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2018 Czar's Cruise of Russia, MS Leo Tolstoy

Category: Cruising, Russia

 

  

 

 

A Royal Journey! 



The most relaxing and scenic way to experience Russia is by cruising along the rivers connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg on the deck of one of our elegant cruise ships.

Nowhere could this be more satisfyingly true than of this cruise along the rivers, lakes and canals through the very heartland of Mother Russia, from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

And what scenery - nor only what you see but also what it evokes in the mind:

a country laden with history, a place where different centuries seem to come together - it is all been laid on especially for you - and in a way it has.  

Sit back and relax as our cruise ship introduces you to the splendorous landscapes Russia has to offer

 

 

 

 

Cruise Russia 2018

Moscow - St. Petersburg, 13 Days 

 

 

About your floating hotel:


The MS Leo Tolstoy is a luxury 4-deck river cruise vessel in Q-056 design.

A superior cruise liner was originally built for high-ranking Soviet officials and foreign dignitaries, with luxurious decor, elegant public areas and wide circular stairs. There is also an indoor swimming pool with a sliding sun roof, sauna and shop.

 

 The ship is 115 m in length, 15.2 m wide, immersion: 2.8 m; speed: 25 km per hour (around 17 mph). 

The ship has been recently renovated (2009) and is perfect to accommodate only 160 guests and features everything to please the most discerning cruise passengers: from well-appointed comfortable cabins and elegant public areas to high-quality service and diverse entertainment program on board.  


Cabins on board the MS Tolstoy are all outside facing, are fully air conditioned and have private en suite facilities.  

Standard cabins are 110 sq ft with closet space and makeup table. Bathrooms have a separate shower area. Deluxe cabins are 220 sq ft, with sitting area and twin or double beds. Suite are 330 sq ft with TV, fridge and a separate bedroom. 

There are 3 bars and a spacious conference hall where you can socialize with fellow passengers and share tales of your journey. 

Dining: Single and open seating - buffet breakfast - American style cuisine and local specialties

Entertainment: Daily entertainment program - music, dancing, folklore and lectures 

 

Dress Code: Casual and comfortable during the day. In the evening dress is semi formal or business casual and casual elegance for ladies. For gentlemen a jacket and tie are requested for the Captain's Dinner

 

 

Cruise Features: 
 

• Accommodation in a twin outside Cabin, aboard the superior MS Leo Tolstoy ****

• Private car transfers upon arrival & departure (for passengers arriving & departing on our flights)

• Sightseeing as per day-by-day program

• Captain’s Welcome Reception

• Three meals daily starting with dinner on embarkation day & ending with breakfast on disembarkation day

• Entertainment on board including Russian language & songs lessons, live music concerts

• Captain’s Bridge tour

• Farewell Dinner (a Special menu)

 

Russian Waterways: MS L.Tolstoy cruise boat, restaurant hall Russian Waterways Aboard Superior MS Leo Tolstoy river boat, ship's Exterior view

 

 


Added Features
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 In St. Petersburg: 1 night Extension: accommodation at a central hotel ****, with breakfast  & taxes PLUS:
 a half-day sightseeing with a private guide


Due to a popular demand, we extend your stay in St. Petersburg and we'll take you outside of St. Petersburg for leisurely sightseeing, to visit the stunning Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber Room


    Sightseeing with a private English-speaking guide / by a chauffeured car. Entrance fees included

 

 

Russian river boat MS N.Chernyshevsky

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

Dates & Prices, 2018:  


Cruise aboard deluxe MS Leo Tolstoy
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Moscow  St. Petersburg: 13 Days

 

St. Petersburg  Moscow: 12 Days

Cruise Dates:

Prices:

 

Cruise Dates:

Prices:

05 May-17 May

$ 3,375

 

15 May-26 May

$ 3,215

26 May-07 June 

$ 3,575 *

  05 June-16 June $ 3,415 *

16 June-28 July

$ 3,675 *

 

26 June-07 July

$ 3,415 *

07 July-19 July

$ 3,675

 

17 July-28 July

$ 3,415

28 July-09 Aug

$ 3,675

 

07 Aug-18 Aug

$ 3,415

18 Aug-30 Aug

$ 3,675

 

28 Aug-08 Sept

$ 3,215

Sept 12-Sept 24

$ 3,415  

Sept 22-Oct 03

$ 3,295

 

   

 

 

Above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, in twin outside Cabin, Main Deck 

Single Supplement: CAD $ 1090

 

Sailings marked with *) fall on the White Nights Festival, in St. Petersburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                      Itinerary Overview: 

                   Moscow → St. Petersburg, 13 Days 
                  St. Petersburg → Moscow, 12 Days

 13 Days:    Moscow  St. Petersburg    12 Days:  St. Petersburg  Moscow
Day 1   Arrive Moscow   Day 1 Arrive St. Petersburg

Day 2

 

In Moscow

 

Day 2

In St. Petersburg

Day 3

 

In Moscow

 

Day 3

In St. Petersburg

Day 4

 

Uglich

 

Day 4

In St. Petersburg

Day 5

 

Yaroslavl

 

Day 5

Mandrogy

Day 6

 

Goritsy

 

Day 6

Kizhi

Day 7

 

Kizhi

 

Day 7

Goritsy

Day 8

 

Mandrogy

 

Day 8

Yaroslavl

Day 9

 

