Russian River Cruises

MOSCOW - ST. PETERSBURG

MS Moonlight Sonata

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Russia`s Vastness

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    iver cruises is truly a unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible vacations and explore several cities in one program. Throughout an amazing journey you will stay in the most luxurious conditions and explore a greater amount of sightseeing

attractions compared to any other kind of touring. River cruises give a wonderful chance to experience the enriching Russian cultural heritage, its history and to admire its breathtaking nature scenery in the most relaxing manner possible on board the ship. A wide ranging excursion program in the ports of call combined with a lot of entertaining activities onboard the ship will keep you amused and stay in your memory forever.


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MS Moonlight Sonata M

S Moonlight Sonata is a comfortable four-deck vessel, built in Germany in 1981 and partially refurbished for 2020 season. The vessel is named after one of the most famous musical compositions of Beethoven. The theme of music also is reflected in the entertainment program. The musicals are shown in the “Music Hall” in the evenings. Any disc from the presented repertoire in the “Music Boutique” can be listened and purchased.
The restaurants “Jazz” and “Blues” offer breakfast (“buffet”), lunches and dinners on the a-la-carte menu. The bar “Music lounge” offers a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks; as well as pastimes, master classes, and music programs.
The kids club “Bremen Town musicians” provides a wide variety of youth and teen-friendly activities for kids from 2 to 12 years, supervised by qualified, full-time staff.
Cruise Director is fluent in English. We also provide a restaurant/bar menu, daily program and excursions in English.

SHIP INFO

  • Decks: 4
  • Country of Built: Germany
  • Passenger capacity: 243
  • Cabins with Balconies: 18
  • Length: 129.1 m
  • Beam: 16.7 m

    ACCOMMODATION

  • 1 Suite
  • 2 Junior Suites with balcony (18 m2)
  • 16 Deluxes with balcony (14 m2)
  • 4 Deluxes (14 m2)
  • 5 Singles Cabin with balcony (9.5 m2)
  • 8 Singles Standard Cabin (9.5 m2)
  • 46 Twins Standard Cabin (10 m2)
  • 36 Comfort Twin Cabins (10 m2)
  • 12 Quads Ñabin (13 m2)

    VESSEL FEATURES

  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar on the sun deck
  • Music hall
  • Coffee house “Beethoven”
  • Widescreen cinema
  • Mini-golf on the sun deck
  • Ironing room
  • Souvenir shop
  • Rental service
  • Solarium in the open air
  • Medical room
  • Sauna
  • Free Wi-Fi in a bar

    All cabins are outside with large scenic windows (Except lower deck cabins - non-opening portholes), equipped with private facilities, air-conditioning and 220 volt sockets.

  • Moscow - St. Petersburg

    Day1-3
    Moscow - Bus city tour, Kremlin with the visit to 1 Cathedral, 1 lunch in the city.>

    Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch

    Moscow is a capital of the largest country in the world, with its unique history, intricately combines the oldest monuments, buildings and modern architecture. It’s impossible to be in Moscow and not to see the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior, Arbat Street, Vorobyovy Gory is a Moscow Metro station. It is on the Sokolnicheskaya Line, between Universitet and Sportivnaya stations. Its name originates from a nearby elevated area literally translated as Sparrow Hills. Numerous parks and gardens.

    Day4
    Uglich - Walking city tour with the visit to the territory of Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral.>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Uglich is part of the Golden Ring. Now it is among the most popular stops for cruise ships on the upper Volga. The elegant shipping lock arch precedes the town, as you approach it sailing from Moscow. Then a breathtaking view of Uglich with all the onion domes of the churches opens from the Volga River. This place has a big number of historical monuments: Dmitry on the Blood Church, Princes’ Chambers, and Transfiguration Cathedral etc. Also there is a very interesting new interactive Museum of Hydro Power here. The main event in Uglich history occurred in the late XVI century, when Prince Dmitry, the last son of Ivan the Terrible, heir to the throne was killed in Uglich. That caused the Time of Troubles for Russia. Tourists in Uglich are offered a walking tour around the former Kremlin territory, visit to the Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral. The name of the town most likely derives from the Russian word “ugol” which means “corner” – the Volga River makes a sharp turn nearby. Perhaps this feature gave the city its name.

    Day5
    Yaroslavl - Bus city tour, Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside visit), the Church of St Nickolas the Wonderworker (inside visit), Interactive tour of former Governors House (Art Gallery).>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Yaroslavl – is the biggest city of the Golden Ring with a population of 600 000. Yaroslavl recently celebrated its millennium – it was founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise who gave his own name to the new stronghold on the Volga. By the XVII century Yaroslavl prospered, it became Russia’s second largest city and even performed the functions of a capital, while Moscow was occupied by the invaders. Modern Yaroslavl is a constantly developing industrial and cultural centre that keeps its traditions. Historic centre of the city has been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Visitors will find here many architectural monuments like the Church of Elijah the Prophet with its impressive frescoes, fortified Transfiguration Monastery etc. Yaroslavl is also famous for its romantic embankment of the Volga River decorated with elegant pavilions. Furthermore the city is considered to be the birthplace of the first Russian theatre, founded here by Fyodor Volkov in the middle of the XVIII century.

