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Little Prince Cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow

Overview

Experience Russia from the water on the regal cruise ship, Little Prince. You will start your journey in Russia’s ‘Venice of the North’, St Petersburg before travelling through the ancient cities of the Golden Ring and the mystical lands of Karelia and arriving at Moscow, the enigmatic capital of Russia. Little Prince offers one the best St Petersburg – Moscow cruise experiences, taking in many of Russia’s most intriguing sites along the way. If you enjoy cruises, then look no further. This 11-day experience includes city tours in St Petersburg and Moscow, sightseeing around the Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl, and a visit to the UNESCO Heritage site of Kizhi.

  • 11 days aboard the popular Little Prince Cruise Ship

  • City tour by bus in Moscow and St Petersburg

  • Interactive tour of the Governor’s House in Yaroslavl

  • Monastery of St Cyril in Goritsy

  • Open air museum in Kizhi

  • Visit to the State Hermitage Museum

  • Walking tour of the Kremlin in Uglich

Itinerary

St Petersburg

The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.

Day 1

Departure from St Petersburg

Welcome on board the Little Prince cruise ship! After boarding the ship and acquainting yourself with your cabin and facilities.

  • Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Onboard activities

Day 2

Visiting the Hermitage Museum with St Petersburg city tour by bus

Today you will leave the cruise behind and embark on a tour of the city followed by a visit to one of Russia’s most popular museums, the State Hermitage. The museum is home to one of largest collections of art in the world, and visitors will get the chance to see works from many extraordinary artists including the likes of Rembrandt, Velázquez, Michelangelo and Titian.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • Hermitage Museum

  • Peter and Paul Fortress

  • Winter Palace

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Optional Extras

  • Onboard activities

Day 3

Tour of the Peterhof

After breakfast, you will leave the ship for a fantastic excursion to one of St Petersburg’s most famous palaces, the Peterhof. Enjoy a stroll around the Lower Park with the Samson and Roman Fountains and the dazzling Chessboard Hill Cascade. You will also visit the Grand Palace itself and be amazed at the stunning views over the Gulf of Finland.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Peterhof Palace

  • Optional Extras

  • Onboard activities

Travel to

Mandrogi

Situated on the northern shore of Lake Lagoda, Mandrogi is typically seen as a stop-off point for cruise ships passing between Moscow and St Petersburg. The village is known as a live-in museum with its collection of wooden houses resembling a traditional Russian village from the past. Founded in the 17th century, it was burned down in World War II as a Russian heritage site. Mandrogi is best known for its Vodka Museum, which contains around 2800 different brands.

Day 4

Free time in Mandrogi

Today, you will have a restful day onboard the boat around Mandrogi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Mandrogi village

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Kizhi

A remote island located in the centre of Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Kizhi, is a popular tourist destination known for its intrinsic beauty and remarkable architecture. Kizhi has a long history dating back to the 15th century and is known for its open-air museum which features over 80 historical wooden buildings including the 18th century UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kizhi Pogost.

Day 5

Excursion around Kizhi

After breakfast, you will begin your excursion into the village of Kizhi. The village is a popular UNESCO world heritage site known to date back to at least the 15th century. In the 18th century, two major churches and a bell tower were built on the island, which are now known as Kizhi Pogost. The area has since formed the national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Kizhi Museum-Reserve

  • Kizhi Pogost

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Onboard activities

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Goritsy

A small village situated on the banks of a Volga tributary, Goritsy is a small river port surrounded by forest and can only be accessed via boat. It is best known as an access point to the spectacular Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Russia founded in the 15th century. Although the village is better known as a stop off point, it is also home to a female Orthodox convent, with a legacy dating back to Ivan the Terrible.

Day 6

Visiting the Monastery of St Cyril

After breakfast, you will have the chance to take part in some morning exercise and activities before learning more about local Russian culture with a brief lecture on Russian folklore and myth. Later, you will be taken on an excursion to the Monastery of St Cyril and museum of icons in Goritsy.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Onboard activities

  • St Cyril’s Monastery

  • Museum of icons

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Yaroslavl

One of Russia’s medieval capitals founded in the 11th century at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl rivers by Yaroslav the Wise, a prince of the Kievan Rus. Yaroslavl is the oldest city in the Volga region and is a popular tourist destination on Russia’s Golden Ring. It has been designated UNSECO World Heritage status due to its fascinating architecture and buildings including St. Alexander Nevsky’s Chapel and St. John the Baptist’s Church.

Day 7

Yaroslavl city tour

Today you will arrive in Yaroslavl, one of the best-known destinations in Russia’s Golden Ring.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Golden Ring

  • City tour of Yaroslavl

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Governor’s House

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

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Uglich

A historic town situated on the banks of the Volga River in Yaroslavl Oblast, Uglich is considered a destination on Russia’s famous Golden Ring. The foundation of the city is disputed; however, it is thought to have been somewhere between the 10th and 12th centuries and was the seat of a small princedom. As well as home to a historic kremlin, the city includes many exquisite examples of Russian architecture including the Alexeievsky and Resurrection monasteries.

Day 8

Walking tour around the Uglich Kremlin

After breakfast, you will start your trip with a walking tour around the historic kremlin and Transfiguration Cathedral of Uglich known for its ornate wall of icons painted by a group of artists headed by Timothy Medvedev. You may also get the chance to visit other sites close by, including the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood with its vivid frescoes memorialising the death of Ivan the Terrible’s son.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Uglich Kremlin

  • Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

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Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 9

Moscow city tour by bus

After breakfast, you will have the rest of the morning free to relax. Guides will be available on-board for any questions you may have about Moscow or Russian culture.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour

  • GUM (Main Universal Store)

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Red Square

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Optional Extras

Day 10

Moscow Kremlin tour

Today, you will head on a tour of the world-famous Moscow Kremlin.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Grand Kremlin Palace

  • Tsar Bell

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Optional Extras

Day 11

Departure from Moscow

After a final breakfast onboard, you will leave the ship where your tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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