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The real Russia

Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Saint-Petersburg
Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod
01 October 2020 - 11 October 2020
11 days
from €1,600 p.p.
Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Nizhny Novgorod
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Cruise route
Saint-Petersburg
Mandrogui
Kizhi
Goritsy
Yaroslavl
Uglich
Moscow
Ship facilities
Full board
English speaking staff
Coffee point
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:
  • Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation
  • 1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days
  • Luggage handling in river ports and on board the ship
  • Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day. Breakfast is buffet style, dinner and lunch are with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead on lunch on board, subject to weather conditions)
  • Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
  • English/French/German/Spanish/Italian speaking board guides; services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be provided at additional cost
  • On board entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
  • Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)
  • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
  • Visa support letter
Cruise price doesn't include:
  • Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks in on-board bars
  • Optional tours
  • Tips for the crew and ship staff
  • Travel insurances
Additional information
Additional information
Route
Saint-Petersburg
Day 1
Saint-Petersburg
Known as the cultural capital of Russia St Petersburg allures people fr om all over the world by its enigmatic mixture of purely European architecture and typically Russian history. Disclose the secrets of St. Petersburg by visiting the Peter and Paul’s Fortress wh ere the Romanov dynasty is buried, St.Isaak’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral and seeing the richest art collection of the Hermitage Museum. Take a chance to go for a stroll in the kingdom of fountains, that used to be a luxurious summer residence called Peterhof.
  • Transfer airport - ship (according to the prior request)
  • You can buy snack in bars on the board
  • Information briefing & optional tour sales
  • Dinner aboard (for late arrivals boxed lunch is provided instead)
  • There will be certain tables for each group in the restaurant
  • Live music in the bar
Saint-Petersburg
Day 2
Saint-Petersburg
Known as the cultural capital of Russia St Petersburg allures people fr om all over the world by its enigmatic mixture of purely European architecture and typically Russian history. Disclose the secrets of St. Petersburg by visiting the Peter and Paul’s Fortress wh ere the Romanov dynasty is buried, St.Isaak’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral and seeing the richest art collection of the Hermitage Museum. Take a chance to go for a stroll in the kingdom of fountains, that used to be a luxurious summer residence called Peterhof.
  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Bus city tour: Smolny convent, Tavrichesky palace, Summer Garden, Palace embankment, Winter palace
  • Hermitage museum visit – the actual tour order may vary
  • (Egyptian hall, War Gallery of 1812, St. George Hall, the Peter the Great (Small Throne) Room, Italian Art collection (Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo), Dutch Art (Rembrandt), Spanish Art (Ribera, Velázquez))
  • Lunch at city restaurant (compliment from Vodohod)
  • Continuation of city tour: the Spire of the Basil Island (buildings of Stock Exchange, Kunstkamera, Zoo Museum), 12 boards, Bronze Horseman, buildings of the Senate and the Synod, St.Isaac´s cathedral, Nevsky prospekt (The church of the Savior on spilled blood, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, Gostiny Dvor, Catherine II monument)).
  • Tour to Peter and Paul Fortress (walking tour: the Boat house, Peter I monument, Commandant´s house, Nevsky Gate, St.Peter and Paul´s Cathedral (visit)
  • Return to the ship
  • Dinner aboard for clients with evening optional excursions
  • Dinner aboard for clients without evening optional excursions
  • Musical evening in the bar
  • Return aboard after optional Rivers and Canals tour
  • Return aboard after optional Folk Show
  • Return on board after optional Ballet
  • Return aboard after optional St.Petersburg by night


OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Ballet (subject of availability of the performance)
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Rivers and Canals
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Folk Show (subject of availability of the performance)
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): St. Petersburg by night
Saint-Petersburg
Day 3
Saint-Petersburg
Known as the cultural capital of Russia St Petersburg allures people fr om all over the world by its enigmatic mixture of purely European architecture and typically Russian history. Disclose the secrets of St. Petersburg by visiting the Peter and Paul’s Fortress wh ere the Romanov dynasty is buried, St.Isaak’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral and seeing the richest art collection of the Hermitage Museum. Take a chance to go for a stroll in the kingdom of fountains, that used to be a luxurious summer residence called Peterhof.
  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and Park) – The Catherine Palace: The Grand Hall and Amber Room, walking along the park (20-30 min.): Grotto, Grand Pond, Hermitage Grove.
  • Peterhof – Visit to the Grand Palace, walking tour in the Lower Park: the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain, Greenhouse, Roman Fountains, The Chessboard Hill Cascade, Trick Fountains, the Monplaisir palace, view of the Gulf of Finland
  • Return aboard
  • Lunch aboard
  • The information about the route with your on-board guide / representative
  • All aboard!
  • You are kindly asked to be on the board in time
  • Departure
  • The ship leaves St. Petersburg for Mandrogui
  • Presentation of the crew and the staff
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail
  • Safety drill
  • The information about the route with your on-board guide / representative
  • Live music in the bar
  • Dinner aboard
  • Concert “Let’s get acquainted”
  • Dancing music in the bar