    Day6
    Goritsy - Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons.>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Welcome to the Northwest of Russia, the village of Goritsy, home to the Resurrection Convent, standing at the shoreline. From Goritsy a bus will drive you to the town of Kirillov, 8 kilometers away, to tour one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its remarkable architecture and fascinates the visitors by its majestic churches enclosed within austere fortress walls. The monastery is also famous for its museum of icons some of them are the oldest in Russia.

    Day7
    Kizhi - Open-air museum of wooden architecture.>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    The island of Kizhi is located at the northern end of the Onega Lake, the second largest lake in Europe. This region is called Zaonezhye (“behind the Lake Onega”). The island is 7 km long, 1,5 wide, longwise and elongeted. The central part is a little elevated. The word “Kizhi” means “game” in Karelian. Probably it was a site of pagan rites for Ugrian and Finnish tribes. The island first gained significance in the 14th c. as a spot on the water route for trade between the White Sea to the north and the merchant-dominated city of Novgorod on the Volkhov River. In 1951 an open-air museum of different wood structures brought in from nearby villages was founded there. In 1960 it became State Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography and contains more than 70 chapels, belfries, log-houses, mills, bath-houses, barns, smithies. Kizhi - Monuments of wooden architecture The exposition displays an image of the traditional folk architecture and mode of life. Kizhi Pogost The architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost contains the Church of the Transfiguration, the Church of the Intercession and the tower that stands between them. The major structure is the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration built in 1714, with 22 onion-domed cupolas, some of which rise to a height of 121 feet. The composition represents three octagons of different size placed one on another. The work was performed by the carpenter Nestor. Next to the Church of the Transfiguration stands the Church of the Intercession (Pokrovskaya, built in 1764). Both churches interiors are richly ornamented with religious objects: the former has especially noteworthy iconostasis, the latter – locally painted icons. The Church of the Transfiguration is actually closed for restoration. The architectural ensemble is completed with the bell tower situated between the churches. The bell tower is the latest of the three structures of the Kizhi ensemble. It was built in 1862 instead of the old dilapidated bell tower.

    Day8
    Mandrogui - Free time, kebab (shashlik) ashore.>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    A small village of Mandroga is a romantic vision from the past. The village has been recently created by men of enterprise and artistic taste as tourist attractions. Their cosy log cabins designed in Old Russian style attract visitors who can enjoy here the fanciful wood-carving, visit a museum of samovars, buy some souvenirs made by local craftsmen and have a good meal with Russian vodka or tea. The history of the place is not so romantic. There used to be a settlement of Veps (Karelian people). In the days of the last war it was occupied by the Germans, the population was interned never to return and the place became desolate. In the 1960s sand was obtained here but the workers left the village when the quarries were closed. Today the population is small, yet industrious and enterprising. The head of the community says there are some Veps (descendants of the natives) among them. Mandroga means “pine-trees on the bog” in the Veps language. The local people are not cast down, they are working hard and feel hopeful about the future. Another attraction is the Museum of Vodka. This traditional alcoholic drink is made of grain. Many dishes of Russian cuisine can be washed down with vodka, like pan cakes and caviar. The museum exhibitions show the history of the drink and the process of its productions. There is a tasting bar where the visitors can taste best sorts of Russian vodka.

    Day9-11
    St. Petersburg - Bus city tour with the visit to Peter and Paul fortress, Hermitage museum.>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    St. Petersburg is a city with such a rich history, reflected in every cathedral, palace, monument, facade that it’s impossible to limit yourself to a few hours getting to know it! You will have a great possibility to visit the most interesting sights of Saint Petersburg during the cruise, such as St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood, the Bronze Horseman Statue, famous Nevskiy Prospect with the Admiralty and many others.

    What's included

    • Group transfer to/from the ship on embarkation/disembarkation day (for group 25+pax).
    • Full board: three meals per day (from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on the departure day): - Breakfast on board is buffet style, lunch and dinner with fixed menu with possibility to chooses courses
    • Russian “welcome drink” ceremony on first day of navigation.
    • On board service in English/French/Italian/Spanish/German language.
    • Daily entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
    • Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary.
    • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu).
    • Luggage handling on board the ship.
    • Russian tea and Vodka show.
    • Tea/coffee/water for all meals
    • Sparkling wine for breakfast
    • 1 shot of Vodka or 1 glass of house wine or juice for each dinner
    • 1 bottle of still water ( 0.5 lt per) in cabin on the arrival day
    • Captain`s Farewell dinner with special menue, outside BBQ in Mandrogui (subject to weather condition)
    • Russian tea ceremony, Vodka show
    • Russian national cuisine dinner
    • Coffee station on board
    • Early raiser breakfast with tea /coffee and cookies

    Price does not include

    • Airfares, taxes, etc.
    • Transfer to/from the ship on embarkation/disembarkation day (for 1-24 pax).
    • Travel insurance (strongly recommendable).
    • Visas and Consular Fees (if applicable- a visa is required by most visitors to Russia and must be obtained in advance of arrival).
    • Optional excursions/tours (available on board - Additional charges apply).
    • Drink packages above inclusions
    • Gratuities - Passenger`s own discretion(±10 ˆ per person per day)
    • Birthday greetings (cake, music).
    • Visa support letter, Visas and Consular Fees (if applicable).
    • Using of earphones for excursions.
    • Port taxes +40 euro per pax.
    • Any other drinks and meals can be purchased additionally.
    • Personal spending and items of a personal nature.
    • All items not mentioned under the inclusions.
    Not included: Airfares (ask your travel specialist about special airfare offers)

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