Arrival and embarkation. In case you need a transfer upon arrival, please, see details and costs here. This extraordinary city, founded by the Emperor Peter the Great in 1703, is the highlight of your Russian River adventure. The Emperor accomplished what could have seemed impracticable back in those days - he built a remarkable European city on really swampy lands. It might be possible to have some time on your own in the city center on today’s eve in case of your relatively early arrival. Pulkovo Airport (LED) is located not far from the ship's docking site, but traffic jams do happen. A nice choice of optional tours is offered while the ship is in St. Petersburg. Dinner aboard.
City tour: enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center; enjoy Nevsky Prospect, the Palace Square and the Smolny Convent. Your guided tour also includes the sighseeing of the Admiralty Building, Peter and Paul Fortress, and many more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
There will be more of the city & the Hermitage tour today. This morning, visit the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which today houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. The Hermitage is one of the world's most famous and the most prestigious museums, and is a must-see for all first-time travelers to the city. With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
Docking at Mandrogi is called a "green stop". The nature there is very green and picturesque. On the other hand travelers have a "green light" to spend lots of time on their own. They get a chance to contact local villagers, to learn about traditional Russian crafts and to experience Russian cuisine. They can buy souvenirs or take a little walk through the beautiful forests of Northern Russia. The Museum of Russian Vodka is a highlight of this splendid green stop. Breakfast, BBQ for lunch and dinner aboard. *at times the stop in Mandrogi might be replaced by a stop in Svirstroy or Lodeynoye Pole. The cognitive experience will be a similar one.
Kizhi is one of the real Russian wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. There will be a walking tour around this open air museum of amazing wooden architecture. Wooden houses that are traditional for the Russian North are also visited during this tour. Travelers get to know the traditional way of life and learn about crafts of the locals. This also includes the production of so called “plowshares” – that wooden “squama” covering the onion domes of Kizhi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
On our list today there will be a bus trip to the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake. The monastery was founded in 1397 on the bank of Lake Siverskoye, to the south of the town of Beloozero, in the present-day Vologda Oblast. The Czar Ivan the Terrible not only had his own cell in the cloister, but also planned to take monastic vows here. Back then it was also a political prison for high-ranking officials. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
Today there will be a guided sightseeing over this great city located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. This city of Yaroslavl is widely known for its great 17th century architecture. This place is also an outstanding live example of the urban planning reform that the Empress Catherine the Great has ordered in 1763 entirely for Russia. In the course of this reform Yaroslavl kept its the most significant historic structures, but was generally renovated in the neo-classical style in accordance with radial urban master plan. The Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, the oldest one in the Volga Region was left untouched - today it is a well-preserved historical monumet of the utmost importance to Yaroslavl Region and to Russia as a whole. The Monastery dates back to the late 12th century, when it was buit on the site of a pagan temple; its major reconstruction occured in the 16th century. The Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery is on our list today together with the famous Church of Elijah the Prophet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
Take a walking tour of this lovely 10th century town, one of Russia's most ancient. Visit the Uglich Kremlin and its churches and see beautiful Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood also from the inside. Enjoy great singing from a local choir. Explore the popular Flea Market. In times of the USSR Uglich was a watch-making center. Millions used the local watch brand Chayka (Seagull). The manufacturer has now moved to the premium segment, specializing also in silver and golden watches. You can find these well-designed watches in Uglich at the local stores. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
Our Russian river cruise ship has arrived to Moscow. Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital includes Tverskaya Street, the Red Square, the St. Basil's Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view of the city. Visiting the famous Novodevichi Convent is also planned. Please, note that itinerary of Moscow city-tour is highly dependent upon traffic jams - the jams are hard to predict and they might be quite heavy. A nice choice of optional tours is offered while the ship is in Moscow. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital also includes Tverskaya Street, Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater, Novodevichy Convent and Moscow State University for a panoramic view. Please, note that itinerary of Moscow city-tour is highly dependent upon traffic jams - the jams are hard to predict and they might be quite heavy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard.
Time to bid farewell to your new friends after unforgettable journey through this fascinating land. Disembarkation after breakfast.
Your Price Includes
commodations in outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window. Cabins on Lower Decks have non-opening portholes.
Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship’s restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation.
Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception.
Gala farewell dinner aboard.
Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers upon arrival/departure.
Luggage handling to/from the ship.
Lectures, provided by our guides.
Russian or Ukrainian language and song lessons.
Nightly entertainment and dancing.
Daily aerobics (if scheduled).
Tour of the ship’s bridge.
Our Cruise Director and professional staff.
All our cruise ships are fully air conditioned and have outside-facing cabins.
Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/souvenirs.
Luggage handling in the airport.
Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise Director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion.
Miscellaneous items of personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included.
Our Cruise Company shall organize shore excursions (standard and optional) in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and all towns along the cruise itinerary, entertainment program onboard, sale of additional excursions onboard and guarantees the due quality of tours. Other companies (their representatives and tour leaders) have no right to organize shore excursions.
Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arrival/departure transfers, hotel accommodation, additional excursions, etc.) can be also arranged by us.
Wi-Fi is available on all ships with the following tariffs.
$5 per device/per cruise day.
$15 per device/per 7 cruise days.
$25 per device/per 10 cruise days
*tariffs are by independent service provider that has the right to change them
Vacationing has never been easier or cheaper with the help of a dedicated travel consultant from AffordableTours.com
Find your perfect trip on our website and simply request a free quote. Need to speak to a live person? Call us 7 days a week at 1-800-342-0019. No robots here!
Your personal travel consultant will reach out and be your point of contact for your entire travel experience from start to finish. Did we mention you'll be working with an award winning team? Sweet!
Because we're one of the largest sellers of travel, we're able to give you a discount on your vacation package. No one beats our prices!
Knowing you got the best deal, all that's left is for you to pack your bags and enjoy your vacation!
It's simple: Sign up your friends, family, and anyone to us and when they book you will receive an American Express gift card worth up to $200 in the mail for simply referring.Read More