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  • Moscow to St Petersburg

    Itinerary of Moscow to St Petersburg Russian River Cruise 2015

    Day 1
    Arrive in Moscow  for your Russian River Cruise. You can pre-book a transfer from airport or rail station to the MS Chernyshevsky, your home for the next 11 nights. Upon arrival there will be a welcome information briefing on board. This will include details of all optional excursions on offer for your sailing. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner, maybe followed by drinks in the bar with live piano music. Our on-board representative Masha, is on the Chernyshevsky for her second year. Masha is there to help and assist with all issues and does so calmly and with good humour. Masha is available to our customers at all times and she’s there to ensure your cruise is a success and memorable experience!

    Day 2
    After breakfast on board, begin your Russia river cruise with sightseeing in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. Take in some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. The tour will also pass by the Novodevichy Convent and will stop at Sparrow Hills to allow panoramic views over Moscow. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant before returning to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky. An optional evening excursion is available. Dinner on board.

    Day 3
    After breakfast this morning, explore within the Kremlin walls to see 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 ship for lunch as the ship sets sail. There will be some safety training during the afternoon cruising before a welcome dinner and cocktail. After dinner, take part in the Getting to Know You Show.

    Day 4
    After breakfast on board the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky, morning activities might include a lesson on Russian traditional crafts, a Russian language lesson and Russian songs. After lunch, visit the town of Uglich on the Volga River, first documented in 1148. The towns historical significance is due to the suspicious death of Dmitry Ivanov, son of Ivan the Terrible. Dmitry was exiled to Uglich after his fathers 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. The visit also includes a walking tour of the town, a visit to the territory of the Kremlin and the Transfiguration cathedral. Return to the ship to continue sailing along the Volga River. Dinner on board will be followed by a folk concert.

    Day 5
    After breakfast, disembark for an excursion to the ancient city of Yaroslavl, founded in 1010 by Yaroslav Mudri (Yaroslav the Wise). Enjoy a visit to the Fine Arts Museum, situated in the former Governor’s House, as well as visiting the main sights of the city in a panoramic bus tour. There will be time to visit the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, built in 1620 and to have some free time exploring the local markets. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying lunch as you cruise. During the course of the afternoon, listen to a Classical concert, enjoy a Russian Tea Party and take part in the dance class.

    Day 6
    Learn some new skills this morning in the Matroyshka painting lesson before lunch. After lunch 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 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. Return to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky ready to set sail.


    Day 7
    Activities this morning may include a classical concert, a Russian language lesson, a Captain’s Bridge tour and a demonstration of Russian National costume before enjoying lunch. Disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous by its 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 before setting sail for the evening (Please note, due to weather conditions early in the year, the 3rd May departure cruise does not visit the Island of Kizhi). Dinner tonight will be Pirate themed, followed by a Gala concert.


    Day 8
    Route information and a Q and A session will take place this morning before enjoying a visit to 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. A traditionally Russian snack, the shaslik, can be enjoyed before returning to the ship. There will be a Russian Language lesson in the afternoon and a film about the cruise before preparing for the evening’s talent show, which will take place after dinner.

    Day 9
    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, Peter and Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. Return to the ship for lunch on board. An optional rivers and canal cruise will be available for those who want to explore St Petersburg from the water. After dinner on board, there will be the opportunity for eveing excursions such as a visit to a ballet or folk show.

    Day 10
    An optional excursion is available today to the Catherine Palace at Pushkin. Located 29km south of St. Petersburg, the construction of Catherine’s Palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. The Palace is truly spectacular with rooms decorated with gold leaf, a portrait hall and the famous and painstakingly restored Amber room. Lunch will be on board the ship before heading for an afternoon excursion to the world-reknowned 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, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. Dinner on board this evening will be followed by an optional excursion to see St Petersburg by night.

    Day 11
    A visit to the lower Park at Petrodvorets this morning will allow you to see the two magnificent fountains and views of the Grand Palace. Return to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky for lunch on board. Passengers have the opportunity to transfer to the city centre to enjoy free time to explore. Dinner on board this evening before preparing for check out the following morning

    Day 12
    After breakfast on board, check out from your cabin and disembark from your Russia River Cruise aboard the MS Nikolai Chernychevsky for your onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not incuded, you may pre-book).For pre-and post-tour extensions in Russia or beyond, book our discount hotels by calling one of our consultants.

