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2019 2020

Along the Russian Rivers, from Saint Petersburg to Moscow (port-to-port cruise)

11 Days - 11G_PP
# Description

Cruise

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

Nothing is better than a cultural cruise through Russia to discover the historic and religious foundations of one of the largest empires in the world. From Saint Petersburg to Moscow, follow the Russian Rivers and revel in the charm of typical villages and lovely landscapes. We’ll bring daily Russian life directly to you-whether in the cities or in the countryside, visiting the symbolic Kremlins and most magnificent Cathedrals.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals
  • Refined local cuisine
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the dazzling splendours of Russia during an immersive journey
  • EXCURSIONS:
    • Saint-Petersburg and its historic center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Moscow and the Kremlin
    • The Golden Ring cities of Rostov the Great and Yaroslavl
    • Rural Russia with towns such as Goritsy and Mandrogi

Route

Day 1

SAINT PETERSBURG

Passengers are welcome to board our ship starting from 2:00 p.m. You’ll be welcomed with a musical greeting. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 2

SAINT PETERSBURG

Located on the Neva River, discover the second largest city of Russia through its canals and rivers bordered with magnificent architectural palaces. We’ll first explore this “Venice of the North” with a visit to the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, a major Baroque Orthodox cathedral. Afterwards, join us on a visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral, which contains the tombs of former Russian tsars. We'll then have lunch in town. In the afternoon, join us for a visit of the most famous museum in Russia located in the Winter Palace: 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. Afterwards, we'll have dinner and spend the night on board. Join us for the optional excursions proposed: Enjoy an evening of folklore entertainment OR visit Saint Petersburg by night and watch the raising of the draw bridges (this excursion can only be purchased on board).

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Day 3

SAINT PETERSBURG

Today, enjoy time on your own to explore Saint Petersburg. OR this morning, join us for an optional visit of the Peterhof Palace. The utterly elegant Great Peterhof Palace is one of the supreme monuments of the 18th century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll have lunch in town and return on board afterwards OR join us on an optional cruise along the canals of the city. We’ll return on board and start cruising towards Mandrogi. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 4

MANDROGI

We’ll spend the morning cruising towards Mandrogi. Take advantage of this morning cruise to admire the beautiful landscapes offered by the Ladoga and Onega Lakes. Enjoy lunch on board or join us for an optional traditional lunch in Mandrogi. 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. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 5

KIZHI

We’ll cruise along Lake Onega before reaching Kizhi. Located at the heart of Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Kizhi is one of Russia’s must-see attractions. Join us for a guided tour of the island, a true open-air museum which houses a collection of amazing wooden structures from the past, including old chapels and houses, windmills and granaries as well as barns and racks for drying crops. The gem of this collection is the 22-domed Transfiguration Church (currently being renovated), covered with golden leaves and religious portraits and sitting next to the Church of the Intercession. Afterwards, we'll have lunch on board and continue our cruise on Lake Onega towards Goritsy. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 6

GORITSY

We’ll spend the morning cruising towards Goritsy along the Sheksna River and Lake Beloye. After lunch, discover the authentic Russian way of life through a tour of the Goritsy School and a typical house. OR you can choose to join us on an optional visit of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in the 14th century by St. Cyril, this monastery used to be the largest and the strongest fortress in Northern Russia. This optional visit replaces the tours included in the stopover in Goritsy. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 7

YAROSLAVL - ROSTOV

We’ll spend the morning cruising towards Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities funded in 1010. After lunch, join us for a visit of the Spassky (St Saviour) Monastery. Built in the 12th century, the monastery is home to the oldest building in the city: the monastery cathedral. You’ll also be able to see St. Elijah the Prophet's Church. You can also choose to join in on an optional excursion to Rostov, one of the oldest cities of the Golden Ring. After a panoramic tour, we’ll visit the Rostov Kremlin and the Assumption Cathedral erected in 1162. After our excursions, we’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 8

UGLICH

We’ll cruise along the Volga River towards Uglich. Join us for a visit of the Uglich Kremlin which houses the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. The Uglich Kremlin was built during the 15th century and consists of seven buildings. The most majestic part is the five-domed Transfiguration Cathedral built in 1713. You’ll also see the Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, the second oldest building in the Uglich Kremlin ensemble. It was painted red to remind people of the blood spilled in this place when the eight-year-old Prince Dmitry was found dead. We’ll then enjoy a traditional concert of church music before lunch. We’ll leave the Volga River behind to cruise along the Moscow canal through the impressive lock chambers built under Stalin. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s dinner. We’ll spend the night on board.

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Day 9

MOSCOW

We’ll spend the morning cruising towards Moscow, reaching it after lunch. We’ll set out for a panoramic tour of the city, stopping by the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, rebuilt in 1995 as an exact replica of the 1883 version that had been demolished in 1931 by Stalin. We’ll also discover the Donskoy Monastery, built out of wood in 1592 and truly conceived as a fortress whose goal was to defend the city from a Mongolian invasion. Rebuilt in the 17th century, it is today surrounded by gorgeous castellated ramparts as well as eight square and four circular towers with red-blood crowns. The monastery’s necropolis houses the tomb of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. Join us for an optional tour of the subway and city “by night”. The Moscow subway stations are some of the most beautiful in the world. With their sculptures, mosaics, lamps, and stained glass, the city’s subway stations look more like lavish palace halls. We’ll not only visit some of the stations but we’ll also take a nighttime tour to see the city all lit up.

