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4-Star Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg - Golden Ring - Moscow - 11 Days (CR-46)

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11 days
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St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Goritsy, Mandrogi
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This fabulous eleven day cruise visits the twin cities of St Petersburg and Moscow at a leisurely pace, stopping en route at the Golden Ring, a historic circle of towns around the capital. The cruise is operated on 4* vessels. The equivalent standard to a 4 star hotel, our comfortable boats offer single, double and triple cabins with air conditioning, 220V sockets, a picture window and a radio. Facilities on board include a music lounge, bar and restaurant, TV room, souvenir shop and sauna.

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St. Petersburg

Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the ship
Welcoming cocktail reception onboard a ship
On arrival at St Petersburg airport, look out for our driver who will be carrying a Go Russia sign. He’ll transfer you to the boat where a welcome cocktail reception awaits.
Day 2
City Tour around St. Petersburg. Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
We begin our sightseeing in the Venice of the North, so called as it sits on 101 islands linked by 350 bridges. This watery location gives the city an elegance and calmness not always found in Russian cities. Our in-depth sightseeing program today takes us to the Peter and Paul fortress, built in the early eighteenth century to keep out the Swedes and later a political prison. We’ll also explore the Church of Christ’s Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood), built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881. The church was built between 1883 and 1907, its construction funded by the Imperial family.
Day 3
Visit to the Hermitage
The Hermitage is our focus today, a world-class art museum containing over three million works of art from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Picasso and many others. It commands an impressive location on the banks of the River Neva, its prime location hardly a surprise when you learn that it was built as the Tsar’s Winter Palace.
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Day 4
Free time in the village
Traditional Russian shashlik (shish kebab) picnic lunch
A small village settled since the 18th century, Mandrogi was once a mill town and fishing village. After the war, craftsmen restored the place and it’s become a popular stop for cruise ship passengers. The villagers will welcome us with a cultural show, after which we can explore the cobbled streets with their traditional wooden cottages. Don’t miss the Museum of Russian Vodka (optional) in Remeslennaya Sloboda with its collection of 2800 different types of vodka. Our stop will include a traditional lunch of shashlik (shish kebab) before we reboard the ship in the afternoon to continue our voyage.
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Day 5
Visit to the Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
We disembark on Kizhi Island today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a consequence of its wonderful wooden buildings. Its architectural ensemble comprises two 18th-century wooden churches, the 37 meter high Church of the Transfiguration, constructed without the use of nails, and the Church of the Intercession, and an octagonal wooden bell tower built in 1862.
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Day 6
Visit to the Largest Monastery of the Russian North
Today we stop at Goritsy to visit the Monastery of Resurrection, the place where Ivan the Terrible once planned to retire. The Kirillo-Belozerksy museum of History, Art and Architecture is located there. A convent was founded there in 1544 by the wife of one of Ivan the Great’s sons; as a result of war with Lithuania, Poland and Sweden she was forced to become a nun and live there under house arrest. We continue our river journey in the afternoon.
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Day 7
City Tour around Yaroslavl
Visit to the Museum of Russian Art
Yaroslavl, the largest town on the Volga until you get to Nizhniy Novgorod, is our destination today. Founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, it retains many of its historic buildings, including the 13th century Spassky Monastery complex, a group 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and the remains of an ancient trading center. We will start our city tour in the early morning and will visit the the Church of the Prophet Elijah and many other cultural highlights including the city’s Museum of Russian Art.
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Day 8
Walking City Tour. Visit to the Kremlin
Today’s port of call is Uglich, a historic town on the banks of the River Volga whose city center features some delightful old Russian architecture. The Cathedral of the Resurrection dominates the skyline but the Church of the Assumption, dating from 1628, also wows visitors. Opposite the monastery is the graceful Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, built in the 17th century by a local merchant to commemorate the spot where his son had drowned.
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Day 9
City tour around Moscow
Today we reach our destination - the Russian capital. This grand city has much to delight the visitor and we’ll begin by driving up to the Sparrow Hills Observation Platform from where we’ll have an impressive panoramic view of the city. Moscow is known for its majestic squares and leafy boulevards, so we’ll head into the center of the city to explore further, stopping to admire the Bolshoi Theatre and finishing up in famous Red Square.
Day 10
Kremlin Territory with Cathedrals
Today we explore Moscow’s history and culture, beginning at the Kremlin which was once the residence of the Tsars and Russian Orthodox Patriarchs. It’s located at the edge of Red Square, giving us the opportunity to take a closer look at the multi-colored domes of St Basil’s Cathedral as well as other landmarks such as GUM department store and Lenin’s Mausoleum. You can take an optional tour to the Pushkin Museum, as well as the Kremlin Armoury Museum, where you'll find the Tsars’ jewels and armour.
Day 11
Transfer from the ship to the airport
We’ll disembark from our ship to allow our driver to transfer us to the airport for our flight home.
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We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
So helpful. They were very responsive, obtained a translator for us to retrieve lost baggage. Service was very excellant.
Splendid itinerary, very well chosen, great accommodations on the boat, very competent local guides.
We sailed on the Chernyshevsky. It was very clean and there were optional activities to keep us occupied if we didn't want to watch the scenery pass by.
Well organized river trip.
A very good Team work, helpful, excellent knowledge of the holiday .
A real Russian experience with local people. The genuine warmth and kindness of all the staff who looked after us.
Very comfortable arrangements on board ship with excellent tour guide. All staff very friendly and efficient.
Everything went really well and we had a fantastic holiday.
Especially good: the help with arranging the visas and the cruise overall.
We were part of a very small English speaking group. We were very well looked after.

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