OPTIONAL: Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and park) + Peterhof (Lower Park)
Mandrogui
Day 4
Mandrogui
Inhabited by talented craftsmen, Mandrogui is a reconstructed village, built on the bank of the Svir River to illustrate the traditions and lifestyle of Russia's past. Experience provincial Russian lifestyle, watch the artisans and craftsmen mak­ing “matryoshkas” (Russian nesting dolls), carving wood, sewing, and ... visit the Vodka Museum, which boasts 250 varieties of the national drink.
  • Wake up call
  • Morning exercises
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Souvenir Shop lecture (The most interesting about the Traditional Russian crafts)
  • MANDROGUI
  • Free time during the stop. The possibility to enjoy the peaceful scenery and picturesque landscape. Visit of the traditional Russian village: outside and interiors of typical wooden houses, numerous crafts exhibitions, Russian pancake and pies houses, Museum of Vodka (fee-paying entrance)
  • «Shashlik» in a tent ashore.
  • All aboard!
  • You are kindly asked to be on the board in time
  • Departure
  • The ship leaves Mandrogui for Kizhi
  • Russian language and songs class
  • Hospitality hour with your cruise director
  • Russian dances class with our guides
  • Route information
  • Live music in the bar
  • Dinner aboard
  • Folk music concert
  • Dancing music in the bar
Kizhi
Day 5
Kizhi
Situated to the northeast of Lake Onega, the island of Kizhi is home to the open-air museum of fascinating wooden architecture. Walking on the island, you can see old wooden churches, chapels, bell towers, peasant houses, granaries, barns, windmills, bathhouses which were all brought from around the Onega region to illustrate the architecture common to the Russian North.The focal point, referred to as the Kizhi Ensemble, comprises the awe-inspiring 22-domed Transfigu­ration Cathedral (1714), the neighboring Church of Intercession (1774) and the bell tower between the two. Another significant structure is the modest Cha­pel of the Resurrection of Lazarus. Built in 1391, it is the oldest standing wooden church in Russia.
  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast aboard
  • KIZHI
  • Open-air museum of wooden architecture (Transfiguration Cathedral (outside), visit of Intercession Cathedral, izba (traditional wooden house), sauna) (90 min. walk)
  • All aboard!
  • You are kindly asked to be on the board in time
  • Departure
  • The ship leaves Kizhi for Goritsy
  • Lunch aboard
  • Visit of the Captain’s Bridge
  • Information briefing and presentation of Moscow program
  • Route information
  • Russian songs class
  • Live music in the bar
  • Pirate’s game “Seeking for treasure”
  • Pirate dinner aboard
  • Classical music concert
  • Evening Humorous Game “2 Captains”
  • Dancing music in the bar


OPTIONAL: Master Class of Painting Russian doll Matryoshka
OPTIONAL: Vodka and blini tasting party
Goritsy
Day 6
Goritsy
Welcome to the Northwest of Russia, the village of Goritsy, home to the Resurrection Convent, standing at the shoreline. From Goritsy a bus will drive you to the town of Kirillov, 8 kilome­ters away, to tour one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its re­markable architecture and fascinates the visitors by its majestic churches enclosed within austere fortress walls. The monastery is also famous for its museum of icons some of them are the oldest in Russia.
  • Wake up call
  • Morning exercises
  • Brunch
  • Presentation of the Russian fairy tales
  • Hospitality hour with your cruise director
  • GORITSY
  • Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons
  • All aboard!
  • You are kindly asked to be on the board in time
  • Departure
  • The ship leaves Goritsy for Yaroslavl
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Enjoy the Russian Tea Culture and learn its history.
  • Route Information
  • Round Table: questions about Russia
  • Russian dances class with our guides
  • Dinner aboard
  • Concert with our board ensemble
  • Dancing music in the bar


