Firebird Cruise (St. Petersburg - Moscow)
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Firebird Cruise (St. Petersburg - Moscow)

13 days7 cities
Russia1 country
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River cruises to Russia

Delve into one of our most appreciated programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Enjoy the best extravagance lodgings, carefully-planned schedule, quick connections in a group of maximum 14 individuals. This is a genuinely splendid program with consistent coordination and top-notch service at each step.

13 days7 cities
Russia1 country
From
$7,299
Saint Petersburg, Russia
4
days
Russia

Often called "The Venice of the North", St. Petersburg is the crown jewel of world capitals and a city of canals and palaces.

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1
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Arrival

Welcome to St. Petersburg - the Venice of the North! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

2
day
St. Petersburg City Tour, Faberge Museum & Boat Ride

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaak's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Faberge Museum.

One of the places you enter today is St. Isaac's Cathedral, which dominates the St. Petersburg skyline and opens outstanding city views. Its lush interiors and golden dome are awe-inspiring. 

You have a photo stop at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

You also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.  

After lunch in a local restaurant, the guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, considered not only fine jeweled works of art, but also unique historical artifacts.

You end the tour on a high note, having a private boat ride on the city's romantic canals.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

3
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Tour of the Hermitage Museum, Embarkation & Folk Show

Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art.

During the tour, you visit the Winter Palace halls to explore the Hermitage's main collection, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, and many others. The main tour is followed by a visit to one of the most impressive corners of the museum - the Diamond Room.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building, which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After the tour, you are taken to the cruise terminal and board the luxurious Mustai Karim ship where you settle in, relax and get ready for an exciting evening in the city - the Russian Folk Show.

4
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Trip to Peterhof and Departure

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the port and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour, you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

After the tour, we invite you for a coffee break with a traditional Russian treat. You then have a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg.

Upon returning to the city, you are taken to your cruise ship and have the rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening, MS Mustai Karim departs for Valaam.

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We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg

The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service.

Valaam views
1
day
Russia

Valaam Island is a unique nature reserve with steep cliffs, bays, islands, and quiet inland lakes. Visitors should never forget to take their binoculars as the island is home to hundreds of bird species including swans and storks. Valaam Island is famous for its architectural ensemble of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery.

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5
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Exploring Valaam

Today we visit the largest island of Valaam archipelago – Valaam, known as the "land of the monks.” In addition to the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, one of the island's main attractions is the Voskresensky Skete - the place of monks' residence. The preserved monuments of church architecture perfectly reflect the monastic life.  Be ready to view some inspiring Orthodox heritage!

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship

Featuring a modern minimalistic design with an Eastern touch, "Mustai Karim" is a 5-star hotel-vessel that combines literary heritage and cosmopolitan entertainment to fascinate its guests.

Mandrogui views
1
day
Russia

A quaint, picturesque village located in a thick forest on the Svir River — halfway between bustling St. Petersburg and the lonely island of Kizhi famous for towering onion-top churches — Mandrogui is a unique and worth seeing place. 

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6
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Exploring Mandrogi

Look out of the cabin window - you'll be captured by a picturesque view of the fabulous fields, wooden houses, and craft shops! Are we in medieval Russia? You're almost right - we moored in Mandrogi! Located on the sprawling banks of the Svir River, the village of Mandrogi gives the impression of a medieval settlement. However, it was built relatively not long ago – at the end of the last century. The village was created with potential travelers in mind, offering many interactive experiences in craft houses, with the most popular being the visit to the Museum of Vodka. Here you can find out more about Russian drinking culture and feel close to the authentic peasant culture.

The highlight of the day is a picnic under the open sky. 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship

Featuring a modern minimalistic design with an Eastern touch, "Mustai Karim" is a 5-star hotel-vessel that combines literary heritage and cosmopolitan entertainment to fascinate its guests.

