Russian River Cruise 2014 aboard the MS Tolstoy Moscow – St Petersburg 8 days / 7 nights, from €1140 per person
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Make your dream visit to Russia a reality, with our 8 days (7 nights) high quality guaranteed Russian River Cruise in 2014. Travel on-board the river cruiser MS Tolstoy (and sister ship MS Pushkin) along the rivers, lakes and canals of Russia, between Moscow and St Petersburg. This is undoubtedly one of the best ways to view the fascinating sights of these two great cities and to discover the spectacular interiors of Russia.
MS Tolstoy – Our Russian River Cruise Ship:
MS “Lev Tolstoy”, is a luxury cruise liner in the Q-056 design. The MS “Lev Tolstoy” offers double, single and triple accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, 220V sockets, a picture window and a radio. On board you will find 2 welcoming bars (one with swimming pool), a restaurant, reading salon, music lounge, TV room, souvenir shop, beauty salon, sauna and a conference room on the sun deck. Laundry and medical service are also available. This cruise liner was constructed in Austria using high quality materials and at a much higher cost than other ships, the Tolstoy was designed for high ranking Kremlin officials and to host foreign dignitaries. Today, she is still one of the top ships in Russia, with luxurious decor, well-appointed cabins, elegant public areas and wide circular stairs. The Tolstoy accommodates 168 guests, versus 200 – 300 on other ships of similar size.
Tour Itinerary – Russian River Cruise
Arrive in Moscow. You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Tolstoy, your home for the next 7 nights on our Russian River Cruise. Upon arrival there will be an information briefing on board. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner and entertainment in the bars.
After breakfast on board, begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia. Join the panoramic city tour to see some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant and continue to your afternoon exploration of the Kremlin – the former residence of the Russian Tsars, discover the huge Tsar’s Cannon and Bell and visit one of the magnificent cathedrals housed within Cathedral Square. Return to the MS Tolstoy for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, dinner and entertainment in the bars. Entrance included to Kremlin and 1 of the Cathedrals within the territory.
After breakfast on board the MS Tolstoy, your day will include a visit to the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The town’s historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his father’s death in 1584 but was found dead in questionable circumstances seven years later. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood*, built in his memory, appears on the horizon as the ship sails towards the town and is one of the great sights to be seen in Uglich. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board. *Entrances included to Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, Transfiguration Cathedral.
After breakfast and morning entertainment on board ship, arrival and disembark for a shore excursion to Goritsy, a tiny village settlement on the edge of the White Lake. The main attractions in Goritsy are the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Goritsy Nunnery. The Monastery of St. Cyril* was founded in 1397 and is an impressive ensemble of priories, churches and historical references. The Goritsy Nunnery is much smaller than the Monastery and was founded later in 1544. Evening Russian style dinner and entertainment on board ship. *Entrances included to the Church and Museum of Icons at the Monastery of St Cyril.
After breakfast and morning entertainment on board, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous due to the collection of wooden churches with the centrepiece, the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration, built completely without the use of nails. The Island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the highlight of any Russian river cruise. Return to the boat for a pirate themed dinner, followed by entertainment on board. * Entrances included to the open air museum of wooden architecture and a visit to a typical Korelian House.
Breakfast and the Captain’s Farewell dinner are served on board today with a traditional Russian BBQ lunch taken in the historical village of Mandrogui, located to the north of St Petersburg on the shores of the River Svir. The village is a representation of traditional Russian life with wooden buildings, a vodka museum and craft centre. Visitors can also see local recipes being made and visit the farms which are tended by the local villagers. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship’s Gala Concert. Here you may visit the museum of Vodka, paying a local entrance fee of approx. €5 per person.
After breakfast on board, prepare to explore the wonderful city of St Petersburg on our panoramic city tour. The tour by coach will take in some of the most famous sights including the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. Included is a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress* and also the world-renowned Hermitage museum*. A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. Return to the ship for dinner on board. *Entrances included to Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum.
Enjoy your final breakfast at leisure on board ship prior to departure. Departure transfers can be arranged for you at a small additional charge.