Jewels of Russia

Russia’s many mysteries revealed…

A pre tour option to our St Petersburg Conference

 7 - 21 July 2019


Reveal the mysteries of Russia on a 15 day river cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow, cruise the majestic waterways on board the luxurious Scenic Tsar. In the words of Winston Churchill, Russia has always been ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.

From the might and splendour of Moscow to the beauty of St. Petersburg, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world. Shake hands with a cosmonaut, watch as ballerinas interpret their time-honoured art, tour the royal gardens of the palace of Catherine the Great, and view the towering spires of the Kremlin. In this vast and impressive land, no two destinations are ever alike, and you’ll find that your experience can change utterly in the space of a moment. There’s simply no better way to traverse this land than along Russia’s majestic waterways. The best option by far is a luxury cruise on board the boutique Scenic Tsar with only 112 guests.

When you’re not out and about absorbing the marvels of the region, you can look forward to being ensconced in the luxury of a truly unique floating hotel, with world-class dining, arranged on-board events, and facilities that are quite simply in another class.

Details of our tour from Moscow to St Petersburg:

Day 1 - Moscow

Welcome to Moscow. If you had a hundred years, you couldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Moscow

Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible world icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Moscow

Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Moscow

Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.

Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Moscow

Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War II museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Uglich

Part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will show you the many highlights of this city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Yaroslavl

Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Today you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Fine Art Museum, housed in the Governor’s mansion, featuring the impressive collection of Russian paintings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Goritsy

Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Kizhi Island

Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Mandrogi

Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings and perhaps try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - St. Petersburg

Start your day with a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis, followed by a lunch in a local restaurant. Then, visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12 - St. Petersburg

Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, which was modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces’ majestic Fountains.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - St. Petersburg

This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens.
Afterwards enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant.
This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore or relax as you please.

Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - St. Petersburg

Today you’ll enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and get to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - St. Petersburg

After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast

All-inclusive highlights of the journey from Moscow to St Petersburg from $13740 pp*

  • Luxury boutique small ship, Scenic Tsar

  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

  • Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities

  • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)

  • Complimentary beer, wine and soft drink with on board lunches and dinners

  • Cruise Director to guide and assist

  • Expert Program Directors

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • All tipping and gratuities

Extend your stay and earn CPD by attending our St Petersburg Conference after