Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA
Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Moscow, Russia.

DAY 2 MOSCOW

Welcome to Moscow! On arrival you will be met and transferred to the first class MS Rostropovich to join your 8 day cruise to St. Petersburg. Following embarkation and a traditional “Bread & Salt” ceremony, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and afterwards enjoy this evenings Welcome Dinner. (D)

DAY 3 MOSCOW
On today’s city tour you see many of the city’s iconic landmarks including the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, the GUM and the Bolshoi Theatre. Your tour continues with a visit to the formidable Kremlin, the official residence of the President of Russia and the apex of Russian political power. Explore the Kremlin grounds with a visit to one of its historic cathedrals. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 UGLICH
Enjoy a walking tour of Uglich, including a visit to the Kremlin grounds Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son met his death. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 GORITZY
Today you will cruise to Goritzy to visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, which was one of the largest, richest and most famous monasteries in Russia in 15-17th centuries. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 KIZHI
Cruise along Lake Onega to the World-Heritage listed Kizhi Island for a tour of the Museum of Wooden Architecture with the iconic Church of the Transfiguration. The 300 years old multi-dome church is most noted for being constructed entirely without nails. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 MANDROGI
This morning, cruise to the traditional Russian village of Mandrogi to view some fine examples of wooden architecture. A barbeque lunch will be served ashore, where you have a chance to taste the Russian shashlik (kebab). Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 ST.PETERSBURG
Today during your city tour you will see the imperial palaces and stunning cathedrals of St. Petersburg. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, which houses the burial vault of the Romanov dynasty followed by lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon is reserved for a tour of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 ST.PETERSBURG
Say farewell to your crew and new friends as your cruise concludes after breakfast. Upon disembarkation, transfer to your first class hotel located in the historic city centre, within easy walking distance of the city’s most famous sights. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore this remarkable city further. (B)
Stay at
Hotel Petro Palace (4 star) or similar

DAY 10 ST.PETERSBURG
This morning enjoy a private excursion to Peterhof Palace and Gardens, built in 1720 by Peter the Great this grand summer palace is located on the Gulf of Finland. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, it was built to celebrate Peter's many military victories. Your tour guide will show you the many lavishly furnished staterooms, and then take you on a guided walk through the beautiful gardens including the world famous gold fountains of the Grand Cascade, the centrepiece of this magnificent estate. (B)

DAY 11 ST.PETERSBURG
Enjoy your final day in in imperial Russia before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. (B)

DAY 12/13 IN FLIGHT/ RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
Travel back home to Australia.

  • Arrival Transfer
  • Arrival Transfer with English-speaking Guide
  • Arrival Transfer – private car
  • Departure Transfer
  • Welcome meeting
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • Daily Supply of Bottled Water
  • 24-hour Coffee Station
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • Luggage handling
  • 7 night/8 day Volga cruise in a river view cabin
  • 2 nights 4-star accommodation in St. Petersburg
  • Return international flights (economy class) from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners – including a glass of red/white wine or juice
  • Welcome “Bread and Salt’ ceremony
  • Captain’s Cocktail and Dinner
  • 1 x 0.33L bottled water per person daily
  • Guided Sightseeing tours of:
    Moscow
    Uglich
    Goritzy
    Kizhi
    Mandrogi
    St. Petersburg including private excursion to Peterhof Palace

Pricing

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Double
Standard Double Cabin, without balcony (Category J-)
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Middle Deck
Double/TwinDouble/Twin
Standard Twin/Double Cabin, with balcony (Category H+)Deluxe Twin/Double Cabin, with Balcony (Category C+)
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
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Cabin Descriptions:
Category "J" Main Deck Standard Cabin has no balcony and is approx. 11.7-12.1 sqm in size.
Category "H" Middle Deck Standard cabin has a private balcony (free upgrade offer applies) is approx. 12.4-13.4sqm in size.
Category "C" Middle Deck Deluxe Cabin has a private balcony and is approx 15.3-17.3 sqm in size.
SUITES and other cabin categories are available on request.
Additional nights in St Petersburg and extensions throughout Europe available on request.
Flights included are economy class in our choice of full-service airlines including but not linmited to: Emirates, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Finnair, Turkish Airlines and their code-sharepartners. Specific airline and routing requests may attract a surcharge. Stopovers available on request (additional charges apply). Premium Economy and business class available on request, surcharges apply.

Ship Information

Boat 1: MS Mstislav Rostropovich

  • Launched: 1980 (fully refurbished in 2009)
  • Length: 135.7m
  • Breadth: 16.8m
  • Speed: 26km/h
  • Crew: 100
  • Passengers: 212
  • Cabins: 106
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun deck with chaise-lounges
  • Bar-Restaurant “Symphony”
  • Coffee station
  • Restaurant Opera
  • Single sitting dining
  • Lounge bar “River Melody”
  • “Maestro” Conference hall / movie theatre
  • Outside bar
  • Lift
  • Gym
  • Ironing room
  • Gift Shop / Boutique
  • Reception
  • On-board doctor
  • Reception

Please click on image for full deck plan

DECK CABIN BEDDING SIZE WINDOW TO OPEN
Sun Deluxe A+ Twin/Double 15.7-16.3 sqm Balcony YES
Hermitage Suite HS+ Twin/Double 19 sqm Balcony YES
Boat Deluxe B+ Twin/Double 15.7-16.5  sqm Balcony YES
Bolshoi Suite BSB+ Twin/Double 19 sqm Balcony YES
Marlinski Suite MSM+ Twin/Double 21.2-21.6 sqm Balcony YES
Standard G+ Twin/Double 12.7 sqm Balcony YES
Middle Junior Suite D- Twin/Double 21.7 sqm Window YES
Deluxe C+ Twin/Double 15.3-17.3 sqm Balcony YES
Bolshoi Suite BSM+ Twin/Double 19 sqm Balcony YES
Marlinski Suite MSM+ Twin/Double 21.2-21.6 sqm Balcony YES
Standard H+ Twin/Double 12.4-13.4 sqm Balcony YES
Imperial Suite IS++ King Double 30 sqm Panoramic balcony YES
Main Deluxe F- Twin/Double 18.7-19.6 sqm Window NO
Junior Suite E- Twin/Double 22.6 sqm Window NO
Standard I- Twin 13 sqm Window NO
Standard J- Double 11.7-12.1 sqm Window NO

Amenities

  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Welcome Fruit Basket
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Private Terrace