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Along the Russian Rivers, from Moscow to Saint Petersburg

11- Night Cruise

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2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Moscow to St. Petersburg (12W_PP) - 12 days

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Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Moscow (Embarkation)

Settle into cabins then attend a folklore welcome evening on board, with the traditional "Bread and Salt” ceremony. Dinner on board and overnight stop in Moscow.

DAY 2: Moscow

We have a panoramic tour of the city (exterior of buildings only) and the historic centre - "Kitay Gorod” with the famous Red square dominated by St Basil's cathedral and the Kremlin on the banks of the river Moskva. We have lunch in town then we set off to visit the Novodevichy convent dating from the 16th centuryand proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful domes and bell towers of its churches with frescos and five-tiered iconostasis are an integral part of the Moscow cityscape. We follow this with a visit to the Tretyakov gallery, home to the world's most extensive collection of Russian art from the 11th century to the present day. Dinner and overnight stay on board. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "Metro and Moscow by night” OR "Russian National Show”.

DAY 3: Moscow

Today we visit the Kremlin, the historic fortified complex in the heart of Moscow, complete with many civil and religious buildings enclosed within the Kremlin walls. We also visit inside the magnificent cathedral of the Assumption. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "The Armoury Palace, museum of the Russian Imperial Court”(1) OR Free time in Moscow (possibility of transfer to Moscow - to book and pay on board).We return on board and start sailing. Lunch on board. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

DAY 4: Uglich

We leave Moscow via an ingenious system of locks, built in the time of Stalin, which allows us to join the river Volga "Mother of all rivers”. We have lunch before we arrive in Uglich. Founded in the 10th century (first mention of the town was in 937), it has played an integral part in most of Russia's great historic events. Most notably, it was in Uglich in 1591 when the Tsar Dimitri, son of Ivan the Terrible disappeared in mysterious and tragic circumstances. We visit the Kremlin with the church of St Dmitri-on-the-Blood and the cathedral of the Transfiguration. We attend a short concert of liturgical music. We return on board for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 5: Yaroslavl - Rostov

One of the highlights of the Russian Golden Ring of towns, Yaroslavl is an ancient Russian city, founded by Yaroslavl the Wise in 1010 and is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl rivers. The frescos of its churches, the wonderful pieces of work produced by its jewellers, potters and weavers are truly beautiful. We visit the "Transfiguration of the Saviour” monastery (Spaso-Preobrazhensky monastery) and have a brief view of the outside of the church of Elijah the prophet, built in the mid-17th century and a true architectural masterpiece. We then visit the church of St Nicholas the miracle worker, protector of all merchants and travellers. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on board. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Rostov-the-Great. Founded in the 11th century on the shores of lake Nero, Rostov is one of the oldest of the Golden Ring towns. We have a panoramic tour and then visit the Kremlin and cathedral of the Dormition, which was erected in 1162 by Grand Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky.

DAY 6: Goritsy

As we cruise on the river Sheksna, here we have a port of call which allows us a real insight into the life of a typical Russian village. In Goristy, we visit a school, where the children and teachers happily explain their way of life. We end our time in Goritsy with a visit of a typical village house in order to have a better understanding of the villagers' life. We rejoin our ship and take Russian Tea as we cruise on the White Lake. Guided tour of the Resurrection monastery, being restored. OPTIONAL guided tour of "Saint Cyril of white Lake” monastery. Founded in 14th century by St Cyril, this fortress name is a reference to the Bielozersk located on the White lake, near Kirillov, territory of the principality of Bielzersk. It was first a rampart of the city of Moscow and then it became a place of worship composed of a whole fortified, cultural and domestic work. This optional excursion replaces the visits on the original program at Goritsy.

DAY 7: Kizhi

We cruise on lake Onega and after lunch arrive in Kizhi, situated in the middle of the lake, in the region of Karelia, in Great North Russia. Kizhi is a small narrow island which stretches from north to south about 8km and is just 1.500m wide. The island is a true treasure trove of delightful wooden buildings from the 18th century. We visit the open-air museum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where both religious and secular buildings are grouped together, the 22-domed Transfiguration church and the smaller 10-domed church of the Intercession. Dinner and another night on board.

DAY 8: Mandroga

Between lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, and lake Onega, the river Svir flows gently through beautiful and rare scenery. From the decks of our ship, we have a glimpse into the daily lives of the villagers who live in this deep and authentic part of Russia as we cruise past. We have lunch on board and then we stop at Mandroga for a walk in the village constructed entirely for tourists to visit. Here we see traditional Russian craftsmen at work, as well as the wooden "Isbas” so typical of the region. Tonight is the captain's dinner accompanied by a glass of vodka. We stay on board overnight. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "Lunch of local specialities in Mandroga”.

