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2020 Czar's Cruise of Russia, Superior MS Nizhny Novgorod

Category: Cruising, Russia



A Royal Journey!


Cruise Russia 2020

Moscow-St. Petersburg, 13 Days

The most relaxing and scenic way to experience Russia is by cruising along the rivers connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg on the deck of one of our elegant cruise ships.

Nowhere could this be more satisfyingly true than of this cruise along the rivers, lakes and canals through the very heartland of Mother Russia, between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

And what scenery - nor only what you see but also what it evokes in the mind: a country laden with history, a place where different centuries seem to come together - it is all been laid on especially for you - and in a way it has.  

Sit back and relax as our cruise ship introduces you to the splendorous landscapes Russia has to offer



About your Floating hotel:

The MS Nizhny Novgorod is a Premium 4* river cruise vessel, in 301 design.

 The ship is 125 m/410 ft in length, 17 m/56 ft wide, immersion: 2.8 m; speed: 26 km per hour/16 mi per hour. 

The ship has just been renovated (2019) and is perfect to accommodate 261 guests and features everything to please the most discerning cruise passengers: from well-appointed comfortable cabins and elegant public areas to high-quality service and diverse entertainment program on board.  

Cabins on board the ship are all outside facing, are fully air conditioned and have private en suite facilities.  

Standard cabins are 110 sq. ft with closet space and makeup table. Bathrooms have a separate shower area. Deluxe cabins are 220 sq ft, with sitting area and twin or double beds. Suite are 330 sq ft with TV, fridge and a separate bedroom. 

There are 3 bars and a spacious conference hall where you can socialize with fellow passengers and share tales of your journey. 

Dining: Single and open seating - buffet breakfast - American style cuisine and local specialties

Entertainment: Daily entertainment program - music, dancing, folklore and lectures 

Dress Code: Casual and comfortable during the day. In the evening dress is semi formal or business casual and casual elegance for ladies. For gentlemen a jacket and tie are requested for the Captain's Dinner



Cruise Features: 

• Accommodation in a twin outside Cabin, aboard the superior MS Nizhny Novgorod ****

• Private car transfers upon arrival & departure (for passengers arriving & departing on our flights)

• Sightseeing as per day-by-day program

• Captain’s Welcome Reception

• Three meals daily starting with dinner on embarkation day & ending with breakfast on disembarkation day

• Entertainment on board including Russian language & songs lessons, live music concerts

• Captain’s Bridge tour

• Farewell Dinner (a Special menu)


Renovated MS Nizhny Novgorod river cruise boat MS Nizhny Novgorod Premium 4* river boat, modern interior design



Added Features

 In St. Petersburg: 1 night Extension: accommodation at a central hotel ****, with breakfast  & taxes Plus:
 a half-day sightseeing with a private guide

Due to a popular demand, we extend your stay in St. Petersburg and we'll take you outside of St. Petersburg for leisurely sightseeing, to visit the stunning Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber Room

Sightseeing with a private English-speaking guide / by a chauffeured car. Entrance fees included



Deluxe Twin outside Cabin, aboard MS Nizhny Novgorod river boat, after thorough refurbishment of 2019 MS Nizhny Novgorod Premium 4* river boat, Deluxe Suite Cabin Deluxe double Cabin, with outside window, MS Nizhny Novgorod Premium 4* river boat









Dates & Prices, 2020:

Superior MS Nizhny Novgorod




Moscow → St. Petersburg: 13 Days


St. Petersburg → Moscow: 12 Days

Cruise Dates:



Cruise Dates:


09 Aug-21 Aug

$ 4,675


19 Aug-30 Aug

$ 4,295

30 Aug-11 Sept

$ 4,675


09 Sept-20 Sept

$ 4,315

20 Sept-02 Oct

$ 4,415  

30 Sept-11 Oct

$ 4,245





Above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, in twin outside Cabin, Main Deck 

Single Supplement: CAD $ 1187


Early Bird Special: 

One Sailing available, Nizhny Novgorod → Moscow, along the Grand Volga route, with the Golden Ring gem towns, May 08-May 18, 2021. 

