Days 1-3: Moscow. Spend three glorious days in this exciting city while your ship is docked in port. You will tour the Kremlin, visit Red Square and marvel at the Byzantine splendor of St. Basil's multi-colored onion-domed cathedral. You will be taken on an optional tour to the Pushkin Museum, as well as the Armory Museum, where you'll admire numerous treasures of the czars, including spectacularly famous jewels, crowns, thrones and royal armor.
Day 4: Uglich. Uglich was founded in 1148. Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that the Czarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. Within the Kremlin is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Czarevich Dmitry.
Day 5: Yaroslavl. Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11-th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet, situated in the town's central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church constitute a veritable museum of old Russian paintings.
Day 6: Goritsy. Goritsy is a tiny settlement seven kilometers from the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery. Visit what remains of the Nunnery of the resurrection on the banks of the Sheksna River in Goritsy, within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stop, will be interesting for any tourist.
Day 7: Via the Volga/Baltic Canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. Renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture assembled from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The Transfiguration Church, with 22 domes, is the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale church architecture.
Day 8: Green Stop. In the village there are some structures built according to the Russian fine traditions of wooden architecture. Village dwellers meet the guests and organize something special for them. There is a museum of Russian Vodka in the Remeslennaya Sloboda, where tourists can get acquainted with the history of Russian vodka industry. You will be walking along the picturesque woods.
Days 9-12: Saint-Petersburg. Saint-Petersburg was founded on May, 16, 1703. It is an industrial, cultural and scientific centre of Russia, the largest centre of transport of the country, sea port and international airport. It was the capital of The Russian Empire from 1712 untill 1728 and from 1732 untill 1918. St. Petersburg is called ' The Nothern Venice'. It is situated in the western part of Prinevskaya lowland where the river Neva flows into the Gulf of Finland. The city has more than 40 rivers, branches, channels. A very interesting phenomenon of nature, called 'white nights', can be watched in St. Petersburg in the first half of summer.
Note: Change of sequence of passage of round is possible.
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