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Express to Russia » Russia River Cruises » St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

This 5-day cruise will take you to the northern parts of Russia. Visit the Holy Trinity Monastery and admire splendid landscapes in Svirstroy. Feel the magical atmosphere of Kizhi with its wooden architecture that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walk along the streets of Petrozavodsk – the capital of Karelia.

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Day 1
St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

St. Petersburg - departure at 19.00

At 17:00 (5:00 PM) embarkation will begin. Two hours later, at 19:00 (7:00 PM) the ship will sail from St. Petersburg and head towards Svirstroy. You will be served dinner shortly afterwards.
Day 2
St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

Svirstroy

On this day, you will you will be taken on a bus tour to the Holy Trinity monastery of Alexander Svirsky

Svirstroy is a small settlement consisting of about 950 people located on the banks of the Svir and Kovra rivers. The first inhabitants came here in the early 20th century when the construction of the Lower Svir Hydroelectric Station began. This station is the only industry in the area. Svirstroy is a very calm and relaxing place where you can enjoy picturesque landscapes, learn about Russian village life and take a look at local handicrafts. The Alexander-Svirsky Monastery is located about 30 km northeast of Svirstroy. The monastery was founded in 1487 by Alexander Svirsky. Svirsky died in 1533 and was buried in the Transfiguration cloister. Today the complex of the Alexander-Svirsky monastery includes a number of outstanding monuments of architecture.
Day 3
St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

Kizhi

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 is 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.

Petrozavodsk

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Petrozavodsk and will be invited for a walking city tour.

Petrozavodsk is the largest city in the Republic of Karelia, located in the north-western part of Russia. The territory of Petrozavodsk includes about 30 ancient settlements; one of the oldest is 8000 years old. The city was founded not far from the Lososinka River, approximately at the same time as St. Petersburg. Petrozavodsk started with a gun plant that later became the largest ordnance factory in the country. Many items made in Petrozavodsk factories are nowadays exhibited in the Armory of the Moscow Kremlin and the Artillery Museum of St. Petersburg.
Day 4
St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

Mandrogui

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 5
St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg (5 days and 4 nights)

St. Petersburg - arrival at 08.00

You will arrive back in St. Petersburg at 08:00 AM and will be offered morning tea/coffee. Disembarkation is after breakfast.

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The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 75% of the total amount for the cruise.

Included:

  • Accommodations in all cabins, each with a private bathroom, individual temperature controls, and windows
  • Three meals daily including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
  • Traditional bread and salt welcome ceremony
  • Full sightseeing programs in each port
  • On board entertainment including Russian language course, Russian song lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
  • English-speaking guides onboard; services of guides speaking other languages are available upon request
  • Souvenir shop onboard
  • Medical center onboard
  • Discos and bars onboard
  • Special holiday meals and celebrations
  • Captain’s Farewell Dinner (special menu)
  • Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Not included:

  • Russian Visas. 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.
  • Arrival and departure transfers. To see transfer prices please click here. You can order transfers by clicking “Add transfer” while submitting the order.
  • Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks from the onboard bars
  • Option tours
  • Tips for the crew and ship staff
  • Forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
  • Accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance (we recommend you purchase insurance).
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry services, bar charges, beauty salon services, telephone and cable charges and medical services).
  • Room service offered at an additional price.
  • Water; you can order packages of water as extra for the following prices. Please contact your order manager for more information.

Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arr/dep transfers, hotel accommodations, additional excursions, etc.) can also arranged by us.

Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 41 days before departure.

Cancellation terms for river cruises:
41 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 10% of the entire package will be charged.
40-20 days before departure – a fee equal to 55% of the entire package will be charged.
19 days or less before departure or in the event of a no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.
 

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