Please ask for details






      Itinerary Overview: 

      Moscow → St. Petersburg, 13 Days 
     St. Petersburg → Moscow, 12 Days

 13 Days:    Moscow → St. Petersburg    12 Days:  St. Petersburg → Moscow
Day 1   Arrive Moscow   Day 1 Arrive St. Petersburg

Day 2


In Moscow


Day 2

In St. Petersburg

Day 3


In Moscow


Day 3

In St. Petersburg

Day 4




Day 4

In St. Petersburg

Day 5




Day 5


Day 6




Day 6


Day 7




Day 7


Day 8




Day 8


Day 9


St. Petersburg


Day 9


Day 10   St. Petersburg   Day 10 Moscow
Day 11   St. Petersburg   Day 11 Moscow
Day 12   St. Petersburg   Day 12 Moscow
Day 13   depart St. Petersburg      




Cruise Price Includes:

• Accommodation in twin river-view cabin with private facilities

• Private car transfers upon arrival and departure (for passengers arriving and departure on our flights)

• Sightseeing as per day-by-day-program

• Three meals daily (starting with dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on disembarkation day)

• Entertainment on board including Russian language, song lessons, concerts and shows

• Captain’s Welcome Reception

• Captain’s Bridge tour

• Farewell dinner (a Special menu)








Day-By-Day program:


Day 1:  MOSCOW: Arrive in Moscow and transfer to river pier to embark on your comfortable floating hotel. Check-in. Your meal plan starts today with dinner (D)   

Today explore Moscow with an introductory City tour, then relax with some free time (B,L,D)

Today you visit the nerve center of Russia's political and economic life, the Moscow Kremlin where any visit to Russia must begin. View world's largest Czar Bell and Czar Cannon, the presidential offices, visit inside some of the historic cathedrals on Kremlin's Palace square. After sightseeing return to the ship to journey onward to Uglich (B,L,D) 

Disembark for your walking tour of the provincial town of Uglich, one of the historical towns on the Golden Ring - a loop of small cities and towns where early Russian  culture and traditions shaped up, long before Moscow gained its political power.

On a city tour see the Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood,  built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Depart before dinner and cruise through the night (B,L,D) 


Arrive in Yaroslavl, the Heartland of the Golden Ring region. On a City tour ride along the banks of the Volga river where you will see the Church of Epiphany. You will also see the remarkable Church of Elijah the Prophet and will visit inside the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker, and will take an interactive tour of the former Governor's House. Free time to shop for handcrafted souvenirs at a local market (B,L,D)  

Bathed in history, Goritsy has a medieval feel. Experience how locals live as you learn how traditions and handicraft techniques are preserved here. Travel to the Kirill-Belozersky Monastery, visit the Museum of Icons (B,L,D)

Day 7: KIZHI
Enjoy a trip to the Kizhi Island's impressive Museum of wooden Architecture, the UNESCO World Hermitage site, containing the spectacular Church of Transfiguration built entirely out of wood without a single nail (B,L,D) 

A Green stop with picturesque surroundings.  

The reconstructed 18th c. village of Mandrogy brings Russia's life vibrantly to life. Inside wooden houses are craftsmen fashioning matryoshkas, the famous nesting dolls; lace and ceramics. Enjoy a traditional Shashlik (Barbeque) picnic lunch ashore (B,L,D) 

Your travels bring you to the second capital of Russia decorated with world class architecture and grand palaces. Explore the city with your City sightseeing tour before visiting the unique Peter-and-Paul Fortresscity's historical nucleus, and the final resting place
of Russia's Emperors and czarinas (B,L,D)   

Tour the world famous Hermitage Museum, the giant warehouse of world art that comprises over 3 million pieces of priceless art (B,L,D)  

Travel outside of St. Petersburg to the sumptuous Peterhof, the splendid Summer palace of Peter the Great, built to rival Versailles

Today, after breakfast, your cruise ends. For you we extend your stay in St. Petersburg and will be offering you a special privately-guided visit to the exquisite Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber Room. After sightseeing return to St. Petersburg and check-in at a central hotel for an overnight (B)   

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight home (B)



 For Reverse itinerary, St. Petersburg → Moscow, please click here












Yes, we're home and had a fabulous trip. Everything worked out beautifully on both tours, including knowledgeable tour guides, pickups to hotels and airports as scheduled, gourmet meals on the cruise ship and the list goes on.
Thanks once again for organizing us - you did a great job.


