Eternal Volga

8VX_PP - 8 days from $2,624

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MOSCOW - UGLICH - GORITSY - KIZHI - MANDROGI - SAINT PETERSBURG

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings”
Join us for the sensation of a lifetime on a cruise between the two largest cities in Russia. Moscow, the iconic epicenter, and Saint Petersburg, renowned for its magnificent palaces, world-class museums, elegant canals and grand architecture.

DAY 1: MOSCOW

Passengers are welcome to begin boarding our ship at 2:00 p.m. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 2: MOSCOW

All meals served on board. First, we’ll visit the Moscow Kremlin. Inextricably linked to the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the Kremlin was a royal residence and religious center. We’ll stroll by St. Basil's Cathedral and through the Red Square, the historic heart of Russia. Enjoy a bit of shopping at the mall in the once-famous GUM State Department Store. Before we return to the boat, we’ll pass by the Lubyanka (KGB Headquarters). As we begin our cruise, join us for a welcome cocktail. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 3: UGLICH

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising on the Volga. During the trip from Moscow to Uglich, our ship will cross through the impressive networks of locks on the Moscow Canal. Built under Stalin, the canal transformed the city into a large river port connected to the White, Baltic, Caspian, Azov and Black Seas. Join us for a Russian class and a presentation of Russian crafts. After lunch, we’ll visit Uglich which was first settled along the banks of the Volga River in 937. After Ivan the Terrible’s death, the city was the stage for the banishment and subsequent death of Ivan's youngest son, Tsarevich Dmitry, which precipitated the era known as the Time of Troubles in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. We’ll visit the Uglich Kremlin, the Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood, and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Enjoy a Ukranian dinner this evening, followed by a traditional concert. We’ll spend the night on board.

DAY 4: GORITSY

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising on the Sheksna River and Lake Beloye. Join us for a Russian nesting dolls painting class or singing Russian songs. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in the 14th century. When we return on board, come and learn to cut up the floor like a true Russian! We’ll enjoy a Russian dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 5: KIZHI

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising on Lake Onega. Join us for a Russian class, a classical music concert and a presentation of Russian folk wear. After lunch, you can participate in a Russian tea ceremony before our visit to Kizhi, one of Russia's must-see attractions. We’ll visit this open-air museum that houses the collection of wooden structures from the past, including the 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, covered with golden leaves and religious portraits, and the Church of the Intercession. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by a concert and dancing. We’ll spend the night on board.

DAY 6: MANDROGI

All meals served on board. This morning, learn how to cook authentic Russian food! We’ll stop in Mandrogi, and you’ll have some free time to enjoy a stroll through the village, founded over 16 years ago as an eco-stop. Artisans and craftsmen from all over Russia were invited to live and work here, creating the village’s unique style. Have a sampling of vodka in the museum displaying 2500 different sorts of the spirit. We’ll have lunch in the open while listening to traditional music. Tonight is the Captain’s Dinner. We’ll also enjoy our gala evening with musicians and dancers. We’ll spend the night on board.

DAY 7: SAINT PETERSBURG

All meals served on board. Join us for a panoramic tour of Saint Petersburg: Russia's second largest city and a world-class destination. Formerly known as Petrograd, and subsequently Leningrad, this is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth and virtually any building in its large historic center, threaded with canals and dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction. The Neva River flows through this marvelous city which has inspired and nurtured some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and visual art. We’ll see the Nevsky Prospect, the imposing St. Isaac Cathedral, and the two Rostral columns. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral, which contains the tombs of former Russian tsars. We’ll also visit the most famous museum in Russia: The State Hermitage Museum. Sprawling across three massive buildings, this vast, chaotic, and incredibly rich collection is unquestionably the biggest draw for visitors to Saint Petersburg. OPTIONAL: Saint Petersburg at night and the “Raised Bridges" (reservations on board only). We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 8: SAINT PETERSBURG

Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking.
 

N.B: Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary, and in certain cases, intermediate stops may be canceled. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do our best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. Ask for detailed itinerary of the opposite-direction cruise, ref. 8XV_PP
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The Russian ships are not a part of the CroisiEurope fleet
  • Navigational obligations, weather conditions and passage through locks can disrupt the itinerary, and for safety reasons, stops may be canceled. Nevertheless, this remains extremely rare.
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.
  • We would like to remind passengers with reduced mobility that many of our tours are done on foot.

EXCURSION INFORMATION

  • Coaches in the smaller cities can be of limited comfort.
  • Depending on the days the sites and museums are open, the order of the visits and the entertainment can be modified.
  • Russian authorities can unexpectedly close certain sites or museums. If this occurs, we will propose an alternative.
  • Certain places we will visit have very high levels of security. The Kremlin, for example, is not only a tourist site, but the seat of the Russian government. We cannot be held liable for any unforeseen closings, but we will commit to doing our best to ensure comparable substitute excursions. Frequent traffic jams in Moscow and Saint Petersburg can disturb the sequence of certain excursions.
  • Depending on your return flight, you will be offered the opportunity to eat lunch on board the ship on the final day for an additional cost of approximately €19* per person (€28* per person for lunch in the city). *Prices subject to change.

MONEY-EXCHANGE RATE

  • Euros and US dollars are accepted only at tourist shops (in small denominations). Most payments can be done in rubles (cash) or by credit card. Currency can be exchanged once in Russia. Please do not bring traveler’s checks. The excursions and drinks, as well as onboard purchases, can only be paid for using rubles or with an international credit card.

YOUR BAGS

  • Bring seasonal clothing and comfortable shoes for the visits. Many tours are on foot and the streets have cobblestones. Remember to bring sweaters and rain gear, as well as evening attire for dinners and particularly for the Captain’s Dinner.

WEATHER

  • The weather in the area is extremely cold in the winter and hot in the summer, with very short springs and falls. Spring arrives at the end of April in Moscow. The weather is usually sunny and it warms up quickly, but temperatures fall again during the evening. Once June arrives, summer is in full season. It is often very hot in Moscow, with frequent thunderstorms. It is a bit more temperate on the Baltic coasts or in Saint Petersburg, where the White Nights can be chilly. Autumn can be unpredictable. From September onward, warm days alternate with cold days in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

TIME DIFFERENCE:

  • You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.

PLUGS AND VOLTAGE:

  • 220 volts — please bring the appropriate adapters and converters.