  • St Petersburg to Msocow

    Tour Itinerary

    Day One (Saturday)
    Arrive in St. Petersburg. You can pre-book a transfer to take you from the airport or rail station to the MS Chernyshevsky, your home for the next 10 nights. This evening, there will be an information briefing on board. Enjoy your first evening aboard with dinner, then live piano music in the bar.

    Day Two (Sunday)
    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 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. After dinner on board, those who selected ballet, folk show, or the rivers and canal cruise from the optional excursions offered during the information briefing will depart for the city.

    Day Three (Monday)
    After breakfast, the optional excursion to the Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin. Located 29km south of St. Petersburg, the construction of Catherine's Palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. The Palace is truly spectacular with rooms decorated with gold leaf, a portrait hall and the famous, beautifully restored Amber Room. As part of this tour, a visit to the lower Park at Petrodvorets will allow you to see the
    magnificent fountains and views of the Grand Palace. Return to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky and depart for Mandrogui. In the evening meet the staff and crew during the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, before enjoying a sumptuous dinner and live music in the bar.

    Day Four (Tuesday)
    After morning exercises (optional) and breakfast on board, there will be a visit to 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. A traditionally Russian snack, the shaslik, is provided for lunch ashore before returning to the ship. There will be a Russian Language as well as a Russian dance lesson in the afternoon, before dinner and live and folk music in the bar.

    Day Five (Wednesday)
    After breakfast, disembark to visit the Island of Kizhi located in Lake Onega. The island has been made famous by its 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 to set sail before lunch, and
    experience an afternoon of activities, which may include a tea ceremony, classical concert, Russian language lesson, or Captain's Bridge tour before enjoying dinner and musicians concert.


    Day Six (Thursday)
    This morning 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 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. Return to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky ready to set sail for Yaroslavl. After lunch, learn some new skills in the Matroyshka painting lesson, before dancing the afternoon away. Dinner tonight will be Pirate themed, followed by a concert and dancing.

    Day Seven (Friday)
    After breakfast, disembark for an excursion to the ancient city of Yaroslavl, founded in 1010 by Yaroslav Mudri (Yaroslav the Wise). Enjoy a visit to the Art Museum, situated in the former Governor's House, as well as visiting the main sights of the city in a panoramic bus tour. There will be time to visit the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, built in 1620 and to have some free time exploring the local markets. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying a Russian dinner as you cruise.
    Folk music and dancing in the bar.

    Day Eight (Saturday)
    After breakfast, visit 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 died 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. The visit also includes a walking tour of the town, a visit to the territory of the Kremlin and the Transfiguration cathedral. Return to the ship to continue sailing along the Volga River. Lunch will be on board the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky, followed by afternoon activities which will include a lesson on Russian traditional crafts, a Russian language lesson and Russian songs. In the evening, you can relax as you enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, followed by the talent show which is open to everyone!
     

    Day Nine (Sunday)
    After breakfast on board, there will be a film about the cruise and a Q and A session with the crew about the Russian Reality. After this, you can begin your discovery of the capital city of Russia on the city tour of Moscow. Take in some of the iconic sights such as Red Square with St Basil's cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. The tour will also pass by the Novodevichy Convent and will stop at Sparrow Hills to allow panoramic views over Moscow. Enjoy lunch in a city centre restaurant before returning to the MS Nikolai Chernyshevsky. In the afternoon, there is an optional excursion to visit the famous Tretyakov Gallery, and in the evening, you could
    choose to visit the Russian Circus (optional), or enjoy Moscow by night and metro (optional). Dinner is aboard the MS Chernyshevsky, followed by music and dancing in the bar.
     

    Day Ten (Monday)
    After breakfast this morning, explore within the Kremlin walls to see 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. You then have the option to enjoy free time in Russia’s beautiful capital. Return to the ship for lunch before returning to the city for one of the optional tours, such as Novodevichy Convent or the Museum of Contemporary History, or simply enjoy free time to explore. Tonight is your final dinner on-board, and music in the bar.
     

    Day Eleven (Tuesday)
    After breakfast on board, check out from your cabin and disembark for your onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not included, you may pre-book).

