Russian Waterways

Tour Highlights

In times past, the Czars used the scenic rivers, canals and lakes to travel between Russia’s two Imperial capitals.  
On this fascinating  holiday we explore the great cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and enjoy the lovely countryside and rich cultural heritage of Russia, all from the comfort of our cruise ship.  As we glide along, guest lecturers will impart their knowledge of the history and culture of the places we visit. Shore excursions with English speaking guides are included at each of the cities and villages along the way, and some optional tours will be offered.

We will cruise aboard the First Class MS Tikhi Don a lovely ship built specially for cruising the waterways of Russia, with North American travellers in mind.  Because this ship carries only 220 guests you will experience a more intimate ambience (one sitting for meals, faster disembarkation at the ports of call, etc.). The ship is fully air-conditioned and has all modern amenities including observation decks, spacious lounges and sweeping sundecks. Entertainment and activities include nightly live music, concerts, folklore shows, Russian language lessons, daily aerobics and lectures on Russian culture and history.  The dining room on board offers Russian and Continental cuisine with three full course meals daily including coffee and tea, and wine, beer and soft drinks with all dinners. The cabins on board feature large picture windows, plenty of closet space, private bathroom with shower only and individual temperature control.  

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Moscow (via Munich).
Upon arrival in Moscow we transfer to our cruise ship, the MS Tikhi Don. Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Aboard Cocktail Reception and Dinner.
This morning we enjoy our sightseeing coach tour of this ancient Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view of the city.
This morning we have a tour of the Kremlin - former residence of Russian Czars, which took shape between the 15th and 20th centuries. The center of the Kremlin is the Cathedral Square which is a unique complex of masterpieces of medieval architecture. The architectural ensemble of the Cathedral Square consists of several cathedrals and palaces, including the Assumption Cathedral – the oldest church in the Kremlin. On Kremlin grounds you will also find the famous Czar Cannon of the 16th century and Czar Bell of the 18th century.
Founded in 1148, Uglich is home to some of Russia’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals. During our guided walking tour there will be a visit to the magnificent five domed Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of Tsarevich Dmitry on the Blood. This church was built to commemorate the most famous event in the town’s history – the mysterious death of 7-year-old Tsarevich Dmiry, the last scion of the Dimitri Rurik dynasty. We will also visit the lively flea market here.
Founded in 1010 by Price Yaroslav the Wise, this city stretches gracefully along the Volga River. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble - a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church make the church seem like a museum of old Russian paintings.
Goritsy is a peaceful farming town and a typical Russian village. One of the highlights of the day might be a visit to one of the oldest and most famous Russian monasteries – the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake. Dating back to the 14th century, it is home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world.
Enjoy the magnificent Northern Russian nature and scenery while cruising through Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. Once we land on Kizhi we will spend several hours visiting the Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture - a beautiful ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and houses.
This toy-like village offers insight into Russia’s past. We will learn about traditional craftsmanship, and be prepared for something special on behalf of local dwellers! The Museum of Russian Vodka is another highlight here.
Created by Peter the Great to rival Venice, St. Peterburg’s islands, canals, bridges and incredible architecture make this the most beautiful city in Russia. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century to the exact specifications ordered by Peter the Great. Our sightseeing tour today will take in the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, Smolny Convent and much more.
Today we will see the wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which today houses the Hermitage Museum - one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.
We transfer to the airport for our homebound flight.

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