13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights

13 day Russian River cruise including return international Emirates flights, 10 night deluxe river cruise, breakfast daily plus all meals on-board your river cruise, in-depth sightseeing and more.

$4,799
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per person twin share | Typically $8,517!
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  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights
 

Highlights

 

Experience the best of beautiful Russia with an amazing 13 day Russian River cruise with Emirates flights.

Begin your adventure in the enchanting city of St.Petersburg, exploring the Palace Square, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the world-famous Hermitage Museum. Sail to the village of Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village. Admire the picturesque landscape and wander through its gorgeous shops filled with crafts, painting and traditional clothes. Take a visit to the Museum of Russian Vodka, before making your way to the island of Kizhi.

Stare up in awe at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever created. Arrive in the old town of Goritsy and stroll the grounds of the Monastery of St. Cyril. Wander through the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl, one of the oldest traces back to Russia’s viking roots, before exploring the historic city of Uglich.

End your cruise in the capital of Moscow, discovering the Kremlin, the Novodevichy Convent and Cathedral Square.

Your package includes return Emirates flights, accommodation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

 

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– St. Petersburg

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Russian holiday.

Day 2: St. Petersburg  cruise-icon (D)

Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River; transfer to the port to embark your cruise. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight’s dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River.

Day 3: St. Petersburg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt , the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to view the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and many others. Tonight, after dinner, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet or opt to take a scenic cruise along St. Petersburg’s legendary canals.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Ballet Performance – 10100 Russian ruble

Enjoy a traditional Russian ballet performed at the Theatre of Musical Comedy by some of Russia’s most prominent dancers. The ballet is an art form that has been popular in the country since the 18th century and is considered one of the most sophisticated and elegant dancing styles. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Rivers & Canals of St. Petersburg – 3300 Russian ruble

St. Petersburg is famous for its many rivers and canals, as well as the bridges that span the magnificent palaces and churches on the banks. This evening board a small ship and cruise through canals taking in the views of the bridges and embankments beautifully decorated with iron cast fences, lanterns and sculptures. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day 4: St. Petersburg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Today is free to explore all the delights of this magical city on your own. Or, join the optional excursion to Pushkin Palace and Peterhof Park. Travel to nearby Pushkin to visit the lavish 18th century Catherine’s Palace, summer residence of the Russian Tsars, named for Catherine, widow of Peter the Great. Explore the luxurious palace, an architectural masterpiece, and the surrounding gardens. Visit the reconstructed Amber Room, with its walls covered with dazzling panels of amber, gold leaf and mirrors. Then, continue to Peterhof Palace with its gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland. This configuration of palaces and gardens was masterminded by Peter the Great, and is often called the “Russian Versailles.” Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail from St. Petersburg. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and get to know your fellow traveling companions.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park

Travel to Pushkin to visit Catherine’s Palace, the summer residence of the Russian imperial family, with its long history that begins in the early 18th century. In 1710 Peter I presented these lands to his second wife Catherine I. The first palace to be built on the land was a two story stone palace but was demolished and reconstructed several times. Explore the palace and the surrounding park and learn of the long history behind this beautiful site. Take some time to view the amber panels backed with gold leafs and mirrors in the famous Amber Room which was reconstructed after the second world war. Continue to Peterhof, located southwest of St. Petersburg, overlooking the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. You will have an opportunity to view the series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the “Russian Versailles.” Your tour does not feature a visit to the palace but includes time at leisure to explore the Lower Park.

Day 5: Village of Mandrogi  cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Sail to Mandrogi, part of the Valaam Archipelago, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional “shashlik” lunch, served in an open-air pavillion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi.

Day 6: Kizhi Church of Transfiguration cruise-icon (B,L,D)

This morning arrive to the island of Kizhi.* Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class as the ship sails towards Goritsy

*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.

Day 7: Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery’s fortifying walls, which measure 2400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting while sailing for Yaroslavl.

Day 8: Yaroslavl  cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Arrive this afternoon in the quaint Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. This beautiful city, one of Russia’s oldest, traces its roots back to the days of the Vikings. Stop at the fortified Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery and its Cathedral, the oldest building in Yaroslavl, dating back 800 years. Continue to the Yaroslavl Museum of Russian Art housed in the 18th century Governor’s mansion, with its impressive collection of Russian paintings spread out across many palatial rooms. View the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet with its detailed frescoes and icons, a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker. Time to browse the local markets for handicrafts and treasures before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 9: Uglich cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia’s history. This morning’s walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father’s forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. The ship will set sail for Moscow at noon. This evening, join the Captain’s dinner on board and a delightful show performed by the crew of the MS Zosima Shashkov.

