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Rivers of Russia Cruise

  • Tour Moscow, St Petersburg & More
  • Cruise the Volga, Neva & Sheksna Rivers
Includes Return International Flights

From historic cities to charming villages, glittering palaces to walled fortresses, Russia is a one-of-a-kind destination just waiting to be uncovered.

Discover the jewels of Russia on this epic 16 day odyssey from Moscow to Saint Petersburg. Witness icons such as St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin on a tour of Moscow, plus enjoy an excursion to see the stunning blue and gold domed churches of Sergiyev Posad. Set sail on an 11 night river cruise, weaving your way along the scenic Volga, Neva and Sheksna Rivers. The famous Hermitage Museum, the Kazan Cathedral, and the Church of the Savior on Blood are just a few of the many highlights of Saint Petersburg. With return flights, two nights pre-cruise accommodation in Moscow, an 11 night cruise and more, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the highlights of Russia!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Moscow, Russia! Fly with award winning airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Swiss Airways or Singapore Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore this beautiful city.

Moscow

Meals included: None

Enjoy today an excursion to Sergiyev Posad, the city and administrative centre of Moscow's Sergiyevo-Posadsky District. Blue and gold cupolas offset by snow-white walls; the colour-scheme of Sergiyev Posad’s monastery is a text book example of Russia's perception of divinity. In the Trinity Cathedral – the town’s main landmark – glimpse icons painted by Andrei Rublev and Daniel Chorny. Afterwards transfer back to Moscow.

