rich traditions, incredible architecture, world-class museums, Fabergé eggs, the ballet and, yes, vodka—is part of this amazing adventure.
Who will enjoy this cruise: Adventurous travelers who wish to sail Russia’s great rivers and lakes, seeing world-class cities and timeless towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning architecture and legendary art as they go.
12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the lovely River Victoria
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Complimentary soft drinks during lunch onboard; complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner onboard; mineral water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
10 days of excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Village Day” program
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio–headset system on all excursions
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization and history
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.