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Firebird Cruise (Moscow - St. Petersburg)

13 days7 cities
Russia1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 10 Reviews
Luxury Cruises to Russia

Experience one of our most coveted programs in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Enjoy a spectacular Volga voyage on 5-star "Mustai Karim"  cruise liner, the best luxury hotels, an expertly created itinerary, and quick connections in a group of up to 14 people.

13 days7 cities
Russia1 country
From
$6,799
Moscow views
4
days
Russia

Moscow, the stunning Russian capital, harmoniously connects ancient cultural heritage and modern renovations: historical sites, royal gardens, and nowadays buildings make Moscow an iconic and tremendous city, a perfect place to start your acquaintance with rich Russian culture.

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1
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Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. 

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

2
day
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and have a transfer to the world-famous treasure trove of Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you have an amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

We hope you are hungry because it's lunchtime! After a delicious Russian meal, your guide takes you to the breathtaking Red Square, where you discover the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral from the outside as well as the inside. After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

3
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Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

This day is dedicated to exploring one of the most outstanding icons of the Russian capital - the Kremlin and its Armoury. Following breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and make your way to the Kremlin territory.

Once on the Kremlin territory, you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals. 

Another highlight is a visit to 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.

After the tour, you return to the hotel.

4
day
Boarding MS Mustai Karim

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, meet your guide and driver and proceed to the cruise terminal where you board the fantastic 5-star Mustai Karim vessel to start your exciting voyage towards Saint Petersburg.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, Moscow

Luxury 5-star accommodation in the St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya Hotel by Marriott is a perfect choice for those travelers who appreciate impeccable service and unparalleled comfort. What is more, the hotel is nestled not far from such amazing Moscow's sights as the Red Square, Bolshoi Theater, and the Kremlin.

Uglich, Russia
1
day
Russia

Uglich is a unique place that gives a new perspective on Russia's character. Take a journey from the noisy and bustling metropolises like Moscow and St. Petersburg to the small and quiet town of Uglich. It'll definitely surprise you with its historical significance, scenic river panoramas, and centuries-old landmarks!

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5
day
Exploring Uglich

Our first berth is located in the ancient Russian town – Uglich. The most famous page of its' chronicle is the murder of Tsarevich Dmitry – Ivan the Terrible's son: the walls of the local Kremlin still guard the secrets of this tragedy.

During your tour around Uglich, you step inside the Church of Tsarevich Dmitry, where you enjoy the subtleties of the tsarist epoche architecture and admire the age-old Orthodox culture. 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship
Mustai Karim Cruise Ship Moscow - St. Petersburg

"Mustai Karim" is a modern vessel designed in fashionable minimalistic decor with a slight Eastern touch. Learn more about your choice of cabins and facilities onboard.

Goritsy Monastery
1
day
Russia

The charming town of Goritsy is a wonderful place that gives you an entirely different perspective on Russia's character. You can start your journey in the noisy and bustling metropolises like Moscow and St. Petersburg, but be sure to end it in this small yet quiet town which will surely please you with its good-natured people as well as unforgettable beauty!

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6
day
Exploring Goritsy

Today, after crossing the Volga-Baltic Canal, you head to Goritsy-a village in the Kirillovsky district of the Vologda region. The village of Goritsy was first mentioned in written sources of the XVI century under the name "Maiden Mountain." Goritsy is famous for its' rich Russian cultural heritage: an incredible number of religious architecture monuments and medieval monasteries amaze the imagination! By the way, you have an excellent opportunity to visit one of them after disembarkation.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship
Mustai Karim Cruise Ship Moscow - St. Petersburg

"Mustai Karim" is a modern vessel designed in fashionable minimalistic decor with a slight Eastern touch. Learn more about your choice of cabins and facilities onboard.

Kizhi views
1
day
Russia

Kizhi Island, a picturesque Russian island covered in wooden structures that have been standing for hundreds of years. For anyone who has seen Russia or visited the country's architecture museums, Kizhi is one place you won't want to miss!

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7
day
Kizhi Island Exploration

Good morning to another day of cruising on the Volga river. We're getting close to the halfway point!

Today as you take the first steps on the Karelian island – Kizhi, you begin to feel the spirit of bright antiquity and boundless freedom of the Russian land. From time immemorial, Kizhi has been famous for its craft. Once there lived artists and poets who passed their skills down through the generations. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship
Mustai Karim Cruise Ship Moscow - St. Petersburg

"Mustai Karim" is a modern vessel designed in fashionable minimalistic decor with a slight Eastern touch. Learn more about your choice of cabins and facilities onboard.

Mandrogui views
1
day
Russia

A quaint, picturesque village located in a thick forest on the Svir River — halfway between bustling St. Petersburg and the lonely island of Kizhi famous for towering onion-top churches — Mandrogui is a unique and worth seeing place. 

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8
day
Exploring Mandrogi

Look out of the cabin window - you'll be captured by a picturesque view of the fabulous fields, wooden houses, and craft shops! Are we in medieval Russia? You're almost right - we moored in Mandrogi! Located on the sprawling banks of the Svir River, the village of Mandrogi gives the impression of a medieval settlement. However, it was built relatively not long ago – at the end of the last century. The village was created with potential travelers in mind, offering many interactive experiences in craft houses, with the most popular being the visit to the Museum of Vodka. Here you can find out more about Russian drinking culture and feel close to the authentic peasant culture.
The highlight of the day is a picnic under the open sky. 

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship
Mustai Karim Cruise Ship Moscow - St. Petersburg

"Mustai Karim" is a modern vessel designed in fashionable minimalistic decor with a slight Eastern touch. Learn more about your choice of cabins and facilities onboard.

Valaam views
1
day
Russia

Valaam Island is a unique nature reserve with steep cliffs, bays, islands, and quiet inland lakes. Visitors should never forget to take their binoculars as the island is home to hundreds of bird species including swans and storks. Valaam Island is famous for its architectural ensemble of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery.

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9
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Exploring Valaam

Our next stop is the largest island of Valaam archipelago - Valaam, known as the "land of the monks," northern and alienated. In addition to the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, one of the island's main attractions is the Voskresensky Skete - the place of monks' residence. The preserved monuments of church architecture perfectly reflect the monastic life. Prepare to see some inspiring Orthodox shrines!

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship
Mustai Karim Cruise Ship Moscow - St. Petersburg

"Mustai Karim" is a modern vessel designed in fashionable minimalistic decor with a slight Eastern touch. Learn more about your choice of cabins and facilities onboard.

Saint Petersburg, Russia
1
day
Russia

The Russian imperial city and the residence of many Russian Tsars, St. Petersburg holds rich historical heritage. Being Russia's "cultural heart", the Northern Capital simply mesmerizes with its amazing royal palaces, fascinating museums, and famous canals.

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10
day
St. Petersburg City Tour, Faberge Museum & Boat ride. Overnight onboard Mustai Karim.

After a delicious breakfast onboard, you meet your guide and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaak's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Faberge Museum.

One of the places you enter today is St. Isaac's Cathedral, which dominates the St. Petersburg skyline and opens outstanding city views. Its lush interiors and golden dome are awe-inspiring. 

You have a photo stop at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

You also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.  

After lunch in a local restaurant, the guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, considered not only fine jeweled works of art, but also unique historical artifacts.

You end the tour on a high note, having a private boat ride on the city's romantic canals.

After the tour you return to the liner and have the rest of the day free.

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Mustai Karim Cruise Ship
Mustai Karim Cruise Ship Moscow - St. Petersburg

"Mustai Karim" is a modern vessel designed in fashionable minimalistic decor with a slight Eastern touch. Learn more about your choice of cabins and facilities onboard.

Saint Petersburg, Russia
3
days
Russia

The Russian imperial city and the residence of many Russian Tsars, St. Petersburg holds rich historical heritage. Being Russia's "cultural heart", the Northern Capital simply mesmerizes with its amazing royal palaces, fascinating museums, and famous canals.

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11
day
Disembarkation, Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Folk Show

Following breakfast, you disembark the ship, meet your guide and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art.

During the tour, you visit the Winter Palace halls to explore the Hermitage's main collection, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, and many others. The main tour is followed by a visit to one of the most impressive corners of the museum - the Diamond Room.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building, which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After the tour, you are taken to your hotel for check-in. 

In the evening you are taken to the Nikolaevsky Palace to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folk Show.

12
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Trip to Peterhof

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage and 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.

After the tour we invite you for a coffee break with a traditional Russian treat. You then have a unique hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg.

The rest of the day is free to continue exploring Saint Petersburg on your own and prepare for departure tomorrow.

13
day
Departure


This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.  

We hope you've enjoyed exploring magnificent Russian capitals, charming villages, and islands located alongside the Volga River. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Your choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Corinthia Hotel, St. Petersburg

If you are looking for a special place to stay during your trip, check out the Corinthia Hotel on the city's famous Nevsky Prospect. Read more about this amazing hotel.

What's included

  • Accommodation onboard MS Mustai Karim and at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Full board on the cruise ship (except embarkation and disembarkation days);
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Special tour prices for your kids (for children under 2 y.o. - free; for children from 2 to 11 y.o. - 25% off the price of a tour);
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Exploring Saint Petersburg Highlights
  • Guided tour of the Faberge Museum and the Hermitage
  • Private boat ride in Saint Petersburg
  • Trip to Peterhof and Departure 
  • Russian Folk Show
  • Visit the largest island of Valaam archipelago – Valaam
  • Exploring Mandrogi and Kizhi Island
  • Delve into Goritsy and Uglich
  • Feel all the charm of the Moscow City Tour
  • Guided visit to the Tretyakov Gallery
  • Tour of the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

What To Know

  • The usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • If you're going on a cruise in spring or late summer, make sure to take some light jacket or a sweater with you. It might get windy on Russian rivers from time to time
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers