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Book by 31 October and secure your 2019 European holiday for just £49pp.
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Soak up the grandeur of imperial St Petersburg, take Russian lessons on board your floating hotel and explore Uglich and Yaroslavl, some of Russia's 'Gold Ring Cities'. Cruise the White Lake and Lake Onega, stop in the pretty parklands of Mandrogui and wander Russia's enigmatic capital with its colourful onion domes on this enlightening cruise that takes you to the heart of Russian culture.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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Excellent guide nothing was too much trouble for Anastasia. Food choice was good and staff attentive.
value for money but only problem very poor cabins and awful bunk beds ended up with a very bad back
Enjoyed mix of set tours , optional tours and free time . river cruise was fun but with number of people could have made more use of conference room for activities or offered 2 sessions. Optional tours expensive compared to other holidays. sightseeing was amazing.
ok we did not buy many things just vodca and fur hats.
We saw everything we wanted ane the trip to Russia was beautiful
Amazing experience from start to finish Russia is so vibrant and so much to see
The service we received was excellent
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Fly to St Petersburg where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Nikolay Chernishevsky.
This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.
Admire St Petersburg's historic centre on an included tour this morning and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St Isaac Cathedral. After an included lunch at a city-centre restaurant, visit the Hermitage Museum, 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. This evening, enjoy either an optional excursion to the Ballet, optional visit to the Russian folklore show or an optional Rivers and Canals tour.
Today's optional excursion takes you to the Lower Park at Petrodvorets, famous for its magnificent fountains and impressive views of the Gulf of Finland. This evening, set sail on the Neva River and enjoy a 'Getting to Know You' show on board.
Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amid pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colourful tiles and wood carvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat - a succulent shashlik kebab.
Back on board your ship, there will be a Russian Language as well as a Russian dance lesson in the afternoon, before dinner and live folk music in the bar.
Cruise to Lake Onega's picturebook island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transfiguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. Back on board, this afternoon's activities include a Captain's bridge tour and a Russian tea party, followed by a classical concert in the evening.
After breakfast, enjoy a traditional Russian song class before cruising across the White Lake to Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St Cyril) Monastery. This afternoon, visit the monastery's intriguing Museum of Icons. Back on board, learn some new skills after lunch in a Matryoshka painting lesson, before dancing the afternoon away. Dinner tonight on board, followed by a concert and dancing.
This morning, arrive in Yaroslavl, one of Russia's 'Golden Ring of Cities'. View the city's highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colourful local markets, the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, and the Governor's House art exhibition. Return to the boat before setting sail and enjoying a Russian dinner as you cruise. Folk music and dancing in the bar tonight.
Another 'Golden Ring' city, Uglich is one of Russia's best-loved towns. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour including the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transfiguration Cathedral. Lunch will be on board the MS 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!
This morning, sail the Moscow Canal to Russia's capital, one of the world's most impressive and interesting cities. Explore Moscow on an included afternoon city tour, admiring highlights such as the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the legendary Red Square, Novodevichy Convent, and spectacular views from the Sparrow Hills. This evening, there's an optional 'Moscow by night' excursion.
Marvel at imposing red-brick towers and extravagant palaces on today's included visit to the famous Kremlin, and view historic Cathedral Square, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin's best known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation and Archangel Michael cathedrals.
This afternoon, join the optional excursion to Sergiyev Posad or Novodevichy Convent or the Tretyakov Gallery or take a coach transfer to the city centre for your own sightseeing. Enjoy a final dinner on board tonight.
After breakfast on board, check out and disembarkation. Onward transfer to the airport or rail station (not included, you may pre-book).
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
A visa is required to travel on this cruise. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
Sailing times and itineraries are subject to change but the content will remain the same where possible.
Single cabins are not twin for sole use.
There is a steep staircase from the Lower Deck to the Main Deck and there is no lift on the ship.
The MS Nikolay Chernyshevsky will be completely refurbished in Winter 2017.
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The ms Chernishevsky is a comfortable five-deck vessel that cruises through the Russian Waterways. It was first launched in 1986 and is 129 metres longs, which means it provides a number of facilities for passengers.
The ship features outside staterooms, with majestic views of the passing countryside; restaurant; two bars; souvenir shop; music room; dance hall; sauna and solarium. Laundry service is also available.
Purpose built for river cruising, and with a highly qualified crew eager to meet all your needs, this is the perfect vessel for discovering the fascinating Russian landscape.
These outside-facing cabins measure approximately 7 metres2 in size. They all have en-suite facilities, a heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe and radio.
These cabins have two beds and a large opening scenic window. They all have en-suite facilities, a heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe and radio.
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 7 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
2-bed cabin with separate bedroom, lounge area and kitchenette, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way with a roomy wardrobe, occasional table, console-mirror, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and a wardrobe. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Begin your cruise by wandering Russia's enigmatic capital with the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral. Take a Russian lesson as you journey through Uglich and Yaroslavl, some of Russia's 'Gold Ring Cities'. Cruise the White Lake and Lake Onega, and stop in the pretty parklands of Mandrogui, built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet. And finally take in the highlights of the historic centre of St Petersburg, including the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, the impressive Winter Palace Façade and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
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