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The real Russia

Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Moscow
Saint-Petersburg
Nizhny Novgorod
09 August 2020 - 20 August 2020
12 days
from €1,760 p.p.
Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Nizhny Novgorod
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from €1,760 p.p.
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Description
Cruise route
Moscow
Uglich
Yaroslavl
Goritsy
Kizhi
Mandrogui
Saint-Petersburg
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
Moscow
Day 1
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.
  • Transfer from airport to The 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
  • music in the bar

Moscow
Day 2
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
  • 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)
  • Lunch at the city restaurant
  • 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.
  • Return aboard for passengers without optional excursions with drop off for OPTIONAL National folk show “Kostroma” OR “Golden Ring”
  • Return aboard for passengers with optional excursion to Armory chamber with drop off for
  • (from the middle of June till the middle of September only!) / National folk show “Golden Ring”
  • Dinner aboard for passengers without optional excursions
  • Live music in the bar
  • Return aboard after the optional National folk show “Kostroma” OR “Golden Ring”. Dinner aboard
  • Return on board after optional night tour without observation deck
  • Return on board after optional night tour with observation deck

OPTIONAL: Armory chamber (pre-booked only)
OPTIONAL National folk show “Kostroma” OR “Golden Ring”
OPTIONAL: National folk show “Kostroma”
OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro + visit to the observation deck
OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro
Moscow
Day 3
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
  • Return aboard after optional excursions: Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics / Boat trip on the Moskva River
  • Return aboard after optional excursions: Tretyakov Gallery / Transfer to the city center / Kolomenskoye
  • Lunch aboard
  • Return aboard after optional excursion to Sergiev Possad. 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 Moscow for Uglich
  • Presentation of the crew and the staff
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail.
  • Safety drill
  • The information about the route with your on-board guide / representative
  • Dinner aboard
  • Live music in the bar
  • Concert “Let’s get acquainted”
  • Dancing music in the bar


OPTIONAL: Sergiev Possad
OPTIONAL: Boat trip on the Moskva River
OPTIONAL: Tretyakov Gallery
OPTIONAL: Kolomenskoye
OPTIONAL: Transfer to the city center
OPTIONAL: Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Uglich
Day 4
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
  • Souvenir Shop lecture (the most interesting about the Traditional Russian crafts)
  • Russian dances class with our guides
  • Hospitality hour with your cruise director
  • Russian language and songs class
  • Route information in your cabins
  • Lunch aboard
  • The film about russian history
  • UGLICH
  • Walking city tour, territory of the 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 Yaroslavl
  • Dinner aboard
  • Folk music concert
  • Dancing music in the bar
Yaroslavl
Day 5
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
  • YAROSLAVL
  • Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), 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 Goritsy
  • Lunch aboard
  • Route Information in your cabins
  • Russian language and songs class
  • Live music in the bar
  • Hospitality hour with your cruise director
  • Slavic dinner aboard
  • Classical music concert
  • Dancing music in the bar


OPTIONAL: Vodka and blini tasting party
OPTIONAL: Master Class of painting traditional Russian doll Matryoshka
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
  • Information briefing and presentation of St.Petersburg program
  • 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 Kizhi
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Enjoy the Russian Tea Culture and learn its history.
  • Route Information
  • Round Table: questions about Russia
  • Film of Russian history
  • Dinner aboard
  • Live music in the bar
  • Concert with our board ensemble
  • Dancing music

OPTIONAL: Culinary master class
Kizhi
Day 7
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
  • Morning exercises
  • Breakfast aboard
  • Film about Russian history
  • Captain’s bridge tour
  • Russian language and songs class
  • Route Information
  • Lunch aboard
  • Russian dances class with our guides
  • KIZHI
  • Open-air museum of wooden architecture (Transfiguration Cathedral (outside), visit of Intercession Cathedral, 1 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 Mandrogui
  • Pirate dinner
  • Live music in the bar
  • Evening Show (Mister and Missis of the cruise)
  • Dancing music in the bar
Mandrogui
Day 8
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
  • Presentation of the film about the cruise with your participation
  • Round Table.
  • Board guides are glad to answer every question you have about the Russian Reality
  • 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 Saint-Petersburg
  • Route Information
  • Russian language fun exam
  • Rehearsal of the dance. All participants are welcome!
  • Rehearsal of the Talent Show. All performers are welcome!
  • Live music in the bar
  • 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
Saint-Petersburg
Day 9
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
  • Arrival in St. Petersburg
  • Bus city tour (Smolny convent, Tavrichesky palace, Summer Garden, Palace embankment, Winter palace, 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)
  • Lunch at city restaurant (compliment from Vodohod)
  • Peterhof (lower park only) - walking tour: 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
  • Dinner aboard
  • Music in the bar
  • Return aboard after optional St.Petersburg by night


OPTIONAL: St. Petersburg by night
Saint-Petersburg
Day 10
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.
  • Pavlovsk (Paul the First Palace and park)
  • Return to the ship
  • Lunch aboard
  • Return aboard after the optionals Fabergé Museum, Rivers and Canals tour with drop off
  • Dinner aboard
  • Musical evening
  • Return on board after optional Folk Show. Dinner aboard

OPTIONAL: Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and park) + Pavlovsk (Paul the First Palace + park)
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Fabergé Museum
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Rivers and Canals
OPTIONAL: Folk Show
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Folk Show (subject of availability of the performance)
Saint-Petersburg
Day 11
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
  • Departure for Hermitage museum visit
  • 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))
  • Return aboard
  • Lunch aboard
  • Return aboard after the optionals Russian Museum, Yusupov Palace with drop off for
  • Dinner aboard
  • Musical evening in the bar
  • Return to ship after optional Ballet
  • Dinner aboard for passangers signed up for optional Ballet

OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Russian Museum
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Yusupov Palace
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Ballet (subject of availability of the performance)
OPTIONAL: Ballet
Saint-Petersburg
Day 12
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.
  • 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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