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St. Petersburg to Moscow on the Volga River

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

 

   

 

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
2018 Dates: May 12,26; Jul 21; Aug 04,18; Sep 01,15, 29; Oct 13
Itinerary
   
Day 1 St. Petersburg

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

   
Day 2 St. Petersburg
  Set off today 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 marvellous 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. Continue to 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, view 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 the tour, return on board and begin  cruising.  Dinner and dancing on board. 
   
Day 3 Mandrogi
 

The morning is spent cruising with time to join a presentation of Russian crafts, followed by lunch and traditional music prior to arrival into Mandrogi.  Enjoy free time for 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 time to sample vodka in the museum displaying 2500 different varieties! After the tour return to the boat. This evening you have the opportunity for Russian lessons and an authentic Ukrainian dinner. End the evening with traditional 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. Visit the open-air museum housing 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. Return to the boat for lunch and continue cruising. Join a Russian nesting dolls painting class! There will also be a concert of classical music. Tonight's Russian language lesson will be on songs. Dinner and dancing ends the evening. 
   
Day 5

Goritsy

 

During your morning cruising take advantage of the Russian language lessons offered on board.  On arrival in Goritsy 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, return to the boat for a Russian tea drinking ceremony and dinner.  Tonight experience some traditional entertainment and dancing 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. Today visit Uglich Kremlin, the Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood, and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Once back on board the cruise continues, with opportunities for Russian language, songs and dance lessons. Tonight is your farewell dinner and gala concert, followed by dancing.
   
Day 7
Moscow
 

After a morning cruising arrive in the early afternoon into Moscow.  First 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. Stroll past 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 you'll  pass the Lubyanka (KGB Headquarters).  Tonight dinner is in the city.
OPTIONAL:
"Moscow and its Subways at Night" (tour sold on board only).         

   
Day 8
Moscow
  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

   
EXCLUSIONS

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

   
MEALS
All meals served on board
   
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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