Kizhi views
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Russia

Kizhi Island, a picturesque Russian island covered in wooden structures that have been standing for hundreds of years. For anyone who has seen Russia or visited the country's architecture museums, Kizhi is one place you won't want to miss!

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7
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Exploring Kizhi

Good morning on another day of cruising on the Volga river. We're getting close to the halfway point! Today as you take the first steps on the Karelian island – Kizhi, you begin to feel the spirit of bright antiquity and boundless freedom of the Russian land. From time immemorial, Kizhi has been famous for its craft. Once there lived artists and poets who passed their skills down through the generations. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship

Featuring a modern minimalistic design with an Eastern touch, "Mustai Karim" is a 5-star hotel-vessel that combines literary heritage and cosmopolitan entertainment to fascinate its guests.

Goritsy Monastery
1
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Russia

The charming town of Goritsy is a wonderful place that gives you an entirely different perspective on Russia's character. You can start your journey in the noisy and bustling metropolises like Moscow and St. Petersburg, but be sure to end it in this small yet quiet town which will surely please you with its good-natured people as well as unforgettable beauty!

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8
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Exploring Goritsy

Today, after crossing the Volga-Baltic Canal, you head to Goritsy-a village in the Kirillovsky district of the Vologda region. The village of Goritsy was first mentioned in written sources of the XVI century under the name "Maiden Mountain." Goritsy is famous for its' rich Russian cultural heritage: an incredible number of religious architecture monuments and medieval monasteries amaze the imagination! By the way, you have an excellent opportunity to visit one of them after disembarkation.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship

Featuring a modern minimalistic design with an Eastern touch, "Mustai Karim" is a 5-star hotel-vessel that combines literary heritage and cosmopolitan entertainment to fascinate its guests.

Uglich, Russia
1
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Russia

Uglich is a unique place that gives a new perspective on Russia's character. Take a journey from the noisy and bustling metropolises like Moscow and St. Petersburg to the small and quiet town of Uglich. It'll definitely surprise you with its historical significance, scenic river panoramas, and centuries-old landmarks!

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9
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Exploring Uglich

Our next berth is located in the ancient Russian town – Uglich. The most famous page of its' chronicle is the murder of Tsarevich Dmitry – Ivan the Terrible's son: the walls of the local Kremlin still guard the secrets of this tragedy. During your tour around Uglich, you step inside the Church of Tsarevich Dmitry, where you enjoy the subtleties of the tsarist epoche architecture, and admire the age-old Orthodox culture. 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship

Featuring a modern minimalistic design with an Eastern touch, "Mustai Karim" is a 5-star hotel-vessel that combines literary heritage and cosmopolitan entertainment to fascinate its guests.

Moscow, Russia
4
days
Russia

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

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10
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Arrival in Moscow & Scenic Transfer

You spend this day on board the ship on the way to the capital of Russia - Moscow (breakfast and lunch onboard).

Early in the evening you disembark the ship, meet your guide and driver and head to Sparrow Hills where you enjoy one of the best city views and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. No better way to say "hello" to this incredible city!  

You are then taken to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the evening free. You can dine in one of the nearby restaurants and start exploring the amazing city center on your own. We recommend taking a walk around the Kremlin, finding a table at the "Bratya Karavaevy" coffee shop, and enjoying a cup of tea with the traditional cabbage pie.

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Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and have a transfer to the world-famous treasure trove of Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have an amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

We hope you are hungry because it's lunchtime! After a delicious Russian meal, your guide takes you to the breathtaking Red Square, where you discover the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral from the outside as well as the inside. After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

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Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

This day is dedicated to exploring one of the most outstanding icons of the Russian capital - the Kremlin and its Armoury. Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and make your way to the Kremlin territory.

Once on the Kremlin territory, you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals. 

Another highlight is a visit to the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After the tour, you return to the hotel.

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Departure

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.  

We hope you've enjoyed exploring magnificent Russian capitals, charming villages, and islands located alongside the Volga River. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow