Just back from 13 days cruising down the Volga River, across two of Europe's largest lakes, through 18 locks from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We travelled again with Gate 1 Travel on the vessel, MS Zosima Shashkov which was very comfortable. Even though the cabins were small, we spent little time in it, preferring to get out & view the passing scenery. The tour covered some great excursions ashore in Moscow, where we visited Red Square & the Kremlin. We also took a night tour of Moscow, which I would strongly recommend.
Once leaving Moscow, we sailed on a very smooth river, visiting some amazing historic towns along the way. Uglich the ancient town with the beautiful Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood, built on the spot where Ivan the Terrible's son Dimitry was killed at the age of 10. Yaroslavl was another ancient town, established in 1010, dating back to the time of the Vikings. The Cathedral dates back 800 years.
Onboard activities were also fun with Russian language sessions, Russian Dancing sessions & even a talent quest amongest the many fun times & getting to know each other times. The Captain's welcome with his crew was very pleasant, as was the champagne. Meals were excellent with a Russian touch. I would definetly recommend the tour, which can be taken either from Moscow or St. Petersburg.
We had three days in St. Petersburg & it was a breath taking, visiting the winter & summer palaces, plus taking a river/canal tour, which is a must.
For value & quality the Gate 1 Russian River Cruise is well worth the effort.
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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!
International Benefit Arena Football Competition “Marina and River Transport Cup”
On the 15th and 16th of April 2017 the International Benefit Arena Football Competition “Marine and River Transport Cup” has taken place on the football pitch of the Moscow Spartak academy.
This sport event of such level is already the second one in Russia and it was held with support of the Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot), Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Rosmorport” and the sport agency “Liga Victory”.
Among the participants there were not only representatives from Moscow and Moscow region but from the other parts of Russia such as the cities of Astrakhan and Tuapse, from Tverskaya region and even from the Northern part of the country. In total there were 16 teams and of course the team of the “Vodohod” company was there as well.
We have taken part in this competition not for the first time and after the two days of the sport event it is needless to say that both the players and spectators have had a really great time despite the nasty weather.
We are also happy to say that the “Vodohod” sport fans were so supportive and encouraging that they have won the first place prize – the football winner cake!
The “Vodohod” team thanks all the participants for the great tournament!
Vodohod at Third Russian-Norwegian Tourism Forum
The Third Russian-Norwegian Tourism Forum was held on 30th of March 2017 in Oslo. The forum allows travel professional from Russia and Norway to get acquainted in order to launch mutually beneficial cooperation and increase the tourist flow between Russia and Norway. This year the forum was headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Norway Teimuraz Ramishvili and Trade Representative of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Norway Alexander Anikin.
The tourism professionals from both Russia and Norway presented their products to the audience. Representative of LLC “Vodohod” provided the forum participants with detailed information about Russian river cruises, Vodohod fleet, itineraries, program and new projects of the company such as renovation of MS Kronshtadt to 4 star level and building of brand new 5 star ship Prince Vladimir.
We expect positive results of the forum and increase of Norwegian guests on board of Vodohod ships. Guests from Norway value the beauties of the nature and are attracted by cultural tourism, so Russian river cruises organized by Vodohod are of a great interest to the Norwegians as cruises are the perfect combination of magnificent Russian landscapes and educational excursions along cultural centers of Russia.
Vodohod is always happy to welcome the guests from all over the world on board of our ships and we are sure that every guest will find activity on one’s taste!
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