Moscow

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the port for embarkation on your fabulous 11-night river cruise. Relax in the afternoon in your stateroom and afterwards enjoy a musical evening and dinner onboard.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today begins with a bus tour of the highlights of Moscow. Moscow is an “eternal third Rome”, the capital of Russia. Moscow does not fit the typical definition of a beautiful city, from an architectural point of view, yet it has a hidden beauty which soon captures your heart. See Leningradsky Avenue, Tverskaya Street, Theatralny Passage, Lubyanka, KGB building, and Manezh Square. Afterwards enjoy free time in the famous Red Square, home to an unforgettable ensemble of architectural monuments of various epochs. St. Basil’s Cathedral in particular is one of the most recognisable monuments in all of Russia. As the tour continues, see the Historical Museum, the Resurrection Gate, the Kazan Church, the Intercession Cathedral, and the Kremlin Towers. Afterwards make a short stop to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and continue on to the Kremlin - a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow. Return onboard in the late afternoon.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, relax on the ship or enjoy time at leisure in Moscow. In the afternoon sail onto Uglich. The friendly crew will invite you for a welcome cocktail. After dinner onboard concert.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy a Souvenir Shop lecture onboard. In the afternoon enjoy a walking city tour of Uglich, one of Russia's well-preserved riverine tourist destinations, on the banks of the Volga River. The town is often included into the Golden Ring of Russia. See Uglich’s Kremlin and Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood. The Cathedral was erected in 1485 in place of a dilapidated wooden church of the XIII century. Afterwards rejoin the ship, raise anchor and continue downstream towards Yaroslavl.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, a coach will take you through a city tour of Yaroslavl's UNESCO listed old quarter - well known for its 17th century temples. Among its highlights are the frescoes of Il’ya the Prophet Church on the main square; Nikola Nadein Church, with its gilded baroque carvings; and the unique fifteen-dome Ioan Predtechi Church. Rejoin the ship for lunch and continue your cruise to Goritsy. Relax in the afternoon or join some activities onboard.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning be delighted by the Russian Tea Ceremony onboard. In the afternoon, explore the picturesque river town of Goritsy. The highlight is the Resurrection Convent, which stands at the shoreline. From Goritsy, a bus will drive you to the nearby town of Kirillov to tour the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake - one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia. Founded in the 14th century, the remarkably well-preserved monastery fascinates visitors with its majestic churches enclosed within austere fortress walls. The monastery is also famous for its museum of icons, some of which are the oldest in Russia. Return to the ship and sail on to Kizhi.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today dock on the island of Kizhi. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the island, which is located at the northern end of the Onega Lake, the second largest in Europe. The island is 7 km long, 1,5 wide, longwise and elongated. It was likely a site of pagan rites for Ugrian and Finnish tribes. The island first gained significance in the 14th century as a trading point between the White Sea to the north and the merchant-dominated city of Novgorod on the Volkhov River. Visit the open-air museum of different wood structures, including more than 70 chapels, belfries, log-houses, mills, bath-houses, and barns. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Pirate’s Dinner onboard and evening show as the ship sails to Mandrogui.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy free time in the small village of Mandroga. The population is small, yet industrious and enterprising. Of note is the traditional Russian village, where you can see wood-carving, visit a museum, buy souvenirs, and enjoy a heart Russian meal with vodka or tea. Another attraction is the Museum of Vodka, which showcases the history of the drink and the production process. There is a tasting bar where the visitors can taste best sorts of Russian vodka (entrance excluded). In the evening, the Captain will invite you to an exclusive gala dinner as the ship sails on to Saint Petersburg.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Dock at Saint Petersburg in the morning. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Saint Petersburg. See the Royal Peterhof Palace lower park, the Grand Cascade with the Samson Fountain, Greenhouse, Roman Fountains, The Chessboard Hill Cascade, Trick Fountains, and the Monplaisir Palace, plus view the Gulf of Finland. Enjoy lunch in a local city restaurant. Continue your visit with a bus city tour taking in the highlights of Saint Petersburg, from the Tauride (Tavrichesky) Palace, the Summer Garden, the Palace embankment, the Winter Palace, the Spire of the Basil Island, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, and more. Also see the Boat House, Peter I Monument, Commandant's house, Nevsky Gate, St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Rejoin the ship at the end of the day.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Relax onboard this morning or enjoy free time at leisure in Saint Petersburg. In the afternoon, take a rivers and canals tour through Saint Petersburg by specialised tour boat. Built across the marshlands of the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg has long been called the 'Venice of the North'. In the city centre, St. Petersburg's famous granite embankments are home to many of the city's grandest buildings, and the best way to see them is by boat.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today enjoy a visit to the famous Hermitage Museum. One of the largest and oldest in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million. Visit the (Egyptian hall, War Gallery of 1812, St. George Hall, the Peter the Great (Small Throne) Room, Italian Art collection (Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo), Dutch Art (Rembrandt), Spanish Art (Ribera, Velázquez). In the evening take part to a typical Russian Folklore show and Cocktail at the Nikolaevsky Palace, one of several palaces designed by Andreas Stackensneider for the children of Nicholas I of Russia. This palace is among the most valuable national monuments of Russia, along with the Kremlin and Hermitage. Here in the nicely decorated Concert Hall of the Nikolaevsky Palace you will have opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable folk show with different forms of Russian art performed to your delight. Rejoin the ship at night.

Russian River Ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy your last breakfast onboard in Saint Petersburg before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to Australia after one trip-of-a-lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later

Tour Inclusions

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  • - Discover Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sergiyev Posad, Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Mandrogui and more
  • - Cruise along the Volga, Neva, and Sheksna Rivers
  • - Enjoy a guided excursion to Sergiyev Posad on the Golden Ring of Russia
  • - Marvel at St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square on a Moscow city tour
  • - Explore the Kremlin, the first “residential quarter” of Moscow
  • - See the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich
  • - Tour the UNESCO listed city centre of Yaroslavl
  • - Discover the picturesque river town of Goritsy
  • - Visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on White Lake
  • - Explore Onega Lake on the “island of Kizhi”
  • - Enjoy the small village of Mandroga free at leisure
  • - Tour St. Petersburg; the beautiful "Venice of the North"
  • - Take a boat tour of St Petersburg's rivers and canals
  • - Discover the Tauride (Tavrichesky) Palace, Summer Garden and more
  • - Visit the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • - Experience a Folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace in St. Petersburg
  • - Enjoy onboard entertainment including a Russian language course and live concerts
  • - Experience a traditional Russian Tea Ceremony
  • - Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • - Two nights pre-cruise accommodation in Moscow
  • - 11 night Moscow to St. Petersburg Russian River Cruise
  • - Sail aboard the 'MS. G Chicherin' or 'MS. N Chernyshevsky' or 'MS. Konstantin Fedin' or 'MS. Zosima Shashkov' river ships
  • - Stay in a beautifully appointed Outside Stateroom
  • - Enjoy 35 meals including a ‘Pirate's dinner’ and show onboard
  • - Enjoy a welcome cocktail and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • - Experience an outdoor BBQ in Mandrogui (subject to the weather conditions)
  • - Complimentary mulled wine (cold weather) or ice tea (hot weather) onboard
  • - Complimentary coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • - Professional English-speaking guides and tour leader
  • - Airport and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • - Parking, check points, port charges, city tax
  • - Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • - Return cruise and airport transfers
  • Important info

