Jewels of Russia15 days & 14 nights,
St. Petersburg, Mandrogi, Kizhi Island, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich & Moscow
In the words of Winston Churchill, mighty Russia has always been 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.' From the haunting beauty of St. Petersburg to the might and splendor of Moscow, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world. It is, after all, a land as vast as it is beautiful. Visit the iconic Hermitage, watch ballet performed by the masters, sample vodka and visit the mighty Kremlin. There's simply no better way to traverse this land than along Russia's unique and majestic waterways. The best option by far is a luxury cruise on board Scenic Tsar. Life on board this boutique ship, which is unique in Scenic's impressive fleet, is an incomparable blend of luxury and intimacy. With only 112 guests, Scenic Tsar allows you to traverse great distances and immerse yourself completely in the many traditions and wonders of Russia along the way.
Day 1St. Petersburg
Welcome to St. Petersburg. If you had a hundred years, you wouldn't exhaust all the wonder in this magnificent treasure here.Scenic Tsar - 14 Nights (D)
Day 2St. Petersburg
Freechoice: 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 modeled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the palaces majestic fountains.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis.
Day 3St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Following lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world's most magnificent art collections. Later this evening, please join the Scenic Tsar's Captain for the official welcome dinner.
Day 4St. Petersburg
This morning visit Catherine's Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold facade and its elaborate gardens.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. Here you'll be offered traditional Russian cuisine where the delicious fare is home-grown at the restaurant owner's private summer residence.
This afternoon enjoy 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. It 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.
Day 5St. Petersburg
This morning you'll enjoy a cruise through the city's canals and get to glide under some of the city's 400 bridges.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Tonight, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River.
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It's all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
Day 7Kizhi Island
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island - an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You'll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail you will toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it's even older than mighty Moscow. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Part of the 'Golden Ring' of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will immerse you into the heart of this historical site.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Relax on board as you sail towards Russia's mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you'll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil's Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travelers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Enjoy a refreshing drink during a cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire Moscow's fine sights and architecture from the waterways.
Start your day by seeing the city's finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow's Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it's considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city. Tonight, you'll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus, where you'll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
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Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here 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 lunch in a local restaurant.
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art, or explore the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you'll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.
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 National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must. However, it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.(B)