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Majestic Russia - Volga River Cruise (Moscow - St Petersburg)
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Majestic Russia - Volga River Cruise (Moscow - St Petersburg)

  • 11 Night Holiday
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Discover the highlights of Russia, dotted along the Volga river from Moscow to St Petersburg.

Travelling on board the 4 Star MS Kronstadt, you will enjoy a unique travel experience as you are transported to some of Russia's most picturesque towns and cities. Excursions which are included during your holiday are a guided city tour of Moscow, a half day guided tour of Yaroslavl and a full day guided sightseeing tour of St Petersburg. These tours are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination. A programme of further optional excursions will be offered on board at each port of call, subject to availability.

Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most towns and cities you visit, giving you more time to visit the attractions and enjoy your time ashore.

Please note that this holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 11-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor restaurant on board the ship.

Breakfast consists of a generous buffet breakfast.

In the middle of the day you can choose between a multi-course menu in the restaurant or a light lunch buffet.

Evening meals take the form of a seated dinner with a varied menu featuring regional specialities, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currency
Ruble (RUB)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +3 hours
Passport

In order to obtain a Russian tourist visa, an invitation from the tour operator is required. A fee applies for the visa. For more information on a Visa for Russia please click here.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Airport
Moscow Airport is around 30 minutes drive from the hotel.
Climate

The European part of Russia has a continental climate, typified by exceedingly cold, long winters and warm summers. Spring, early summer and autumn enjoy mild to warm weather with some light rainfall.

Food & Drink

Russia's cuisine varies through its regions. Beetroot soup (borscht) and Beef Stroganoff are popular,  as are pancakes.  Vodka is the national drink, so make sure you enjoy some ice cold shots of it!

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream (depending on the time of year)
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Getting Around

In Moscow the subway (Metro) is certainly the best way to get around, and is fairly easy to navigate even if you don't have much in the way of Russian language skills. It's fairly clean, trains are very frequent and they can take you anywhere you'd want to go in this large city. In St Petersburg the metro, buses and trolleybuses are clean and cheap, but can get overcrowded during the day. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for excursions !

Useful Contacts

Irish Embassy: Grokholski Pereulok 5 Moscow 129010 Tel: +7 495 937 59 11, Fax: +7 495 6800 623 Website: www.embassyofireland.ru

British Embassy: Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10 Moscow 121099 Tel: +7 495 956 7200, Fax: +7 495 956 7200 Website: www.ukinrussia.fco.gov.uk/en

Recommended Reading

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Siege by Helen Dunmore

Holiday highlights

Moscow
The Kremlin & Armoury

At the very heart of the city is the Kremlin, the Russian place of command for almost eight centuries and religious centre of Moscow with its golden-domed Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel’s cathedrals. The Armoury dates back to the 16th century and today it contains a dazzling display of jewellery, priceless trinkets, and religious art, as well as weapons, carriages and royal regalia.  It is in this museum that the exquisite Fabergé Easter eggs can be viewed. 

Red Square

Red Square and the exquisite, colourful domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral are images that have long been associated with the Soviet Union in the minds of Westerners. On Red Square you will also find Lenin’s mausoleum.

Bolshoi Theatre

Home to one of the oldest and probably the most famous ballet and opera companies in the world, the Bolshoi Theatre is one of Moscow's most important landmarks. The building is a notable example of Russian Classical architecture and its artistic strength is present in everything from the impressive statue of Apollo that graces its facade to the ballet's unique style of choreography.

St. Petersburg
The Hermitage Museum 

 The splendid Winter Palace was once the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Today this green, white and gold Baroque-style palace is home to the main building of the Hermitage Museum.  Boasting over 2.7 million exhibits, it displays art and artefacts from throughout the ages, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt and Rubens, as well as many important Impressionist works. 

Catherine Palace

This palace was designed by Rastrelli in the 18th century, and is the former residence of Russian Tsars. It is one of the best examples of Russian baroque architecture in this region.

Peterhof 

This formal garden was built for Peter the Great and is now a popular park with more than 80 of the original marble statues and sculptures. It houses Peter's Summer Palace, a simply designed two-storey building that now displays many of the ruler's own artefacts.

4 Star MS Kronstadt

The MS Kronstadt is a modern and spacious ship, with numerous amenities and entertainment on board but with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. You can enjoy incredible views on one of the sun decks, lounge or bar areas as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Russia.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 11-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor restaurant on board the ship.

Breakfast consists of a generous buffet breakfast.

In the middle of the day you can choose between a multi-course menu in the restaurant or a light lunch buffet.

Evening meals take the form of a seated dinner with a varied menu featuring regional specialities, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currency
Ruble (RUB)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +3 hours
Passport

In order to obtain a Russian tourist visa, an invitation from the tour operator is required. A fee applies for the visa. For more information on a Visa for Russia please click here.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required before your departure.

Airport
Moscow Airport is around 30 minutes drive from the hotel.
Climate

The European part of Russia has a continental climate, typified by exceedingly cold, long winters and warm summers. Spring, early summer and autumn enjoy mild to warm weather with some light rainfall.

Food & Drink

Russia's cuisine varies through its regions. Beetroot soup (borscht) and Beef Stroganoff are popular,  as are pancakes.  Vodka is the national drink, so make sure you enjoy some ice cold shots of it!

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream (depending on the time of year)
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Getting Around

In Moscow the subway (Metro) is certainly the best way to get around, and is fairly easy to navigate even if you don't have much in the way of Russian language skills. It's fairly clean, trains are very frequent and they can take you anywhere you'd want to go in this large city. In St Petersburg the metro, buses and trolleybuses are clean and cheap, but can get overcrowded during the day. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for excursions !

Useful Contacts

Irish Embassy: Grokholski Pereulok 5 Moscow 129010 Tel: +7 495 937 59 11, Fax: +7 495 6800 623 Website: www.embassyofireland.ru

British Embassy: Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10 Moscow 121099 Tel: +7 495 956 7200, Fax: +7 495 956 7200 Website: www.ukinrussia.fco.gov.uk/en

Recommended Reading

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Siege by Helen Dunmore

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Depart to Moscow

Afternoon

Depart to Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Moscow port. Settle into your cabin and explore the wide range of on-board facilities that the MS Kronstadt has to offer. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner. Your ship will remain docked in Moscow for the following 2 nights.

Day 2 – Moscow

Morning

Moscow City Tour

After breakfast begin your holiday with a guided tour of this remarkable city including lunch at a local restaurant. You will visit Moscow’s central hub, Red Square. The square separates the Kremlin and Moscow’s historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-Gorod and has been the scene of many public ceremonies and coronations throughout Russia’s varied history. St. Basil’s Cathedral is also located here and is easily recognisable with its collection of brightly coloured domes. You will also see Victory Park, which celebrates the Russian victories over Napoleon in the 19th century and over the Germans in World War II.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon at leisure to further explore this fascinating city at your own pace or partake in the optional “Moscow by Night” excursion (payable locally).

Day 3 – Moscow

Full Day

Optional New Maidens’ Convent Excursion

After breakfast, relax on board your ship or book an optional excursion to Novodevichy Convent (New Maidens’ Convent) considered one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia (payable locally). You will then depart Moscow around 17.30hrs to travel onwards to Uglich, a historic town in western Russia.

Day 4 – Uglich

Afternoon

Uglich

The ship will arrive into Uglich in the early afternoon. Here, you can take an optional excursion to the Uglich Kremlin with the legendary Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood (payable locally), or visit the town at your own pace before sailing again around dinnertime.

Day 5 – Yaroslavl

Morning

Yaroslavl City Tour

The ship will arrive into Yaroslavl this morning where you will embark on a guided tour of the historic centre. Yaroslavl lies between two rivers, the vast Volga and the smaller Kotorosl, and is one of the oldest cities in Central Russia. Highlights of this remarkable city include the Saviour’s Monastery and the Church of Elijah the Prophet. Your ship leaves the harbour around mid-day, just in time to enjoy a fabulous lunch on board and savour the ship’s first-class culinary delights as you sail the picturesque Volga River towards Goritzy.

Day 6 – Goritzy

Morning

Optional Kirillo-Belozersky Fortress Monastery Excursion

Today, there will be an optional excursion to the great Kirillo-Belozersky Fortress Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in Northern Russia. (payable locally). After lunch, continue your journey along the river to the island of Kizhi near the geometrical centre of Lake Onega.

Day 7 – Kizhi Island

Afternoon

Kizhi Island

After sailing overnight, your ship will dock on the island of Kizhi in the early afternoon. Kizhi Island is the most visited of Lake Onega’s 1600-plus islands. Here, you can discover the island on your own, home to the magnificent Transfiguration Church, Russia’s most iconic wooden landmark. Alternatively, you can book an optional excursion to the Kizhi open-air museum (payable locally).

Day 8 – Mandrogy

Morning

Mandrogy

The ship will be moored in Mandrogy for the morning, a small village founded in the 18th century on the left bank of the Svir River. You will have free time to either relax on board your ship or get a feeling for traditional Russian life by independently visiting this charming village and its various craft workshops and its local museums, each featuring a different aspect of Russian folk life.

Afternoon

River Cruise to St. Petersburg

During the early afternoon, you will continue sailing to your final stop, the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, where you will dock for the last 3 nights of your holiday.

Day 9 – St. Petersburg

Full Day

St. Petersburg

Get to know Russia’s second largest city with a guided tour of St. Petersburg, including lunch in a local restaurant. On this full day excursion, you will enjoy a view of the splendid Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian Monarchs and the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, the church erected on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Also explore St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, the Nevsky Prospect, admire the Anichkov Palace, view Smolny and the Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and get a feel for this magnificent city.

Day 10 – St. Petersburg

Full Day

Optional Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace Excursion

Today, clients can book an optional excursion to Peterhof Palace, often called the “Russian Versailles”, or Catherine Palace with its beautifully decorated rooms (payable locally). Otherwise, you can explore St. Petersburg at your own pace.

Day 11 – St. Petersburg

Full Day

At Leisure

Today is free to enjoy at your leisure. Why not pick up some last minute souvenirs in one of the city’s many markets. Your local guide will be able to direct you to the ones closest to you.

Day 12 – St. Petersburg and Return Home

Full Day

Disembark and Return Home

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard the MS Kronstadt ship. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to St. Petersburg city centre for some free time prior to continuing your journey to St. Petersburg airport for your flight home. (Luggage will be stored in coach)

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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MS Kronstadt 4

Discover Russia in a different way on-board the comfortable MS Kronstadt with its bright and friendly colours furnishing. The cabins are spacious and perfect for relaxing after exciting excursions ashore. While sailing past beautiful scenery enjoy the tasty dishes in the restaura... read more read more read more

Discover Russia in a different way on-board the comfortable MS Kronstadt with its bright and friendly colours furnishing. The cabins are spacious and perfect for relaxing after exciting excursions ashore. While sailing past beautiful scenery enjoy the tasty dishes in the restaurant or refreshing drinks with the best views in the panorama bar. The attentive crew will also assist you throughout the stay to make your trip memorable.

Please note that this ship does not have a lift.

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