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2018 2019

Eternal Volga from Saint Petersburg to Moscow (port-to-port cruise)

8 Days - 8XV_PP
# Description

Cruise

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

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

  • Guided tours of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow
  • Visit sites listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: Saint-Petersburg, Kizhi, the Kremlin and the Red Square
  • Discover rural Russia in Goritsy and Mandrogi

Cruise

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

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

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. After our tour, we'll return on board. Tonight, join us for some lessons on speaking Russian before dinner. We'll finish up the evening with some traditional musical entertainment and dancing.

Day 4

KIZHI

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. 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

We'll spend the morning cruising the river. Join us for another Russian language lesson. 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 tea drinking ceremony. After a Russian dinner this evening, join us for some traditional musical entertainment and dancing. We'll spend the night on board.

Day 6

UGLICH

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 walk around the Kremlin and visit 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 an evening of dancing.

Day 7

MOSCOW

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. After lunch in town, we'll set out to visit Donskoy Monastery. Originally built out of wood in 1592, its purpose was to shield Moscow from possible mongol invasions. It was rebuilt in the 17th century with castellated ramparts as well as eight square and four circular towers with red-blood crowns. In the monastery's necropolis lies the tomb of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. We'll have dinner in the city. We'll spend an evening of dancing and the night on board. 

Day 8

MOSCOW

Enjoy one last breakfast before disembarking in Moscow. End of our services.

Dates & Prices

START IN 2019
Departure 11/05/2019
Arrival 18/05/2019
Ship : Rostropovitch Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 25/05/2019
Arrival 01/06/2019
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Departure 06/07/2019
Arrival 13/07/2019
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Departure 20/07/2019
Arrival 27/07/2019
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Departure 17/08/2019
Arrival 24/08/2019
Ship : Rostropovitch Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 31/08/2019
Arrival 07/09/2019
Ship : Rostropovitch Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 14/09/2019
Arrival 21/09/2019
Ship : Rostropovitch Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 28/09/2019
Arrival 05/10/2019
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Departure 12/10/2019
Arrival 19/10/2019
Ship : Rostropovitch Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

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Formalities

valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Included :
Not included

your cruise on a premium ship in the cabin of your choice - all onboard meals, from dinner on D1 (picnic meal in the event of late arrival) to breakfast on D8 - drinks at all meals (water + 1 glass of wine* or 1 soft drink or 1 beer* + 1 tea or coffee per person at each meal) - Captain's Dinner - onboard activities: Russian classes, Russian songs and dances, concerts, tea ceremony - all visits and excursions mentioned in the program (except optional excursions) - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees - tips.

Tips:  To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €75 per passenger will be given to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.       

international flights and their taxes - transfers - lunch on D1 and D8 - mandatory Russian visa - optional excursions - drinks not mentioned - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Rostropovitch

PREMIUM - 4 Decks
Useful information

These cruises and tours are not recommended for people with reduced mobility. A good physical condition is a prerequisite. Many of the visits are on foot.

HEALTH

No mandatory vaccines, although a diphtheria vaccine is recommended.

MONEY-EXCHANGE RATE

On board as well as during excursions, payments will have to be made in rubles. Rubles are to be exchanged on site. 1€ = approx. 70 RUB* (Russian Rubles). Euros and US dollars are accepted only at tourist shops (in small denominations). Most payments can now be done by credit card. Please do not bring traveler's checks. No currency exchange will be possible on board.

*Exchange rate of January 2018

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.

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.

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.

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 MAY 25TH TO JULY 16TH

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

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.

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.

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

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