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Jewels of Russia

From the haunting beauty of St. Petersburg to the might & splendour of Moscow, discover Russia on a 15 day river cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Tsar.

15 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,135
  • 2018 St Petersburg > Moscow

    Russia’s many mysteries revealed

    In the words of Winston Churchill, mighty Russia has always been ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’

    From the haunting beauty of St. Petersburg to the might and splendour of Moscow, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world. It is, after all, a land as vast as it is beautiful. Visit the iconic Hermitage, watch ballet performed by the masters, sample vodka and visit the mighty Kremlin. There’s simply no better way to traverse this land than along Russia’s unique and majestic waterways. The best option by far is a luxury cruise on board Scenic Tsar. Life on board this boutique ship, which is unique in Scenic’s impressive fleet, is an incomparable blend of luxury and intimacy. With only 112 guests, Scenic Tsar allows you to traverse great distances and immerse yourself completely in the many traditions and wonders of Russia along the way.

    Tour Code:

    IRRC

    Duration:

    15 Days

    Departure City:

    St Petersburg

    Return City:

    Moscow

  • 15 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to St. Petersburg. If you had a hundred years, you wouldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Peterhof Grand Palace
      Freechoice

      Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, which was modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palace’s majestic fountains.

      Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Canals and bridges cruise
      Freechoice

      Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.

      Following lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and get to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges.
      Later this evening, please join the Scenic Tsar’s Captain for the official welcome dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Private Ballet performance

      This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. Here you’ll be offered traditional Russian cuisine where the delicious fare is home-grown at the restaurant owner’s private summer residence.

      This afternoon enjoy free time to explore or relax as you please.

      Enrich

      Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. It was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Hermitage Museum

      This morning visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections.
      Tonight, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Mandrogi
      Highlights:
      Museum village
      Enrich

      It’s all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Kizhi Island
      Highlights:
      Church of Transfiguration

      This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island – an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Goritsy
      Highlights:
      Vodka tasting

      Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail, you’ll get to toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Yaroslavl
      Highlights:
      City tour

      Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Today you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Fine Art Museum, housed in the Governor’s mansion, featuring the impressive collection of Russian paintings.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Uglich
      Highlights:
      Golden Ring city

      Part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will be just what the doctor ordered.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Scenic Sundowners cruise

      Relax on board as you sail towards Russia’s mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy a refreshing drink during a cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire Moscow’s fine sights and architecture from the waterways.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Russian circus

      Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it’s considered one of the best subway systems in the world.
      After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.
      Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Enrich meet a cosmonaut
      Enrich

      Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.

      Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

      Freechoice

      Visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art, or explore the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War Two museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      The Kremlin

      Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes.
      Tonight, witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must. However, it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast