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2018 Czar's Cruise of Russia, Moscow - St. Petersburg

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 - not 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

 

 

 

Czar's Cruise of Russia 2018

 Moscow - St. Petersburg, 13 Days 

 

About your floating hotel:


At present the ship is undergoing a major face lift and will be welcoming its passengers in 2018 with new upgraded staterooms, better amenities and a wider choice of services on board.
Rated four stars, the ship is a modern, fully air conditioned, purpose-built river boat with a comfortable lounge, a well stocked bar and a restaurant serving both Russian specialties and continental cuisine.

There is also a boutique, hairdresser, sauna and medical services on board. All Cabins are with panoramic river-view windows, air-conditioning, private shower and w.c.

 

Welcome Aboard!  

 


 

 Cruise Features: 
 

Accommodation in a twin outside Cabin, aboard modern MS Chernyshevsky ****

• 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)

 



Added Features:


 In St. Petersburg: a 2-Day Extension: accommodation at a central hotel ****, with breakfast  & taxes PLUS:
 a half-day sightseeing with a private guide!

We extend your stay in St. Petersburg and will take you outside of St. Petersburg for leisurely sightseeing, to visit the splendid 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

Cruise Dates & Prices, 2018: 

Moscow - St. Petersburg,
in either direction

Aboard MS Chernyshevsky ****

 

Moscow → St. Petersburg:

13 DAYS 

 

St. Petersburg → Moscow:

12 DAYS  

Cruise Dates:

Prices:

 

Cruise Dates:

Prices:

May 22-03 June

$ 3,625 

 

May 11-May 22

$ 3,325

June 12-24 June *

$ 4,175 *   June 01-June 12 * $ 3,765 

July 03-15 July *

$ 4,175 *  

June 22-July 03 *

$ 3,765 

July 24-05 Aug

$ 3,975  

July 13-July 24

$ 3,675

Aug 14-26 Aug

$ 3,975  

Aug 03-Aug 14

$ 3,615

Sept 04-16 Sept

$ 3,975  

Aug 24-Sept 04

$ 3,575

Sept 25-07 Oct

$ 3,625  

Sept 14-Sept 25

$ 3,475

 

   

 

 

         

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

Single Supplement: CAD $ 1090

 Sailings marked with *) fall on the 2018 FIFA World Soccer Cup to be held in Moscow & in St. Petersburg

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                      Itinerary Overview: 

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

           
Day 1   Arrive in Moscow   Day 1 Arrive in 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   depart 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 capitals 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 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: after breakfast, today your cruise ends. For you we extend your stay in St. Petersburg and will be offering you a special private 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,L,D)   


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Claudia Marcogliese, 

 

Toronto Ontario

 

 - took a river cruise aboard MS Chernyshevsky, Sept 16-26, 2017, St. Petersburg - Moscow, with 2 nights pre-cruise extension in St. Petersburg

 

 

 

 

Hi Serguei,

 

Thanks for your welcome. Sorry it's taken a few days to get back to you, it is a mix of jetlag and catching up with things at home.

 

We had  a wonderful trip altogether, everything went as planned and better. Russia is a beautiful, dynamic country and we are hoping to go back in the future, so much still to see.

 

I'll give you my impressions as John already wrote to you.

 

The extra day and tours at the beginning of the trip were a great idea. The hotel facilities in St. Peterburg were very clean and well located, it was so good to be able to go out for a walk right after we arrived.

 

They were waiting at the airport for us even though the flight was delayed.

Our tour to the Hermitage was memorable, the guide was very competent and knowledgeable and we were able to stay a couple of hours more after the guide left.

 

Next day we had a beautiful day at the Catherine Palace, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed the greenery and beauty of the area. We paid the driver and he picked us up later to take us to the ship, so that went very smoothly.

 

The cruiseship and facilities were as expected as we had so much information from the web.

 

The cabin was compact but well designed and we enjoyed the view to outside, I was glad we were not in the lower level.

The weather overall was better than expected as we did not have too much rain and the temperature was pleasant, I took too many winter clothes.  

