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The Siberian wilderness

Vodohod Luxury 5 Star
Krasnoyarsk
Dudinka
26 June 2021 - 09 July 2021
11 days
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from €5,760 p.p. €7,200
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Description
Cruise route
Krasnoyarsk (2 days)
Galanino
Yeniseisk
Yartsevo
Vorogovo
Kangotovo
Yermakovo
Tyyakha
Dudinka (2 days)
Ship facilities
Full board
English speaking staff
Massage cabinet
Coffee point
SPA area
All cabins are equiped with fridges
Complementary Wi-Fi
TV in cabins
Additional restaurant information:
Catering package included:

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Lunch: salad and soup bar followed by main courses served at table
  • Dinner a la carte
  • Specialties of Russian regions as afternoon snack
  • Midnight soup
  • Water for excursions
  • Water in pitchers for all meals
  • Tea/coffee for all meals
  • 1 glass of wine/beer/juice/soda per person for dinner
Various drink packages available at booking.

  • Coffee station 24/7 which includes coffee, decaf, hot water, milk, cocoa, packed tea, sugar, sweetener and cookies
  • 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
Cruise price includes:
  • Accommodation in premium cabins
  • Full Board dining & Coffee station
  • On-shore Excursion
  • Onboard Activities
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Expedition Outfit
Cruise price doesn't include:
  • SPA and massage services
  • The Chef’s restaurant “Catch of the day” (a la carte)
  • Helicopter tour to Plateau Putorana
Additional information
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Route
Daily route
День 1
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Krasnoyarsk
Day 1 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
The largest city in Eastern Siberia.
Begin your journey in the mercantile city of Krasnoyarsk. It's the perfect place to start your languid voyage from Siberia's past to present along the currents of the mighty Yenisei river. One of the vast region's oldest settlements, the city was founded by Cossacks in 1628 with the establishment of the fortress of Krasny Yar on the river's left bank. With the arrival of the famed Trans-Siberian Railway in the 1890s, the city boomed and spilt onto the river's right bank. While here, take in this interesting city with its welcoming residents, multicoloured musical fountains, romantic imperial timber mansions, enduring bridges, dynamic restaurant scene and national park – located unusually within the city limits. Cited as a cultural centre of eastern Siberia, you might consider a visit to the Surikov Museum-Estate to see works by the famed 19th-century Realist history painter Vasily Surikov – one of the city's most renowned sons.
День 2
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Krasnoyarsk
Day 2 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
The largest city in Eastern Siberia.
Spend today exploring this million-some-strong city, which sits on the same latitude as Sitka in Alaska and Scotland’s Isle of Jura. There is something here for everyone. The young and young-at-heart will relish in a visit to the Beaver Log fun park. Nature lovers will marvel at the famed pillars (or stolby) of volcanic rock that were formed millions of years ago and still stand proud about the treetops in the Stolby Nature Reserve, right across the river from the city centre. Head to the Tsar Fish observation point on Sliznevsky hill to enjoy the arresting view of the river and the landscape shaped by its ceaseless flow. The Tsar Fish commemorates another local legend – Viktor Astafyev, who wrote stark novels of rural 20th-century Russia. Stop at the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Station to see an engineering feat and its famed ship elevator. With all this sightseeing, you’re sure to work up an appetite. The Taiga Master restaurant, named for a Soviet film of the same moniker, showcases the region’s cuisine. The Siberian soups with garlic paste and dishes of sturgeon, venison and wild boar are warming, hearty meals well suited to the environs.
День 3
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Galanino
Day 3 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
In the real Russian huts you will get acquainted with the everyday life of the Cossacks. You will be welcomed in the best traditions of Siberian hospitality, treated with local liquors and tea from a samovar with crusty pies. They will tell you about the features of their way of life and hold a master class on birch bark. You will hear old Cossack songs that have sounded over the Yenisei for centuries.
Today marks the start of your river voyage through the heart of central Siberia to Dudinka, a small port city a degree and a half above the Arctic Circle. Cruise first to the out-of-another-time village of Galanino, which sits on the left bank of the Yenisei. En route, you’ll pass by the ‘Kazachinsky Threshold’ section of the river, where the river scythes through the countryside with a thrilling sense of drama, complete with whirlpools. In Galanino, be embraced by a warm welcome from the locals. You’ll be delighted by the town’s Cossack customs: drink tea from a samovar, sample local handmade pies, listen to delightful folk songs, and learn how to craft birch-bark items.
День 4
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Yeniseisk
Day 4 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
