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Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Volga River

MOSCOW - UGLICH - GORITSY - KIZHI - MANDROGI - ST. PETERSBURG

 

   

 

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

Days: 8 Days
Code -  8VX
Dates: May 05,19: Jun 02; Jul 28; Aug 11,15; Sep 08,22; Oct 06
Itinerary
   
Day 1 Moscow

Passengers are welcome to begin boarding from 2 pm, followed by dinner and a night onboard

   
Day 2 Moscow
 

Your tour today starts with a visit to 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. 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 returning  to the boat, pass by the Lubyanka (KGB Headquarters). Once on board the boat will commence cruising while you enjoy a a welcome cocktail, followed by dinner.

   
Day 3 Uglich
  This morning cruise from Moscow to Uglich,crossing 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. On board you can join a Russian class and a presentation of Russian crafts. After lunch, embark in Uglich, 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.  Visit the Uglich Kremlin, the Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood, and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Once back on board there will be dinner followed by a traditional concert. 
   
Day 4 Goritsy
 

Today cruise on the Sheksna River and Lake Beloye. Take the time to join a Russian nesting dolls painting class or singing Russian songs. In Goritsy we will visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in the 14th century.  Back on board your floating hotel come and learn to cut up the floor like a true Russian! or participate in a Russian tea ceremony, followed by dinner on board. 

   
Day 5

Kizhi

  Spend the morning cruising on Lake Onega, with the opportunity to join a Russian class, a classical music concert and a presentation of Russian folk wear.  After lunch, visit Kizhi -  one of Russia's must-see attractions. The open-air museum houses a collection of wooden structures from the past, including the 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior (under restoration), covered with golden leaves and religious portraits, and the Church of the Intercession. Tonight's dinner will be followed by a concert and dancing.
   
Day 6 Mandrogi
  This morning learn how to cook authentic Russian food! On arrival in Mandrogi 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. Take the opportunity to sample vodka in the museum displaying 2500 different varieties of the spirit. Your onboard lunch will be accompanied by traditional music. Tonight is the Captain's Dinner with a gala evening featuring musicians and dancers. 
   
Day 7
St. Petersburg
 

Explore Saint Petersburg today: Russia's second largest city and a world-class destination. Formerly known as Petrograd, and subsequently Leningrad, this is a breathtakingly beautiful place 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 which flows through this city has inspired and nurtured some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and visual art. View the Nevsky Prospect, the imposing St. Isaac Cathedral, and the two Rostral columns. Continue to the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral, which contains the tombs of former Russian tsars; followed by a visit to 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).      

   
Day 8
St. Petersburg
  One last breakfast on board before disembarking.  End of CroisiEurope services.
   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
INCLUSIONS

This offer includes: Luxury ship, English speaking guides and assistance, onboard Russian specialist, Bi-lingual English-Russian on-board hostess, drinks included on meals, tips included.
All meals served on board

   
EXCLUSIONS

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - other than those with meals,.

                        
 
 
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.

   
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