The tours are held on board of a four-deck motor boat in summer time (May to September). The tourists are accommodated in single or double cabins. The ship has a restaurant, 3-4 bars, and a disco.
St.Petersburg – Moscow – St.Petersburg
This river voyage links the great imperial cities of the czars. Russia’s two most cities are also the repositories of Russian art and architecture. Moscow, the medieval and 20th-century capital, has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings, while St. Petersburg, the creation of Peter the Great, benefited from the inspiration of Europe’s greatest 18th-century architects and craftsmen. Three rewarding days will be spent in each of these great cities, and, in between, we will cruise the intricate pattern of connecting rivers, canals and lakes that link Moscow with St. Petersburg. You will sail through enchanting countryside and witness firsthand the tranquility and beauty which has inspired writers and musicians for centuries.
- Valaam Island (1 day) *
- Valaam Island – Mandrogi (2 days) *
- Kizhi Island (3 days) with visit to Valaam Island *
- Kizhi Island – Petrozavodsk (4 days) with visit to Valaam Island *
* Optional to any tour to St. Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, founded at the mouth of the Neva River in 1703 by Russian Tsar Peter the Great. Its history is picturesque and attractive. Every building here is a part of the city’s history. Saint Petersburg has more than 30 museums, most known of which are the State Hermitage and State Russian Museum. Saint Petersburg is often called a Northern Venice because of many rivers, canals and bridges (there are more than 300 of them in the city). Saint Petersburg is also known for its famous suburbs: Peterhof, Tsar’s village, Pavlovsk, etc. A person needs to visit the city only one time to fall in love with it forever.
Valaam Island, which gave its name to the whole archipelago, is located in the northern part of Ladoga Lake – the largest lake in Europe. The orthodox Monastery of Transfiguration of Christ was founded on the island of Valaam. In the middle of the 19th century the monastery of Valaam reached the highest flourishing. Many monastery workshops, dairy farm, photographer’s and icon painter’s studios and a library began their activities. During this period many small Monasteries (10 all together) were founded. Every small Monastery has its own beauty. Today the monastic life in the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ continues. Its pilgrim divine arranges excursions and pilgrimage tours including visits to the Main Farmstead and small Monasteries.
Mandrogi (green stop) – a new mooring place 10 kilometers from Svirstroi where an old Russian village was recreated with an ensemble of wooden architecture, a quarter of traders and craftsmen, carved decorations on the houses, long-forgotten handicrafts and folklore festivals with bears and balalaikas. Today Mandrogy is a hospitable village decorated by wooden carvings and all sorts of tracery. Here you can enjoy wooden architecture, visit an exhibition of samovars, buy souvenirs made by local craftsmen, to have a heartily meal with Russian vodka and Russian tea. . Svirstroi (green stop) is a landing place on the left bank of the Svir River flowing into the Ladoga Lake. The river runs through a hilly plain covered by a dense pine forest and has very beautiful banks. Here is situated one of the cultural treasuries of North Russia – Saint Trinity Alexander-Svirsk Monastery.
Kizhi Island is a unique nook of the Russian country, situated on the Onega Lake. The first orthodox temples appeared here more then 400 years ago. Constructed with an axe without a single nail the Kizhi churches, chapels, bell towers, peasant’s houses and water-mills became a jewel of North Russia. In the open-air museum on the island of Kizhi there are 75 ancient wooden constructions. Except for the ancient churches tourists have an opportunity to visit country houses of pre-revolutionary construction, where the internal furniture is kept, to have a look at the barns, bath-houses, and smithies. The new expositions also acquaint with the way the peasants dried and threshed grain in the old days.
Petrozavodsk – the capital of Karelia – has been founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 simultaneously with Saint Petersburg. It is the greenest and ecologically most compatible city of North-West Russia. It is situated on the coast of Onega Lake, second in size in Europe. One of the noteworthy objects of Petrozavodsk is the Kivatch waterfall – the largest and most beautiful waterfall in the plains of Europe. There you will pot hear the incredible roar produced by crushing down mountainous waterfalls but you will be enchanted by the calm and harmony of the landscape. Your way will proceed through beautiful Karelian villages. You will come in touch with genuine exotics as there remain very few places on earth where the influence of civilization is so imperceptible. Goritzi (green stop) is a small village, located on the bank of the river Sheksna. Here you will start the bus excursion to Kirill-Belosersk Monastery – a splendid memorial of the 14th century architecture located at the Siversk Lake.
Rybinsk or Rybny settlement is known since the year 1504. The inhabitants of the town were engaged in fishing sturgeons, starlets and white-salmons for the tsar’s kitchen. The center of the town preserved mainly the same look, as in the 18-19th centuries.
Yaroslavl — one of the most beautiful Russian cities – was founded in 1010 by Yaroslav the Wise, the Duke of Rostov. The first record of Yaroslavl in the chronicles is dated by the year 1071. In the beginning of the 13th century Yaroslavl, owing to its favorable geographic situation became one of the larger towns “f the Rostov country and soon afterwards became the capital of an independent princedom. In the 15th century Yaroslavl was included into the Moscow princedom. Later on the town developed into a large trade and handicraft center with original stone building architecture, mural painting schools, flourishing handicraft and manufacturing industry.
Kostroma was founded in the 12th century. The city is located on the banks of the Volga River. Today Kostroma is the only city in Russia which has retained the layout and architectural ensemble formed in its central part during the 18th early 19th centuries. A peculiar feature of the old part of Kostroma is the abundance of wooden houses. Their facade decorations and forged balcony railings add very special features to their appearance. However, Kostroma’s principal attraction is the Ipatiev Monastery.
Cherepovets is a large center of ferrous metallurgy and chemical industry. The Cherepovets town museum is more than a hundred years old. In its rooms one may acquaint oneself with the archeological discoveries in the basin of the Scheksna River belonging to the 3 – 2nd millennium B.C. and to the 10 – 11th centuries AD, as well as with rich collections of ancient Russian icons from the 14 – 17th centuries, specimens of the wooden polychromatic sculpture, manuscripts books of the 17 – 19th centuries.
Vytegra is a port town situated on the eastern bank of the Vytegra River. The central part of Vytegra has preserved its historical aspect up to the present days. On its main street you may see the five-domed Voskresensky cathedral and in the adjacent residential areas many stone houses built in the style of classicism as well as wooden houses decorated with fretwork.
Uglich, one of the oldest towns on the upper Volga, has more than a thousand-year old history. The pedestrian excursion in the town starts with a visit of the Uglich Kremlin. After sightseeing the Kremlin you will be shown a number of ancient churches and monasteries.
Original culture, splendid landscapes and a virginal nature characterize the town Myshkin as a really piquant place for tourism. Houses of stone and wood build in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th centuries preserve almost without changes the appearance of the classic Russian province. Near every noteworthy building are tablets with information about the buildings and their inhabitants, rendering Myshkin the appearance of a museum in the open air. Other points of interest in the town are a museum devoted to the mouse, the only one in the world, the church for all grieving, and a museum of wooden architecture and family life, the only one in the Yaroslavl district.
Moscow is the capital of Russia It is situated on the bank of the Moskva-river. Moscow was founded by the Prince Yuri Dolgoruki in 1147 and was the main city of the Russian state. Twice the city has become a capital – in 1147 and in 1918. Moscow has many magnificent historical places. The heart of the city is the Kremlin, situated on 1 he Red Square. The most known places of interests are also I he Bolshoi Theater and Tretvakov Gallery.