Just back from 13 days cruising down the Volga River, across two of Europe's largest lakes, through 18 locks from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We travelled again with Gate 1 Travel on the vessel, MS Zosima Shashkov which was very comfortable. Even though the cabins were small, we spent little time in it, preferring to get out & view the passing scenery. The tour covered some great excursions ashore in Moscow, where we visited Red Square & the Kremlin. We also took a night tour of Moscow, which I would strongly recommend.
Once leaving Moscow, we sailed on a very smooth river, visiting some amazing historic towns along the way. Uglich the ancient town with the beautiful Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood, built on the spot where Ivan the Terrible's son Dimitry was killed at the age of 10. Yaroslavl was another ancient town, established in 1010, dating back to the time of the Vikings. The Cathedral dates back 800 years.
Onboard activities were also fun with Russian language sessions, Russian Dancing sessions & even a talent quest amongest the many fun times & getting to know each other times. The Captain's welcome with his crew was very pleasant, as was the champagne. Meals were excellent with a Russian touch. I would definetly recommend the tour, which can be taken either from Moscow or St. Petersburg...
Russian river cruises
While you're in Russia, a cruise down its greatest rivers can be a perfect opportunity for you to better understand the Russian soul world-known for its mysteriousness. A Russian river cruise is not a simple trip from one point to another - it's an unforgettable experience that will remain in your memory for all your life. While cruising down the river in Russia, you can enjoy unique Russian cuisine and breathtaking folk music and decorative arts and immerse yourself deeper in Russian history while visiting greatest Russian cities.
And, of course, a Russian river cruise is probably the best way to travel if you want to fully enjoy the beauty of gorgeous Russian landscapes. Just imagine how spectacular the sunset on a river can be!
Sharing experiences of Vodohod and Alsace Croisieres
December is considered to be a part of the winter pre-navigation period, but this doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t go for a special training cruise. It was effected for several representatives of Vodohod upon the itinerary Strasbourg – Breisach – Colmar – Wine route of Alsace – Black Forest – Strasbourg on the motorship “Gerard Schmitter” of the Alsace Croisieres fleet.
The cruise was effected since the 30th of November until the 3rd of December with the visits to Christmas fairs in Colmar and Freiburg, workshop of cuckoo clock in Black Forest and the glass blowing shop in Wolfach.
But the most top-priority aim was to study the service provided on the European cruises. Our colleagues properly examined the cabins’ and restaurants’ service having in mind how it could be implemented on the Vodohod ships in future as well as the review of the onboard entertainments was made. Besides that a special attention was paid to the decorative and interior design of the boat. It is known that that the touristic business is one of the crucial spheres of the experience economy and thus it is necessary to create the positive impression on each guest by the flawless operation of all the services onboard.
But what is more important is that our colleagues have got a unique chance to become a traveler on one of the European cruises and feel what it is like to be a guest on a river cruise in a foreign country. This practice is quite wide-spread among different international companies due to the effective result created by the effect of a “guest” when a travel specialists experience river boat service and can conclude what can be borrowed and what is better to avoid in future.
We also would like to thank cordially our loyal and trustworthy partner Alsace Croisieres for this opportunity for our colleagues could gain some more experience in tourist service and have a wonderful time in Europe!
VODOHOD takes part at CITM 2016 in Shanghai
Dear Friends and Partners!
VODOHOD Company is constantly developing its image on the global stage and recently we have taken part in the China International Travel Mart (CITM) which is considered to be the biggest professional travel event in Asia.
This year CITM 2016 was held since 11th of November until 13th of November and took place in Shanghai – one of the largest cities in China famous as business center of this country.
VODOHOD’s counter was placed in the Russian stand and one of our Chinese-speaking representatives was providing all the visitors with the most accurate information about Russian River cruises.
We are grateful to the participants of CITM 2016 and we will be happy to start successful and fruitful cooperation in 2017!
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