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PricesFrom: R 17,722.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From9th of May 2018 (Wednesday)
Valid To18th of September 2018 (Tuesday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: NoBritish: YesEuropean Union: YesAmerican: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview
Experience the real Russia on a relaxing river cruise on the mighty River Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow with some fascinating stops on the way. A river cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg is a relaxing way to see Russia's two main cities, as well as some fascinating towns and villages enroute.
Saint-Petersburg, Mandrogi, Kizhi, Goritsy, Uglich, Moscow
If you want to have an exciting travel experience on board the comfortable and well-tended river vessel, m/s Chekhov is your choice. This ship is one of two, representing the Austrian project of river cruise-liners. M/s Chekhov was built in 1978 and has gone several refurbishments to keep up with standards appropriate for Western travelers. starting 2004 it will be used on the most popular Russian cruise line Moscow – St. Petersburg. M/s Chekhov is manned with highly trained crew and supporting personnel with extensive experience of serving foreign passengers. This ensures a pleasant and memorable stay on board for groups and independent travelers. The guests of the ship have a use of the following facilities: two bars (one of which has a swimming pool under a sliding glass roof), reading lounge and lecture room. All cabins are outside with large picture windows, climate control, private bathrooms and speaker for announcements. Passengers have a beauty salon, souvenir shop and sauna at their disposal. Laundry and doctor’s services are also available.
About the Holiday
Day 1-3: St Petersburg
St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is situated on the bank of the Gulf of Finland, in the delta of the river Neva. Created by Peter the Great to rival Venice, its 101 islands, 66 canals, and hundreds of bridges have secured its reputation as the most beautiful city in the country. It is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over one million. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world.
Visting tour: City Tour
Brief description of what you will see during city tour *( outside view): Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Winter Palace+, Spit of the Vassilievsky Island, University Embankmant, Main Building of the State
St.Petersburg University, Admiralty, Senat Square, Monument to Peter the Great (Bronze Horseman), St.Isaak's Cathedral and St.Isaak's Square, Field of Mars+ and Summer Gardens+, Cruiser Aurora, Smolny Cathedral.
The former residence of Russian czars, an architectural ensemble of unique beauty, which took shape between the 15-th and 20-th centuries. Cathedral Square - the center of the Kremlin with the 15-th century Assumption Cathedral, the main church of Russia, the 15-th century Annunciation Cathedral, the private church of Russian czars and the 16-th century Cathedral of the Archangel, the burial place of the czars. On the ground of the Kremlin there are famous Czar Cannon of the 16-th century and Czar Bell of the 18-th century.
Day 4: Mandrogi
In the village there are some structures built according to the Russian fine traditions of wooden architecture. Village dwellers meet the quests and organize something special for them. There is a museum of Russian Vodka where tourists can get acquainted with the history of Russian vodka industry (payment on the spot). Remeslennays Sloboda, walking in the picturesque woods.
Free day to explore
Day 5: Kizhi
Via the Volga/Baltic canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of lake Onega. Renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture assembled from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The Transfiguration Church, with 22 domes, is the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale church architecture. Erected without a single nail or piece of iron, it was built only by chisel and ax.
Visting tour: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.
Day 6: Goritsy
Goritsy is a tiny settlement seven kilometers from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Visit what remains of the Nunnery of the resurrection on the banks of the Sheksna River in Goritsy, within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stop, will be interesting for any tourist with a real interest in Russian history
Visting tour: Kirillo-Belizersky Monastery.
Day 7: Uglich
Founded in 1148, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St.John’s Church looming on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that the Tsarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St.Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today.
Visiting tour: City Tour
Day 8-10: Moscow
Spend three unforgettable days in the capital of Russia and admire numerous treasures of its history and present days and enjoy its beauty!
City tour: Stop at St. Sofia Embankment of the Moskva-river; The Bolshoy Stone Bridge; stops at Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; the new monument to Peter the Great; Gorky Park; stop at New Maiden Convent; observation platform of Sparrow (Lenin) Hills; Viktory Park and Poklonnaya Hill with World War II Memorial; Kutuzov Avenue; White House.
The former residence of Russian czars, an architectural ensemble of unique beauty, which took shape between the 15-th and 20-th centuries. Cathedral Square - the center of the Kremlin with the 15-th century Assumption Cathedral, the main church of Russia, the 15-th century Annunciation Cathedral, the private church of Russian czars and the 16-th century Cathedral of the Archangel, the burial place of the czars. On the ground of the Kremlin there are famous Czar Cannon of the 16-th century and Czar Bell of the 18-th century
Includes & Excludes
- 9 night accommodation in an outside cabin with large picture window on board m/s Chekhov (3 star)
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner per day in the ship's restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation.
- Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception.
- Gala farewell Dinner aboard.
- Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call.
- Transfers on the day of embarkation/disembarkation for the groups of 20 pax min.
- Luggage handling to/from the ship. Lectures, provided by our guides.
- Russian language and song lectures.
- Nightly entertainment and dancing. Daily aerobics.
- Tour of the ship’s bridge
- Orthodox cruise director and staff.
A 11 day cruise is available starting from R17 250 per person for set departures from May-September
- International flights
- Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion. Private transfers
- Travel and medical insurance
- Meals not mentioned
St PetersburgSaint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject located in Northwestern Federal District of Russia on the Neva River at the east end of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.
On May 1, 1703 Peter the Great took the Swedish fortress of Nyenskans and the city Nyen on the Neva river. On May 27, 1703 (May 16, Old Style) he founded the city after reconquering the Ingrian land from Sweden in the Great Northern War. He named the city after his patron saint, the apostle Saint Peter. The city was built under adverse weather and geographical conditions. High mortality rate required a constant supply of workers. Peter ordered a yearly conscription of 40,000 serfs, one conscript for every nine to 16 households.
Saint Petersburg experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are typically cool, humid and quite short, while winters are long, cold, but with frequent warm spells. The average daily temperature in July is 22C (72 F), summer maximum is about 34C (94F), winter minimum is about -27 °C (-17 °F).
The majestic appearance of St. Petersburg is achieved through a variety of architectural details including long, straight boulevards, vast spaces, gardens and parks, decorative wrought-iron fences, monuments and decorative sculptures. Such as the Summer Garden and Winter Palace. The largest cathedral in the city is St Isaac's Cathedral (1818–1858); it is the biggest gold-plated dome in the world.
St Petersburg’s restaurant scene is becoming more exciting than ever, having truly banished bland Soviet versions of traditional dishes - both imperial and peasant - to the dustbin of history. Restaurants range from cosy café-bistros to lavish multi-roomed halls befitting of royalty.
St Petersburg has a vibrant, varied nightlife ranging from opera and ballet to nightclubs, rock concerts, jazz clubs, and acid house raves. However, the scene is constantly changing - new venues open, old ones close. So the best advice is to check the weekly listings in the St Petersburg Times. Most of the decent nightlife is in the city centre. Bars open from 1100 and start closing around 2400, although some remain open until 0200 or 0400.