Itinerary + Map

Welcome to cosmopolitan Moscow! Following embarkation and a traditional “Bread & Salt” ceremony, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and enjoy this evenings dinner. (D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

On today’s city tour you see many of the city’s iconic landmarks including the Red Square, the GUM, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and Tverskaya Street. After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit 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)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Numerous optional tours on offer today such as Sergiev Posad, Tretyakov Gallery, New Maidens Convent and Cemetery, Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Late afternoon departure for Uglich. Tonight will be the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party. (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Enjoy an afternoon 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. (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

This morning visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. See the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet and visit the 17th Century Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker containing baroque iconostasis and frescoes depicting the life of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of commerce and traveling. Free time at a local market before visiting the Governor's House. (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Today you will cruise to Goritzy to visit the Museum of Icons and 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, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

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)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

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). (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Today during your bus city tour you will see some of 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. After embark on a walking tour of Peterhof (Lower Park). Peter the Great built this grand summer palace in 1720 which is located 29kms from the city on the Gulf of Finland. You will see the beautiful gardens including the world famous gold fountains of the Grand Cascade, the centrepiece of this magnificent estate. (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Free day to explore St Petersburg at your own pace or consider joining the Optional Tour to visit Pushkin, and Catherine’s & Pavlovsk Palaces. See the exquisitely restored Amber Room and stroll the formal gardens at Catherine Palace. Then onto Pavlovsk Palace located just 10 minutes from Pushkin. This smaller palace was built by Catherine the Great for her son, the future Czar Paul I. Although many of the summer palaces suffered destruction during the siege of St. Petersburg in WWII, Pavlosk Palace escaped much damage and has been fully restored. (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Today you will visit the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, here you will see the Egyptian hall, War gallery of 1812, St. George Hall, Peter the Great Throne Room and a collection of Italian, Dutch and Spanish Art. (B, L, D)
On board MS Nizhny Novgorod

Say farewell to your crew and new friends as your Russian Classic cruise concludes after breakfast. (B)

  • 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
  • 12 day cruise in a river view cabin
  • Excluded: Optional excursions (made available on board)
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches – including Russian BBQ
  • 11 dinners – including Captain’s Dinner
  • Welcome ‘Bread and Salt’ Ceremony
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Complimentary tea/coffee available
  • Russian Tea ceremony
  • Guided sightseeing tours of:
    Moscow – the impressive Kremlin and cathedral visit
    Uglich – visit to the Kremlin Territory, the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, the Transfiguration Cathedral
    Yaroslavl – Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the former Governors House (Art Gallery)
    Goritzy – Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, Museum of Icons
    Kizhi – Museum of Wooden Architecture
    St. Petersburg – Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum


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Ship Information

Boat 1: MS Nizhny Novgorod

  • Launched: 1977
  • Refurbished: 2019
  • Country Built: Germany
  • Length: 125m
  • Breadth: 16.7m
  • Immersion: 2.8m
  • Speed: 26km/h
  • Passengers: 212
  • Cabins: 112
  • Voltage: 220v
  • 2 bars including panoramic bar
  • 2 restaurants
  • Coffee bar
  • Souvenir shop
  • Sauna
  • Solarium
  • Conference Hall
  • Medical Room


  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning