Waterways of The Tsars (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrive in St. Petersburg, "The City of 300 Bridges", then transfer to your ship. Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (D)

St. Petersburg, Russia

This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry, and sculptures. Return aboard for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (B,L,D)

St. Petersburg, Russia
Pushkin, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia

Today's excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit the Catherine Palace, the elegant 18th-century Rococo summer residence of the Russian Tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate décor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine aboard and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (B,L,D)

St. Petersburg, Russia

Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches, or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, with its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional Kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these Russian living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner served aboard; ship departs early evening. (B,L,D)

Mandrogi, Russia

Spend a relaxing day cruising along Russia's intricate waterways. Sail on the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogi where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the vodka museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of Matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir's 139-mile "Blue Route" toward Lake Onega. (B,L,D)

Kizhi, Russia

Cruise through the early morning, admiring the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe's second largest lake. Arrive during breakfast at the island village of Kizhi. Set out on a walking tour through the Open-air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous three-tiered Preobrazhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairytale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart late morning and cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

Kuzino, Russia
Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Russia
Kuzino, Russia

Continue cruising along the Volga-Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397; see several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral, and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children's school in Kuzino. Return aboard for an afternoon departure. (B,L,D)

Yaroslavl, Russia

Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the ancient towns that preserve the memory of Russia's historical events known as the Golden Ring cities. Tour this ancient city rich in monuments and visit the covered food market where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B,L,D)

Uglich, Russia

After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch served aboard; cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Moscow, Russia

This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the colorful onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral. You will also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city's Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late dinner onboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Moscow, Russia

Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow's many buildings, parks, and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional to Tretyakov Gallery, the world's foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served aboard. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people that settled there. Dine aboard, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Moscow, Russia

After breakfast, travel to the city's famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. You'll go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar's Canon and Tsar's Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow's oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin's Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonautics Museum to see displays about the history of space and exploration. Return aboard for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Moscow, Russia

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. Or take some extra time in Russia with a two-night Moscow extension. (B)

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