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Day 10

MOSCOW

Join us for a panoramic tour of the Russian capital. We’ll start our tour passing by the Red Square, a space cleared by Ivan the Great and reorganized by Ivan the Terrible, which is now the historical and political center of Russia. We’ll also drive past the celebrated GUM State Department Store. After lunch in town, we’ll visit the Kremlin, former residence of the tsars, and take a stroll around the Cathedral Square where we’ll come across the most ancient monuments. We’ll finish up with a visit of the wonderful Cathedral of the Dormition. Join us for an optional visit of the Kremlin Amoury. The museum houses collections based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry: Royal garments, gold- and silverware, arms and armours, etc. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the Armoury a world-wide known museum. Visit of the Armoury subject to entry quotas set by the Kremlin Administrative Office. Must be booked 60 days prior to departure at the latest. Afterwards, we’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 11

MOSCOW

Enjoy one last breakfast before disembarking in Moscow. End of our services at the North River Station.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2020
Departure 05/29/2020
Arrival 06/08/2020
FROM $ 3,218 PP
Ship : M/S Kronstadt Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 06/19/2020
Arrival 06/29/2020
FROM $ 3,218 PP
Ship : M/S Kronstadt Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 07/10/2020
Arrival 07/20/2020
FROM $ 2,896 PP
Ship : M/S Kronstadt Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 07/31/2020
Arrival 08/10/2020
FROM $ 2,896 PP
Ship : M/S Kronstadt Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 08/21/2020
Arrival 08/31/2020
FROM $ 3,024 PP
Ship : M/S Kronstadt Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 09/11/2020
Arrival 09/21/2020
FROM $ 2,753 PP
Ship : M/S Kronstadt Ship category : STANDARD

* Price based on double occupancy

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Formalities

Passengers should contact their Embassy or Consulate to ensure any essential paperwork is obtained before travelling.

Included :
Not included

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 D11 - 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 our CroisiEurope 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 - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

International flights and their taxes - transfers to/from departure/arrival points - lunches on D1 and D11 - drinks with meals in town, in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg - mandatory Russian visa - letter of agreement - optional excursions - tips - cancellation 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 and per passenger.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Useful information

HEALTH FORMALITIES
There are no compulsory vaccinations required although inoculation against diphtheria is strongly recommended.

CURRENCY
On board the ship and at port of calls, the currency is the Ruble. The Ruble cannot be bought in advance and must be obtained on site. €1 = approx. RUB* 73. The Euro and US Dollar are both now more commonly found in use. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted. We do not recommend Travellers’ Cheques. You can’t exchange money on board the ship.

*Exchange rates of April 2019

CLIMATE
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 onwards, warm days alternate with cold days in both Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

YOUR LUGGAGE
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.

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

ELECTRICITY
220 volts – please bring the appropriate adapters and converters.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
May 9th as well as June 12th are Russian National Holidays and the traffic in the city center can be interrupted at any moment. This can also occur during the week leading to the holidays. Excursions and visits may have to take place in a different order or have to be cancelled altogether without warning.

"WHITE NIGHTS" IN SAINT PETERSBURG FROM LATE MAY TILL EARLY JULY
No other major European city can rival the experience nor the atmosphere on the streets of St. Petersburg during the White Nights - lively, friendly, romantic and bustling with people throughout the night as well as the day!

Additional information

EXCURSIONS INFORMATION

  • Optional excursions are not included. Because of limited availability, we highly recommend booking your excursions 60 days prior to departure at the latest. They can also be purchased on board albeit on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that the “Raised Bridges” excursion can only be purchased on board.
  • Visit of the Armoury subject to entry quotas set by the Kremlin Administrative Office. Must be booked 60 days prior to departure at the latest. This excursion cannot be purchased on board.
  • Depending on the height of the water on the Neva River, some canals may not be accessible for the “Cruise through the canals of Saint Petersburg” excursion. (45 minutes to 1h).
  • Saint Petersburg: the paintings of the European Impressionists, initially exhibited at the Winter Palace (main building of the Hermitage Museum), have recently been moved to the General Staff building of the Russian Empire.
  • Free time in Saint Petersburg followed by a return trip on board: coach transportation will be made available for the participants for an extra fee to be paid for on board (approximately €5 per hour per person - payable only in Rubles or credit cards).
  • In the small towns, the coaches are of basic comfort.
  • The order of the visits and shows can change depending on the closing days of the museums and sites visited.
  • 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.
  • Optional excursions: Reservations require at least 30 participants and are subject to availability.

The Russian ships are not a part of the CroisiEurope fleet.

We would like to remind passengers with limited mobility that many of the visits and excursions are on foot and that there are no elevators on board the ships. A good physical condition is a prerequisite.

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.

The lower deck cabins are equipped with portholes that can be obstructed during a major part of the navigation for safety reasons.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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