13 Day Russian River Cruise

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2019 Dates & Prices
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May 06  (Sold Out) $2929* $2109
$2869* $2209
Jun 17  (Sold Out) $3229* $2429
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May 06  (Sold Out) $3089* $2269
$3029* $2369
Jun 17  (Sold Out) $3379* $2579
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May 06  (Sold Out) $3189* $2369
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Jun 17  (Sold Out) $3489* $2689
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2019 Dates & Prices
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May 06  (Sold Out) $4259* $3529
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Jun 17  (Sold Out) $4329* $3529
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$4159* $3529

*Not Included:
Shore excursions and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take up to 6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips.

Passengers returning from St. Petersburg on Day 13 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.

As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.

While sailing with LLC Vodohod d/b/a Vodohod Russian River Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Vodohod Russian River Cruise Terms and Conditions

Accommodation Details:
MS Zosima Shashkov cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.

Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 2-star MS Zosima Shashkov and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with dated décor but is clean. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. Staterooms and beds are small and bathrooms functional with a unique sink/shower configuration.The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Moscow, Russia

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, Russia’s fascinating capital; transfer to the port to embark your cruise. The port is approximately a two hour drive from the Moscow airport. After arrival formalities, leisure time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise on the legendary Volga River
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds
The panoramic tour of Moscow, fabled capital of Russia, begins at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square, and visit GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. View the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the 16th century Novodevichy (or New Maiden) convent and many more historical sites. After lunch in the city, continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world. The guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Tonight, after dinner, perhaps opt to join the optional Moscow by Night tour that travels to lively Tverskaya Street, with its bustling shops, cafes and restaurants and to Victory Park and the observation platform at Sparrow Hills to see a panoramic view of the whole city
May 7 departure may have altered sightseeing due to the celebration of Victory Day (May 9th) and further details will be available in early 2018
Optional: Armory Museum
Optional: Kostroma National Folk Show*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Moscow
Discover Moscow on your own today. Join the optional tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a superb architectural monument that is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Alternatively, participate in the optional visit to the world-famous Tretyakov Gallery, the national treasury of Russian fine art, exhibiting more than 130,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. The ship sails tonight for Uglich
Optional: Tretyakov Gallery*
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Relax on board today. Perhaps, join a Russian language class, or attend a lecture about traditional Russian handicrafts. In the late afternoon, arrive to historic Uglich, on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia’s history. Visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood, built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father’s forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. This evening, set sail to Yaroslavl
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Yaroslavl City Tour
Arrive this morning in the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. This beautiful city, one of Russia’s oldest, traces its roots back to the days of the Vikings. View the fortified Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery and its Cathedral, the oldest building in Yaroslavl, dating back 800 years. Continue to the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art housed in the 18th-century Governor’s mansion, with its impressive collection of Russian paintings spread out across many palatial rooms. View the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet with its detailed frescoes and icons, a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker. Time to browse the local food markets before returning to the ship. This afternoon on board, join the traditional Russian tea ceremony or simply sit back and watch the scenic countryside roll by as you sail to Goritsy
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, with its rich historical and cultural heritage, that is quintessentially Russian. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting while sailing for Kizhi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
Tour the ship’s bridge with the friendly staff or continuing practicing your Russian at the language class. Time to relax on board before the late afternoon arrival on the island of Kizhi.* Here, you’ll stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set sail for Mandrogi as you dine on board tonight
*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Village of Mandrogi
In the late morning, dock in Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail for St. Petersburg, the jewel of Russia
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins at stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to view the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon visit to the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. After tonight’s dinner on board, attend the optional Russian Folk Show, showcasing the Cossack culture
Optional: Russian Folk Show*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Peterhof Park Tour
This morning tour the magical grounds of Peterhof Palace with its gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland. This configuration of palaces and gardens was masterminded by Peter the Great, and is often called the "Russian Versailles." Return to the ship in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, or join the optional tour to explore the city’s rivers, bridges and canals that offer a different perspective of St. Petersburg
Optional: Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
A full day of leisure to explore all of the delights of this captivating city on your own. Or, dine on delicious blinis at a charming local restaurant. Revisit the Hermitage and spend the afternoon surrounded by magnificent treasures, or join an optional tour to the spectacular Pushkin Palace and Pavlovsk Palace. Begin at Puskin Palace and explore the luxurious palace, an architectural masterpiece, and the surrounding gardens. Visit the reconstructed Amber Room, with its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber, gold leaf and mirrors. Continue on to Pavlovsk Palace which is considered one of the country's most picturesque estates and is home to an impressive collection of 19th century paintings. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends at dinner on board. Afterwards, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet
Optional: Pushkin & Pavlovsk Palace Tour
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart Russia
Morning disembarkation in St. Petersburg. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director. Please visit this link for tour information.

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Optional Tours

Following your tour of the Kremlin, visit the Kremlin Armory that dates back to 1511 and discover the unique compilation of artifacts of the Russian Czars from the 12th-19th centuries. Here, you will find the largest collection of the world-famous Fabergé eggs. Marvel at Grand Siberian Railway egg, with its gold train, platinum locomotive and ruby headlamp, crafted to commemorate the Moscow–Vladivostok line. View Russian arms and armor, the state regalia, thrones, carriages, and ornate coronation dressers.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 40 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #3 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $70.00
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Travel to Pushkin to visit Catherine's Palace, summer residence of the Russian imperial family. In 1710 Peter I presented these lands to his second wife Catherine I. Explore the palace and the surrounding park and learn of the long history behind this beautiful site. View the amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors in the famous Amber Room, reconstructed after WWII. Afterward, continue to Pavlovsk Palace, the family residence of Paul I. View the 19th century paintings and the Library of the Empress Maria Feodorovna. This is one of the county's largest and most picturesque estates on 1500 acres, uniquely landscaped to incorporate the surrounding swamps and forests.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 40 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #12 01 Mar 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $137.00
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