Dorothy Hughes,

Alberta Canada 



Dorothy traveled with her companion on a river cruise, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Sept 13-24, 2016, on board MS Leo Tolstoy river boat, with extensions in both cities 



From Sheila Evans - 

What can I say, but to echo Dot’s comments?  It was a great trip. 
Please do thank Sergei for his efforts on our behalf.  We surely had a grand time and would recommend this cruise/tour to anyone.  We now have an understanding and appreciation of that part of the world that we would never have had without the trip.  Loved the trip, the places and the people. Some of what we did privately was available on the cruise.  E.g. going to the folk show. However, Masha, our guide in Moscow did a great job.  We particularly loved the Diamond fund, Armoury and Subways in Moscow.  Please pass on kudos. The trip to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo outside St. Petersburg was terrific and gave us a free day to take Metro back into the city and see more of the Hermitage on our own while the cruise tour went to the palace. Thanks so much for looking after us so beautifully, one more time, Heather. You make our travel lives easy and it is surely appreciated.



 Hi Sergei, 

Thanks for your welcome. Sorry its taken a few days to get back to your, it is a mix of jetlag and catching up with things at home. 

We had a wonderful trip altogether, everything went as planned and better. Russia is a beautiful, dynamic country and we are hoping to go back in the future, so much still to see. 

I'll give you my impressions as John already wrote to you. 


The extra day and tours in St. Petersburg before the cruise started was a great idea.

The hotel facilities were very clean and well located, it was so good to be able to go out for a walk right after we arrived.

They were waiting at the airport for us even though the flight was delayed. Our tour to the Hermitage was memorable, the guide was very competent and knowledgeable and we were able to stay a couple of hours more after the guide left. Next day we had a beautiful day at the Catherine Palace, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed the greenery and beauty of the area. We paid the driver and the he picked us up later to take us to the ship, so that went very smoothly. 

The cruiseship and facilities were as expected as we had so much information from you. The cabin was compact but well designed and we enjoyed the view to outside. I was glad we were not in the lower level. 

The weather overall was better than expected as we did not have too much rain and the temperature was pleasant. I took too many winter clothes. Summer clothes with a light down jacket was enough most of the time and when it got cold an extra layer was enough.

We missed the first stop due to the 5 mt waves in Ladoga, fortunately it was at the beginning and staying the wholed day on the ship was not too bad. 

Our first visit was Kizhi and the churches and the island were resplendent under the sun. We also had good weather in Goritsy, it was interesting to see the Monastery but the guide did not speak English and the content was weak. But it was a good day overall. 

The program in Yaroslavl and the tour guide were very good, we could've stayed there a couple of hours more, there was a lot to see. 

Uglich was also short but the tour was good and the weather cooperated.


We enjoyed the food during the cruise and we thought the restaurant staff were very efficient. There was good variety in the menus and the presentation was always very nice, the portions were not excessive, so we never felt over stuffed (hard to have control when it is in front of you).  

The vodka tasting and the Russian Tea ceremony were just excellent. The Russian entertainers were of high caliber, we felt bad for them when in the bars as people were talking during the performances but on the other hand there were not other options for people to get together and talk. I thought they could use the dining room area when not in use for eating.

The staff really did their best in all areas, keeping rooms neat, dining room, entertainment, coordinating, etc.

We really admired everyone's work but especially the young activity leaders, their language skills and good energy were excellent. It did impart a lot of energy, especially as most passengers were mature adults.


There are no works to describe St. Petersburg and Moscow, they are so beautiful, young, dynamic with amazing old architecture and colorful, interesting, painful history but just shows how the human spirit can raise above all.

We definitely have to visit again. We did the most out of our time during our stay there and appreciated that the ship was accessible with public transportation and the shuttle bus when necessary. 

Riding the Metro is tricky but it is such an interesting experience and very efficient.

We had an excellent tour guide for the night tour of Moscow's Metro, she really put a lot of energy in her presentation and brought the modern city too life for us.

I am glad we tried to learn the alphabet at least, it did help - the language is so difficult, very hard to memorize but it was fun too take the Russian language and songs class.


Overall our trip  was a very memorable experience, loved what we saw so far of Russia and hope to go back one day.


Thank you for your efforts with getting the visa and coordinating the first couple of days for us, that was very important in order to see the most during the few days we were in St. Petersburg.

The river cruise was too relaxing for my taste and the stops in between were short, but the company does the very best given the distance and many locks and size of the ship.


We could have used a couple of days more in Moscow. now we know, we had a lot of energy to tackle the second phase in Portugal which kept us busy and on the move all the time.

It is good to be home but we miss all the action and variety of traveling have to start preparing our next adventure.

Thank you again Sergei for your personal attention in arranging the details that ensured the success of our first visit to Russia.


We will continue to share our positive experience with everyone.


Best regards, 

Claudia Marcogliese

Toronto ON  17 October  




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