MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

St Petersburg to Moscow (11 days) or Moscow to St Petersburg (12 days). This Russian River Cruise on-board MS Chernyshevsky is available to Travel Agents and Tour Operators worldwide.  New agents should contact us by email or phone for details of our agent scheme and booking procedures.
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Contents – MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

Overview – MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

Make your dream visit to Russia a reality, with our high quality guaranteed Russia River Cruise aboard the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky. Cruise the waterways of Russia on our river cruise, the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky along the Volga River, and the lakes and canals between St Petersburg and Moscow. This Russia River Cruise is undoubtedly one of the best ways to view the fascinating sights of these two great cities and to discover the spectacular interiors of Russia.
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant Bar
  • Piano Bar
  • Coffee Bar
  • Ironing Room
  • Conference Hall
  • Souvenir Store
  • Solarium
  • Sauna
  • Medical Room

Itinerary – MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow

Arrive in Moscow for your Russian River Cruise. You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Chernyshevsky, your home for the next 11 nights. Upon arrival there will be a welcome briefing on board. This will include details of all optional excursions on offer for your sailing. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner, maybe followed by drinks in the bar with live piano music. Our on-board representative Masha, is on the Chernyshevsky for her third year. Masha is there to help and assist with all issues and does so calmly and with good humour. Masha is available to our customers at all times and she’s there to ensure your cruise is a success and memorable experience!

Day 2 – Moscow Sightseeing

After breakfast on board, begin your Russia river cruise with sightseeing in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. 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 returning to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky. An optional evening excursion is available. Dinner on board.

Day 3 – Kremlin

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. Return to the ship for lunch as the ship sets sail. There will be some safety training during the afternoon cruising before a welcome dinner and cocktail. After dinner, take part in the Getting to Know You Show.

Day 4 – Uglich

After breakfast on board the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky, 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 towns historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his fathers 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 of the 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.

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 in 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, listen to a Classical concert, enjoy a Russian Tea Party and take part in the dance class.

Day 6 – Goritsy

Learn some new skills this morning in the Matroyshka painting lesson before lunch. After lunch 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 Nikolai Chernyshevsky ready to set sail.

Day 7 – Kizhi

Activities this morning may include a classical concert, a Russian language lesson, a Captain’s Bridge tour and a demonstration of Russian National costume 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 (Please note, due to weather conditions early in the year, the 3rd May departure cruise does not visit the Island of Kizhi). Dinner tonight will be Pirate themed, followed by a Gala concert.

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 snack, the shaslik, 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 preparing for the evening’s talent show, which will take place after dinner.

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, Peter and Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. Return to the ship for lunch on board. An optional rivers and canal cruise will be available for those who want to explore St Petersburg from the water. After dinner on board, there will be the opportunity for evening excursions such as a visit to a ballet or folk show.

Day 10 – Hermitage

An optional excursion is available today to the Catherine Palace at Pushkin. Located 29km south of St. Petersburg, the construction of Catherine’s 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. Lunch will be on board the ship before heading for an afternoon excursion to the world-reknowned 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, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. Dinner on board this evening will be followed by an optional excursion to see St Petersburg by night.

Day 11 – Petrodvorets

A visit to the lower Park at Petrodvorets this morning will allow you to see the two magnificent fountains and views of the Grand Palace. Return to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky for lunch on board. Passengers have the opportunity to transfer to the city centre to enjoy free time to explore. Dinner on board this evening before preparing for check out the following morning

Day 12 – Departure

After breakfast on board, check out from your cabin and disembark from your Russia River Cruise aboard the MS Nikolai Chernychevsky for your onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not incuded, you may pre-book).

Cabin Views – MS Chernyshevsky Russian River Cruise

Inclusions – MS Chernyshevsky 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, Captain’s bridge tour, dancing, live music concerts
  • Captain’s farewell dinner
  • Visa support for the duration of the cruise only (see notes)

Not Included

  • Port tax €35 pay locally (per person)
  • Arrival and departure transfers:

    We can book these for you.

  • 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


  • 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.