Merchant houses, monasteries, narrow streets and the spirit of an ancient city with four hundred years of history, which has retained its original appearance to this day *. There are many magnificent museums in Yeniseisk, for example, the local “Planer Museum” is listed in the Guinness Book of Records! You will learn what kind of object it is and how to use it while viewing the largest collection of planers in the world. * The historical part of the city of Yeniseisk is included in the preliminary list of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Today, you’ll enjoy visiting Yeniseysk, an elegant city that celebrated its 400th anniversary recently. Once the region’s capital, a legendary fur-trading tub and famed for its craftsmen and blacksmiths, Yeniseysk was overshadowed by Krasnoyarsk when the Trans-Siberian Railway linked the latter to the ‘European Russia’ on the other side of the Urals. Marvel at its historical centre – its cobbled streets; proud churches; low-slung, clapboard houses; and faded grandeur have earned it a place on a preliminary UNESCO World Heritage List. For some light entertainment, visit the remarkable Carpenter Plane Museum. Tour local Vitaly Islentiev’s Guinness World Record-included collection of some 1,500 examples of this workman’s tool. The Regional Museum, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and the Assumption Church are also all worth note.
День 5
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Yartsevo
Day 5 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
A walking tour around the village. Souvenirs village fair
This morning, disembark for a tour of Yartsevo. The arrival of visitors is the cause of many celebrations amongst the locals, so expect an informal, welcoming party to appear on the pier. Berries, smoked fish, mushrooms, wild plants and more will all be showcased and may appeal to those in the market for souvenirs. This village is home to a 17th-century community living in 21st-century Siberia. Members of the Old Believers belong to a Russian Orthodox sect that left the church in 1666 in protest to church reforms. You’ll be fascinated by a cultural excursion to meet these religious rebels. Then it’s off to Vorogovo, only a short distance downstream from Yartsevo. Founded as a wintering encampment of the Mangazey Cossacks, today it is renowned in the region for its Vorogovsky sour cream and cottage cheese. Be sure to purchase some along with lingonberry jam with pine nuts. Our top tip? Don’t leave without sampling the stroganina – a local delicacy: long, thin slices of frozen fish.
Vorogovo
Day 5 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
Visit bright Siberian fair with songs, dances, raw fish stroganina and souvenirs. Try national treats and real homemade delicacies, play a shaman tambourine, surprise your loved ones with unique souvenirs from the Russian taiga.
Today, you’ll visit arguably the most famous village in Siberia. Home to some 300 residents, Bakhta is the setting for the 2010 film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. Explorer-filmmaker Werner Herzog’s documentary portrays the region’s fur trappers, who make their livelihoods in the vast Siberian taiga (the sprawling subarctic forest). En route to Bakhta from Vorogovo, be sure to watch Happy People onboard for a glimpse into this untouched way of life. In the village, you’ll see traditional tarred boats and taste aromatic fish soup on the riverbank. Opt to go fishing here if you are a keen angler, or go wild berry or mushroom picking. Next, it’s off to nearby bucolic Verkhneimbatsk, which is surrounded by the atmospheric taiga. You’ll gain insight into daily village life and its rich rural heritage. Listen to folkloric stories and view artworks by local artists and craftspeople.
День 6
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Kangotovo
Day 6 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
Disembarkation ashore by small boats "Zodiac"
  • Visit to the Ket camping-ground, artisan shops
  • Tea party
  • Fishing
День 8
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Yermakovo
Day 8 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
Construction of the Dead Road claimed the lives of more than 300,000 Gulag prisoners tasked with delivering Stalin's dream of a 806-mile-long rail line to run between the Siberian cities Igarka and Salekhard. Upon Stalin's death the project was abandoned. After a short hike through the Siberian forest, we’ll take you to see these unfinished tracks.
Today’s shore excursion is one of huge historical significance. Disembark to discover Stalin’s deadly track to nowhere: an unfinished railway built by forced labour. Siberia is notorious for its gulag past. Established by Stalin, Russia’s political dissidents and criminals were sent to these notorious camps for decades from the 1920s onwards. In gulags, prisoners were made to work on Stalin’s railroads, mines, and construction projects. One such scheme, the Salekhard-Igarka Railway (or so-called Dead Road) was worked on from 1947 to 1953 when it was abandoned after the dictator’s death. The railway ran by the village of Yermakovo, which was the administrative centre of Gulag 503 (created especially for the railway’s construction). According to some estimates, 300,000 prisoners were enslaved on the railway, and nearly a third perished. Listen to their story as you visit the construction camps and follow the tracks with your guide until they disappear into the tundra.