OPTIONAL: Culinary master class
Yaroslavl
Day 7
Yaroslavl
Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a par¬ticular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufactur. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - cen¬tury architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium.
  • Wake up call
  • Morning exercises
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Watching Documentary film
  • Route information “Yaroslavl and Uglich”
  • Russian language class
  • Russian dances class with our guides
  • Lunch aboard
  • 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 to former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)
  • All aboard!
  • You are kindly asked to be on the board in time
  • Departure
  • The ship leaves Yaroslavl for Uglich
  • Slavic Dinner aboard
  • Folk music concert
  • Live music in the bar
  • Dancing music in the bar
Uglich
Day 8
Uglich
Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the Church of St Dmitry on the spilt Blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga.
  • Wake up call
  • Morning exercises
  • Breakfast aboard
  • UGLICH
  • Walking city tour, territory of Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral (about 90 minutes’ walk)
  • All aboard!
  • You are kindly asked to be on the board in time
  • Departure
  • The ship leaves Uglich for Moscow
  • Lunch aboard
  • Hospitality hour with your cruise director
  • Russian language fun exam
  • Rehearsal of the Talent Show. All performers are welcome!
  • Rehearsal of the dance. All participants are welcome!
  • Farewell cocktail
  • Captain’s Dinner.
  • You might prefer to have a dressier outfit.
  • Talent show – show performed by our guests and for our guests
  • Dancing music in the bar
Moscow
Day 9
Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.
  • Wake up call
  • Morning exercises
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Film about the cruise
  • Round Table.
  • Board guides are glad to answer every question you have about the Russian Reality
  • Lunch aboard
  • Arrival in Moscow.
  • Bus city tour (Leningradskaya street, Tverskaya street, Novodevichy convent (passing by from the embankment side), KGB (passing by), Red square (free time), GUM (interior visit), Cathedral of Christ the Savior (passing by),Sparrow hills (photo-stop)
  • Return aboard
  • Dinner aboard
  • Musical evening in the bar
  • Return on board after optional night tour without observation deck
  • Return on board after optional night tour with observation deck


OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro + visit to the observation deck
OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro
Moscow
Day 10
Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.
  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Departure for Kremlin + 1 Cathedral
  • Kremlin tour - Palace of Congresses, Senate square: Arsenal, Senate buildings; residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar bell and Tsar cannon, Cathedral Square ensemble: Assumption cathedral, Archangel cathedral and Annunciation cathedral with visit to one of them.
  • Lunch-box for the clients with optional excursion to Sergiev Possad
  • Return aboard after Kremlin tour. Lunch aboard
  • Return aboard after optional excursion to Armory Chamber. Lunch aboard
  • Return aboard after the optional tour to Sergiev Possad
  • Dinner aboard for passengers without evening optional excursions
  • Music in the bar
  • Return aboard after the “Zlatoust” concert in Glazunov Gallery. Dinner aboard
  • Return aboard after the Circus. Dinner aboard
  • Return aboard after the optional National folk show “Kostroma” OR “Golden Ring”. Dinner aboard


OPTIONAL: Armory chamber (pre-booked only)
OPTIONAL (departure from the city center) : Sergiev Possad
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier) : Cathedral of the Christ the Savior with observation decks
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier) : Boat trip on the Moskva River
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Tretiakov Gallery
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Transfer to the city center (free time)
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): “Zlatoust” concert in Glazunov Gallery (The performance starts at 18:30)
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): National folk show “Kostroma”
(from the middle of June till the middle of September only!) / National folk show “Golden Ring” (The performance starts at 19:30)
OPTIONAL: Circus (pre-booked only, subject of availability of the performance)
Return aboard after the optional tours to Boat trip on the Moskva River/ Transfer to the city center/ Cathedral of the Christ the Savior with observation decks/ Tretiakov Gallery with drop off for the OPTIONAL: National folk show “Kostroma” OR “Golden Ring”
Moscow
Day 11
Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Transfer ship – airport (according to the prior request)
  • You can buy snack in bars on the board
Ship
Motorship “Nizhny Novgorod” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1977, refurbished in 2019, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).

Length – 125 m, Width - 16,7 m, Immersion - 2,8 m. Passenger capacity – 204 (triple cabins for double accommodation)
Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Full board English speaking staff Coffee point All cabins are equiped with fridges Complementary Wi-Fi TV in cabins
Cabin types
Single
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, private facilities. Equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 7 sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, one bed, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Standard Double
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window, equipped with private facilities. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Size of cabins is around 10,3 sq.m.
Two-bed, large opening scenic window, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio.
Standard Twin
Double cabin with a large opening scenic window, ventilation system. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Refurbished bathroom of increased size (shower is situated separately). Size of cabins is around 10,3 sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, refrigerator, radio, TV.
Triple
Three-bed two-tiered cabin with two non-opening portholes, equipped with private facilities. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Can be used for double accommodation. Size of cabins is around 11 sq.m.
Three-bed two-tiered, two non-opening portholes, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Deluxe Double
Spacious twin cabin with a large opening scenic window, ventilation system. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 13,2 sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Deluxe Twin
Spacious twin/double cabin with a large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 15,5 sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Suite
2 room cabin with separate bedroom and lounge area, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way Suite can accommodate up to 3 people.
Separate bedroom and lounge area, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area includes roomy wardrobe, occasional table, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom- king-size bed, a wardrobe and a console-mirror. Extra bed type – sofa-bed.
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