Russia - Yuri's Golden Years - 15 - 27 May 2021 / with FRED WATSON

From AUD $9,990.00
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Location: Moscow
  • Product code: russia/21

DATES:          15- 27 May 2021

START:           Moscow, Russia

FINISH:          St. Petersburg, Russia

STYLE:           Luxury

ACTIVITY:      Cruise and touring

GROUP:         Min 12 / Max 18 people


Day 1 Moscow

Welcome to the captivating capital of Russia - Moscow! Meeting at the airport we are transferred to our 5-star hotel located in the very heart of Moscow. The afternoon is free to explore Moscow from our centrally and well-located hotel the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow. We'll meet for dinner at the hotel at a designated time and make arrangements for the next day.  (D)

 

Day 2 Moscow

Following breakfast, we enjoy an orientation city tour of Moscow and see the city's rich variety of building styles including the famous Bunker 42!  Later we proceed to the most picturesque monastery in Moscow, Novodevichiy Convent and Cemetery considered one of Moscow’s most prestigious resting places. Many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets and musicians are buried there, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Boris Yeltsin. This afternoon is dedicated to a visit to the Sanduny Banya an exclusive bathhouse, a short walk from our hotel. The experience is uniquely Russian, as are the felt hats are worn to protect your hair from the steam. (B)

 

Day 3  Moscow

This day is dedicated to outstanding Moscow icons - The Kremlin. We go inside this iconic structure and see the resting place of one of Russia's most famous explorers, cosmonaut Yuri Gegarin. The Armoury Chamber is next and houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs. Finally, the famous Square of our Cathedrals and Moscow's famous Red Square to see its well-recognized landmarks: Lenin's Tomb, the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral and a visit to GUM, Moscow’s largest department store. The second part of the day will be dedicated to the space history of the Soviet Union and a visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics. Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits and models explore the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. We end the day at the Bolshoi Theatre after dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)


Day 4 Moscow
The world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, is found in the 
Tretyakov Gallery, where we spend several hours viewing the gems of its collection. After, we take in the city sites located deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. We have a subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid Soviet decoration of its stations. The highlight of the ride is a visit of Sokol metro station. The station opened in 1938 and finished in a variety of materials, including white and gray marble, onyx, granite and white ceramic tile. We are then transferred to the MS Volga Dream and enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening we are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board. (B), (D)


Day 5  Uglich 
After a full day of cruising along the picturesque sceneries of the Russian countryside, we arrive in the small Russian Golden Ring town of 
Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started. During our city tour we visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591, and the St. John's Church where we enjoy a fascinating concert of choral music. Returning to the ship, our evening highlight is a Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony and Cooking Class. (B), (D)


Day 6 Yaroslavl 
Today we explore one of the oldest Russian cities and the gem of the Volga River -
YaroslavlDuring our guided city tour we explore the Spassky Monastery where we see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration, and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house. Dinner is a barbeque on the Open Deck where we'll raise a toast for the birthday of the great Russian Physiologist - Nobel Prize Winner, Ivan Pavlov.  (B), (D)


Day 7 Goritsy
This day is dedicated to the exploration of 
Goritsy - a tiny picturesque settlement near White Lake. Our guided tour includes a visit to the Ferapontov Monastery, a noted UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia‘s most renowned icon painters. (B), (D)


Day 8 Kizhi Island
Today we arrive in the stunning 
Karelia Region, noted for its vast wilderness and beautiful nature. Here we see a real miracle of wooden architecture - the fantastic Kizhi Island. During the walking tour we see its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses. After returning to our ship we enjoy the Piano Concert consisting of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. (B), (D)


Day 9 Svirstroy
Svirstroy is a small charming village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here we are invited into a local resident‘s home where welcoming Svirstroy villagers offer tea with jam and pirozhki (local pies).  After tea hop on a bus for a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of WWII followed by a visit to a local primary school. Then return to our ship and have a farewell dinner in the evening. (B,D)

 

Day 10 St. Petersburg 

Welcome to the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg! Stepping off the ship we head to one of the best and largest art museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum, before opening hours to avoid large crowds. The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.  After the tour we head to our 5-star hotel located in the very heart of St. Petersburg. The rest of the evening is free for you to have dinner.  Grand Hotel Europe (B)

 

Day 11 St. Petersburg

During our cherished gems of St. Petersburg tour we drive along the bustling Nevsky Prospect abundant in fine shops, cafes and museums, take a walk through the Split of Basil Island, and enter the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. Here we visit the Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology located in the Fortress. Before going back to the hotel we will have a tour at the Shadow Museum and visit one of the most hidden gems of the city - John Lennon street. Dinner is included in a local restaurant tonight.  (B,D)



Day 12 St. Petersburg

Our last full day includes the Pulkovo Museum of Aeronautics and Space Technique. This museum houses the largest collection of historical astronomical books in the world and its association with the Struve Geodetic Arch. Struve, known for his research on double stars was the director of the new Pulkovo Observatory near St Petersburg when it opened in 1839. Immerse yourself in Russian astronomy and geodesy in this fabulous Astronomical Museum. In the afternoon we journey to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Lavish parks and gardens, gorgeous interiors, and the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room are deemed as the "eighth wonder of the world". Our day ends with a special evening at the ballet in memory of Anna Pavlova, born in St Petersburg, this light-footed swan, would never have believed New Zealanders could have invented such a dessert!  (B)

 

Day 13 2020 Depart

After breakfast we check out from the hotel and depart St.Petersburg. (B)

 

Inclusions

·      Fred Watson Special Guest Host

·      Marnie Ogg Tour Director

·      Transfers throughout

·      Standard Cabin # aboard MS Volga

·      5-star hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg

·      Local English-speaking guides

·      Entrance to observatories, museums, wineries and attractions as indicated on the itinerary.

·      Meals as indicated on itinerary breakfast daily (B), lunches (L) and dinner (D)

·      All hotel taxes and service charges

·      Tips and gratuities

·      Currency surcharges


Exclusions

• International / Australian Domestic airfares 
• Additional charge(s) relating to documentation regarding visas or travel arrangements. 
• Travel insurance (required) 
• Costs of passport or visas 
• Beverages during meals except where indicated 
• Optional excursions 
• Personal expenses and anything else not included in the 'tour includes' features 

4 single supplements

Maximum 12 people * A surcharge of $1500 will apply per guests under the 12 guests minimum