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MS Tolstoy
 
Cruise Length: 11 days
Start City: St. Petersburg
End City: Moscow
Departures: see grid


These increasingly popular tourist and superior class vessels offer the ideal opportunity to explore Russia's ancient waterways at affordable prices.  Cruising in Russia is a journey back in time - venturing into Russia's heartland.
The Tolstoy ship features spacious junior suites and is smaller than many of its counterparts



Itinerary    
Day 1
  St. Petersburg



Board your ship and meet your fellow travellers and crew this evening for an information briefing.
   
Day 2
  St. Petersburg

 
After breakfast, your city tour introduces  you to the highlights of this beautiful northern city. You will see St. Isaac's Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Palace Square and Nevsky Prospekt. Continue for a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, the first building to be constructed in St. Petersburg in 1703. You will see Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of the tsars from Peter the Great to the last Tsar Nicholas II. After lunch at a city restaurant, visit the world famous Hermitage Museum. This evening, you have the choice of an optional ballet performance or a Rivers and Canals Cruise.
     

Day 3

  St. Petersburg
   
Today is free for independent sightseeing or join an optional tour to Catherine's Palace and Park in the town of Pushkin,  followed by a walking tour of the lower park of Peterhof Palace, on the Gulf of Finland. Your ship   departs for Mandrogi at approximately 5 pm.
   

Day 4

  Mandrogi
   
Late morning arrival at Mandrogi, where you will have free time to enjoy the peaceful landscape, stock up on hand-made local artefacts, or visit the Vodka Museum to sample some of Russia's most popular brands.
   
Day 5
  Kizhi
   
Early morning arrival at tiny Kizhi Island.  During your walking tour of the Open-air  Museum of Wooden Architecture, you  will see the Transfiguration Church, with  22 cupolas made from aspen wood. It was
built in 1714 without the use of a single nail. It represents the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale architecture.
   

Day 6

  Goritsy
   
After lunch, your ship docks at Goritsy, an unspoilt settlement on the banks of the Volga-Baltic Canal. A short coach transfer will take you to the impressive Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, one of the largest
in Russia, founded in 1397 on the bank of Lake Siverskoye.
                     
 
Day 7
  Yaroslavl
   
Afternoon arrival in Yaroslavl, situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers. Yaroslavl is one of the oldest and most significant of the provincial cities that comprise the Golden Ring. Your city
tour includes the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, visit to the Church of St. Nicholas and free time at the local market.
   
Day 8
  Uglich
   
After breakfast, disembark for your walking tour of Uglich, a charming town founded as a border fortress of Moscovy Principality. You will visit the Kremlin territory, Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood where Tsar Ivan the Terrible's son was murdered, sparking a power struggle for the throne and a period of unrest known as the 'Time of Troubles'.
   
Day 9
  Moscow
   
After lunch on board, you have an orientation city tour of Moscow, covering the major landmarks and allowing some free time in Red Square. You may also choose from some optional tours available
today including the Tretyakov Art Gallery, Moscow by Night, including the amazing Moscow metro, and a visit to the Circus.
   
Day 10
  Moscow
   
An early morning visit to the Kremlin grounds and one of the Kremlin cathedrals is followed by an optional visit to the amazing State Armoury Museum, which houses a unique collection of the tsars'
crown jewels, costumes, Fabergé eggs, carriages, and more. This afternoon you may take an optional tour to the Novodevichy Convent, one of Moscow's most beautiful cloisters built in the early 16th century, or spend some free time in  the centre.
     
Day 11
  Moscow
    Disembarkation
   

Inclusions






 
Outside air-conditioned cabin
3 meals daily
Bottled water replenished daily
Sightseeing as specified with
English speaking guide
Entertainment – musical program, Russian language lessons
Port charges

Not included


  Transfers between airport and ship
Personal expenses, optional sightseeing, drinks
flights to/from New Zealand, Insurance, visa and passport fees
       
 

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