Imperial Waterways of Russia (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow, Russia
Dates: 27 Aug 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

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DAY 1
27 Aug 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrive at Pulkovo International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

DAY 2
28 Aug 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia

With its grand Italian architectures and austere Nordic setting, St. Petersburg is a city of canals, palaces, and cathedrals that presents a glorious juxtaposition of East and West. See the sights by land as well as water, then experience an art form that is quintessentially Russian—an evening at the ballet. The brainchild of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was built on 42 islands on the Neva delta, in what was essentially a swamp. The tsar lavished on it all the might, ambition, and money at his disposal, importing the finest architects from Italy, the greatest decorative artists, and the most celebrated painters: the result is an extraordinarily beautiful city.

DAY 3
29 Aug 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia

Spend your day in St. Petersburg at what many experts consider the finest art museum in the world, the legendary Hermitage, a former residence of the tsars that's now home to a massive and mind-boggling collection of priceless works of art.

DAY 4
30 Aug 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia
Catherine Palace, Pushkin, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia

Cross the threshold of the summer residence of the tsars—the lavishly decorated Catherine Palace—where you'll see opulent staterooms and the near-mythic Amber Room, meticulously restored to its former glory. Dine on traditional Russian fare at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. On your final day in St. Petersburg, you'll enjoy a guided tour through splendid Catherine Palace and Park. Once the summer residence of the tsars, it is a masterwork of Rococo architecture. Then, spend the rest of your day on your own exploring more of this beautiful city or join a tour to Peterhof Gardens—a treat for anyone interested in landscape design.

DAY 5
31 Aug 2018
Mandrogi, Russia

Travel back in time to the 19th century at a reconstructed Russian village populated by talented artisans who make handmade items using old-world materials and techniques. A reconstructed village on the shore of the Svir River, Mandrogi illustrates the traditions and lifestyles of Russia's past. Other highlights today include a rustic shashlik picnic lunch onshore and a cruise on a pristine freshwater lake. Your ship cruises along the southern shores of Lake Ladoga, a vast freshwater inland sea that was once connected to the Baltic Sea. Islands dot the water while forested nature preserves and beaches line the shores. Relax and enjoy the scenery.

DAY 6
01 Sep 2018
Kizhi, Russia

To approach the wooden Church of Transfiguration from the water, with its multitude of shingled onion domes and unmistakable silhouette, can be, well, a transformative experience. Step ashore for an up-close view of this incredible church—built without a single nail—and explore the island's famous open-air museum and its 89 traditional wooden structures.

DAY 7
02 Sep 2018
Goritsy, Russia
Kirillov, Russia
Goritsy, Russia

Beyond Russia's major cities lies a completely different world—the fabled land of Mother Russia, celebrated for centuries in art, songs, and great works of literature. Explore two rural villages today for an authentic and unforgettable glimpse of everyday life in a Russian province. Two tiny villages are your destination today. Goritsy, a farming settlement on the Sheksna River, and Kirillov, which may be small but has extraordinary churches linked to the tsars.

DAY 8
03 Sep 2018
Rybinsk Lake, Russia
Yaroslavl, Russia

Relax onboard the ship as you travel across Lake Rybinsk, formed in 1941 between the upper Volga River and its tributaries. At the time of its construction, it was the largest man-made body of water on earth. Arrive in Yaroslavl. Often called the "Russian Florence" and considered one of Russia's most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring, Yaroslavl stretches for miles along the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers. Credit for Yaroslavl's well-designed UNESCO-protected city center goes to none other than Catherine the Great, who was even more than a mighty Russian ruler—she was a forward-thinking urban planner as well. Visit an Orthodox church and a lively market.

DAY 9
04 Sep 2018
Uglich, Russia

Heading south on the Volga, you'll come to one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, as the group of towns that played significant roles in Russian history are known. As you approach the delightful and picturesque town of Uglich in the afternoon, be prepared for a panorama of magnificent architectural monuments.

DAY 10
05 Sep 2018
Moscow, Russia

If Russia is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma" as Churchill famously said, then Moscow presents an intriguing starting point for cultural discovery. See the city's most iconic sights (as well as some under-the-radar secrets) with a savvy local expert, both above ground and below. Glamorous, grand, gorgeous, and sometimes maddening, Moscow is Russia's principal city. Founded in 1156, it was the capital of the medieval nation. Moscow lost its status as capital to St. Petersburg under Peter the Great, but it never lost its significance to Russia, and it has reestablished its dominance over the nation's culture, politics, and economy during the past century.

DAY 11
06 Sep 2018
Moscow, Russia

For many of us, the Kremlin evokes images of power and grandeur, mystery and secrecy. And as you'll discover, it is all those things and much more. Fabergé eggs? Imperial jewels? Palaces and armories and cathedrals, oh my. You'll see them all on today's excursion.

