Russian River Cruise Ms Nizhny Novgorod

A 11/12 day River Cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg

Cabins and Descriptions

Motorship “Ms Nizhny Novgorod” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1977, undergoing refurbished in 2018/19 to increase the size of deluxe cabins, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).

  • Length – 125 m
  • Width – 16, 7 m
  • Immersion – 2, 8 m
  • Passenger capacity – 212 (triple cabins for double accommodation)

Deck Plan

2019 Price and Departure Dates – Ms Nizhny Novgorod

St Petersburg to Moscow (11 Days) 2019

Price per person in Euros in Twin/Dbl 
Standard Deluxe Standard Deluxe Standard Deluxe Standard  Suite
Twn/Triple Twin Twin Twn/Dbl Twin Twn/Dbl Single Double
  2019 Dates Lower Deck Main Deck Middle Deck Middle Deck Boat Deck Boat Deck Cabin Middle Deck
16 May-26 May € 985 € 1,480 € 1,190 € 1,450 € 1,255 € 1,530 € 1,305 € 1,700
06 June-16 June € 1,000 € 1,670 € 1,320 € 1,700 € 1,385 € 1,735 € 1,435 € 1,895
27 June-07 July € 1,000 € 1,800 € 1,345 € 1,830 € 1,410 € 1,860 € 1,470 € 2,020
18 July-28 July € 1,000 € 1,670 € 1,320 € 1,700 € 1,385 € 1,735 € 1,435 € 1,895
08 Aug-18 Aug € 1,000 € 1,670 € 1,320 € 1,700 € 1,385 € 1,735 € 1,435 € 1,895
29 Aug-08 Sept € 985 € 1,480 € 1,190 € 1,450 € 1,255 € 1,530 € 1,305 € 1,700

Moscow to St Petersburg (12 Days) 2019

Price per person in Euros in Twin/Dbl
Standard Deluxe Standard Deluxe Standard Deluxe Standard  Suite
Twn/Triple Twin Twin Twn/Dbl Twin Twn/Dbl Single  Double
2019 Dates Lower Deck Main Deck Middle Deck Middle Deck Boat Deck Boat Deck Cabin Middle Deck
05 May-16 May € 1,100 € 1,485 € 1,235 € 1,515 € 1,305 € 1,550 € 1,365 € 1,730
26 May-06 June € 1,100 € 1,840 € 1,450 € 1,870 € 1,255 € 1,905 € 1,580 € 2,085
16 June-27 June € 1,100 € 1,980 € 1,480 € 2,015 € 1,550 € 2,045 € 1,620 € 2,225
07 July-18 July 19 € 1,100 € 1,980 € 1,480 € 2,015 € 1,550 € 2,045 € 1,620 € 2,225
28 July-08 Aug € 1,100 € 1,980 € 1,480 € 2,015 € 1,550 € 2,045 € 1,620 € 2,225
18 Aug-29 Aug 19 € 1,100 € 1,840 € 1,450 € 1,870 € 1,255 € 1,905 € 1,580 € 2,085

Moscow to St Petersburg (12 Days)

Day 1
Arrive in Moscow. You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod, your home for the next 11 nights. This evening there will be a welcome information briefing on board. This will include details of all optional excursions on offer for your sailing and information on life on board. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner, maybe followed by drinks in the bar with live piano music. Our on-board cruise manager is is there to help and assist with all issues and does so calmly and with good humour. Available to our customers at all times, our cruise manager is there to ensure your cruise is both a success and memorable experience!

Day 2
Moscow. After breakfast on board, begin your Russia river cruise with sightseeing in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. On a panoramic tour (no entrances included) take in 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 will also pass by the Novodevichy Convent and will stop at Sparrow Hills to allow panoramic views over Moscow. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant before continuing to explore within the Kremlin walls to see the former residence of the Russian Tsars, discover the huge Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and visit one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square, returning to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod late afternoon.
An optional evening excursion is available.
Dinner on board.
Entrances today: Kremlin territory and a Kremlin Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Day 3
Optional tours. After breakfast this morning, either enjoy free time on board, explore at your leisure or enjoy one of the optional excursions, which you may purchase on board. Return to the ship for lunch. Later this afternoon the ship sets sail. After welcome cocktail and dinner, take part in the Getting to Know You Show.
Entrances today: Only optional excursions today (not included)

Cathedral of the Annunciation

Day 4
Uglich. After breakfast on board the Ms Nizhny Novgorod, morning activities might include a lesson on Russian traditional crafts, a Russian language lesson and Russian songs. After lunch, visit the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The town’s historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his father’s death in 1584 but was found dead in questionable circumstances seven years later. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built in his memory, appears on the horizon as the ship sails towards the town and is one of the great sights to be seen in Uglich. The visit also includes a walking tour of the town, a visit to the territory, once the location of the former Kremlin and the Transfiguration cathedral. Return to the ship to continue sailing along the Volga River. Dinner on board will be followed by a folk concert.

