Moscow – St. Petersburg
Moscow is the capital of Russia, «a third Rome» and the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in Moscow you will get to know the history of the city and see the main places of interest – the magnificent Red Square with its renowned St. Basil’s Cathedral. Enjoy the most impressive sights of Moscow: The Tretyakov Art Gallery, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Old Arbat Street, Moscow’s world-famous Metro (172 stations, over 270 km of track), Novodevichy Convent.
The approach to Uglich is one of the most memorable sights of a cruise along the Volga. Founded in 937, it flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries, and was favoured in the 16th by Ivan the Terrible. Uglich is known for its magnificent Church of Dimitry-on-the-Blood.
Welcome to the Northwest of Russia, the village of Goritsy, home to the Resurrection Convent, standing at the shoreline. From Goritsy a bus will drive you to a town of Kirrilov, 8 kilometers away, to tour one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake.
Situated in the northeast of Lake Onega, the island of Kizhi is home to the open-air museum of fascinating wooden architecture. The focal point, referred to as the Kizhi Ensemble, comprises the awe-inspiring 22-domed Transfiguration Cathedral (1714), the neighboring Church of Intercession (1774) and the bell tower between the two.
Mandrogui is a reconstructed village. Experience provincial Russian lifestyle, watch the artisans and craftsmen making matryoshkas (Russian nesting dolls), carving wood, sewing and…visit the Vodka Museum, which boasts 250 varieties of the national drink.
Svirstroy is a tiny country-side settlement which is situated on the left bank of the Svir River. It is famous for its natural lake and very picturesque landscapes.
Russia’s second-largest city St. Petersburg is known as the cultural center of the country. Among the panoply of sights to be enjoyed will be Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the Square of Arts with the Russian Museum, the Smolny Convent, the Summer Garden, and the Field of Mars. You will enjoy the classical architecture of Senate Square with its famous «Bronze Horseman», St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Senate and Synod buildings, the Peter and Paul’s Fortress (the first building in St. Petersburg, the burial place of the Romanov dinasty), St. Petersburg State University, the Spire of Admiralty, and many other architectural monuments as well as the bridges and embankments of the «Palmira of the North».
With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it entirely.
Explore the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg. Starting on the Moika River, a relaxing tour along the rivers and canals is one of the unique ways to discover St. Petersburg.
Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains. Built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles, Peterhof used to be in the past an exquisite summer residence of the Russian tsars.