MS Rostropovich Russian River Cruise

 
As one of the few luxurious ships which cruise Russian waterways, the 5 star MS Rostropovich is the perfect showcase for the legendary and historic rivers of Russia. Originally built in 1980 the ship was completely rebuilt in 2010. The result is one of the most modern and elegant vessels to travel the Volga river. She is 443 feet long, 52 feet wide, and can carry 212 guests in 106 staterooms, most with private balconies. The modern restaurant is easily accessible from all decks (via the lift if required).  Known by her Russian name, MS Mstislav Rostropovich, after the celebrated Russian cellist and conductor.  This ship has operated as ‘AmaKatarina’ in previous years.
 

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Ms Rostropovich Russian River Cruise

Ms Rostropovich Russian River Cruise

Overview – MS Rostropovich Russian River Cruise

 
As one of the few luxurious ships which cruise Russian waterways, the 5 star MS Rostropovich is the perfect showcase for the legendary and historic rivers of Russia. Originally built in 1980 the ship was completely rebuilt in 2010. The result is one of the most modern and elegant vessels to travel Volga river. She is 443 feet long, 52 feet wide, and can carry 212 guests in 106 staterooms, most with balconies. Known by her Russian name, MS Mstislav Rostropovich, after the celebrated Russian cellist and conductor.
  • “Symphony” Bar and Restaurant
  • Coffee Station
  • “Opera” Restaurant
  • “Maestro” Conference Hall and Movie Theater
  • “River Melody” Bar and Lounge
  • Reception
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Ironing Room
  • Smoking Areas
  • Outside bar
  • Lift Access
  • Solarium with Chaise-longues
  • Gymnasium
  • Medical Center

Itinerary (8 Days) – MS Rostropovich Russian River Cruise, Moscow to St Petersburg

Day 1 – Arrival in Moscow

Arrive in Moscow. You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Rostropovich, your home for the next 7 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. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and continue to your afternoon exploration of the Kremlin – 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 MS Rostropovich for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, dinner and entertainment in the bars.

Day 3 – Uglich

After breakfast on board the MS Rostropovich, your day will include a visit to 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 Dmitryon 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. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board.

Day 4 – 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. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery of St. Cyril 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. Evening Russian style dinner and entertainment on board ship.

Day 5 – Kizhi

After breakfast and morning entertainment on board, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous due to the 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 for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on board.

Day 6 – Goritsy

Breakfast and the Captain’s Farewell dinner are served on board today with a traditional Russian BBQ lunch taken in 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. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship’s Gala Concert.

Day 7 – 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 the Peter and Paul Fortress and also 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, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. Return to the ship for dinner on board.

Day 8 – Departure

Enjoy your final breakfast at leisure on board ship prior to departure. Departure transfers can be arranged for you at a small additional charge.

Itinerary (8 Days) – MS Rostropovich Russian River Cruise, St Petersburg to Moscow

Day 1 – Arrive in St Petersburg

You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Rostropovich, your home for the next 7 nights on our Russia 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 – St Petersburg – Panoramic City Tour

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 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.
*Entrances included to Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum

Day 3 – Mandrogui

After breakfast on board, today’s tour includes a traditional Russian BBQ lunch taken in 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. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship’s Gala Concert.

Day 4 – Kizhi

After breakfast and morning entertainment on board, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous due to the 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 for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on board.
* Entrances included to the open air museum of wooden architecture and a visit to a typical Korelian House.

Day 5 – 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. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery of St. Cyril* 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. Evening Russian style dinner and entertainment on board ship.

Entrances included to the Church and Museum of Icons at the Monastery of St Cyril.

Day 6 – Uglich

 After breakfast on board the MS Rostropovich, your day will include a visit to 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. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board.

Entrances included to Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 7 – Moscow – Panoramic City Tour

After breakfast, the ship arrives in Moscow. After lunch onboard, you 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. Continue your exploration of the Kremlin, 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 MS Rostropovich for the final night’s dinner and entertainment.

Entrances included to Kremlin and 1 of the Cathedrals within the territory.

Day 8 – Russia River Cruise Departure

Enjoy breakfast at leisure on board ship prior to departure.
Departure transfers can be arranged for an additional charge.

Cruise Dates 2021 – MS Rostropovich Russian River Cruise

Dates 2021 Days/nights Direction Season
08 May – 15 May 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow LOW
15 May – 22 May  8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
22 May – 29 May 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
29 May – 05 June  8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
05 June – 12 June 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
12 June – 19 June  8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
19 June – 26 June 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
26 June – 03 July  8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
03 July – 10 July 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
10 July – 17 July  8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
17 July – 24 July 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
24 July – 31 July  8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
31 July – 07 Aug 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
07 Aug – 14 Aug 8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
14 Aug – 21 Aug 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
21 Aug – 28 Aug 8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
28 Aug – 04 Sept 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
04 Sept – 11 Sept 8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
11 Sept – 18 Sept 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow HIGH
18 Sept – 25 Sept 8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg HIGH
25 Sept – 02 Oct 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow LOW
02 Oct – 09 Oct 8 days/7 nights Moscow – Saint-Petersburg LOW
09 Oct – 16 Oct 8 days/7 nights Saint-Petersburg – Moscow LOW

 

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Inclusions – MS Rostropovich 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

  • 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 MyRussianVisa.com

Notes

  • 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.