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The Siberian wilderness

Vodohod Luxury 5 Star
Dudinka
Krasnoyarsk
Maxim Gorky
16 June 2020 - 28 June 2020
13 days
from €7,500 p.p.
Vodohod Luxury 5 Star
Maxim Gorky
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from €7,500 p.p.
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Description
Cruise route
Dudinka
Fisherman village
Igarka
Yermakovo
Turukhansk
Verkhneimbatsk
Bakhta
Vorogovo
Nickulino
Yeniseisk
Galanino
Krasnoyarsk
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
  • Helicopter tour to Plateau Putorana
  • Onboard Activities
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym & SPA
  • Expedition Outfit
Additional information
Additional information
Route
Dudinka
Day 1
Dudinka
PLATO PUTORANA (by helicopters with 1 landing) duration around 4 – 4,5 hours (WEATHER PERMITTING) “Putorana” in the Evenki language means "lakes with steep banks." The area of ​​the Putorana Plateau is comparable with the area of ​​Great Britain and reaches 2.5 million hectares. This is the second largest basalt plateau in the world, after the Indian plateau Deccan. The Putorana Nature Reserve is recognized as a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO. You will be brought by helicopter to watch a unique phenomenon. You will visit the unreachable places where no one has been before.

Arrival at Norilsk Airport

Transfer airport - ship

Check-in on board
Welcome cocktail (sparkling wine, caviar)

  • Dinner on board
Dudinka
Day 2
Dudinka
PLATO PUTORANA (by helicopters with 1 landing) duration around 4 – 4,5 hours (WEATHER PERMITTING) “Putorana” in the Evenki language means "lakes with steep banks." The area of ​​the Putorana Plateau is comparable with the area of ​​Great Britain and reaches 2.5 million hectares. This is the second largest basalt plateau in the world, after the Indian plateau Deccan. The Putorana Nature Reserve is recognized as a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO. You will be brought by helicopter to watch a unique phenomenon. You will visit the unreachable places where no one has been before.

Program in Dudinka

• Ethnocultural complex under the open sky “Taimyr Mow”, lunch at the ethnocomplex - Taimyr land. Acquaintance with everyday life, ethnic cuisine, traditions, culture and customs of ethnic groups inhabiting Taimyr.

• Visiting Taimyr Museum pf local history

• Folk art exhibition (paintings).

PLATO PUTORANA (by helicopters with 1 landing) duration around 4 – 4,5 hours (WEATHER PERMITTING)

“Putorana” in the Evenki language means "lakes with steep banks." The area of ​​the Putorana Plateau is comparable with the area of ​​Great Britain and reaches 2.5 million hectares. This is the second largest basalt plateau in the world, after the Indian plateau Deccan. The Putorana Nature Reserve is recognized as a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO.

  • You will be brought by helicopter to watch a unique phenomenon. You will visit the unreachable places where no one has been before.
Dudinka
Day 3
Dudinka
PLATO PUTORANA (by helicopters with 1 landing) duration around 4 – 4,5 hours (WEATHER PERMITTING) “Putorana” in the Evenki language means "lakes with steep banks." The area of ​​the Putorana Plateau is comparable with the area of ​​Great Britain and reaches 2.5 million hectares. This is the second largest basalt plateau in the world, after the Indian plateau Deccan. The Putorana Nature Reserve is recognized as a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO. You will be brought by helicopter to watch a unique phenomenon. You will visit the unreachable places where no one has been before.

Music performance (concert) by local ethnic ensemble

Fisherman village
Day 3
Fisherman village
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.

Starting with Music performance (concert) by local ethnic ensemble

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.

  • Visiting fishermen houses
  • Visiting “chum” – reindeer herder’s house
  • Tasting local delicacies
Igarka
Day 4
Igarka
Bus tour to the Museum of Permafrost, where visitors, down the small stairs, find themselves in the eternal ice zone. The museum is located in permafrost soil at a depth of 7-10 m, here you can see a unique phenomenon about 50,000 years old - "Ice Mountain".

Arrival to Igarka

  • Bus tour to the Museum of Permafrost, where visitors, down the small stairs, find themselves in the eternal ice zone. The museum is located in permafrost soil at a depth of 7-10 m, here you can see a unique phenomenon about 50,000 years old - "Ice Mountain"
Yermakovo
Day 5
Yermakovo
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.