From here, you will then visit Igarka, a village built on pilings because of permafrost (ground that remains frozen all-year-round). Here you’ll tour the fascinating Permafrost Museum. Its well-known underground chambers – dug in the late 1930s and early 1940s – showcase ice-encased, millennia-old fauna. In a continuation of the tragic tale of the Dead Road, the museum also features a permanent exhibition on the Salekhard-Igarka Railway, including original documents and photographs.
День 9
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Tyyakha
Day 9 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
See 1000 deer, a real chum (shelter similar to yurt) and a big bonfire. That’s an exclusive sight you may only see once in your life! Enjoy warm interactive meeting on the shore, cuisine of indigenous nations and get incredible memories for life. Be sure to take a picture in the chum and with a deer. Feel the life of nomads.
Alight from the ship for a fascinating encounter with the hospitable Nenets, an indigenous people native to Siberia. Last-of-their-kind reindeer herders, the Nenets depend on their herds for food, clothing, tools, transportation, and more as the reindeer migrate more than a thousand kilometres across the tundra every year. Few people live in a more challenging environment, and as a result, they have developed a vibrant culture. Become immersed in the ways of the Nenets – feeding the reindeer, weaving and throwing a maut (belt lasso). Souvenirs of beads made of deer horn and mammoth tusk will tempt even those with little space left in their luggage.

Next, it’s off to the city of Dudinka. Once the centre of the former Taymyr Autonomous Okrug (district), this major regional port is now located in Krasnoyarsk Krai. Founded in 1667, Dudinka was granted city status as recently as 1951. Winter rages here for nine, long months and the polar night lasts for 45 days. Here you’ll visit the Taimyr-Mou, a project which promotes the culture of the area’s indigenous small-numbered peoples. Enjoy exhibitions of national costume and go inside an authentic ‘chum’ – a living space for typically one family made of reindeer skins laid over a framework of long wooden poles. Afterwards, you’ll be privileged to see Zhenya – a well-preserved woolly mammoth, which is named for the 11-year-old boy who discovered it. When the frozen prehistoric animal was found on the banks on the Yenisei nearly 20 years ago, scientists described it as the best discovery in the field since 1901. See “the mammoth of the century” for yourself.
День 10
Date 06.07.2020, Monday
Dudinka
Day 10 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
Dudinka is known as the ‘City Where Hearts Moor’, and there’s plenty to love here! Fr om the Talnakh Mountain Mines to the astounding Putorana Plateau – a volcanically formed region of waterfalls, canyons, mountains and over 25,000 lakes! There’s also the Taimyr Mow, where visitors can meet the 45,000-year old mammoth.
From here you might opt to experience a helicopter tour of the Putorana Plateau, some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. A sacred place to the Nenets and Dolgan people, National Geographic described the area as “a primaeval expanse of volcanic rock and pristine waters wh ere man has barely made a ripple”. Located in the central part of the Plateau is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Putoransky State Nature Reserve. It earned this accolade thanks to its subarctic and arctic ecosystem, including pristine taiga, forest-tundra, tundra and boreal desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems. The best way to see this roadless expanse is from the air – swoop above it for a bird’s-eye view.
Dudinka
Day 10 06.07 (Mon)
Date 06.07 (Mon)
Dudinka is known as the ‘City Where Hearts Moor’, and there’s plenty to love here! Fr om the Talnakh Mountain Mines to the astounding Putorana Plateau – a volcanically formed region of waterfalls, canyons, mountains and over 25,000 lakes! There’s also the Taimyr Mow, where visitors can meet the 45,000-year old mammoth.
Breakfast onboard
Transfer to Norilsk
Ship

Maxim Gorky will be the first and only cruise ship to take travellers along the Yenisei River. To make sure the ship’s up to this momentous job, we’ve completed a complete redesign and renovation.

Now a 5* luxury ship, Maxim Gorky has ultra-modern features combined with comfortable interiors inspired by the rugged Siberian landscape which will be seen out of every window.

Vodohod Luxury 5 Star
Full board English speaking staff Massage cabinet Coffee point SPA area All cabins are equiped with fridges Complementary Wi-Fi TV in cabins
Cabin types
Single
Cabin`s design is inspired by majestic nature of the taiga. Equipped with new furniture and lighting. Size of cabin is around 9 sq.m
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Inspired by the breathtaking nature of rugged Siberia, our deluxe cabins offer elegant interiors in soothing natural tones – brought to life by each spectacular view that floats by. Unwind in a private sanctuary as you reflect on the day and dream of delightful discoveries that lie ahead. Size of cabin is around 13 - 17,7 sq.m
Two twin beds or one double bed - Cosy personal lounge area - A spacious wardrobe - Your own fridge, radio, TV and hair dryer - Two large windows for endless gazing
Suite
The natural, elegant design of our luxurious suites is effortlessly complemented by each spectacular view that floats by, offering an ever-changing backdrop as you unwind. Make the most of a spacious lounge area as you relax in a stylish private sanctuary that rivals the breathtaking beauty of Siberia. Size of cabin is around 19 – 20 sqm
A luxurious double bed - Large personal lounge area - A spacious wardrobe - Your own fridge, radio, TV and hair dryer - Two large windows for endless gazing.
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