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Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Travel along the beautiful Volga River as you make your way between Russia’s largest and most fascinating cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. Both these cities are rich in history, art, architecture and the food is pretty good too! By taking a river voyage, a ship can easily link these two great imperial cities of the czars. Moscow has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings and is known as the medieval and 20th century capital of Russia, while St. Petersburg is a dreamland of 18th century architecture and craftsmanship. Besides offering visits to sites of unique historical and architectural interest, these cruises afford a relaxing alternative to traveling by taking you along the Neva River, Lake Ladoga, the Svir River, Lake Onega, the Baltic canal, White Lake and the Volga River.

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Day 1 - 2
Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Moscow: You will be met at the airport or train station by one of our drivers and taken by a comfortable car to the river port where you will board your cruise ship. On the first day you will have a lunch in the city center. Over the next few days you will have a chance to explore Moscow and learn about its riveting history. You will be taken on a city tour where you will see Moscow’s most interesting sights and learn about this amazing city’s past and present.

On the second day you will also have a lunch in the city and a tour of the Moscow Kremlin with a visit to one of its cathedrals. You will also have a chance to do some light shopping and there will be time to relax aboard the ship in the evenings.

Moscow is Russia’s political and financial capital as well as a major world class cultural center. The city includes many must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe. It is unique in that it blends the ancient with the modern. See medieval structures among modern office buildings, walk down crooked old city streets opening up to wide busy boulevards. It is a fantastic city and truly a site that shouldn´t be missed.
Day 3
Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Arrival in Uglich. You will be taken to the walking city tour with visit to Kremlin, the Church of St. Demitrius on the Blood and the Transfiguration cathedral.

Uglich was founded in 1148 as a small princedom bordering on Muscovy, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. The view of the town as you approach it from the Volga River is breathtaking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John´s Church rising up on the horizon. The history of the town is fascinating; At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile at the Kremlin in Uglich. It was here in her garden that the 10 year old Prince Dmitry of the Rurik Dynasty, heir to the Russian throne was murdered by Boris Godunov who wanted to seize power for himself. On the spot of his death, the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. The death of Prince Dmitri brought on the start of the Time of Troubles, a dynastic and political crises and one of the most tumultuous periods in Russian history which ended 15 years later after the election of a new Tsar Mikhail Romanov (the first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty). Inside the Kremlin the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry also stands. During your time in Uglich you will learn more about the town’s past and walk along the paths of Russian history.
Day 4
Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Arrival in the ancient village of Goritsy. Tour of the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery.

Goritsy is a tiny settlement 7 kilometers from the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery. The remains of the Nunnery of the Resurrection that sits on the banks of the Sheksna River can be visited and is within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops. Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. St. Cyril on the White Lake was founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky on the shore of Lake Siverskoye. The monastery had wide trade in the 15th to 17th centuries and was used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles.

After lunch you will return to your ship and set sail in the direction of St. Petersburg along the Volga Baltic Canal. The Volga Baltic Canal is a series of canals and rivers that connect the Volga river to the Baltic Sea.
Day 5
Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Cruise along Europe’s second largest lake, Lake Onega and arrive on the island of Kizhi. Here you will visit a fascinating open air museum containing numerous examples of elaborate Russian, wooden architecture.

Kizhi Island: Via the Volga Baltic Canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The most impressive site on the island is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya (the church of twenty-two wooden domes). This masterpiece of architecture, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees. The church magically changes color as the day grows old, it is certainly one of the most interesting things you will see during your time in Russia.
Day 6
Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

A stop in the village of Mandrogui. Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spending a day of rest, relaxation and fun. We will have a fantastic barbeque picnic on the banks of the river featuring one of Russia’s favorite specialties – shashlik (meat shish kebab prepared on an outdoor fire). You will love it!

Mandrogui is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. It features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia´s favorite pastime.
Day 7 - 8
Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Moscow - St. Petersburg (8 Days and 7 Nights)

Arrival in the imperial capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Your time in St. Petersburg will begin with a Panoramic City Tour. This tour is the best way to get acquainted with all of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg´s most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city´s most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral (exterior) and the Winter Palace (exterior). You will visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city. In the afternoon of the first day in St. Petersburg you will visit the Hermitage museum, Russia’ premier museum containing one of the largest art collections in the world. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage´s treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and a large collection of impressionists and post impressionists including Matisse and Picasso as well as many others.

On the last day of your cruise you will say goodbye to Russia, your ship’s crew and the many new friends we are sure you will have met during your time with us. We are sure that your memories of the trip will last a lifetime and we look forward to welcoming you to Russia sometime in the future. Our driver will meet you at the ship and take you to the airport to see you off.

