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Imperial Waterways of Russia

Moscow to St. Petersburg | 13 Days
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014Ship: River Victoria

Moscow to St. Petersburg | 13 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Moscow MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Moscow Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Moscow Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Moscow city tour, tour of the metro and Arbat Street

Your panoramic city tour includes the most remarkable city sights, such as Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, and impressive Tverskaya Street. Following lunch downtown, take a tour of Moscow’s famous metro system, which boasts palatial décor. Visit Arbat Street, longtime hangout for intellectuals and dissidents, and enjoy some free time on your own. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and city center. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.
Day 3:
Moscow Motorcoach
Enjoy an entire day at your leisure, perhaps returning to the sights that caught your eye on your panoramic tour. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and the city center. (BB, L, D)
Day 4:
Moscow UNESCOMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Kremlin and Armory Museum visit

Visit the Kremlin, a self-contained 15th-century city with palaces, armories, 15th- and 17th-century cathedrals, and a Medieval fortress. You’ll also explore the Kremlin’s Armory Museum—home to many treasures, ranging from the czars’ coronation robes to the famous Fabergé eggs. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and the city center. (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Cruising the Moscow Canal and Volga River, Uglich
FEATURED EXCURSION: Uglich walking tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood

Cruise the Moscow Canal before arriving in Uglich. Visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built to honor the slain son of Ivan the Terrible, and spend some free time browsing the local markets. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Yaroslavl, cruising Lake Rybinsk
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Yaroslavl city tour

Yaroslavl—the “Heart of the Golden Ring”—is considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. You’ll visit the town’s exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet and delight in a tasting of the local produce at the farmers’ market. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Goritsy (Kirillov) Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province

Gain a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world. Watch school children perform dances or sketches for you at the House of Children’s Arts and Crafts, or stop by the Wood Restoration Center to see demonstrations of traditional woodworking methods. Stroll the grounds of 14th-century St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery. (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
Cruising Lake Onega, Kizhi Island UNESCOMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture

Sail on Lake Onega to Kizhi Island, whose famous open-air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the awe-inspiring Transfiguration Church, which was constructed entirely of wood without the use of a single nail. (BB, L, D)
Day 9:
Cruising the Svir River, Mandrogi, cruising Lake Ladoga Dining Out
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Mandrogi village walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore

Visit the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, home to craftspeople who bring Russia’s past vibrantly to life, and cap off the afternoon with a traditional shashlik picnic. (BB, L, D)
Day 10:
St. Petersburg UNESCOMotorcoachConcert
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Alexandrinsky Theatre ballet performance

Enjoy both a panoramic city tour and a walking tour of enchanting St. Petersburg, taking in all of the majestic sights, such as Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace and Palace Square, the Church of the Resurrection, and St. Issac’s, followed by a cruise along the city’s luminous canals. During the evening, be treated to a spectacular Russian ballet at the Alexandrinsky Theater.

Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions. (BB, L, D)
Day 11:
St. Petersburg UNESCOMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin

Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit lavish Catherine Palace and Park, a masterpiece of Russian Rococo architecture, unrivaled in luxury and scale. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)
Day 12:
St. Petersburg UNESCOMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Hermitage Museum

The world-famous Hermitage Museum features nearly three million works of art by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. (BB, L, D)
Day 13:
Depart St. Petersburg Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to the Baltic capitals. (CB/BB)

St. Petersburg to Moscow | 13 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
St. Petersburg
Arrive at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport where you'll be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
St. Petersburg
Featured Excursions: St. Petersburg panoramic city tour with canal cruise and evening ballet at the Alexandrinsky Theatre

Enjoy a panoramic city tour of enchanting St. Petersburg, taking in all of the majestic sights, such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Winter Palace, the Church of the Resurrection, St. Issac’s, and so much more. After the panoramic tour, board a canal boat for a cruise, traveling down the Fontanka and Kryukov Canal.  This tour will you an incomparable view of the city's beautiful buildings and bridges.  During the evening, be treated to a spectacular Russian ballet at the Alexandrinsky Theater. (BB, L, D)
Day 3:
St. Petersburg
Featured Excursion: Hermitage Museum

Be amazed as you tour the world-famous Hermitage Museum, which is housed in one of the world’s largest palaces. The museum contains over a thousand rooms and features nearly three million works of art by masters including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)
Day 4:
St. Petersburg
Featured Excursion: Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin

Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit lavish Catherine Palace and Park, a masterpiece of Russian Rococo architecture unrivaled in luxury and scale. (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Mandrogi, cruising the Svir River
Featured Excursion: Mandrogi village walking tour with arts and crafts and shashlik picnic lunch ashore

Visit the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, which brings Russia’s past vibrantly to life. Peek inside its wooden houses to observe craftsmen making matryoshkas, lace, and ceramics. Cap the afternoon off with a traditional shashlik picnic. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Kizhi Island, cruising Lake Onega
Featured Excursion: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture

Sail on Lake Onega to Kizhi Island, whose famous open-air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the awe-inspiring Transfiguration Church, which is built entirely from wood. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Goritsy
Featured Excursion: Experience Russian daily life

Gain a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world. Watch school-children perform dances or sketches for you—they love to have a chance to practice their English—at the House of Children’s Arts and Crafts, or stop by the Wood Restoration Center to see demonstrations of traditional woodworking methods. Stroll the grounds of 14th-century St. Cyrill of the White Lake Monastery. (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
Cruising Lake Rybinsk, Yaroslavl
Featured Excursions: Yaroslavl, Heart of the Golden Ring

Yaroslavl is considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. You’ll visit the town’s exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet and delight in a tasting of local produce at the farmers' market. (BB, L, D)
Day 9:
Uglich
Featured Excursion: Uglich, Church of St. Dimitry on the Blood walking tour

Uglich is a delightful and picturesque Golden Ring city. Visit the Church of St. Dimitry, built to honor the slain son of Ivan the Terrible, and spend some free time browsing the local market area, replete with small shops and the stalls of local artisans. (BB, L, D)
Day 10:
Moscow
Featured Excursion: Moscow city tour

Your panoramic city tour includes the most remarkable city sights, such as Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, and impressive Tverskaya Street. (BB, L, D)
Day 11:
Moscow
Featured Excursions: Kremlin with Armory Museum and tour of the metro and Arbat Street

Visit the Kremlin—a self-contained 15th-century city with palaces, armories, 15th- and 17th-century cathedrals, and a Medieval fortress. You’ll also explore the Kremlin’s Armory Museum—home of treasures from the Czar’s coronation robes to the famous Fabergé Eggs. 

In the afternoon, you will get a guided introduction to the remarkable subway system and to a historic shopping neighborhood too. Our metro tour, which includes five stops, will help you become accustomed to using the metro for your free time in this spectacular metropolis.  Afterwards, visit Moscow's pedestrian shopping area lined with handsome buildings where many famous writers once lived. (BB, L, Captain's Farewell Dinner)
Day 12:
Moscow
Enjoy an entire day exploring Moscow at your leisure. Return to the sights that caught your eye on your panoramic tour. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the ship and the city center. (BB, L, D)
Day 13:
Depart Moscow
Disembark the ship and transfer to the Moscow airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)
Note: Tour order in St. Petersburg and Moscow may vary due to weather.
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