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Swan Lake Cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg


Embark on a spectacular 6-night cruise on the legendary ‘Swan Lake’ motor cruise ship between Russia’s two most famous cities, Moscow and St Petersburg. Start in the Russian capital of Moscow, passing through spectacular locations around Karelia including Kizhi and Vaalam, before arriving at Russia’s elegant second city, St Petersburg. If you enjoy cruises and have always wanted to see the areas surrounding Moscow and St Petersburg, then look no further. This 7-day experience crosses from Moscow to St Petersburg, taking in many unique activities along the way including walking tours of the kremlin in Uglich, the Monastery of St. Cyril in Goritsy, The UNESCO Heritage site of Kizhi, and the mysterious island of Valaam.

  • 7 days aboard the popular Swan Lake motor ship

  • Excursion to Valaam Island

  • Monastery of St Cyril in Goritsy

  • Open air museum in Kizhi

  • Walking tour of the Kremlin in Uglich



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 1

Departure from Moscow

Welcome on board the Swan Lake cruise ship! After boarding the ship and acquainting yourself with your cabin and facilities, you will depart from Moscow for Uglich

  • Dinner

  • Onboard activities

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to


Located on the left banks of the Volga River in Yaroslavl Oblast, Myshkin is a small town known for its characteristic 19th century architecture. The town can trace its origins back to the 15th century and was granted town status in 1777. It was later demoted in status during the Soviet era and later re-established as a town in 1991. It is frequently visited as a cruise ship destination and is home to several ethnographic museums including the unique Mouse Museum and the Museum of Valenki.

Day 2

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. 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

  • City tour of Myshkin

  • Museum of Russian Valenki

  • Onboard activities

Travel to


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 3

Visiting the Monastery of St Cyril

After breakfast, you will be taken on an excursion to the Monastery of St. Cyril and museum of icons in Goritsy.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • St Cyril’s Monastery

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Museum of icons

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Onboard activities

Day 4

Excursion around Kizhi

After breakfast, you will have the chance to take part in a series of activities and masterclasses onboard the ship before lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Onboard activities

  • Kizhi Museum-Reserve

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kizhi Pogost

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Republic of Karelia

Travel to


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 5

Free time in Mandrogi

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Onboard activities

  • Mandrogi village

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Valaam Island

Valaam is a small island archipelago situated in the Northern part of Lake Ladoga. The island is known for its tranquil scenery and is also home to the 14th century Valaam Monastery that is permanently inhabited by monks and families. It has been an area of dispute for many centuries starting from the Novgorod princes in the 12th century, and later being occupied by Sweden, Russia and Finland successively.

Day 6

Walking tour of Valaam Island

Today you will enjoy breakfast onboard before stepping off the boat for a walking tour along the mysterious island of Valaam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Valaam Island

  • Republic of Karelia

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Onboard activities

Travel to

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 7

Arrival in St Petersburg

After a final breakfast onboard the cruise you will arrive in St Petersburg where your experience ends.

  • Breakfast

  • Final destination

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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