Summer clothes with a light down jacket was enough most of the time and when it got cold an extra layer was enough. We missed the first stop due to the 5 mt waves in Ladoga, fortunately it was at the beginning and staying the whole day on the ship was not too bad.

 

Our first visit was Kizhi and the churches and the island were resplendent under the sun, very beautiful and interesting stop.

We also had good weather in Goritsy, it was interesting to see the Monastery but the guide did not speak English and the content was weak  but it was a good day overall.  The program in Yaroslavl and the tour guide were very good, we could've stayed there a couple of hours more, there was a lot to see. Uglich was also short but the tour was good and the weather cooperated. 

 

We enjoyed the food during the cruise and we thought the restaurant staff were very efficient. There was good variety in the menus and the presentation was always very nice, the portions were not excessive, so we never felt over stuffed (hard to have control when it is in front of you). The vodka tasting and the Russian Tea ceremony were excellent.  

 

The Russian entertainers were of high calibre, we felt bad for them when in the bars as people were talking during the performances but on the other hand there were not other options for people to get together and talk.  

 

I thought they could use the dining room area when not in use for eating, for people to have somewhere to sit and relax - but I guess it is difficult for the staff to work having people there.

 

The staff really did their best in all areas, keeping rooms neat, dining room, entertainment, coordinating, etc.

 

We really admired everyone's work but especially the young activity leaders, their language skills and good energy were excellent. It did impart a lot of energy, especially as most passengers were mature adults.

 

 

There are no words to describe St. Petersburg and Moscow, they are so beautiful, young, dynamic with amazing old architecture and colorful, interesting, painful history but just shows how the human spirit can raise above all.

 

We definitely have to visit again.

 

We did the most out of our time during our stay  there and appreciated that the ship was accessible with public transportation and the shuttle bus when necessary.

 

Riding the Metro is tricky but it is such an interesting experience and very efficient. We had an excellent tour guide for the night tour of Moscow's metro, she really put a lot of energy in her presentation and brought the modern city to life for us. 

 

I am glad we tried to learn the alphabet at least, it did help - the language is so difficult, very hard to memorize but it was fun to take the Russian language and songs class.

 

 

Overall our trip was a very memorable experience, loved what we saw so far of Russia and hope to go back one day.

 

Thank you for your efforts with getting the visa and coordinating the first couple of days for us, that was very important in order for us to see the most during the few days we were in St. Petersburg.

 

The river cruise was too relaxing for my taste and the stops in between were short, but the company does the very best given the distance and many locks and size of the ship.

 

We could've used a couple of days more in Moscow.. now we know, we had a lot of energy to tackle the second phase in Portugal which kept us busy and on the move all the time. It is good to be home but we miss all the action and variety of travelling, have to start preparing our next adventure.

 

Thank you again Sergei for your personal attention in arranging the details that ensured the success of our first visit to Russia.  

 

Your efforts were much appreciated and we wish you continued success with your agency. We will continue to  share our positive experience with everyone.

 

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Claudia

 

October 17, 2017

Toronto 

 

 

 

 

 From John Marcogliese: 

Wow what a trip.  Amazing. I loved Russia.  What beauty.  St Petersburg a dream. Peterhof,  forget about Versailles. The Hermitage was amazing. The guide you got us was great, a very smart and fluent in English. She was amazing. Moscow was great too. The tretyukov museum , my regret l only spent 2 hours there. So easy to get around with the metro in both cities.  I would definitely go back to these cities and more of Russia. 

 

The cruise was good. It was very well run. Everything worked.  Everything organized was perfect. The kids working there were awesome. As a teacher  l realize that they are la crème. 

 

The stops were interesting.  Going through the locks was too  long . There were 17 of them .

Each taking about 1 hour.

 

The entertaining spaces were small for the number of people on the ship.  The events organized were  interesting. I met alot of interesting people. Our table was great.

 

We missed both connecting flights with Lufthansa. The food was horrible on Lufthansa.  I hear this is quite common to miss flights in Frankfurt.  Never again.

 

Our Portugal part was great as well.

 

Thank you.  It was amazing.

 

 

John

 

 

15 October 2017

 

Toronto Ontario 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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