Entrances today: Territory of the Kremlin, Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration Cathedral

Day 5
Yaroslavl. After breakfast, disembark for an excursion to the ancient city of Yaroslavl, founded in 1010 by Yaroslav Mudri (Yaroslav the Wise). Enjoy a visit to the Fine Arts Museum, situated in the former Governor’s House, as well as visiting the main sights of the city during a panoramic bus tour. There will be time to visit the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, built in 1620 and to have some free time exploring the local markets. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying lunch as you cruise. During the course of the afternoon, enjoy some of the on board activities which may include a Classical concert, a Russian Tea Party or take part in the dance class.

Entrances today: Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, interactive tour to former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Day 6
Goritsy. After breakfast, this morning enjoy more activities, for example blini and vodka tasting (optional extra) then disembark for a shore excursion in Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery was founded in 1397 and is an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. The Goritsy Nunnery is much smaller than the Monastery and was founded later in 1544. Return to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod for lunch and then we are ready to set sail. Learn some new skills this afternoon in the Matryoshka painting lesson before dinner.

Entrances today: Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons

Goritsy Monastery Walls

Day 7
Kizhi. Activities this morning may include a classical concert, a Russian language lesson, a Captain’s Bridge tour before enjoying lunch. Disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous by its collection of wooden churches with the centrepiece, the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails. The Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russian river cruise. Return to the boat before setting sail for the evening. Dinner tonight, with a demonstration of Russian National costume.

Entrances today: Open-air museum of wooden architecture, Intercession Cathedral, izba (traditional wooden house)

Kizhi Island

Day 8
Mandrogui. Route information and a Q and A session will take place this morning before enjoying a visit to the historical village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. Visitors can also see local recipes being made and visit the farms which are tended by the local villagers. A traditionally Russian lunch of shashlik (barbequed kebabs), can be enjoyed before returning to the ship. There will be a Russian Language lesson in the afternoon and a film about the cruise before tonight’s Captains Dinner with a glass of champagne, followed by this evening’s talent show.

Entrances today: Free entrances at your leisure, except Vodka museum (local charge approx €5 -€6 p.p.)

Mandrogi in the Summer

Day 9
St Petersburg. After breakfast on board, prepare for a full day of exploration of the wonderful city of St Petersburg. On our panoramic city tour by coach, 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. Entry is included to the Peter and Paul Fortress today. Lunch in a restaurant in the city centre, before heading for an excursion 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.
Dinner on board, there will be the opportunity for eveing excursions such as a visit to a ballet or folk show, or St Petersburg by night.

Entrances today: Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Peter and Paul´s Cathedral, Hermitage museum

Palace Square, St Petersburg

Day 10
St Petersburg. Today an optional excursion is available to Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and Pavlovsk. Located 29km south of St. Petersburg, the construction of a Palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. The Palace is truly spectacular with rooms decorated with gold leaf, a portrait hall and the famous and painstakingly restored Amber room. Return for lunch on board the ship . Dinner on board this evening. Tonight there will be an opportunity to enjoy an optional evening excursion to the ballet.

Entrances today: Catherine’s Palace and Park, Palace of Paul 1st, Pavlovsk.

Church on the Spilled Blood

Day 11
St Petersburg. A visit to the Lower Park at Peterhof (Petrodvorets) this morning to see the magnificent fountain cascades and views of the Grand Palace. Return to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod for lunch on board. Guests have the opportunity to transfer to the city centre to enjoy free time to explore. Your final dinner on board this evening, with your fellow travellers and new found friends.
An optional rivers and canal cruise will be available for those who would like to explore St Petersburg from the water.

Entrance today: Peterhof Lower Park (NOT palace)

Peterhof Grand Palace from Above

Day 12
After breakfast on board, check out and disembarkation.
Onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not included, you may pre-book).
For pre-and post-tour extensions in Russia or beyond, please ask us for suggestions and a quotation

St Petersburg to Moscow (11 Days)

Day 1
Arrive in St. Petersburg. You can pre-book a transfer to take you from the airport or rail station to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod, your home for the next 10 nights.
This evening, there will be an information briefing on board. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner, then live piano music in the bar.

