Eternal Volga

8XV_PP - 8 days from $2,324

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

“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: SAINT PETERSBURG

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: SAINT PETERSBURG

All meals served on board. We’ll leave on 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 have lunch in town. In the afternoon, we’ll 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 St. Petersburg. After our tour, we’ll return on board and begin our cruise. Tonight's dinner will be followed by dancing.

DAY 3: MANDROGI

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising the river. Join us for a presentation of Russian crafts before our arrival in Mandrogi. Enjoy lunch in the open while listening to traditional music. Afterwards, 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. After our tour, we’ll return on board. Tonight, join us for some lessons on speaking Russian and an authentic Ukrainian dinner. We’ll finish up the evening with some traditional entertainment and dancing.

DAY 4: KIZHI

All meals served on board. Located at the heart of Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Kizhi is one of Russia's must-see attractions. We’ll visit the 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. We’ll have lunch on board and continue our cruise. Join us for a Russian nesting dolls painting class. There will also be a concert of classical music and a Russian tea drinking ceremony. We’ll enjoy dinner on board. Tonight’s Russian language lesson will be on songs. Finish off the day on the dance floor.

DAY 5: GORITSY

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising the river. Join us for another Russian language lesson before lunch on board. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in the 14th century. Once the largest monastery in Northern Russia, the museum houses many fabulous icons to feast your eyes upon. After our tour, we’ll return on board and enjoy a Russian dinner. This evening, join us for some traditional entertainment and dancing. We’ll spend the night on board.

DAY 6: UGLICH

All meals served on board. Uglich 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. Afterwards, we’ll continue our cruise. Join us once again for Russian language, songs and dance lessons. Tonight will be our farewell dinner and gala concert, followed by dancing.

DAY 7: MOSCOW

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising the river, arriving in Moscow in the early afternoon. 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). We’ll have dinner in the city. OPTIONAL: “Moscow and its Subways at Night" (tour sold on board only). We’ll spend the night on board.

Day 8: MOSCOW

Enjoy one last breakfast before disembarking in Moscow.

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. 8VX_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.