Saint Petersburg (3 days) – Mandrogi – Kizhi – Goritsy – Yaroslavl – Uglich – Moscow (3 days)

from 1 790 €

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ROUTE

St. Petersburg

02 Sept. 2022, Friday

Moscow

12 Sept. 2022, Monday

Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1:  02 September (Fri.)
Departure at 12:00
St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg

Departure at 12:00
DAY 2:  03 September (Sat.)
St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg

Excursion to Peterhof (lower park only)
Average Price 78 €

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you will travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

Valaam

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Walking tour of the island
09:00 - 13:00, duration:
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A trip to the island of Valaam will be a truly unforgettable experience. The rocky island, covered with coniferous forests, with gardens where some trees are more than 150 years old, and the majestic monastery, which is called Northern Athos – is a striking unity of pristine nature and human labor. According to the legend, this island in the old days was marked by Andrew the First-Called, a disciple of Christ. While preaching the Gospel, he set up a stone cross in the mountains of Balaam, but the monastery appeared much later here. The exact date of the foundation is unknown, but it did not happen before the tenth century.

The tour will begin with a walk to the foot of Mount Tabor, where the majestic Transfiguration Cathedral stands. Tourists will have to climb up to it by an old wide staircase. The lush monastery garden is to the left of it. In such a harsh climate, it is already a miracle in itself. Travelers will also get acquainted with the marble Znamenskaya Chapel, built after a visit to the monastery of the Russian autocrat Alexander II. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to the grandiose Transfiguration Cathedral, designed for more than 3,000 people. During the tragic events of the twentieth century, it was badly damaged and only recently restored. Everything in this place attracts and excites: the shrines of the monastery, the strict monastic architecture, and the unique nature of the island.

DAY 3:  04 September (Sun.)
St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg

Excursion to Peterhof (lower park only)
Average Price 78 €

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you will travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

Staraya Ladoga

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DAY 4:  05 September (Mon.)
Svirstroy
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Svirstroy

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Mandrogi

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Mandrogi

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DAY 5:  06 September (Tue.)
Kizhi
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Kizhi

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Explore the preserved island of Kizhi
08:00 - 10:30, duration:
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At school, everyone heard about the wooden churches of Kizhi Island, erected without a single nail. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see them with your own eyes and learn the history of the masterpieces included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most famous of the ensemble is the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, crowned with twenty-two chapters of different sizes and shapes, which run up in tiers. Today, we admire this architectural monument, only thanks to a multi-stage restoration in the 20th century: the building is supported on a metal frame installed in the 80s. Now the work is still going. Next to this church is another, smaller one with nine chapters: the Church of the Intercession of the Virgin. During the tour of the island, you will see not only the famous churches and chapels, but also one of the restored peasant houses, and will be able to fully imagine the life of the northern peoples of the past centuries.

Kizhi

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Open-air museum of wooden architecture, Transfiguration Cathedral, Intercession Cathedral, Izba (traditional wooden house and sauna)
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At school, everyone heard about the wooden churches of Kizhi Island, erected without a single nail. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see them with your own eyes and learn the history of the masterpieces included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most famous of the ensemble is the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, crowned with twenty-two chapters of different sizes and shapes, which run up in tiers. Today, we admire this architectural monument, only thanks to a multi-stage restoration in the 20th century: the building is supported on a metal frame installed in the 80s. Now the work is still going. Next to this church is another, smaller one with nine chapters: the Church of the Intercession of the Virgin. During the tour of the island, you will see not only the famous churches and chapels, but also one of the restored peasant houses, and will be able to fully imagine the life of the northern peoples of the past centuries.

DAY 6:  07 September (Wed.)
Kuzino
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Kuzino

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Goritsy

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Excursion to the Monastery of St. Syril of the White lake and museum of icons
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The harsh beauty of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, erected on the shore of Lake Siversky, amazes tourists. The legent says that the founder of the Monastery the monk Cyril was strict and humble, independent and meek. He came to these places in 1397, dug a cave and devoted his days to work and prayer. Soon, five more monks joined him, and after 30 years, their number reached 53. Over time, the monastery became a major economic center: the trade route to the White Sea went through it. By the 16th century, the monastery had become one of the most important libraries: 210 manuscripts were stored here. The history of the monastery is closely connected with the name of Basil III, who visited it more than once. Here, in 1528, he prayed with his wife for the gift of an heir. Two years later, Ivan the Terrible was born. The stone monastery walls that you will see were built by the end of the XVII century. But on the territory of the monastery there are many more ancient structures.

DAY 7:  08 September (Thu.)
Uglich
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Uglich

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Walking tour of the Kremlin with visit to TsarevichDimitriy Church on Blood, Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral
13:00 - 16:00, duration:
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You will get acquainted with the city of Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history.

The walk will begin with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga. On its territory the princely chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest samples of residential architecture in Russia are preserved. Here is also the Cathedral of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy, built in the 18th century and painted by a group of artists headed by the fortress peasant Timothy Medvedev. Travellersare invariably admired by biblical stories that decorate walls and resemble the works of famous Italian Renaissance artists. The six-tier iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention.

