B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Sep 26 | West Coast, USA –> St. Petersburg
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to St. Petersburg from the West Coast, USA.
Day 2**Sep 27 | St. Petersburg | (D)
Arrive in St. Petersburg and transfer to our ship. After boarding, we have free time to relax before dinner.
Day 3**Sep 28 | St. Petersburg | (B, L, D)
After a leisurely breakfast, we will proceed to the Winter Palace to tour the legendary Hermitage Museum, where we marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return aboard for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian Ballet.
Day 4**Sep 29 | St. Petersburg | (B, L, D)
Today’s excursion is to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine’s Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars, named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. Return to our ship for lunch. After lunch, we will embark on a City, including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine aboard, then relax or attend an optional evening folkloric performance.
Day 5**Sep 30 | St. Petersburg | (B, L, D)
We have the day free to see the sights that interest us. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, with its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, we may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. All meals are served aboard your ship.
Day 6**Oct 1 | Mandrogy | (B, L, D)
Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the scenic Svir River, traveling the 139-mile “Blue Route” as it takes you southwest from Lake Onega. Stop in Mandrogy and take some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya; (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making (both tours bookable on board only). Continue along the Svir, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, on your way to the Neva River. All meals are served aboard your ship.Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the scenic Svir River, traveling the 139-mile “Blue Route” as it takes us southwest from Lake Onega. Stop in Mandrogy and take some time to explore this museum village. Optional shore excursion is available. We may visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items on our own. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya (traditional Russian bath house), or we may choose an optional tour where we will witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making (both tours bookable on board only). Continue along the Svir, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, on our way to the Neva River.
Day 7**Oct 2 | Kizhi | (B, L, D)
During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as we continue cruising through the rest of the day.
Day 8**Oct 3 | Kuzino | (B, L, D)
We continue cruising along the Volga–Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. We will arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. We will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino or the local Merchant House. Return on board for an afternoon departure.
Day 9**Oct 4 | Yaroslavl | (B, L, D)
We will arrive in Yaroslavl in the mid-afternoon, one of the Golden Ring cities and a World Heritage Site city. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market where we may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During our free time, we may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to our ship for dinner and an evening departure.
Day 10**Oct 5 | Uglich | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former 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. Then we will accept a local family’s invitation for tea and friendly conversation in their home. Lunch is served on board the ship.
Day 11**Oct 6 | Moscow | (B, L, D)
This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal and disembark in Moscow after lunch for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. We also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner.
Day 12**Oct 7 | Moscow | (B, L, D)
Today we have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. Or we may choose an Optional Experience: a morning tour to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. This afternoon we may visit the Cosmonaut Museum with displays that trace the history of space exploration or take a Jewish Moscow tour, illustrating the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled in the city. Dine aboard for dinner, then relax or take an optional Moscow by Night tour.
Day 13**Oct 8 | Moscow | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. We’ll go behind its walls to see historic gems like the Tsar’s Canon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. Enjoy your free time in the afternoon and return to the ship for a farewell dinner.
Day 14**Oct 9 | Moscow –>West Coast, USA | (B)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for our return flight, taking home lasting memories of a magnificent cruise vacation.
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**May 28 – Jun.28, 2019: 20% of the cruise full fare per person is non-refundable
**Jun 29 – Jul 19, 2019: 35% of the cruise full fare plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
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