Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 St. Petersburg
Welcome to imperial St. Petersburg! 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. D

DAY 2 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; 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

DAY 3 Mandrogi
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

DAY 4 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. BLD

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. You will also visit the Museum of Russian Icons, with more than 1,000 icons and related artefacts, the Museum offers a unique and personalized experience rich with art, history, and culture. BLD

DAY 6 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 was killed. BLD

DAY 7 Moscow
This morning begin exploring the beautiful Moscow on a city tour including a visit to the Kremlin where you will see the famous Tsar Canon and Tsar Bell, as well as visit one of its historic cathedrals. Marvel at the grandeur of Red Square before enjoying some free time. We suggest going inside the famous colourful, onion domed St Basil's Cathedral or visit the GUM department store. BLD

DAY 8 Moscow

Your Russian Rhapsody 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
  • 8 day cruise in a river-view cabin
  • 7 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 include 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) per person
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • 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
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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