13 Day Russian River Cruise 13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg (MS Nizhny Novgorod)

13 Day Russian River Cruise 13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg (MS Nizhny Novgorod)

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Ship: MS Nizhny Novgorod
Starts: Moscow, Russia on Sat, Aug 29, 2020
Ends: St. Petersburg, Russia on Thu, Sep 10, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Russia

Rivers Visited

Volga

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Aug 29, 2020): DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Russia

Depart for Moscow, Russia

Day 2 (Sun, Aug 30, 2020): DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Moscow

Arrive in Moscow, Russia's fascinating capital; transfer to the port to embark your cruise. The port is approximately a two hour drive from the Moscow airport. After arrival formalities, leisure time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise on the legendary Volga River
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, Aug 31, 2020): DAY 3, Monday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds

The panoramic tour of Moscow, fabled capital of Russia, begins at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, St. Basil's Cathedral and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square, and visit GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. View the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the 16th-century Novodevichy (or New Maiden) Convent and many more historical sites. After lunch in the city, continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world. The guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Tonight, after dinner, perhaps opt to join the optional Moscow by Night tour that travels to lively Tverskaya Street, with its bustling shops, cafes and restaurants and to Victory Park and the observation platform at Sparrow Hills to see a panoramic view of the whole city
Optional: Armory Museum
Optional: Kostroma National Folk Show*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, Sep 01, 2020): DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Moscow

Discover Moscow on your own today. Join the optional tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a superb architectural monument that is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Alternatively, participate in the optional visit to the world-famous Tretyakov Gallery, the national treasury of Russian fine art, exhibiting more than 130,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. The ship sails tonight for Uglich
Optional: Tretyakov Gallery*
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Sep 02, 2020): DAY 5, Wednesday - Walking Tour of Uglich

Relax on board today. Perhaps, join a Russian language class, or attend a lecture about traditional Russian handicrafts. In the late afternoon, arrive in historic Uglich, on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia's history. Visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood, built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father's forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. This evening, set sail to Yaroslavl
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, Sep 03, 2020): DAY 6, Thursday - Yaroslavl City Tour

Arrive this morning in the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. This beautiful city, one of Russia's oldest, traces its roots back to the days of the Vikings. View the fortified Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery and its Cathedral, the oldest building in Yaroslavl, dating back 800 years. Continue to the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art housed in the 18th-century Governor's mansion, with its impressive collection of Russian paintings spread out across many palatial rooms. View the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet with its detailed frescoes and icons, a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker. Time to browse the local food markets before returning to the ship. This afternoon on board, join the traditional Russian tea ceremony or simply sit back and watch the scenic countryside roll by as you sail to Goritsy
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Sep 04, 2020): DAY 7, Friday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy

Late morning arrival in Goritsy, with its rich historical and cultural heritage, that is quintessentially Russian. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting while sailing for Kizhi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Sep 05, 2020): DAY 8, Saturday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration

Tour the ship's bridge with the friendly staff or continue practicing your Russian at the language class. Time to relax on board before the late afternoon arrival on the island of Kizhi.* Here, you'll stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills, and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set sail for Mandrogi as you dine on board tonight
*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Sep 06, 2020): DAY 9, Sunday - Village of Mandrogi

In the late morning, dock in Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail for St. Petersburg, the jewel of Russia
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Mon, Sep 07, 2020): DAY 10, Monday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Peterhof Park Tour

Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins at stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to view the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon tour the magical grounds of Peterhof Palace with its gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland. This configuration of palaces and gardens was masterminded by Peter the Great, and is often called the "Russian Versailles." After tonight's dinner on board, attend the optional Russian Folk Show, showcasing the Cossack culture
Optional: Russian Folk Show*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Tue, Sep 08, 2020): DAY 11, Tuesday - Hermitage Museum

This morning, visit to the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. Return to the ship in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, or join the optional tour to explore the city's rivers, bridges and canals that offer a different perspective of St. Petersburg
Optional: Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Wed, Sep 09, 2020): DAY 12, Wednesday - Full Day in St. Petersburg

A full day of leisure to explore all of the delights of this captivating city on your own. Or, dine on delicious blinis at a charming local restaurant. Revisit the Hermitage and spend the afternoon surrounded by magnificent treasures, or join an optional tour to the spectacular Pushkin Palace and Pavlovsk Palace. Begin at Puskin Palace and explore the luxurious palace, an architectural masterpiece, and the surrounding gardens. Visit the reconstructed Amber Room, with its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber, gold leaf and mirrors. Continue on to Pavlovsk Palace which is considered one of the country's most picturesque estates and is home to an impressive collection of 19th century paintings. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends at dinner on board. Afterwards, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet
Optional: Pushkin & Pavlovsk Palace Tour
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Thu, Sep 10, 2020): DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Russia

Morning disembarkation in St. Petersburg. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Moscow, St. Petersburg-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights Superior Tourist Class river cruise on
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

     

  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow
  • Walk the lanes of the quaint “Golden Ring” city of Yaroslavl, dating back to the Vikings
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum
  • Choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink with dinner
  • Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

    Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
     and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take up to 6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips.

    Passengers returning from St. Petersburg on Day 13 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.

    As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.

    While sailing with LLC Vodohod d/b/a Vodohod Russian River Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at:


    Accommodation Details:
    cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.

    Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

    Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    MS Nizhny Novgorod


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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