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The real Russia

Vodohod Deluxe 3 Star
Moscow
Saint-Petersburg
Zosima Shashkov
19 July 2020 - 30 July 2020
12 days
from €1,100 p.p. €2,145
Vodohod Deluxe 3 Star
Zosima Shashkov
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from €1,100 p.p. €2,145
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Description
Cruise route
Moscow
Uglich
Yaroslavl
Goritsy
Kizhi
Mandrogui
Saint-Petersburg
Ship facilities
Full board
English speaking staff
All cabins are equiped with fridges
Complementary Wi-Fi
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 board
Information briefing & optional tour sales
Dinner aboard (for late arrivals boxed dinner 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 Live music in the bar Dinner aboard for passengers without optional excursions Musical evening 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” (from the middle of June till the middle of September only!) / National folk show “Golden Ring” 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 All aboard! You are kindly asked to be on board in time Departure The ship leaves Moscow for Uglich Presentation of the crew and the staff Captain’s Welcome Cocktail. Safety drill Dinner aboard Live music in the bar Onboard “Welcome Concert” 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 language class Russian songs class Live music in the bar Lunch aboard Route information “Uglich and Yaroslavl” 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 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 board in time
Departure
The ship leaves Yaroslavl for Goritsy
Lunch aboard
Route information
Russian bingo
Documentary about History of Russia
Russian language class
Russian dances class
Dinner aboard
Classical Piano Music Concert
Dancing music in the bar

OPTIONAL: Master Class of painting traditional 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 Breakfast aboard Route information “Goritsy” Enjoy the Russian Tea Culture and learn its history. GORITSY Monastery of St.Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons All aboard! You are kindly asked to be on board in time Departure The ship leaves Goritsy for Kizhi Lunch aboard Information briefing and presentation of St.Petersburg program Russian dance class Russian songs class Presentation of the Russian fairy tails Slavic Dinner aboard Live music in the bar Folk music concert Documentary about History of Russia Dancing music OPTIONAL: Russian Tea Ceremony
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
Route information “Kizhi island”
Russian language class
Captain’s bridge tour
Lunch aboard
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 board in time
Departure
The ship leaves Kizhi for Mandrogui
Pirate dinner
Live music in the bar
Evening Dance Contest
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
Route information “Mandrogui”
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 board in time
Departure
The ship leaves Mandrogui for Saint-Petersburg
Rehearsal of the Talent Show. All performers are welcome!
Film about the cruise
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 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 to the ship Lunch aboard Return aboard after the optionals Russian Museum, Fabergé Museum, Rivers and Canals tour with drop off for OPTIONAL: Folk Show Dinner aboard Return aboard after optional Folk Show. Dinner aboard Musical evening OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Russian Museum OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Fabergé Museum OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Rivers and Canals 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
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 aboard
Lunch aboard
Return aboard after the optionals Saint Isaac's Cathedral + Church of the Savior on Blood, Yusupov Palace with drop off for OPTIONAL: Ballet
Dinner aboard
Musical evening performed by onboard musicians
Return on board after optional Ballet
Dinner aboard for passangers signed up for optional Ballet

OPTIONAL: Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and park) + Pavlovsk (Paul the First Palace + park)
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Saint Isaac's Cathedral + Church of the Savior on Blood
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Yusupov Palace
OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Ballet (subject of availability of the performance)
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 board
Ship
The Zosima Shashkov is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 302). Built in Germany in 1986, refurbished in 2013, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 25,5 km per hour (around 17 MpH).

Length – 129 m. Width – 16,7 m. Immersion – 2,9 m. Passenger capacity – 280 (quad cabins for double accommodation)
Vodohod Deluxe 3 Star
Full board English speaking staff All cabins are equiped with fridges Complementary Wi-Fi
Cabin types
Single
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 7 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities. Cabin is furnished in a practical style.
One-bed, large opening scenic window, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
No cabins available Not available
Twin main/middle/boat deck
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Can be used for single accommodation as one of the beds is a foldaway bed.
Two-bed, large opening scenic window, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
No cabins available Not available
Quad lower deck
Four bed two-staged cabin with two non-opening portholes, around 13 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities. It can accommodate either 2, 3 or 4 guests.
Two lower twin beds and two upper foldaway beds, two non-opening portholes, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, console-mirror, 220 volt socket, radio.
No cabins available Not available
Suite
2-room cabin with separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchinette, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people.
2-room cabin with separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchinette, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area - roomy wardrobe, occasional table, console-mirror, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom - king-size bed and a wardrobe.
No cabins available Not available
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