Getting to know with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries.

This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, which has been enjoying the love of tourists for a year. Many of them return to Uglićover and over again. What is the secret to his attraction? We invite you to answer this question yourself after the excursion.

Walking tour of the city with a visit to the Museum of Hydropower
13:00 - 16:00, duration:
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Uglich is an ancient town on the bank of the Volga. Nowadays it is difficult to tell why it got such a name. Some researchers claim that it is about the coal mines here, others - in the Volga, which in this place changes direction, forming an angle.

But, whatever the case, Uglich remains one of the most beloved cities, and since 2017 he has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia. Travellers are attracted to the atmosphere of comfort, silence and peace, picturesque streets, beautiful architectural monuments and unusual museums.

This excursion will allow you to get acquainted with Uglich 's centuries-old history in its development. To see ancient churches located on the territory of the Kremlin and to visit the Museum of Hydropower opened in 2006. Together with the tour guide tourists will study exhibits of 11 halls. Here you can learn about the history of hydropower in the USSR and Russia, study the types of hydropower plants, and see how the water mill works. This museum is a real interactive complex, the motto of which is "Touching with hands is allowed!." Therefore, it will be interesting for both adults and young travellers.

Yaroslavl

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Wonderworker and interactive tour to the former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)
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You will visit the ancient Bogoyavlenskaya Square and learn the history of the oldest theater in Russia. Admire the Assumption Cathedral, built near the arrow of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers, and visit the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, its walls have repeatedly protected the city since the XII century. You will surely be amazed by the Church of St. John the Baptist, which is considered the most artistic Yaroslavl temple. By the way, its outlines will seem familiar even to those who have not been to Yaroslavl before: it is adorned the 1000-rubl bill.

DAY 8:  09 September (Fri.)
Uglich
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Uglich

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Walking city tour, territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral
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You will get acquainted with Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history. The walk starts with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga River. On its territory, the prince's chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest examples of residential architecture in Russia have been preserved. Here stands the Transfiguration Cathedral, built in the XVIII century and painted by a group of artists led by a serf Timofey Medvedev. Travelers are always fascinated by the biblical scenes that adorn the walls and resemble the works of famous Italian artists of the Renaissance. The six-tiered iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention. The acquaintance with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries. This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, has been loved by tourists for many years. Many of them return to Uglich again and again. What is the secret of its appeal? We suggest that you answer this question yourself after the tour.

Coniferous Bohr

DAY 9:  10 September (Sat.)
Moscow
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Moscow

Sightseeing tour of Moscow
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Today you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. Today you also see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Afterward, you also drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historic center of Moscow.

Moscow at night + metro tour
Average Price 90 €

When the Sun begins to set, the myriad lights and firefly-like cars buzzing around on the wide highways see Moscow burst into life. This unreal sight is best enjoyed from the height of the capital’s famous viewpoints, Moscow in the evening is truly, truly spectacular. We invite you with pleasure to see the magic of Moscow under the bright night lights! During the tour you take a ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life and explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.

Excursion to Tretyakov Gallery
Average Price 90 €

The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is one of the largest museums in Russia with over 100 000 works of art - including icons, paintings, drawings and sculpture - spanning the entire history of Russian art. Its collection of Russian realist art from the second half of the 19th century is the best in the country. You will have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

DAY 10:  11 September (Sun.)
Moscow
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Moscow

Excursion to the Kremlin territory
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You are welcome to take a unique tour of the Moscow Kremlin open-air museum-reserve. During the guided tour you will have an opportunity to enjoy the historical monuments, see the trophy weapons of the war of 1812 and admire the cathedrals on the territory of the Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin is located in the very heart of the Russian capital. Its walls and towers, gilded domes of cathedrals and magnificent palaces rise high above the Moscow River and create a splendid and majestic architectural ensemble. The Kremlin is the symbol of Russian statehood, the treasury, containing historic relics, cultural and artistic monuments. The Kremlin has always functioned as the administrative center of Russia. Nowadays the residence of the President of the Russian Federation is situated on the Kremlin territory.

Excursion to the Armoury Сhamber
Average Price 87 €

You visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

Excursion to Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery
Average Price 88 €

This convent (currently operating) was established in 1524, and is one of Moscow’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is considered to be the best-preserved of Moscow’s monasteries. In the 16th-18th centuries many women from the Royal and aristocratic families chose to live in this convent, or, in some cases, were forced to do so for political reasons. These included two women closely connected to Peter the Great: his first wife Evdokia Lopukhina, and  his older half-sister Tsarevna Sofia, the regent of Russia during Peter’s youth. We invite you to explore this jewel of Moscow Baroque architecture and learn about the history of this unique ensemble. You will also visit the famous and beautiful Novodevichy cemetery next door, and learn about many of the famous people buried there.

DAY 11:  12 September (Mon.)
Arrival at 09:00
Moscow
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Moscow

Arrival at 09:00
Moscow, Northern River Station: Leningradskoye hwy, 51

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