DAY 12
07 Sep 2018
Moscow, Russia

Adventures await with a whole day in Moscow to explore on your own. Spend the day in Moscow exploring on your own. Return to yesterday's favorite sites or discover new treasures in this world-class city. You could visit the Pushkin Museum to learn more about Russia's most famous poet or tour one of the houses in which Leo Tolstoy lived. Perhaps you'd like to take a stroll along Kuznetsky Most, which for centuries has hosted Moscow's most fashionable shops. Shuttles will run from the ship to the city center for your convenience.

DAY 13
08 Sep 2018
Moscow, Russia

You have sampled culinary delights, explored history, and experienced the best of life along the Volga River. Now the journey comes to a close and it's time to disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you'll enjoy the memories you've made for years to come.

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About the Ship

What's Included

Included

    • 12-night cruise in a beautifully appointed riverview stateroom or suite

    • All transfers on arrival and departure days

    • All meals onboard

    • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions

    • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

    • Complimentary soft drinks during lunch onboard; complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks during dinner onboard; mineral water replenished daily in staterooms/suites; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station

    • 10 days of excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

    • Guided “Village Day” program

    • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites

    • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

    • Captivating onboard local entertainment

    • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization and history

Not Included

  • Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; premium spirits & premium wine (please refer to complimentary beverage program in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions), meals not detailed in the itinerary; Gratuities for programs in Russia, Egypt, India, China and Vietnam/Cambodia (please refer to Gratuities section in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions for details ); and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.

About Us

The moment you step onboard any of Uniworld's luxurious, one-of-a-kind floating boutique hotels, you’ll experience the care that went into the beautiful design. With outstanding service that comes from the heart, a choice of personalized and exclusive excursions, delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and a choice of inspiring destinations throughout world—every element is included, and is as unique and special as each guest. U by Uniworld is innovating the travel industry with a fresh approach to river cruising. Our sleek ships give you access to the heart of the city, local food, lively onboard atmosphere, and immersive activities.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply. If you have purchased your transatlantic or transpacific air with Uniworld and/or you have purchased a cruise-tour package with Uniworld that includes air, your entire package price will be guaranteed at time of initial payment.

Reservations and Payments: A deposit of at least 10% of the cruise-tour fare (cruise-tour, plus port charge, plus pre and or post land extensions, less applicable discounts), per person is required within 72 hours of reservation. Final payment is due at least 120 days prior to departure. Reservations will be canceled if final payment is not received in a timely manner. For all guests booking air travel with Uniworld, a separate non-refundable airfare deposit of $450 per person is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. You may cancel your air within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund of the airfare deposit or the total amount paid for air if paid in full at time of booking

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Ships' Registries: China, Egypt, India, The Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Vietnam



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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

St. Petersburg, Russia - 27 Aug 2018

St. Petersburg, Russia - 28 Aug 2018

St. Petersburg, Russia - 29 Aug 2018

St. Petersburg, Russia - 30 Aug 2018

Catherine Palace, Pushkin, Russia - 30 Aug 2018

St. Petersburg, Russia - 30 Aug 2018

Moscow, Russia - 05 Sep 2018

Moscow, Russia - 06 Sep 2018

Moscow, Russia - 07 Sep 2018

Moscow, Russia - 08 Sep 2018

Post-Packages

Moscow, Russia


Offered by: Esperance - Russia
Location: Moscow, Russia
Length: 1 Night
Virtuoso Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
Jewish Heritage Tour in Moscow

Meeting with the guide, departure for the Jewish Heritage tour

Visit to the Grand Choral synagogue at Kitai-Gorod

Is the main synagogue in Russia and in the former Soviet Union. It is located in central Basmanny District at 10, Bolshoy Spasogolinischevsky Lane, close to Kitai-Gorod Metro station

Visit to Synagogue at Poklonnaya hill

The Holocaust Memorial Synagogue is located on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. It was built in 1998 to complement an Orthodox church and a mosque that are also part of the outdoor museum dedicated to Russia's victory in World War II.

Monument to Sholom Aleicham

The monument to the writer Sholom Aleichem was installed in 2001 in front of the Drama Theater on Malaya Bronnaya. The Jewish writer Sholom Aleichem (a penname, which is translated from hebrew as "peace be with you") is very popular in our country. The statue depicts the writer in a free, relaxed posture, as if in dialogue with the reader.

Visit to the New Jewish museum and Tolerance center

This large and engaging museum dedicated to the complex history of Russian Jewry, is thoroughly modern in approach, favoring personal testimony, archival video footage and interactive displays - all translated into Russian and English. The exhibitions are divided chronologically, helping visitors to understand the life of Jewish communities as they travelled across medieval Europe. The role of Russian Jewry in public life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is particularly well presented as is the fate of Soviet Jews and the role of Jewish soldiers during World War II. Visitors of Russian-Jewish origins will no doubt be particularly interested in hearing about what it meant to be a ‘Soviet Jew’ and finding out how and why so many left the USSR. Those expecting to find just a stark representation of pogroms, holocaust, hardships and suffering will be pleasantly surprised to find Russian Jewish history presented as something much more complex, filled with both struggles and achievements.

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