We arranged our own flights on Lufthansa, The planes were very clean, good leg room & the food the best we have ever had on aircraft. Only drawback, all took off late.We flew BHX to Domodedovo airport south of Moscow. Avoid this if possible when cruising as it is a 100klm. drive that took 2 hrs through a continual traffic jam even on 6 lane highways. I would never recommend self drive in Russia as the drivers are maniacs. Our taxi driver managed to get us to the ship north of Moscow with skillful lane changing that kept us moving (just) most of the way.
We joined the Lev Tolstoy for our river cruise up the Volga to St Petersburg & our junior suite was spacious & well appointed. Our inclusive itinerary gave us guided tours of Moscow by coach, Red Square & the Kremlin and lunch at the Hard Rock cafe..
This was our first cruise & didn't know what to expect on the food front. No need to worry. Breakfast was a buffet, lunch 3 courses with assigned seats & dinner 4 course. There was little if any repartition of meals and they were well presented & delicious for the most part. The ship itself was kept spotlessly clean, the public areas stylish & comfortable. Only complaints were the price of drinks, 870 rubles for 2 small Martinis & 7up (bought 1ltr vermouth & 2 lts of 7up from supermarket for 505 rubles) & the dance nights entertainment when IMO the singer/guitarist would struggle to get work in the local pub. Otherwise everything on board was 1st class.
Various excursions were included as we sailed up the Volga & we only took additional tours in St Petersburg but our new friends recommend the night tour in Moscow that included the metro. In St Petersburg we would recommend the river & canal tour & Catherine's Palace..
Our inclusive itinerary included guided tours of the city, the Hermitage museum & Peter & Paul fort. We would say that guide tours are essential as groups avoid some of the very long queues at the various sites especially the Hermitage.
Airport transfers, cruise & excursions was all booked through Go Russia who we cannot fault. Every detail was faultless, taxi's on time etc. Highly recommended.
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Meet one more refurbished vessel - MS “Nizhny Novgorod” 2019.
We are glad to announce that MS “Nizhny Novgorod” is going to be refurbished and upgraded from 3 to4 stars for season 2019.
VODOHOD enhances the fleet
Navigation 2018 has officially started in Russia and VODOHOD introduced three newly refurbished ships. This year, in addition to the scheduled maintenance, VODOHOD’s three vessels were upgraded from 3 to 4 stars. On board fully refurbished MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky", MS "Konstantin Fedin" and MS "Kronshtadt" we now offer an enhanced level of comfort, quality and service.
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