St. Petersburg

 

Day 9

Uglich

Day 10   St. Petersburg   Day 10 Moscow
Day 11   St. Petersburg   Day 11 Moscow
Day 12   St. Petersburg   Day 12 Moscow
Day 13   dep St. Petersburg      

 

  

 



Cruise Price Includes:
 


• Accommodation in twin river-view cabin with private facilities

• Private car transfers upon arrival and departure (for passengers arriving and departure on our flights)

• Sightseeing as per day-by-day-program

• Three meals daily (starting with dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on disembarkation day)

• Entertainment on board including Russian language, song lessons, concerts and shows

• Captain’s Welcome Reception

• Captain’s Bridge tour

• Farewell dinner (a Special menu)

 

  

 

 

 

 


 

Day-By-Day program:

 

Day 1:  MOSCOW: Arrive in Moscow and transfer to river pier to embark on your comfortable floating hotel. Check-in. Your meal plan starts today with dinner (D)   


Day 2: IN MOSCOW: Today explore Moscow with an introductory City tour, then relax with some free time (B,L,D)


Day 3: SET SAIL FROM MOSCOW: today you visit the nerve center of Russia's political and economic life, the Moscow Kremlin where any visit to Russia must begin. View world's largest Czar Bell and Czar Cannon, the presidential offices, visit inside some of the historic cathedrals on Kremlin's Palace square. After sightseeing return to the ship to journey onward to Uglich (B,L,D) 


Day 4: UGLICH: disembark for your walking tour of the provincial town of Uglich, one of the historical towns on the Golden Ring - a loop of small cities and towns where early Russian  culture and traditions shaped up, long before Moscow gained its political power.

On a city tour see the Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood,  built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Depart before dinner and cruise through the night (B,L,D) 

 

Day 5: YAROSLAVL: arrive in Yaroslavl, the Heartland of the Golden Ring region. On a City tour ride along the banks of the Volga river where you will see the Church of Epiphany. You will also see the remarkable Church of Elijah the Prophet and will visit inside the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker, and will take an interactive tour of the former Governor's House. Free time to shop for handcrafted souvenirs at a local market (B,L,D)  


Day 6: GORITSY: Bathed in history, Goritsy has a medieval feel. Experience how locals live as you learn how traditions and handicraft techniques are preserved here. Travel to the Kirill-Belozersky Monastery, visit the Museum of Icons (B,L,D)


Day 7: KIZHI: Enjoy a trip to the Kizhi Island's impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture, the UNESCO World Hermitage site, containing the spectacular Church of Transfiguration built entirely out of wood without a single nail (B,L,D) 


Day 8: MANDROGY: A Green stop with picturesque surroundings.  
The reconstructed 18th c. village of Mandrogy brings Russia's life vibrantly to life. Inside wooden houses are craftsmen fashioning matryoshkas, the famous nesting dolls; lace and ceramics. Enjoy a traditional Shashlik (Barbeque) picnic lunch ashore (B,L,D) 


Day 9: ST. PETERSBURG: Your travels bring you to the second capital of Russia decorated with world class architecture and grand palaces. Explore the city with your sightseeing tour before visiting the unique Peter-and-Paul Fortress, city's historical nucleus, and the final resting place of Russia's Emperors and czarinas (B,L,D)   


Day 10: ST. PETERSBURG: Tour the world famous Hermitage Museum, the giant warehouse of world art that comprises over 3 million pieces of priceless art (B,L,D)  


Day 11: ST. PETERSBURG: travel outside of St. Petersburg to the sumptuous Peterhof, the splendid Summer palace of Peter the Great, built to rival Versailles


Day 12: ST. PETERSBURG: today, after breakfast, your cruise ends. For you we extend your stay in St. Petersburg and will be offering you a special privately-guided visit to the exquisite Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber Room. After sightseeing return to St. Petersburg and check-in at a central hotel for an overnight (B)   


Day 13: DEPART ST. PETERSBURG: after breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight home (B)

 

 

 For Reverse itinerary, St. Petersburg -to- Moscow, please click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, we're home and had a fabulous trip. Everything worked out beautifully on both tours, including knowledgeable tour guides, pickups to hotels and airports as scheduled, gourmet meals on the cruise ship and the list goes on.
Thanks once again for organizing us - you did a great job.

 

Dorothy Hughes,

Alberta Canada 

 

 

Dorothy traveled with her companion on a river cruise, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Sept 13-24, 2016, on board MS Leo Tolstoy river boat, with extensions in both cities 

 

 

From Sheila Evans - 


What can I say, but to echo Dot’s comments?  It was a great trip. 
Please do thank Sergei for his efforts on our behalf.  We surely had a grand time and would recommend this cruise/tour to anyone.  We now have an understanding and appreciation of that part of the world that we would never have had without the trip.  Loved the trip, the places and the people. Some of what we did privately was available on the cruise.  E.g. going to the folk show. However, Masha, our guide in Moscow did a great job.  We particularly loved the Diamond fund, Armoury and Subways in Moscow.  Please pass on kudos. The trip to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo outside St. Petersburg was terrific and gave us a free day to take Metro back into the city and see more of the Hermitage on our own while the cruise tour went to the palace. Thanks so much for looking after us so beautifully, one more time, Heather. You make our travel lives easy and it is surely appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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