St. Petersburg is Russia´s second largest and second most important city - the Northern capital of the country, Russia´s cultural center, and considered the world´s "Northern Venice" due to its extensive system of canals and islands. Walk along Nevsky Prospect and experience the grandeur of pre-revolutionary imperial Russia. Pass palaces from the past and gaze at the famous embankment of the Neva River with its numerous bridges and striking architecture. St. Petersburg is also home to Russia´s largest and busiest port and with its many world class theaters and museums has a very high level of cultural life.

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Prices, per person

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Dates Ship Main Deck Cabin Middle Deck Cabin Boat Deck Cabin Junior Suite Suite
9 May 2015 - 16 May 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 2,857 $ 3,254 $ 3,386 $ 3,650 $ 5,499
23 May 2015 - 30 May 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
6 Jun 2015 - 13 Jun 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
20 Jun 2015 - 27 Jun 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
4 Jul 2015 - 11 Jul 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
18 Jul 2015 - 25 Jul 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
1 Aug 2015 - 8 Aug 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
15 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,386 $ 3,782 $ 3,914 $ 4,178 $ 6,028
29 Aug 2015 - 5 Sep 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,121 $ 3,518 $ 3,650 $ 3,914 $ 5,764
12 Sep 2015 - 19 Sep 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,121 $ 3,518 $ 3,650 $ 3,914 $ 5,764
26 Sep 2015 - 3 Oct 2015 M/S Rostropovich $ 3,121 $ 3,518 $ 3,650 $ 3,914 $ 5,764


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The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 50% of the total amount for the cruise.

THE PRICES INCLUDE

• Cabin of the booked category (outside cabins) on board the exclusive 4* motor ship
• Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary
• Individual arrival and departure airport transfers
• Daily international entertainment on board: concerts, lessons, master classes, movies
• Welcome bread and sault ceremony
• Captain’s cocktail and dinner
• Luggage handling onboard
• Use of cabin safe
• Port tax
Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

INCLUDED MEALS:

• Full board, three meals per day (from the dinner on the arrival day to the breakfast on the departure day):
Breakfast and lunch are buffet style, dinner is with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead of lunch onboard, subject to the weather forecast)
• Water is included for all meals at the restaurant plus daily in a cabin (1 bottle 0.33ml per person), one glass of house wine per person for each dinner
• Coffee-station for early risers
• Welcome bread and salt ceremony (arrival day), welcome cocktail (hereon the start of the navigation), russian, ukrainian and pirate thematic dinners as well as welcome dinner onboard , captain´s farewell dinner with a special menu, cocktail party

MORE DETAILS ABOUT CATERING:

1) Breakfast onboard is buffet style
Water in the pitchers on the table is provided during breakfast, as well as tea/ coffee is served
Buffet line has cocoa, milk, juice in assortment, as well as numerous hot and cold dishes to guest’s choice
2) Lunch onboard is buffet style
Water in the pitchers on the table is provided during breakfast, as well as tea/ coffee is served
3) Dinner onboard is served according to the menu:
• Starter
• Main course (a choice of 3 – meat or fish or vegetarian)
• Dessert (a choice of 2 or fruit)
Water in the pitchers on the table is provided during dinner, as well as tea/ coffee is served. 1 glass of red/white wine or juice is included in each dinner
NB! During stay in Moscow and St. Petersburg the menu is fixed (no choice of dishes). During the navigation days of the cruise the choice of main course/dessert is provided – the guests choose the dishes for nest day each previous day.
• 1 bottle of still water (0.33l per person per day) is provided in cabins.
• There is a coffee-station onboard the ship available for guests from 06:00 am till 07:00 pm (which includes coffee, decaf, hot water, milk, cocoa, packed tea, sugar, sweetener, and cookies)
The following events are organized for guests onboard the ship:
• Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony on the embarkation day
• Welcome cocktail including 1 glass of champagne or juice per pax
• “Russian tea ceremony” with tea and Russian pies and “vodka show” with vodka and blini tasting
• Cocktail party – once per tour – 1 cocktail to choose out of 3 cocktails per 1 pax
• Captain’s dinner with up scaled menu
• Mulled wine (during cold weather)/ ice tea (during hot weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions. any other drinks can be purchased additionally at the restaurant or at the bar onboard.

THE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE

• Full visa support. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
• International airfare. However, we can offer you extremely inexpensive flights to Russia through our discount airfare booking engine. Please click here to learn more
• Travel insurance
• Optional excursions (available on board)
• Gratuities (10 EUR per person per day are recommended)
• Personal expenses


CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT:

20% – at booking (irrevocable deposit)
80% – 75 days prior the sailing date

CONDITIONS OF CANCELLATION:

20% of the tour price - irrevocable deposit
more than 75 days before embarkation – 20% of the tour price
74-65 days before embarkation – 40% of the tour price
64-55 days before embarkation – 60% of the tour price
54-35 days before embarkation – 80% of the tour price
34 days or less before embarkation – 100% of the tour price
No-show – 100% of the tour price

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