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Moscow - St.Petersburg
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SHIP TRIP

MOSCOW – ST.PETERSBURG, 13 days

“Top-Travel” offers for you a great opportunity to make a wonderful ship trip from Moscow to St.Petersburg on a comfortable motorship «Konstantin Simonov». It is a four-deck vessel (refurbished in 2005) equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17 MpH). It contains: 1 restaurant, 1 restaurant-bar, 2 bars, solarium on the sun, sauna, medical room, conference hall/bar. This trip will make an unforgettable impression and will give an opportunity to learn closer Russian cities and culture.

Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1 Transfer from the airport to the ship. Information briefing. Dinner aboard (for late arrivals boxed lunch is provided instead). Live music in the bar.
Day 2

Breakfast. Departure to the bus city tour (Kremlin, Red square (free time), GUM (interior visit), Novodevichy convent (exterior), cathedral of Christ the Savior). Return to the ship. Lunch aboard

OPTIONAL: National folk show “Kostroma”

OPTIONAL: Circus

OPTIONAL: Moscow by night + metro

Day 3

Breakfast. Lunch aboard. Departure of the ship at 17:15. Presentation of the crew and of the staff. Captain’s Welcome Cocktail. Dinner aboard. Onboard musicians’ concert “Let’s make friends”.

OPTIONAL: Sergiev Posad excursion (morning) Tour of St.Trinity-Sergiev Lavra in Sergiev Posad, Return on board.

OPTIONAL: New Maidens’ Convent excursion (morning) Tour of the New Maidens convent. Return on board.

Day 4

Breakfast. Cruise information briefing. Russian songs class. Lunch aboard.

Arrival to UGLICH.

Walking city tour, territory of Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral (about 90 minutes’ walk). Arrival aboard at 22:45.

Departure of the ship at 23:00.

Day 5

Breakfast. Arrival to YAROSLAVL (Ancient Russian city). Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), Transfiguration monastery.

Lunch aboard. Russian Tea Ceremony (enjoy the Russian Tea Culture and learn its history). Dinner aboard. Dancing music in the bar.

Day 6

Breakfast. Nonfictional film about History of Russia.

Departure of the ship at 11:45.

Lunch aboard. Classic music concert. Dinner aboard.

OPTIONAL : Rostov the Great excursion (morning)

Day 7

Breakfast. Master class of painting Russian Traditional doll Matreshka.

Arrival to GORITSY.

Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons.

Departure at 13:45.

Traditional Russian Dinner. Folk music concert.

OPTIONAL: Vodka and blini tasting party

Day 8

Breakfast. Presentation of Russian traditional costume. Lunch aboard. Captain’s bridge tour.

Arrival to KIZHI.

Open-air museum of wooden architecture (Transfiguration cathedral (outside), visit of Intercession cathedral, 1 isba (traditional wooden house), sauna) (90 min. walk).

Departure at 18:45.

Pirates’ dinner. Onboard musicians concert.

Day 9

Breakfast. Arrival to MANDROGUI village.

Free time during the stop. The possibility to enjoy the peaceful scenery and picturesque landscape. Visit of the traditional Russian village: outside and interiors of typical wooden houses, numerous crafts exhibitions, Russian pancake and pies houses, Museum of Vodka (fee-paying entrance).

«Shish kebab party» in a tent ashore.

Departure at 14:15.

The dress rehearsal of the Talent Show. Captain’s Dinner. Live music in the bar.

Day 10

Arrival to St.Petersbrug.

Breakfast. City tour with visit to St.Peter and Paul's Fortress: Smolny convent, Tavrichesky palace, Summer Garden, Palace embankment, Winter palace, tip of Vasilevsky island, Square of the Decembrists, Bronze Horseman, St.Isaac´s cathedral, Nevsky prospekt. Hermitage museum visit – the actual tour order may vary (Egyptian hall, 1812 year gallery, St. George hall, small throne room, Italian art collection (Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tisian, Michaelangelo), Dutch art (Rembrandt), French art (impressionists), Spanish art (Ribera, Velázquez)). Return to ship. Dinner aboard.

OPTIONAL: Folkloric show / ballet (19:00)

Day 11

Breakfast.

Pushkin: Catherine Palace and Park – Catherine’s palace: Grand throne hall and Amber room, walking along the park (20-30 min.): grotto, Grand pond, Hermitage pavilion. Return to ship. Lunch aboard. Dinner aboard. Dancing music in the bar.

OPTIONAL (14:00): Peterhof (lower park) - walking tour: the Grand Cascade with the Samson fountain, Greenhouse, Roman fountains, Cascade "the Chessboard", amusement fountains (oaklet, umbrella, bench), palace Monplezire, view of the Gulf of Finland.

OPTIONAL: Rivers and Canals (19:15).

Day 12

Breakfast. Lunch aboard. Dinner aboard.

OPTIONAL: Pavlovsk (Pavel the First Palace and park) (morning)

OPTIONAL: Transfer to the city center (morning)

OPTIONAL: St.Isaac´s cathedral (14:00)

OPTIONAL: Folkloric show / ballet (19:00)

Day 13 Breakfast aboard (for early departures boxed lunch is provided instead). Transfer to the airport. Flight home.

 

Dates of the tour:

Regular groups: 24.05. – 05.06.2012 16.08. – 28.08.2012

 

It is included:

  • visa support;
  • transfer airport-ship (in Moscow) and ship-airport (in St.Petersburg);
  • lugguage handling in river ports and on board the ship;
  • guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation;
  • full board catering (three meals per day) including dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on the departure day;
  • welcome «bread and salt» ceremony;
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception;
  • English\French\German\Spanish\Italian speaking board guides;
  • services of guides speaking other foreign Languages can be provided at additional cost;
  • on board entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Capitan’s bridge tour, etc;
  • Excursion program ( in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned);
  • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu).

 

Not included:

  • any expenses due to early arrival or late departure (out of dates fixed by program);
  • additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks in on-board bars;
  • optional tours; - tips for the crew and ship staff.

 

*Itineraries, prices, excursion programs, as well as the number of places available may vary. Please, ask the manager to specify this information while booking the tour.