The arrival of the ship

Breakfast on board the ship

Disembarkation (landing stage or "Zodiac")

• Visiting the Museum Building 503 dedicated to the Gulag  

After a kilometer hike through the real Siberian forest, you’ll see the remains of the northernmost railway. The grand construction which claimed the lives of more than 300,000 people, also called as the “Dead Road”. The whole history of the Stalinist repressions silently froze in fragments of the rut.
 

• Organization of fishing (optionally)

Departure of the ship

Turukhansk
Day 6
Turukhansk
The central village of the largest region of the Krasnoyarsk Area. The living conditions here are severe: frosts reach –60 ° С, and in summer the air temperature rises to + 35 °. There are no railways in the region, only air communication, river and motor transportation. Nevertheless the beauty and natural reaches of this place are legendary. For example, the coat of arms of Turukhansk depicts silver arctic fox - a rare fur animal, living in this region.

The central village of the largest region of the Krasnoyarsk Area. The living conditions here are severe: frosts reach –60 ° С, and in summer the air temperature rises to + 35 °. There are no railways in the region, only air communication, river and motor transportation. Nevertheless the beauty and natural reaches of this place are legendary. For example, the coat of arms of Turukhansk depicts silver arctic fox - a rare fur animal, living in this region.

Walking tour with a visit to:

• the Museum of Regional Studies of Turukhansk region

• Memorial House-Museum of Y. Sverdlov.

In the evening on board the ship - a demonstration of the film "Happy People"

Verkhneimbatsk
Day 7
Verkhneimbatsk
You arrived on the legendary land, the first Russian settlement founded by Mangazeya Cossacks in 1607 on the right bank of the Yenisei River at the confluence of the Verkhny Imbak River. Here you will visit the ethnic park, which presents the whole unity and diversity of Siberia: the Putorana Plateau and Taimyr, the Turukhansky district and Evenkia. You will see a Ket camp with household attributes, a lively spring with healing water, a museum of Cossacks and Pomors, listen to the performance of an ethnic ensemble, have a chance to try national cuisine in a local café and so much more.

Disembarkation ashore by small boats "Zodiac"

You arrived on the legendary land, the first Russian settlement founded by Mangazeya Cossacks in 1607 on the right bank of the Yenisei River at the confluence of the Verkhny Imbak River. Here you will visit the ethnic park, which presents the whole unity and diversity of Siberia: the Putorana Plateau and Taimyr, the Turukhansky district and Evenkia. You will see a Ket camp with household attributes, a lively spring with healing water, a museum of Cossacks and Pomors, listen to the performance of an ethnic ensemble, have a chance to try national cuisine in a local café and so much more.
 

  • Visit to the ethnic complex
  • Tea party
  • Mini-exhibition of paintings by designers
Bakhta
Day 7
Bakhta
Have a heartwarming meeting with the people playing the major roles in the film «Happy People». You can ask your favorite characters any questions. Plus you will have the opportunity to sail on real tarred wooden Siberian boats, taste delicious fish soup on the shore, and try your hand at traditional fishing, as well as picking northern berries in the forest.

Disembarkation ashore by small boats "Zodiac"

Have a heartwarming meeting with the people playing the major roles in the film «Happy People». You can ask your favorite characters any questions. Plus you will have the opportunity to sail on real tarred wooden Siberian boats, taste delicious fish soup on the shore, and try your hand at traditional fishing, as well as picking northern berries in the forest.

Program ashore:

• Tour along the river in wooden boats (with Anatoly and Alexey)

• Fish soup ashore

• Picking berries in the forest

 

Vorogovo
Day 8
Vorogovo
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.

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.

• Welcome ceremony (music from local residents)

• Local souvenirs

Nickulino
Day 9
Nickulino
A village that you will not find on Google Maps, people who are not on Facebook, a place photos of which do not exist on the Internet*. Get ready to get back in time. The Old Believers live in the village of Nikulino - people who have honored traditions and their religious way of life for centuries. Old believers are effectively closed from the outside world: there are no TVs, computers, the Internet and mobile phones in their homes. It took incredible efforts to persuade local residents to show you at least fragments of their archaic life and unique culture, they will even show you how to extract cedar oil from cones in the old fashioned way. * Please respect the local culture: any photo and video shooting in the village is prohibited.

