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Waterways of the Tsars
(St. Petersburg to Moscow)

13 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 St. Petersburg, Russia
Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (D)

Day 2 St. Petersburg, Russia
This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return aboard for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (B, L, D)

Day 3 St. Petersburg, Russia
Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine aboard and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4 St. Petersburg, Russia
Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, admiring its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served aboard as we depart early this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Mandrogy, Russia
Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Kizhi, Russia
During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as you continue cruising through the rest of the day. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Kuzino, Russia
We continue cruising along the Volga-Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino. Return aboard for an afternoon departure. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Yaroslavl, Russia
Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserves the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Uglich, Russia
After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch is served aboard the ship; cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Moscow, Russia
This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. You will also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Moscow, Russia
Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served aboard the ship. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled there. Or you may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Dine aboard, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Moscow, Russia
After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. You’ll go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow’s oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Return to your ship for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Moscow, Russia
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension. (B)

Tour Map
All This Included
On this 13-day itinerary, you’ll tour iconic landmarks such as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and Catherine Palace and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. But you’ll also experience the other side of Russia: quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich that only a river cruise can show you. Visit opulent palaces, fortified monasteries and beautiful cathedrals, and discover Russia’s unique history and culture.
  • 13-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 11 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy onshore music and dance performances; learn a little Russian; listen to lectures about Romanov Tsars, the Soviet Union & current affairs; attend a Russian cooking workshop; participate in Russian tea time
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: outside cabin onboard Viking Ingvar, Viking Truvor, Viking Akun or Viking Helgi
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Helsinki
3-night pre-extension in Helsinki - from $799 per person

Discover the allure of this Baltic capital, situated along the Gulf of Finland. Nicknamed “White City of the North,” its neoclassical architecture and Old Town offer sightseeing opportunities including the Uspenski Cathedral and Sibelius Monument. Cultural capital of Finland, Helsinki boasts many museums and galleries. Three nights at the Radisson Blu Plaza (or similar), daily breakfasts, guided walking tour and transfer by train to St. Petersburg are included along with the services of a Viking host.

Post-Extension: Moscow
2-night post-extension in Moscow - from $599 per person

Take an extra two days in Moscow, capital of Russia, the major political, economic and cultural center of the country and the continent. Two nights at the Radisson Royal Hotel (or similar), daily breakfasts, a guided tour of the city’s famous subway system and ship/hotel transfers are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.



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