Russian River Cruises

ST. PETERSBURG – MOSCOW

MS Crucelake

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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.


Fleet

MS Crucelake M

otorship Crucelake is a comfortable 4-deck vessel, built in Germany and partially renovated in 2018 according to the highest standards of comfort and functionality. The two on-board restaurants offer exquisite and elaborate international cuisine with a traditional Russian touch. The cosy bars invite you to immerse yourself in their relaxing and informal atmosphere. On the Sol Bridge, passengers can enjoy magnificent scenery and the sun`s rays from comfortable loungers or enjoying a snack on the terrace of the bar. Cruise Director is fluent in English. The daily program, excursions and restaurants/Bar menus are provided in English.

SHIP INFO

  • Decks: 4
  • Country of Built: Germany
  • Cabins with balconies: 20
  • Passenger capacity: 250
  • Length: 129.1 m
  • Beam: 16.7 m
  • Official currency on board - Russian Ruble.

    ACCOMMODATION

  • 16 Deluxe cabins with Balcony
  • 4 Junior Suites with Balcony
  • 4 Singles with Balcony with an extra bunk upper bed
  • 4 Deluxe cabins without Balcony
  • 8 Singles
  • 33 standard twin cabins
  • 12 standard twin cabins with an extra bunk upper bed
  • 40 superior twin cabins middle deck
  • 12 quad lower deck

    VESSEL FEATURES

  • 2 Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Theater hall
  • Baby club
  • Cinema club
  • Sauna
  • Souvenir kiosk
  • Ironing room
  • Rental store
  • Sun deck

    The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access and elevator. The ship do not have extensive soundproofing so you may hear noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at any time.

  • St. Petersburg – Moscow

    Day1-2
    St. Petersburg - Bus city tour with the visit to Peter and Paul fortress, Hermitage museum, 1 lunch in the city>

    Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch

    This city is called Northern Palmyra, Northern Venice and Northern Aurora... But none of these names can reflect magnificent charm, incomparable elegance and splendid originality of Saint Petersburg. While the biggest capitals of the world such as Rome, London, and Paris have been built during centuries, it took only ten years at the beginning of the 18th century to build new capital of Russia at the marsh-ridden banks of Neva. At that particular place which had a beneficial geographic location Peter the First, Russian Tsar, ordered to build a fortress, which was named after Saint apostles Peter and Paul. From the little island where the bastions of the Peter and Paul fortress were located the city made a step to the left and right banks of the Neva, began to grow, slowly becoming a real capital, which by the end of the 18th century rightfully received the name Northern Palmyra. The city covers an area of 600 sq. km and extends over 42 islands. These are surrounded by numerous arms and canals of the Neva and are connected by about 300 bridges. Characteristic feature of the city is that St. Petersburg differs from all other Russian cities and does not have analogues in Europe. It is not mere chance, because together with Russian architects the best masters from Europe participated in the construction of Russian capital. All architectural styles existing at that time are reflected in buildings of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is not only the most European city of Russia, but it is the most cosmopolitan. To be sure of that fact it is enough to have a walk along the main artery of the city – Nevsky prospect, where cathedrals and churches of all world religions are located.

    Day3
    Mandrogui - Free time, BBQ (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.

    Day4
    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.

    Day5
    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.

    Day6
    Uglich - Walking city tour with the visit to the territory of the 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.

    Day7-8
    Moscow - Bus city tour, Kremlin with the visit to 1 Cathedral>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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.

    What's included

    • Group transfer to/from the ship on embarkation/disembarkation day (for group 25+ pax)
    • Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day:
    • Breakfast on board is buffet style, lunch and dinner with fixed menu with possibility to chooses courses
    • “Welcome cocktail” ceremony on the embarkation day
    • On board service in English/French/Italian/Spanish/German language
    • Daily entertainment including concerts, lessons, master classes, movies, captain’s cocktail and dinner etc
    • Excursion program as per itinerary
    • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
    • Luggage handling on board the ship
    • Use of cabin safe (in deluxe and Junior Suite cabins)
    • Russian tea and Vodka show
    • Water, tea/coffee for all meals
    • Breakfast to the cabin is possible (from 07:00 to 11:00)
    • 1 shot of vodka OR 1 glass of wine (white / red) OR 1 glass of juice per each dinner
    • Complimentary bottle of water (0.5l) in cabin on arrivals day / in Deluxe- and Junior Suit Cabins replenished daily
    • Welcome cocktail (the day of start of the navigation)
    • Captain`s Farewell dinner with special menu, outside BBQ in Mandrogui (subject to weather condition)
    • Early raiser breakfast with tea /coffee and cookies
    • Coffee station on board available from 06:00 till 19:00
    • Hot/Cold drinks (depending on weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions

    Price does not include

    • Airfares, taxes, etc.
    • Transfer to/from the ship on embarkation/disembarkation day (for 1-24 pax).
    • Travel insurance (strongly recommendable).
    • Visa support letter, Visas and Consular Fees (if applicable) Please note: 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).
    • Gratuities - Passenger`s own discretion(±10 ˆ per person per day).
    • Personal spending and items of a personal nature.
    • Drink packages.
    • Birthday greetings (cake, music).
    • Any other drinks and meals can be purchased additionally.
    • Using of earphones for excursions.
    • Port taxes +40 euro per pax.
    • Luggage handling in river ports from the inspection point to the ship and from the ship to the bus, as well as on board the ship.
    • All items not mentioned under the inclusions.
    Not included: Airfares (ask your travel specialist about special airfare offers)

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