Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 MOSCOW
Welcome to Moscow! Your journey commences with an arrival transfer to the MS Mstislav Rostropovich! 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 ST.PETERSBURG - HELSINKI
Say farewell to you crew and new friends as your Russian Rhapsody cruise concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to the Railway Station for the Helsinki service departing late morning (arriving mid afternoon). Upon arrival in Helsinki please make your way to the Holiday Inn City Centre Hotel (4 star). (B)

DAY 9 HELSINKI
Today discover the beauty of this Nordic capital with the flexibilty to hop on and off as much as you like. Explore the nordic capitals historical centre with Senate Square and the Lutheran Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and Opera House. Stop en-route at the monument to celebrated composer Jean Sibelius and the Temppeliaukio Church – the “Church in the Rock.“ (B)

DAY 10 HELSINKI
Your tour concludes after breakfast and checkout from your hotel. (B)


  • Arrival Transfer
  • Welcome meeting
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • Daily Supply of Bottled Water
  • Free Tea & Coffee Station
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • Luggage handling
  • 8 day cruise in a river-view cabin
  • 2nd class rail: St. Petersburg – Helsinki
  • Arrival and departure transfers (Russia only)

RUSSIA

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners – including Farewell Dinner
  • Welcome ‘Bread and Salt’ ceremony
  • 1 bottle (0.33L) of water per person per day
  • Arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle

FINLAND

  • 2 breakfasts
  • Guided tours of:
    Moscow – Kremlin and one Cathedral
    Uglich – Kremlin, Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood and Transfiguration Cathedral
    Goritzy – Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and museum of icons
    Kizhi – Wooden Architecture Museum
    St. Petersburg – Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress
    Helsinki – 24 hr Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
  • Visit:
    Mandrogi

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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

DECKCABINBEDDINGSIZEWINDOWTO OPEN
SunDeluxe A+Twin/Double15.7-16.3 sqmBalconyYES
Hermitage Suite HS+Twin/Double19 sqmBalconyYES
BoatDeluxe B+Twin/Double15.7-16.5  sqmBalconyYES
Marinski Suite MSB+Twin/Double21.2-21.6 sqmBalconyYES
Standard G+Twin/Double12.7 sqmBalconyYES
MiddleJunior Suite D-Twin/Double21.7 sqmWindowYES
Deluxe C+Twin/Double15.3-17.3 sqmBalconyYES
Bolshoi Suite BSM+Twin/Double19 sqmBalconyYES
Standard H+Double12.4-13.4 sqmBalconyYES
Imperial Suite IS++King Double30 sqmPanoramic balconyYES
MainDeluxe F-Twin/Double18.7-19.6 sqmWindowNO
Standard I-Twin13 sqmWindowNO
Standard J-Double11.7-12.1 sqmWindowNO

Amenities

  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe