Ms Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
Contents – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
Overview – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
The Ms Tolstoy Russian River Cruise liner was constructed in Austria, using high quality materials and at a much higher cost than other ships, the Tolstoy was designed for high ranking Kremlin officials and to host foreign dignitaries. Today, she is still one of the preferred ships in Russia, with luxurious decor, well-appointed cabins, elegant public areas and wide circular stairs. The Ms Tolstoy Russian River Cruise liner accommodates only 168 guests, compared to 200 – 300 guests on other ships of similar size.
- On-deck Swimming Pool with Lido-bar
- Panorama Bar and Musical Lounge
- Conference hall
- Coffee Bar
- Beauty Salon with Massage
- Souvenir Store
- Solarium & Sauna
- Medical Room
Itinerary – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow
You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Tolstoy, your home for the next 11 nights on our Russian River Cruise. Upon arrival there will be an information briefing on board. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner and entertainment in the bars.
Day 2 – Moscow Sightseeing
After breakfast on board, begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia. Join the panoramic city tour to see some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. The tour passes by GUM, the Historical Museum, Resurrection Gate, Kazan Church, the intercession Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Novodevichy Convent. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and return to the MS Pushkin for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, dinner and entertainment in the bars.
Day 3 – Kremlin
After breakfast on board, visit the Kremlin and the three Cathedrals within the walls of the Kremlin – the Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral – with entrance included to one of them. See the famous Tsar’s bell relax. Lunch on board ship to departure to Uglich early afternoon. Whilst in Moscow, enjoy the Russian experience on board or take advantage of a range of optional excursions offered for sale on board ship.
Day 4 – Uglich
After breakfast on board the MS Tolstoy, your day will include a visit to one of the oldest cities of central Russia – Uglich. Uglich combines charm of the small Volga town and the treasures of Russian cultural heritage and traditions. 1591 year is famous by the mysterious death of the prince Dmitry. Some historians blame the tsar Boris Godunov in killing the prince. Some say that the prince accidentally fell on a knife during an epileptic seizure. During the walking city tour you will visit the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral.
Day 5 – Yaroslavl
After breakfast on board today, you will be visiting the ancient city of Yaroslavl. According to legend, the Kyivan prince Yaroslavl the Wise subjugated the local people living in a trading post called Medvezhy Ugol by killing their sacred bear with his axe. Yaroslavl is an ancient city. It played an important role in gathering the Russian lands around Moscow. Our visit includes visit to Ilya Prophet Church (outside), a real pearl of ancient Russian architecture, Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
Day 6 – Goritsy
After breakfast and morning entertainment on board ship, arrival and disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. Goritsy is a village known for the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, the Europe’s largest monastery. It was founded by Saint Cyril. The village of Goritsy itself is populated by just 600 people, who live in traditional painted wooden dwellings, and continue to make a living through fishing and farming. Walking around the peaceful back roads of the village you can see beautiful houses decorated with intricate wooden carvings.
Day 7 – Kizhi
After breakfast and morning entertainment on board, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The Kizhi museum is one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. This is an unique historical, cultural and natural complex. Kizhi Pogost is an architectural museum containing numerous structures including several churches, a number of log houses, windmills, chapels, saunas, and other buildings. The most important single structure is the wooden Transfiguration Church with it’s twenty two domes where the walls are built of pine logs and the shingles on the roof are aspen. It was built in 1714 and is one of the tallest log structures in the world. UNESCO has designated Kizhi as a World Heritage Site. Return to the boat for dinner, followed by entertainment on board.
Day 8 – Mandrogui
After breakfast and morning entertainment on board, disembark to visit Mandrogui. The village Verkhnie Mandrogui is situated 270 km away from Saint-Petersburg, on the left bank of River Svir, between lakes Ladoga and Onega. The village was completely destroyed during the WWII. In 1996 it was recreated to present the traditions and crafts of Old Russia. Here you can find several masterpieces of wooden architecture. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum which features hundreds of different brands and kinds of the favorite Russian drink. The day includes some free time, and eco-stop and kebab (shashlik) picnic ashore for lunch. Enjoy walks though the village and forest until late in the afternoon, when your amazing journey continues. Return for evening meal and entertainment on board.
Day 9 – St Petersburg
After breakfast on board, prepare to explore the wonderful city of St Petersburg on our panoramic city tour. The tour by coach will take in some of the most famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. Also included is a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. During your three night stay in St Petersburg, take advantage of a range of optional excursions offered for sale on board ship.
Day 10 – Hermitage
After breakfast on board, you will be taken by your guide to visit one of St Petersburg’s most prized palaces. In the village of Pushkin (formally Tsarskoye Selo) 29km south of St. Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace for the Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around it and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory. Adjoining Catherine’s Palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied.
After lunch in the city, enjoy a visit to the world-renowned Hermitage museum. A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the largest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items.
Return to the ship for dinner on board.
Day 11 – Peterhof
After breakfast on board, you will be taken by your guide to visit Peterhof Grand Palace and Lower park. Included is a walking tour: the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain, Greenhouse, Roman Fountains, The Chessboard Hill Cascade, Trick Fountains, the Monplaisir palace and you can enjoy fabulour view of the Gulf of Finland. Enjoy your final breakfast at leisure on board ship prior to departure.
Day 12 – Departure
Breakfast on board. This is the end of your Russian river cruise on MS Tolstoy. Departure transfers can be arranged for you at a small additional charge.
Cruise Date – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
|Moscow to St Petersburg 2018 (12 days)|
|05 May||16 May|
|26 May||06 Jun|
|16 Jun||27 Jun|
|07 Jul||18 Jul|
|28 Jul||08 Aug|
|18 Aug||29 Aug|
|St Petersburg to Moscow 2018 (11 days)|
|16 May||26 May|
|06 Jun||16 Jun|
|27 Jun||07 Jul|
|18 Jul||28 Jul|
|08 Aug||18 Aug|
|29 Aug||08 Sep|
Cabin Views – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
Inclusions – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
- Accommodation in selected cabin type
- Full board from dinner first day to breakfast final day
- Welcome cocktail reception with the captain
- Full excursion programme
- English speaking local guides
- English speaking on board representative
- On board entertainment programme to include Russian
- Language lessons, Captains bridge tour, dancing, live music concerts
- Captains farewell dinner
- Visa support for the duration of the cruise only (see notes)
Not Included – MS Tolstoy Russian River Cruise
- Arrival and departure transfers. We can book these for you at a cost of €100 * for both arrival and departure transfers. Saloon car for 1-2 persons. This includes international city airports, city rail stations and central hotels. This transfer price applies to 06.30 – 22.30 hour pick up times. From 22.45 – 06.15 and at all times on public holidays cost is €150.
- Any expenses of personal nature, porterage, phone calls, gratuities to ships crew and guides or any other personal expenses not specified above.
- Air tickets, visa fees, travel insurance.
- Extended visa support can be purchased from our sister website MyRussianVisa.com
- Deposit 20% upon confirmation
- Balance due in full 9 weeks prior to departure
- Important – remember to check entry requirements, a visa is required by most visitors to Russia and must be obtained in advance of arrival.
- If you require an extended visa support we can supply this for €25 per person.
- Important – check current health requirements by looking at the official travel advice website of your own country, or ask your doctor.