  • Dates & prices 2014

    Prices and Dates Russia River Cruise

    2014 St Petersburg to Moscow Russia River Cruise (10 nights) departures and prices per person twin share in Australian Dollars

    Cabin types and price per person 

    2014 Dates

    Twin Lower Deck

    Twin Main Deck

    Twin Middle Deck

    Twin Boat Deck

    Single Cabin

    Junior Suite B

    Junior Suite A

    Suite

    24 May - 03 June 2014

    $1,545

    $1,850

    $1,948

    $2,049

    $2,149

    $2,729

    $2,829

    $3,035

    14 June - 24 June 2014

    $1,545

    $1,850

    $1,948

    $2,049

    $2,149

    $2,729

    $2,829

    $3,035

    05 July - 15 July 2014

    $1,545

    $1,798

    $1,908

    $1,999

    $2,095

    $2,528

    $2,638

    $2,828

    26 July - 05 Aug 2014

    $1,545

    $1,798

    $1,908

    $1,999

    $2,095

    $2,528

    $2,638

    $2,828

    16 Aug - 26 Aug 2014

    $1,545

    $1,798

    $1,908

    $1,999

    $2,095

    $2,528

    $2,638

    $2,828

    06 Sept - 16 Sept 2014

    $1,545

    $1,798

    $1,908

    $1,999

    $2,095

    $2,528

    $2,638

    $2,828

    27 Sept - 07 Oct 2014

    $1,349

    $1,499

    $1,599

    $1,699

    $1,789

    $2,008

    $2,118

    $2,318

     

    2014 Moscow to St Petersburg Russia River Cruise (11 nights) departures and prices per person twin share in Australian Dollars

    Cabin types and price per person

    2014 Dates

    Twin Lower Deck

    Twin Main Deck

    Twin Middle Deck

    Twin Boat Deck

    Single Cabin

    Junior Suite B

    Junior Suite A

    Suite

    13 May - 24 May 2014

    $1,585

    $1,765

    $1,878

    $1.990

    $2,078

    $2,438

    $2,549

    $2,777

    03 June- 14 June 2014

    $1,698

    $2,035

    $2,148

    $2,259

    $2,369

    $2,999

    $3.118

    $3.338

    24 June - 05 July2014

    $1,698

    $2,035

    $2,148

    $2,259

    $2,369

    $2,999

    $3.118

    $3.338

    15 July - 26 July 2014

    $1,698

    $2,035

    $2,148

    $2,259

    $2,369

    $2,778

    $2,889

    $3,208

    05 Aug - 16 Aug 2014

    $1,698

    $2,035

    $2,148

    $2,259

    $2,369

    $2,999

    $3.118

    $3.338

    26 Aug - 06 Sept 2014

    $1,585

    $1,765

    $1,878

    $1.990

    $2,078

    $2,438

    $2,549

    $2,777

    16 Sept - 27 Sept 2014

    $1,585

    $1,765

    $1,878

    $1.990

    $2,078

    $2,438

    $2,549

    $2,777

     

    The Russia River Cruise tour price includes:

    • Accommodation in selected cabin type
    • Full board from dinner first day to breakfast final day
    • Welcome cocktail reception with the captain
    • Full excursion programme
    • English speaking local guides
    • English speaking on board representative
    • On board entertainment programme to include Russian
    • Language lessons, Captains bridge tour, dancing, live music concerts
    • Captains farewell dinner
    • Visa support for the duration of the cruise only (see notes)

    The Russia River Cruise tour price does not include:

    • Arrival and departure transfers:
      We can book these for you. Cost is only AUD$140* total to include both arrival and departure transfers. Saloon car for 1-2 persons.
      This includes international city airports, city rail stations and central hotels.
      n.b. *Transfer price applies to 06.30 - 22.30 hrs pick up times. From  22.45 - 06.15 and at all times on public holidays cost is AUD$250.
    • Any expenses of personal nature, porterage, phone calls, gratuities  to ships crew and guides or any other personal expenses not specified  above.
    • Air tickets, visa fees, travel insurance.

    Payment for your Russia River Cruise:

    • Deposit 25% upon confirmation
    • Balance due in full 12 weeks prior to departure

    Notes:

    • Important remember to check entry requirements, a visa is required by most visitors to Russia and must be obtained in advance of arrival.
    • If you require an extended visa support we can supply this for AUD$45 per person
    • Important check current health requirements by looking at the  official travel advice website of your own country, or ask your doctor.
  • Ship Information

    Motorship “Nikolay Chernishevsky” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2012, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).

    Length – 125 m, Width - 16, 7 m, Immersion - 2, 9 m, Passenger capacity – 254 (triple cabins for double accommodation).

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    Vessel features:

        Restaurant
        Restaurant-bar
        Piano bar
        Coffee bar
        Ironing room

        Conference hall
        Souvenir store
        Solarium
        Sauna
        Medical room
     

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    ms-chern-07
    ms-chern-12
    ms-chern-17
    ms-chern-20
    ms-chern-13
    junior_suite
    suite1
    ms-chern-24
    ms-chern-25

 

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