DAY 9: St. Petersburg

We have a panoramic tour of the town. Saint Petersburg, Russia's second city, is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The palaces, squares, statues, broad avenues (or Prospekts), carefully restored for the 300th anniversary of the town, still look as if they have been just completed by their builders. Built on islands in the Neva delta, this marvellous city known as the cultural capital of Russia is a delightful place for art lovers. Here we can admire Nevsky Prospect, a vibrant bustling street teeming with life, Kazan and Saint Isaac's cathedrals, Smolny convent and Vassilievsky island. We visit Saint Nicholas' Naval cathedral, a remarkable illustration of religious baroque architecture with magnificent decorations. Depending on the schedules, we may even be able to attend part of an Orthodox service. We have lunch in town then visit St Peter and Paul's fortress and its fine cathedral. Situated above the Neva, its golden spire dominates the river, opposite the Former Winter palace; the cathedral is where the tombs of the old Russian Tsars are located. Dinner and another night on board. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "Cruise along the canals of Saint Petersburg”.

DAY 10: St. Petersburg

We visit the magnificent Ekaterininsky palace (or Catherine's palace), built by Rastrelli in the 18th century and famous for its legendary Amber Room, inaugurated in 2003 after much painstaking work to piece together the amber panels that took more than 20 years. We have a walk in the lovely park and gardens, then lunch in town. This afternoon, we visit the famous Hermitage museum, the most important and the most famous museum in all of Russia. Situated in the Former Winter Palace of the Tsars, it owes its world renown to its rooms dedicated to the painters from the Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, German and French schools. There is a particularly fine collection of Rembrandts and other painters from the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century and French Impressionist painters. Dinner and another night on board. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "Concert in Sheremetev palace”.

DAY 11: St. Petersburg

Our excursion today is to Petrodvorets, former summer residence of Peter the Great and often said to be the "Russian Versailles”. We visit the great palace of Petrodvorets and walk in the park, with many fountains and golden statues. The terraces of the park are on the shores of the gulf of Finland. We have lunch on board then a free afternoon in Saint Petersburg for independent exploration. Dinner and another night on board. OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "Folk evening”.

DAY 12: St. Petersburg (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board, disembarkation. End of our journey.

Departures & Pricing

 

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE PASSENGER rate.
From Moscow
Cruise Embarkation Date

Lower Deck Cabin w/ fixed window

Main Deck Cabin w/ fixed window
Boat Deck Cabin w/ fixed window
Boat Deck Jr. Suite w/ fixed window
Upper Deck Cabin w/ fixed window
Upper Deck Jr. Suite w/ fixed window
Upper Deck Suite w/ fixed window

Lower Deck Cabin - Single Passenger Rate

Main Deck Cabin- Single Passenger Rate
Boat Deck Cabin - Single Passenger Rate
Boat Deck Jr. Suite Single Passenger
Upper Deck Cabin- Single Passenger Rate
Upper Deck Jr. Suite w/ fixed window
Upper Deck Suite w/ fixed window
May 18, 2020
$3,675
$4,755
$4,254
$4,862
$3,983
$4,805
$5,046
$5,127
$6,635
$5,941
$6,785
$5,556
$6,707
$7,048
Jun 8, 2020
$3,902
$5,055
$4,483
$5,327
$4,204
$5,198
$5,513
$5,446
$7,057
$6,256
$7,436
$5,870
$7,257
$7,701
Jun 29, 2020
$3,902
$5,055
$4,483
$5,327
$4,204
$5,198
$5,513
$5,446
$7,057
$6,256
$7,436
$5,870
$7,257
$7,701
Jul 20, 2020
$3,602
$4,683
$4,183
$4,805
$3,925
$4,755
$4,991
$5,025
$6,542
$5,842
$6,707
$5,477
$6,635
$6,964
Aug 31, 2020
$3,453
$4,497
$4,047
$4,626
$3,761
$4,569
$4,812
$4,812
$6,277
$5,649
$6,456
$5,248
$6,378
$6,721
Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

Your cruise in the cabin of your choice all onboard meals, from dinner on D1 (picnic meal in the event of late arrival) to breakfast on D12 drinks at all meals (mineral water or 1 glass of wine* or 1 soft drink or 1 beer* + 1 tea or coffee per person at each meal) musical greeting Captain's Dinner all visits and excursions mentioned in the program (except optional excursions) the assistance of English-speaking guides and a speaker specialized on Russia the services of the cruise director on board 2 lunches in Saint Petersburg and 1 lunch in Moscow onboard activities: conference on Russian civilization, Russian classes, Russian songs and dances all port fees.

Prices Do Not Include:

International flights and their taxes - transfers to/from departure/arrival points lunches on D1 and D12 drinks with meals in town, in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg mandatory Russian visa letter of agreement optional excursions tipscancellation and baggage insurance any additional service not mentioned in the program.

Tips:

We recommend tipping the crew, local guides and drivers approximately 10 per day/ per passenger.

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