Nickulino village – disembarkation ashore by small boats "Zodiac"

A village that you will not find on Google Maps, people who are not on Facebook, a place photos of which do not exist on the Internet*. Get ready to get back in time. The Old Believers live in the village of Nikulino - people who have honored traditions and their religious way of life for centuries. Old believers are effectively closed from the outside world: there are no TVs, computers, the Internet and mobile phones in their homes. It took incredible efforts to persuade local residents to show you at least fragments of their archaic life and unique culture, they will even show you how to extract cedar oil from cones in the old fashioned way.

* Please respect the local culture: any photo and video shooting in the village is prohibited.

Program in Nickulino –

  • Acquaintance with the culture and life of the Old Believers (you will learn how to make pine nut oil)
  • Food and souvenirs fair ashore by locals
Yeniseisk
Day 10
Yeniseisk
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.

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.

city tour:

• Yenisei Regional Museum. A.I. Kytmanova "(one of the oldest museums in Siberia)

• Museum-Estate “Photo-izba” (a unique collection of antiquities is presented, reflecting the life of Yenisei people: furniture, utensils, keys, locks, school supplies)

• Wood Plane Museum (a unique collection of carpentry tools, the exhibition is listed in the Guinness Book of Records (it has more than 1,500 copies)

• Stagecoach driver habitation (exposition, the possibility of organizing tours in a horse-drawn carriage)

Galanino
Day 11
Galanino
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.

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.

  • Folklore-interactive program "Siberian Cossacks"
  • Fair of birch bark souvenirs
  • Visits to the houses of local residents, tasting liqueurs, pickles, tea, honey, homemade cakes.
  • Participation in master classes (work with birch bark, basket weaving, embroidery, etc.)

 

Krasnoyarsk
Day 12
Krasnoyarsk
A city of incredible blends: the central part with ancient merchant houses, the largest factories and plants, wildlife and world-class ski resorts - all this harmoniously adjoins each other and emphasizes the special, unique character of Krasnoyarsk. Enjoy stunning north bridges, a huge number of fountains and stroll along one of the longest streets in the world.

A city of incredible blends: the central part with ancient merchant houses, the largest factories and plants, wildlife and world-class ski resorts - all this harmoniously adjoins each other and emphasizes the special, unique character of Krasnoyarsk. Enjoy stunning north bridges, a huge number of fountains and stroll along one of the longest streets in the world.
 

Bus tour with a visit to:

• Observation Deck with the Tsar Fish Monument;

• Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric station with a ship elevator;

• Bobrovy Log Fan Park with an ascent by cable car to the top, viewpoint, eco-trail about 2 km
 

Departure for the excursion program

• Observation Deck with the monument "Tsar-Fish"

• Krasnoyarsk dam

• Bobrovy Log Fan Park with an ascent by cable car to the top, viewpoint, eco-trail about 2 km (alternative for active tourism is a walking route in the Stolby reserve)

One of the seven wonders of Russia is the Stolby Nature Reserve*.

In fact, these are rocks of volcanic origin, and they were nicknamed “pillars” because of their shape. They are narrow, tall (60 to 600 meters), extremely ancient (450 to 600 million years old) and are scattered over the area of more than 450 square kilometers. Each rock has its own name.

* The unique reserve claims to be included in the list of territories under the protection of UNESCO and is the most visited reserve in Russia (more than 750,000 visitors in 2018).

Gala dinner at the local restaurant "Master of Taiga" with national food and concert program

Krasnoyarsk
Day 13
Krasnoyarsk
A city of incredible blends: the central part with ancient merchant houses, the largest factories and plants, wildlife and world-class ski resorts - all this harmoniously adjoins each other and emphasizes the special, unique character of Krasnoyarsk. Enjoy stunning north bridges, a huge number of fountains and stroll along one of the longest streets in the world.

Breakfast on board

Visit to the factory of precious metals “Krastsvetmet” – OPTIONAL

Transfer to the airport, departure

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 18,7 sq.m
A luxurious 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 21 – 25 sqm
Two twin beds or one 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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