Itinerary + Map

Welcome to imperial St. Petersburg! Your tour commences with a private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Holiday Inn Moskovskaya Vorota (4star)

A highlight of your holiday will be todays visit to Peterhof Palace & Gardens. Peter the Great built this grand summer palace in 1720 which is located 29kms from the city 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
Holiday Inn Moskovskaya Vorota (4star)

This morning is free for you continue exploring before your transfer early afternoon to the port for embarkation on 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 evening’s Welcome Dinner. BD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

Today, during your city tour, you will see the imperial palaces and stunning cathedrals of St. Petersburg. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel of St. Petersburg is an historic landmark which houses the burial vault of the Romanov dynasty. This afternoon is reserved for a tour of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. The museum is housed in the winter palace, former home of the Czars and one of the world’s oldest and largest museums featuring masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Rembrandt, Rubens and French Impressionists. BLD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

This morning, cruise to the traditional Russian village of Mandrogi located on the left bank of the scenic Svir River. This once quintessential Karellian town was left to ruins after WWII, but has since been restored to its former glory by the regions best woodworkers. Discover the fine examples of wooden architecture as you wander through the cobbled streets of Upper Mandrogi. A barbeque lunch will be served ashore, where you have a chance to taste the Russian shashlik (kebab). BLD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

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. BLD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

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. BLD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

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 was killed. BLD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

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. BLD
Onboard MS Mstislav Rostropovich

Your cruise concludes after breakfast with a transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. B
Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel (4 star)


With your guide, you will walk to the metro to begin your tour. Stalin was determined to build the best public transport system in the world. Many of the stations were built in a grand Soviet style with lavish use of marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. On arrival at the Bunker 42 visit the conference hall where Stalin's cabinet and the top level of military leadership would meet and learn how close the hazard of World War III was in the 1950’s and 60’s. B
Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel (4 star)

After breakfast and checkout of your hotel, your Impressions of Russia cruise tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. B

  • Arrival Transfer – private car
  • Departure Transfer
  • Welcome meeting
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • 4 nights, 4 star hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg & Moscow
  • 8 day cruise in a river-view cabin
  • Arrival and departures transfer (first and last day only)
  • Transfer from hotel to port and port to hotel
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners – including Farewell Dinner
  • Welcome ‘Bread and Salt’ ceremony
  • 1 bottle (0.5L) of mineral water per person per day in cabin
  • All dinners on board include 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) per person
  • Coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits) is available on board from 06:00 – 19:00hrs daily
  • Pre & Post cruise – private excursions
    Visit Peterhof Palace & Gardens with the gold fountains of the Grand Cascade
    Ride the famous Moscow Metro and visit Bunker 42 and learn of its Cold War history
  • Guided tours of:
    St. Petersburg – Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress
    Kizhi – Wooden Architecture Museum
    Goritzy – Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and museum of icons
    Uglich – Kremlin, Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood and Transfiguration Cathedral
    Moscow – Kremlin and one Cathedral
  • Visit:


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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

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
Marinski Suite MSB+ 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
Standard H+ 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
Standard I- Twin 13 sqm Window NO
Standard J- Double 11.7-12.1 sqm Window NO


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