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Russia River Cruises


from £1,495 pp - 11 days / 10 nights


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Take a Russian river cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow and enjoy the culture, history and sights of Russia at a leisurely pace.  This guided tour incorporates the highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg, such as the Kremlin, Hermitage and Peterhof.  As you cruise the Volga River and connecting waterways you will stop along the way to enjoy sightseeing tours at towns such as Uglich, and Kizhi.  The ships, built in Germany in 1987 and renovated in 2007, are comfortably equipped for your journey.

The price per person based on the best flight availability and sharing a twin cabin:

St. Petersburg - Moscow
(10 nights)
Lower Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Single
Season A
£1,495 £1,555 £1,610 £1,730
Season B
£1,555 £1,610 £1,670 £1,785
Season C
£1,670 £1,730 £1,785 £1,900
Season D
£1,695 £1,750 £1,810 £1,960
Moscow - St. Petersburg
(11 nights)
Lower Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Single
Season A £1,600 £1,665 £1,730 £1,855
Season B £1,665 £1,730 £1,795 £1,920
Season C £1,790 £1,855 £1,920 £2,050
Season D £1,815 £1,880 £1,945 £2,110

2014 departure dates:

SeasonDates
Duration
ItineraryShip
A 06 May - 17 May
11 nights
Moscow - St. Petersburg Russ
B 13 May - 24 May
11 nights
Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
B 17 May - 27 May 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow Russ
D 24 May - 03 Jun
10 nights
St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
D 27 May - 07 Jun
11 nights
Moscow - St. Petersburg Russ
D 03 Jun - 14 Jun
11 nights
Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
D 07 Jun - 17 Jun
10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow Russ
D 14 Jun - 24 Jun
10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
D 17 Jun - 28 Jun
11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg Russ
D 24 Jun - 05 Jul
11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
D 28 Jun - 08 Jul
10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow Russ
C 05 Jul - 15 Jul
10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
C 08 Jul - 19 Jul
11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg Russ
C 15 Jul - 26 Jul 11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
C 19 Jul - 29 Jul 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow Russ
C 26 Jul - 05 Aug 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
C 29 Jul - 09 Aug 11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg Russ
D 05 Aug - 16 Aug 11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
D 09 Aug - 19 Aug 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow Russ
C 16 Aug - 26 Aug 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
C 19 Aug - 30 Aug 11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg Russ
B 26 Aug - 06 Sep 11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
B 30 Aug - 09 Sep 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow Russ
C 06 Sep - 16 Sep 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
B 16 Sep - 27 Sep 11 nights Moscow - St. Petersburg N.Chernishevsky
A 27 Sep - 07 Oct 10 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow N.Chernishevsky
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Package includes


  • Direct flights from London Heathrow on British Airways 
  • Airport transfers in Moscow and St. Petersburg 
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage in river ports and on board the ship 
  • Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation 
  • Full board catering (three meals daily) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day 
  • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception 
  • English speaking guides 
  • On board entertainment including: 
    • Russian language course 
    • Russian songs lessons 
    • Live music concerts 
    • Dancing music in bars nightly 
    • Captain’s bridge tour 
  • Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned) 
  • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)

 

Not included: 

  • Additional drinks and mineral water in ship restaurant and drinks in on-board bars 
  • Optional tours 
  • Gratuities for the crew and ship staff

St. Petersburg - Moscow:

(11 days \ 10 nights)

 

Day 1: Arrival in St. Petersburg

Transfer from the airport and check-in.

Days 2 - 3: St. Petersburg

Bus city tour with visit to Peter and Paul fortress and the Hermitage museum.

Day 4: Mandrogui

Free time, kebab (shashlik) ashore.

Day 5: Kizhi

Open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Day 6: Goritsy

Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons.

Day 7: Yaroslavl

Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (outside), the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), Interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

Day 8: Uglich

Walking city our with a visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Days 9 - 10: Moscow         

Bus city tour, Kremlin with a visit to one cathedral.

Day 11: Departure from Moscow

Transfer to the airport.

 

Moscow - St. Petersburg:

(12 days \ 11 nights)

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow

Transfer from the airport and check-in.

Days 2 - 3: Moscow

Bus city tour to Kremlin and a visit to one cathedral incl. lunch in the city.

Day 4: Uglich

Walking city our with a visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

Day 5: Yaroslavl

Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (outside), the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), Interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery).

Day 6: Goritsy

Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons.

Day 7: Kizhi

Open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Day 8: Mandrogui

Free time, kebab (shashlik) ashore.

Days 9 - 11: St. Petersburg                      

Bus city tour with the visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, the Hermitage museum and Peterhof (lower park).

Day 12: Departure from St. Petersburg

Transfer to the airport.

 

Ship “Nikolay Chernishevsky”

  • Four-deck vessel(type 301)
  • Built in Germany in 1981
  • Refurbished in 2012
  • Speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH)
  • Capacity - 250 passengers
  • Accommodation: All cabins are equipped with private facilities, wardrobe, radio, refrigerator and A/C. There is a large scenic window in each cabin (except lower deck).


Facilities: 

  • Restaurant 
  • Bar-restaurant 
  • 2 bars 
  • Solarium 
  • Sauna 
  • Medical room 
  • Souvenir store 
  • Conference hall/bar 
  • Ironing room

 

Ship “Russ”

  • Four-deck vessel(Type 302)
  • Built in Germany in 1987
  • Refurbished in 2012
  • Speed of 25,5 km per hour (around 17MpH)
  • Capacity - 280 passengers
  • Accommodation: All cabins are equipped with private facilities, wardrobe, radio, refrigerator and A/C. There is a large scenic window in each cabin (except lower deck).


Facilities: 

  • Restaurant
  • Bar-restaurant
  • 2 bars
  • Solarium
  • Sauna
  • Medical room
  • Souvenir store
  • Conference hall/bar
  • Ironing room
Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Transfer from the airport, check-in.

Days 2 - 3: Moscow
Bus city tour, Kremlin with the visit to one cathedral ans a lunch in the city

Day 4: Uglich
Walking city our with the visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral

Day 5: Yaroslavl
Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), Interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)

Day 6: Goritsy
Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons

Day 7: Kizhi
Open-air museum of wooden architecture

Day 8: Mandrogui
Free time, kebab (shashlik) ashore

Days 9 - 11: St. Petersburg                       
Bus city tour with the visit to Peter and Paul fortress, Hermitage museum, Peterhof (lower park)

Day 12: Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer to the airport.


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Visas

For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Insurance

Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage. Our recommended partner is Essential Travel, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Language

You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .

Currency

You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Lithuanian Litas
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia

Restaurants

Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.

Transportation

Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.

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11 days / 10 nights from £1,495 pp

Price includes:

  • Direct flights from London Heathrow on British Airways 
  • Airport transfers in Moscow and St. Petersburg 
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage in river ports and on board the ship 
  • Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation 
  • Full board catering (three meals daily) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day 
  • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception 
  • English speaking guides 
  • On board entertainment including: 
    • Russian language course 
    • Russian songs lessons 
    • Live music concerts 
    • Dancing music in bars nightly 
    • Captain’s bridge tour 
  • Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned) 
  • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)

 

Not included: 

  • Additional drinks and mineral water in ship restaurant and drinks in on-board bars 
  • Optional tours 
  • Gratuities for the crew and ship staff