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    After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation via email. This email will direct you to an Online Passenger Booking Form. You must return your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase

    Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below

    On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions  in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information

    Please Note : all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated)



    Travel Offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 23rd September 2017

    Travel Offer is valid for one person based on twin share

    Single Supplement
    For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $2900 applies

    Departure Dates (2017)
    August: 19
    August: 12, 24 (SOLD OUT)
    September: 2
    September: 14, 23 (SOLD OUT)

    Departure Cities
    Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth



    Airline(s) Used
    Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Siberia Airlines, , Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Korean Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)

    Arrive Early in Moscow, Russia
    Not available

    Stay behind in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    $300 per person/voucher subject to availability
    Please note:
    - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
    - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
    - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking
    - Only available permitting visa requirements are met

    Stopover Packages
    Twin share: $450 per person/each way
    Solo Traveller: $700 each way
    Locations:
    * Singapore
    Includes:
    - 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
    - Daily breakfast
    - Return airport transfers
    Please note:
    - An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; though the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used
    - Stopover packages are subject to availability

    Flight Upgrades
    Please Note: Upgrades are subject to request only. Availability and pricing will be confirmed once your booking form is returned to TripADeal



    Russian River Ships
    Please note each departure will operate with a different river ship, of the same class
    - August: 'MS. Georgy Chicherin' ship, 'MS. Konstantin Fedin' ship or 'MS. Zosima Shashkov' ship
    - September: 'MS. Nikolay Chernyshevsky' ship



    Accommodation Used
    3-4 Star (self-rated)
    Moscow: Korston Club Hotel or Aquamarine Hotel or Holiday Inn Lesnaya
    River Cruise: 'MS. Georgy Chicherin' or 'MS. Nikolay Chernyshevsky' or 'MS. Konstantin Fedin' or 'MS. Zosima Shashkov': Outside Stateroom with River Views
    *Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

    Extra Nights
    - Moscow (Pre Tour): not available
    - Saint Petersburg (Post Tour): $300 per room including breakfast
    Please note:
    * Extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking
    * Airport transfers are not included if you wish to stay behind
    * Only available permitting visa requirements are met

    Maximum Room Capacity
    2 people

    Child Policy
    - No child discounts apply; a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
    - Strictly valid for Children 12 years old and over
    Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

    Triple Share
    Not available

    Bedding Configuration
    Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)

    Adjoining Rooms
    Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option



    Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 35 per coach

    Optional Tours / Activities
    Additional excursions may be booked directly whilst onboard. Further information may be requested through your helpful TripADeal team.
    Please note: excursions are subject to availability and weather conditions



    - Visa fees and requirements (a visa for Russia is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
    - Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
    - Recommended gratuities/tipping at approximately €5 per person/day payable direct
    - Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
    - Personal expenses
    - Travel insurance (Mandatory)
    Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.



    - A tourist visa is required for entry into Russia if travelling on an Australian Passport.
    - The visa is valid for 30 days for double entry and the final exit date must be no more than 30 days from the date of first entry. You must apply for this visa at least 6 weeks prior to departure from Australia.
    - A valid voucher and official confirmation letter issued by a registered Russian tour agency will be provided to you through TripADeal. Please contact your nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate for instructions on how to apply in person or via post.
    - TripADeal will provide you with further information in your Travel Pack.
    Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required



    TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance



    Voluntary Changes
    This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or Travel Voucher reissue
    1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

    Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
    If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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