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Russia River Cruise

August 2023

River Cruise

A river cruise between two of the world’s great cities is the ultimate way to experience Russia. The world's largest country offers it all, from historic cities and idyllic countryside to amazing artistic riches and meandering from city to countryside is the best way to take it all in.


Signature Moments

  • Be in awe of the majestry of St Petersburg
  • Enjoy a traditional Russian picnic
  • Visit an island only accessible by river cruise
  • Partake in a welcome bread and salt ceremony
  • Enjoy fabulous onboard entertainment
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 7 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • Included excursions with English Speaking Guides.
  • Onboard entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars at nights, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
  • 3 meals per day
  • Welcome Bread and Salt Ceremony
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail
  • Captain's dinner with upscale menu
  • Visit the World-famous Hermitage Museum
  • Partake in a traditional Russian picnic
  • Kizhi Island visit
  • Visit the monastery of St Cyril-on-the-White-Lake
  • Walking tour to the Kremlin
  • Moscow City Tour
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Leader


Day 1
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - St Petersburg
Welcome to Russia!

Arrive to St. Petersburg and transfer to the ship. After you board your ship, you have the evening free to relax, enjoy dinner onboard, and meet your fellow travelers on this extraordinary adventure across Russia.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - Hermitage Museum
St Petersburg

St. Petersburg is one of Russia's most beautiful cities! St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia until the Revolution of 1917, but remains Russia's most dynamic and fascinating city. Today starts with a panoramic tour of the city with stops at the Nevsky Prospect, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

Peter and Paul Fortress was designed to defend the city from naval attacks, but was used as a political prison for dissidents of the tsarist regime and as a museum during the soviet era. The fortress now stands as the tomb for the Russian imperial family. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built to commemorate one of Russia's greatest emperors. Alexander II is most famous for liberating the Russian serfs two years before the abolition of slavery in the U.S. After he was assassinated, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood was erected in his honor. St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe. Because of its rich decorations, gigantic golden cupolas, and sprawling observation deck, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in St. Petersburg.
You will also visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum inside the illustrious Winter Palace. The Hermitage Museum is to St. Petersburg what the Kremlin is to Moscow. Located in the gorgeous Winter Palace, it sits in the very heart of the city, a palace so beautiful that not even the Bolsheviks could destroy it during their takeover in 1917. They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each exhibit in the Hermitage it would take you three years to see everything. Optional for this evening: opera or ballet at Mariisnky, Mikhailovsky, the Hermitage Theater or Russian Folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace; Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - matreshka dolls

Mandrogi is a small village that has no architectural wonders, castles, or impressive churches. This land seems to be immune to the flow of time, frozen in a relaxing period of carelessness and calm. Surrounded by the serenity of Mandrogi, you will have a traditional Russian picnic called Shashlik. This succulent meal has Middle Eastern roots, but has been slightly modified - beef is replaced with pork that is marinated for one night.
Tip: Mandrogi is a great place to buy souvenirs so be on the lookout especially for the authentic Russian matreshka dolls.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island on Lake Onega is home to the massive Transfiguration Church. With 22 domes that extend over this small yet picturesque island, there are two interesting facts that surround it. Despite all of its architectural wonders, not a single nail was used to build it. Also, its original location was on the mainland, closer to the people.

The Bolsheviks, for all their hatred of religion, wanted to destroy the church, but did not dare to do so. They decided to transport the church to a deserted island where no one would be able to see it. That's why today it can only be reached by river cruise. You will spend this day exploring Kizhi Island and its amazing ensemble of wooden churches.
The Architectural Ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - Goritsy

The town of Goritsy is home to the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, built in 1397. During the Time of Trouble, Polish invaders stormed the monastery in attempt to purge Russia of its remaining nobles. Unsuccessful, they were forced out by the renewed Russian forces. You will visit the monastery of St. Cyril-on-the-White-Lake and a museum of icons.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - Uglich

Located on the banks of the Volga River, Uglich presented itself as a perfect fortress of defense for the ancient Moscovy Kingdom. In 1591 the 10-year-old Prince Dmitry of the ancient Ruyrik dynasty was murdered here by Boris Godunov before Godunov claimed the throne of Russia and was murdered himself.

These events plunged Russia into three decades of political turmoil known as the Time of Trouble, leaving the lands devastated and open for a new dynasty: the Romanovs. Today there will be a walking tour to the Kremlin in Uglich, also called Uglich fortress, and a visit to the small but historically significant church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, which stands on the location of the young prince's murder. Also see the Transfiguration of the Savior cathedral.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - Moscow

Welcome to Moscow, Russia's political and economic capital! Moscow was originally the center of Moscovy, a small principality that unified Russia against the Mongols in the late 14th century. Today you will go on a comprehensive Moscow city tour that will take you to the Red Square, Central Tverskaya Street, the KGB headquarters (exterior only), and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Accommodations: MS Mstislav Rostropovich Category C+

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Russia River Cruise - Moscow
Moscow - Depart

Time to say good-bye to Russia and wonderful new friends. You will be transferred to the airport after breakfast or if you are continuing on our Trans Siberian Rail Journey you will be transferred to the hotel.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.



Category C+

Double - TBA
Single - TBA

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit TBA

Final Payment due - TBA

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.


Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.


Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies


  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Airport Transfers (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities on personal expenses
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel


Tour Leader

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.


Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to St Petersburg
Depart from Moscow

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote
MS Mstislav Rostropovich
Category C+

This luxurious four-deck vessel, built in Czechoslovakia in 1980, and fully refurbished in 2009 is a spacious luxuriously appointed vessel to enjoy your journey between St Petersburg and Moscow. Mstislav Rostropovich - which is named after a famous Russian cellist and conductor - offers all outside cabins. Our cabins are the Deluxe Twin/Double Middle Deck with Balcony.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request