We traveled on the Volga river aboard the Russian ship, MS Zosima Shashkov from St. Petersburg to Moscow this past June (2016). Although I worried about many things (cabin size, meals, condition of the ship, any language or culture difficulties, etc.), it was one of the most beautiful, enjoyable, and memorable trips we've taken (and in the past five years, we've been to Paris, Rome, Edinburgh, and London). All the Gate 1 Travel guides and front desk helpers (Karina, Irina, Maria, Gayana, and Aiya) were fantastic and their Manager Tanya was absolutely incredible (she delivered my lost bag from the airport to our cabin door at 3am)!! The ship was immaculate (thanks to our daily maid Anna!); the cabin was really comfortable (there's more than enough room for luggage under the bed, a closet with hangers for clothes, a shower that really is easy to use once you get the hang of it, a refrigerator, and each cabin had a large window over the small table between the beds (each bed was probably about 3' x 6' or so...we were fine, but a really tall person might be uncomfortable). The meals were delicious (yummy vegetarian if you don't like meat, and your choice of water, wine, beer, or soda), served by really sweet and hard-working staff (thank you Sonya!). St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the four ports between (Mandrogui, Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl) were stunningly beautiful; and the captain and crew were the best (I was riveted to the side of the boat each time the ship went into a lock...wow! What expertise!) The Gate 1 guides all spoke English (some more easily than others) or French (we found that most Russians are given a choice between English, French, and (I think) German as a second language in gradeschool), and everyone we met was very kind in helping us. Shore Excursion Tours were very well coordinated with Gate 1 and local guides (we never worried about getting lost). As far as weather, St. Petersburg was a bit rainy when we were there (but still not cold...we wore long pants and rain jackets), and by the time we were headed down the river, it was sunny and warm. Don't miss Pushkin Palace and Peterhof Park, the Rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, Moscow by night (WOWOWOW!), and (absolutely!!) the Kostroma National Folk Show! Then there the Kremlin and Red Square and ....... I just looked at my photos and cannot believe how much we crammed into ten days! What a trip!! I'd highly suggest it be on the top of everyone's bucket list!
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Russian river cruises
While you're in Russia, a cruise down its greatest rivers can be a perfect opportunity for you to better understand the Russian soul world-known for its mysteriousness. A Russian river cruise is not a simple trip from one point to another - it's an unforgettable experience that will remain in your memory for all your life. While cruising down the river in Russia, you can enjoy unique Russian cuisine and breathtaking folk music and decorative arts and immerse yourself deeper in Russian history while visiting greatest Russian cities.
And, of course, a Russian river cruise is probably the best way to travel if you want to fully enjoy the beauty of gorgeous Russian landscapes. Just imagine how spectacular the sunset on a river can be!
SALES for m/s «M. ROSTROPOVICH» 2018 are OPEN!
Obviously it is high time to open sales for the cruises onboard our luxurious 5Star motorship “M. Rostropovich” in season 2018!
Hurry up to book a suitable cabin as m/s “M. Rostropovich” has always been the vessel of the extremely high demand among the tourists from all over the world. There are 14 categories of cabins onboard the ship so you will be able to choose the most comfortable and appropriate one. Also, m/s “M. Rostropovich” is the only vessel where there is an elevator what makes the journey easier and more comfortable for passengers.
Do not miss you chance to have a great and relaxing tour between two ancient capitals of Russia – Moscow and Saint-Petersburg and to enjoy famous Russian hospitality.
Besides, we would like to draw your attention that sales are also open for cruises on the 3Star m/s “Z. Shashkov” and 4Star m/s “L. Tolstoy”.
You will experience amazingly beautiful voyage with amazing nature of Russia, exciting tours and high level of service.
Click on the button “Book now” on the right-hand side to purchase the cabin. We hope to see you onboard soon!
WTM in London 2017
Dear friends and partners!
We are happy to say that Vodohod Russian River Cruises had a good show during the World Travel Market in London on the 08th-10th of November 2017!
It is necessary to mention that WTM is the annual event and the greatest one in the world where all the travel companies and agencies are gathered in one platform to find brand new collaborations.
As usual, in 2017 WTM was a highly successful event. The figures show that WTM London 2017 hosted an increased level of seniority amongst its visitors, with a significant increase in purchasing ability. For the first time the number of senior industry buyers from the WTM Buyers’ Club smashed through the 10,000 barrier. Overall attendance figures are around 50,000.
Last year we it was easy to notice the new boost of interest for Russian river cruises and now we have got the clear evidence of it. During the three days of the show Vodohod staff onsite had not a single minute of being free: meeting with our long-term partners and new companies’ representatives were mixed together and appointed for all available time slots.
We are proud to conclude that WTM 2017 has given us the most effective result and as always helped us to conduct fruitful discussions and talks with various partners from all over the world.
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In September 2017, I chose a Russian cruise line deliberately, knowing it would be a more authentic experience than the more luxurious western...
My wife and I have just done the Volga river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg which started on the 23rd of September , we just wanted to say thank...Anthony Camilleri, travelling on board MS Mstislav Rostropovich
Our 12 day First Class Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg to Moscow on “Mstislav Rostropovich” in July 2017 went exactly on schedule. We were...Nina Klein, travelling on board MS Mstislav Rostropovich