Day 10: Moscow cruise-icon (B,L,D)

This morning relax on board as you prepare for an exciting afternoon in Moscow, the fabled capital of Russia. After lunch on board, begin your panoramic city tour at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square with St. Basil’s cathedral and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin before returning to the ship for dinner on board.

 Day 11: Moscow cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Visit the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia – and in the world. The guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow’s most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. This afternoon return to the ship to rest, explore Moscow on your own or, take the optional afternoon tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a superb architectural monument that is one of Russia’s best-known cloisters. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends on board.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Moscow Novodevichy Convent – 4600 Russian ruble

Visit the Novodevichy Convent, founded in the early 16th century by Duke Vasily III to commemorate the recapture of the old Russian city of Smolensk. Learn the fascinating history of the convent filled with numerous dramas and tragedies. View the five-domed Cathedral of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, the oldest structure of the convent, built in 1524-1525. This superb architectural monument is one of Russia’s best-known cloisters. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Kremlin Armoury Tour

Visit the Novodevichy Convent, founded in the early 16th century by Duke Vasily III to commemorate the recapture of the old Russian city of Smolensk. Learn the fascinating history of the convent filled with numerous dramas and tragedies. View the five-domed Cathedral of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, the oldest structure of the convent, built in 1524-1525. This superb architectural monument is one of Russia’s best-known cloisters.

Day 12: Moscow – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Bid farewell to Russia as you disembark the cruise and take a transfer to the airport.

Day 13: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with Emirates, including 30kg checked baggage 
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 10 nights’ twin share accommodation on board the MS Zosima Shashkov  
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on-board your cruise ship
  • Shore excursions as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Cruise porterage
  • Return airport transfers 

Highlights: 

  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walk the lanes of the quaint “Golden Ring” city of Yaroslavl, dating back to the Viking era
  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow
  • Choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink with dinner
  • Russian vodka tasting on board
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $799 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/ 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: 

Main Deck – $1,349 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

Middle Deck – $1,449 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

Boat Deck – $1,549 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

To purchase this your single supplement please click here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided except for guided excursions specified in the tour itinerary.

Optional Tours: 

Ballet Performance – 10,100 Russian ruble (payable on-board) 
Rivers & Canals of St. Petersburg – 3,300 Russian ruble (payable on-board) 
Moscow Novodevichy Convent – 4,600 Russian ruble (payable on-board) 
Kremlin Armoury Tour – $97 per person
Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park – $194 per person 

To purchase optional tours please click here 

Accommodation: 

MS Zosima Shashkov 

Land Only: To purchase this tour land only (no flights) please click here

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visa Requirements:

The visa application process requires an application form, one passport-sized photo, your trip confirmation from Gate 1/Webjet Exclusives, a Visa Support Letter (VSL) also provided by Gate 1/Webjet Exclusives, and a processing fee. Two days following your initial booking and deposit, you will receive complete information via email about obtaining a Visa Support Letter (VSL) and a visa to Russia, and then again at 120 days prior to departure. If a revision is required after the VSL has been issued, there is a US $50 per person Russia Visa Support Letter change fee that will be applied. Australian applicants must first complete an online Visa Application Form at https://visa.kdmid.ru and then submit their application with fees to Embassy of the Russian Federation, 7-9 Fullerton Street, Woollahra NSW 2025 Telephone: +61 (0)2 9326 1866. Details at http://sydney.mid.ru/en_GB/web/sydney-en. New Zealand citizens please visit website http://www.newzealand.mid.ru/tourist-visas.htm for application instructions.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

16 May 2019
6 June 2019
27 June 2019
18 July 2019
8 August 2019
29 August 2019
19 September 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with Emirates from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
  • Including 30kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  •  Return international airfares with Emirate
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 10 nights’ twin share accommodation on board the MS Zosima Shashkov  
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on-board your cruise ship
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Cruise porterage
  • Return airport transfers 
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