Regional flights may be available on request
Upon arrival transfer to the port & embark MS Nizhny Novgorod, for your 11 night cruise (D)
Begin your day with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Heritage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II. Following lunch in the city, your guided bus tour will take you along the Spire of the Basil Island. Pass by the Senate and St. Isaac ́s cathedral, and drive along Nevsky prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. You will also see the church of the Savior on spilled blood, a unique example of Russian Revival architecture (B, L, D)
The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg or just enjoy and relax on board MS Nizhny Novgorod. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host a welcome reception (B, L, D)
Visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful ‘izbas’ – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many opportunities for you to admire items of Russian handicrafts, such as pottery and the famous matryioshka dolls. You will also have free time to enjoy some of Mandrogi’s other attractions, like the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of one of Russia’s most famous exports. This evening, the Captain will host a farewell dinner (B, L, D)
Today, cruise Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and arrive at the small island of Kizhi. You will be taken on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration. Built in 1714, the structure of the Church was built without a single nail (B, L, D)
Today, a tranquil atmosphere awaits as you arrive in Goritsy, a quiet Russian village set within scenic countryside. Discover the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, legend has it that Cyril of Beloozero, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, founded the monastery in 1397 in his search for a remote place to be closer to God. The monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons (B, L, D)
Located at the confluence of the mighty Volga and Kotorosl rivers and founded during the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your tour includes a stop at the 17th century Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, and an interactive tour of the former Governor’s House (B, L, D
Your day will start with a visit to Uglich, one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. Throughout its 1000-year history, the town was used by various Monarchs, including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. During your walking tour you will visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration, and see the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood (B, L, D)
Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860-year history, with recognisable reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is the financial and political centre of Russia with a population of around 13 million inhabitants. During today’s guided city tour, you will drive along Leningradskaya Street, Tverskaya Street, Novodevichy convent, and have the chance to see Moscow’s highlights, including the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy free time at the Red Square (B, L, D)
Immerse yourself in Moscow’s rich history with a visit to the Kremlin Grounds, which is for many the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia. The Kremlin is the former seat of the Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. During a stroll around the grounds, you’ll see the majestic Cathedral Square, the Palace of Congresses, Senate square with the Arsenal and Senate buildings and the residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring Moscow’s history at your own pace. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark the ship (B).
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* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
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Welcome aboard MS Nizhny Novgorod, Emerald Waterways newly acquired river ship dedicated to the waters of Russia. Refurbished during 2019, MS Nizhny Novgorod is a comfortable and traditional ship with a friendly on board atmosphere. With a super selection of amenities, including two restaurants, two relaxed bar areas and a solarium and sauna, she is the perfect base from which to explore the remarkable charms of Russia.
Booking conditions of Emerald Waterways and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Free drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Drinks are only included with lunch and dinner and a limnit of two per person applies. Savings is based on two adults sharing. Please note that MS Nizhny Novgorod is not an Emerald Star-Ship and is a specially chartered ship therefore certain features such as E-bikes are not available on board. Regional and premium flights will incur supplementary costs, may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. Shore excursions are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Wifi cannot be guaranteed as is subject to T&Cs. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. E&OE.
Additional £200 is per booking, based on twin occupancy, for new bookings made between 2nd November until 8pm 30th November 2020.
John Lewis Gift Card is tiered on cabin grade booked, based on one per booking for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8pm 30th November 2020.