Different options offered for extensions of holiday in St Petersburg and Moscow
This cruise takes seven nights and clients will normally extend their visits in Moscow and St Petersburg at either end of the cruise. Depending on which operator and cruise company used you have the option of staying in a hotel in St Petersburg or Moscow or they will use the cruise ship for the full duration. There are advantages and disadvantages depending on which option is chosen – please contact me for further details.
The Golden Circle
During the cruise you follow the intricate pattern of interconnecting rivers, canals and lakes that link Moscow with St Petersburg, including the beautiful river Volga, the biggest in Russia. You will have plenty of time to admire the Kremlin, monasteries, cathedrals and churches which have helped preserve important significant events in Russian history, including the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. These towns are among the most picturesque in Russia.
Places you are likely to visit en route
Yaroslavl is one of Russia’s oldest cities, founded in 1010; this was once a major trading port on the Volga and the second biggest city in Russia after Moscow in the 17th century. Excursions include the Transfiguration Monastery and the Church of Elijah, famous for its paintings and frescoes.
Uglich is where Ivan the Terrible’s son, Dimitry, was found with his throat cut in 1591, causing the political unrest known as the Times of Troubles in Russia. Excursions include the Church of St Dimitry-on-the-Blood, built where his body was found, and the Kremlin.
Kizhi is an island village where the main attraction is an outdoor museum with wooden houses windmills and churches from the old days, including the Preobranzhenskaya Church, built in 1714 without a single nail.
Goritsy is a typical Russian village on the Volga-Baltic Waterway; cruise boats call to visit St Cyril’s Monastery founded in 1397.
Standards of vessels used on this route vary considerably so please contact me for further advice.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Photo: St Pete Church of Spilled Blood (RG) 81