Imperial Waterways of Russia 2019 with Uniworld - Our Best Offer

Imperial Waterways of Russia 2019 with Uniworld - Our Best Offer

The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures & spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg & Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory & splendour.


FROM:R57 900


Package Information
DETAILS
Starting from R57 900
Package Validity Set departure dates 11 JUN 2019 & 03 JUL 2019.  *** Book & pay between 01 NOV 2018 - 31 DEC 2018 & SAVE up to 30% - discount already included in the price ***
Duration 12 days
Destination Russia
Starts in St Petersburg
Ends in Moscow

Description

- All scheduled airport transfers on arrival & departure days
- 11 nights cruise in a riverview stateroom on-board the River Victoria
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception
- 18 excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options,
- Guided “Let's Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Village Day” programs
- Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Assistance of an English-speaking local expert & experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- On-board local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization & history
- Port charges
- All gratuities, both on-board & onshore

 

** This cruise operates on varies dates between 31 MAY 2019 - 16 AUG 2019. Please enquire with you Travel Agent regarding prices for other dates **

 


Day 1

St. Petersburg (Embark)

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

St. Petersburg

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.

Featured Excursions:
St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood visit
Russian theatre ballet performance
Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

Day 3

St. Petersburg

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. Your day in St. Petersburg finds you with an appropriately imperial excursion: a guided tour through the world-famous Hermitage Museum. It is the crown jewel of the city and is located in the former home of the tsars, the Winter Palace.

Featured Excursion:
Hermitage Museum

Day 4

St. Petersburg

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.

Featured Excursion:
Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin

Day 5

Cruising Lake Ladoga, Mandrogi, Cruising the Svir River

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.

Featured Excursion:
Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore

Day 6

Kizhi Island, Cruising Lake Onega

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.   Kizhi Island, which seemingly floats between sky and water in the midst of Lake Onega, is home to one of Russia’s iconic sights, the all-wood Church of Transfiguration.

Featured Excursion:
Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture

Day 7

Goritsy (Kirillov)

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 provence.   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.

Featured Excursion:
Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province

Day 8

Cruising Lake Rybinsk, Yaroslavl

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 Kotorosi 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.

Featured Excursion:
Yaroslavl city tour

Day 9

Uglich

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.

Featured Excursion:
Uglich walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood

Day 10

Moscow

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.

Featured Excursions:
Moscow city tour
Tour of the metro and Arbat Street
Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

Day 11

Moscow

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 Literary 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.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 12

Moscow (Disembark)

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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