15 Days
From £5,190 PP
In association with Scenic
She’s one of our greatest ever dancers and a judge on Strictly Come Dancing - now we’re giving you a chance to meet her in St Petersburg on our new 15-day luxury river cruise

Legendary dancer Dame Darcey Bussell is one of our favourite W&H cover stars and we're pleased to announce that she will be joining us on this incredible once-in-a-lifetime cruise in Russia. And where better to watch a performance with the former prima ballerina, than in beautiful St Petersburg, cradle of the Russian ballet tradition and home to the Mariinsky?

Darcey was only the second British dancer to ever perform with the Kirov in St. Petersburg on its famous raked stage and she will give a fascinating talk to woman&home readers** about her experiences there as well as answer questions about her incredible career and role now as a Strictly Come Dancing judge. St Petersburg will be your first stop on an epic 15-day river cruise which will take you in comfort and style along the mighty Volga river to Moscow. You'll be travelling on the Scenic Tsar, one of the most spacious and luxurious ships in Russia, and all your meals, drinks (soft drinks, wine and beer with lunch and dinner) and excursions are included in the price.

This fantastic voyage in one of the world's most powerful and fascinating nations will be unforgettable trip - and the chance to meet Dame Darcey Bussell there, too makes it truly unmissable!

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Darcey Bussell
Ballerina and 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge
Presenter Darcey Bussell is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers of her generation.

Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell, DBE, became the principal dancer at The Royal Ballet at the age of 20 and remained with the company for over two decades. Now retired, she is author to the 'Magic Ballerina' children's book series and is currently a judge on the BBC panel show 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Russia is a country of wonderful cultural heritage with a rich history of dance. I’m very much looking forward to sharing my stories and experiences of dancing with the Kirov - now the Mariinsky Ballet - with you in its home city, St Petersburg.

Darcey Bussell

Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 14-night river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow on the luxury Scenic Tsar
  • Talk and Q&A with Dame Darcey Bussell in St Petersburg including tickets to a ballet performance
  • All excursions and other expert talks (full details in the itinerary below)
  • All meals including complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with on board lunches and dinners
  • Services of an expert Cruise Director
  • All transfers, taxes and gratuities

Availability

From
Sun, Sunday, May 26
To
Fri, Friday, Jun 7
Duration
13 Days
Price per person
£5,190*
* Based on two sharing a balcony suite (subject to availability). Single cabin on request. **This trip is also being offered to readers of the Telegraph. This trip is ATOL protected and our travel partner Scenic is ABTA-bonded.
Call now to book 01618258944
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Itinerary

  1. Days
    1-2
    St Petersburg
    St Petersburg, Russia

    On arrival, transfer to the Scenic Tsar, your home for the next two weeks. Your second day will be spent exploring the city on a guided tour.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    3
    Darcey Bussell talk
    St Petersburg, Russia

    Today, visit St Isaac's Cathedral or Yusupov Palace. After lunch, enjoy a cruise along the city's canals. This afternoon, you will be joined by legendary Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell, who will reveal stories from her career in a fascinating talk. This evening attend the official welcome dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    4
    Ballet performance
    St Petersburg, Russia

    Visit Catherine Palace. Enjoy a highlight lunch at the Podvorie restaurant. Tonight, you will join Darcey at a drinks reception followed by a performance by one of the city's ballet companies.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    5
    The Hermitage
    St Petersburg, Russia

    Visit the Hermitage, which houses one of the world's most magnificent art collections. Tonight, enjoy a cruise down the Neva River.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    6
    Mandrogi
    Mandrogi,

    Explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    7
    Kizhi Island
    Kizhi Island, Russia

    Visit this open air museum with its incredible collection of wooden churches and chapels. The Church of the Transfiguration has 22 timbered onion domes and is the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    8
    Goritzy
    Goritsy, Russia

    See the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    9
    Yaroslavl
    Yaroslavl, Russia

    Discover the ancient city of Yaroslavl and visit the Fine Art Museum.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    10
    Uglich
    Uglich, Russia

    Explore Uglich, part of the 'Golden Ring' of cities surrounding Moscow, on a guided tour.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Days
    11-12
    Moscow
    Moskva, Russia

    Arrive in Moscow and enjoy a free first day in this incredible city. On your second day here you will take a guided tour before taking a ride on Moscow's Metro. In the evening yo'll attend a performance by an internationally renowned Russian circus.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    13
    Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
    Moskva, Russia

    This morning, visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and meet a cosmonaut. Plus explore the State Tretyakov Gallery or the World War II museum.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    14
    Kremlin
    Moskva, Russia

    Visit the Kremlin and watch a thrilling Russian folk show before transferring to the airport for your flight home the next day.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day
    15
    Fly home
    Moskva, Russia

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Scenic Tsar

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Cruise ship

Spacious cabins and fabulous windows do not compromise the intimate atmosphere

Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar is one of the most spacious and luxurious ships in Russia. Despite its generous walkways and cabins, it was the first boutique 'small' ship to join Scenic's ever-growing fleet of luxury vessels, taking an elite 112 passengers. The majority of its cabins come with outdoor balconies from which you can admire the passing scenery and all meals, drinks (soft drinks, wine and beer with lunch and dinner) and excursions are included on-board.

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Scenic
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Over the past 30 years, Scenic has earned a reputation for excellence as a first-class operator of luxury cruises and tours across four continents. From its state-of-the-art fleet, gourmet dining and attentive staff, Scenic offers a five-star luxury service to every guest.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sunday, May 26
To
Fri, Friday, Jun 7
Duration
13 Days
Price per person
£5,190*
* Based on two sharing a balcony suite (subject to availability). Single cabin on request. **This trip is also being offered to readers of the Telegraph. This trip is ATOL protected and our travel partner Scenic is ABTA-bonded.
Call now to book 01618258944
Quote ref: WH DARCEY