Day 2
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. Included is a visit to Peter and Paul fortress and after lunch ashore, we visit the world- renowned Hermitage museum. A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items.
After dinner on board, those who selected ballet, folk show, or the rivers and canal cruise from the optional excursions offered during the information briefing will depart for the city.

Entrances today: Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage museum

Church on the Spilled Blood

Day 3
St. Petersburg. After breakfast, an optional excursion to visit the Grand Palace and lower Park at Petrodvorets, famous for the magnificent fountains and impressive views of the Gulf of Finland the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain, Greenhouse, Roman Fountains, The Chessboard Hill Cascade, Trick Fountains, the Monplaisir palace and you can enjoy fabulous view of the Gulf of Finland. Return to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod and depart for Mandrogui.
In the evening meet the staff and crew during the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, before enjoying dinner, followed by live music in the bar.

Entrances today: Only optional excursions today (not included)

Peter and Paul Fortress

Day 4
Mandrogui. After morning exercises (optional) and breakfast on board, there will be a visit to the historical village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. Visitors can also see local recipes being made and visit the farms which are tended by the local villagers. Enjoy a traditionally Russian lunch of shashlik (barbequed kebabs), before returning to Ms Nizhny Novgorod. There will be a Russian Language as well as a Russian dance lesson in the afternoon, before dinner and live and folk music in the bar.

Entrances today: Free entrances at your leisure except Vodka museum (local charge approx €5 -€6 p.p.)

Mandrogi in the Summer

Day 5
Kizhi. After breakfast, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous by its collection of wooden churches with the centrepiece, the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails. The Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russian river cruise. Return to the boat to set sail before lunch, and experience an afternoon of activities, which may include a tea ceremony, classical concert, Russian language lesson, or Captain’s Bridge tour before enjoying dinner and musicians concert.

Entrances today: Open-air museum of wooden architecture, Intercession Cathedral, izba (traditional wooden house)

Kizhi Pogos

Day 6
Goritsy. This morning disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery was founded in 1397 and is an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. The Goritsy Nunnery is much smaller than the Monastery and was founded later in 1544. Return to the Ms Nizhny Novgorod ready to set sail for Yaroslavl. After lunch, learn some new skills in the Matroyshka painting lesson, before dancing the afternoon away. Dinner tonight on board, followed by a concert and dancing.

Entrances today: Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons

Goritsy House

Day 7
Yaroslavl. After breakfast, a leisurely morning, then after lunch on board disembark for an excursion to the ancient city of Yaroslavl, founded in 1010 by Yaroslav Mudri (Yaroslav the Wise). Enjoy a visit to the Art Museum, situated in the former Governor’s House, as well as visiting the main sights of the city on a panoramic bus tour. There will be time to visit the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, built in 1620 and to have some free time exploring the local markets. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying a Russian dinner as you cruise. Folk music and dancing in the bar.

Entrances today: Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, interactive tour to former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Day 8
Uglich. After breakfast, visit the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The town’s historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his father’s death in 1584 but was found dead in questionable circumstances seven years later. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, built in his memory, appears on the horizon as the ship sails towards the town and is one of the great sights to be seen in Uglich. The visit also includes a walking tour of the town, a visit to the territory, once the location of the former Kremlin and the Transfiguration cathedral. Lunch will be on board the Ms Nizhny Novgorod followed by afternoon activities which will include a lesson on Russian traditional crafts, a Russian language lesson and Russian songs. In the evening, you can relax as you enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, followed by the talent show which is open to everyone!

Entrances today: Territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral

Day 9
Moscow. After breakfast on board, there will be a film about the cruise and a Q and A session with the crew about the Russian Reality. After lunch, you begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia, during a panoramic city tour of Moscow (no entrances) . Take in 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 will also pass by the Novodevichy Convent and will stop at Sparrow Hills to allow panoramic views over Moscow. Return to the ship for dinner.
Tonight you could choose to join the Moscow by night and metro tour (optional, not included) or stay on board for music and dancing in the bar.

Today: Panoramic City Tour (no entrances) plus optional excursion (not included)

Golden Domes at Kremlin

Day 10
Moscow. After breakfast this morning, explore within the Kremlin walls to see the former residence of the Russian Tsars, discover the huge Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and visit one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square. You then have the option to enjoy free time in Russia’s beautiful capital. Return to the ship for lunch before returning to the city for one of the optional tours, such as Novodevichy Convent or the Museum of Contemporary History, or simply enjoy free time to explore. Tonight is your final dinner on-board, and music in the bar.

Entrances today: Kremlin and one cathedral

Cathedral of the Annunciation

Day 11
Moscow. After breakfast on board, check out and disembarkation.
Onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not included, you may pre-book).

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