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Jewels of Russia - Upstream

From Moscow to Saint Petersburg

Fom May to September 2015

RUSSIA

Aboard the M/S Kandinsky Prestige - 11 days / 10 nights

This extraordinary journey that connects the two capitals of Russia is the ideal way to explore Russia and its present and past architectural jewels.


 

ITINERARY

 Day 1 : MOSCOW

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Arrival in Moscow and transfer to the « Maritime Vokzal » and embarkation. You will be welcome on board by the “Bread & Salt” ceremony (except on late arrival). Dinner & overnight on board.

Day 2 : MOSCOW - CITY TOUR

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After breakfast, morning orientation tour to all the famous sights to give you a first taste of Russia’s capital atmosphere. The Ring, Bolshoi Theatre (exterior sight), the Lomonossov University. Visit of Novodievitchi Monastery (New Maiden Convent), one of the finest examples of 16 – 19th architecture, located on the territory of a former convent for ladies of noble birth. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion. Breakfast & Dinner on board. Lunch at a city restaurant.

Day 3 : MOSCOW - KREMLIN

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Morning visit of the Kremlin: the beating heart of Russia’s political world. The imposing walls house a number of stunning cathedrals & monuments.  Guided visit of one of the Cathedrals. Afternoon free or optional tour. Continue sailing to Uglich at 5.30 pm. After departure, welcome cocktail and presentation of the Captain and the crew on Sun Deck (Weather permitting). All meals on board.

Day 4 : UGLITCH

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Arrive at Uglich in the early afternoon. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and Kremlin. Founded in 1148, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St John’s Church looming on the horizon. See also the Church of St. Demetrius of the Blood and the oldest building, the Kremlin. All meals on board

Day 5 : GORITSY

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As we continue our journey, you will enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you sail through the White Lake and the Volga-Baltic Canal. You will visit in Goritsy the historic Kiril-Beloserskiy Men’s Monastery founded in 1397. Here you will discover its rich history and magnificent architecture. Sailing toward the Great Lakes of Karelia in the afternoon.

Day 6 : KIZHI - PEARL OF KARELIA

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Navigation through the White lake and then crossing of the Lake Onega, one of the biggest lakes in Europe, to reach Kizhi tiny island located at the northern end of the Lake. This excursion is a testament to Russian architecture – tours of rural houses are included - and history. And is the perfect example of destinations which should be part of this experience. This island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Guided sightseeing tour including several examples of 19th-century peasant architecture; the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 Domes, made completely of wood (It is an almighty site made all the more impressive by the fact that it was made without the use of nails), treasury of icons and its unique decorated screen; and at the open-air Museum of Wooden Art. See also the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, which is believed to be Russia’s oldest wooden building. Walk through the Ethnographic Museum.
All meals on board.

Day 7 : MANDROGI

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After sailing along the Svir River which connects the two Great Lakes of Onega and Ladoga in the heart of Karelia, we reach the tiny village of Mandrogi. Sitting 295km away from Saint Petersburg it was founded around 1,000 years ago as a tribal settlement – the same village where Peter the Great stayed when he was working at a nearby shipyard. It remained thus, for many years until its destruction during World War Two. In 1996 it was resurrected by Russian entrepreneur Sergey Gutzeit who turned it into the tourist attraction it is today. It’s an interesting insight into how Russian architecture has developed over the centuries, with many of the buildings replicas of those which were destroyed during the war. Mandrogi, a modern make believe village gives a great opportunity to taste a varnished version of aestheticism. Picnic lunch (Weather permitting). Gala dinner - Captain’s Evening.

Day 8 : SAINT-PETERSBURG

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Arrival in the morning in the former capital of the Tsars’. Saint-Petersburg from streets lined with palaces to its cosmopolitan unspoiled nature is a city which offers far more than visitor’s expectations. It is a city of canals and rivers, built on 101 islands and linked by 350 graceful bridges, thus earning the name "Venice of the North". This magnificent city enchants all its visitors with its legacy of history and the arts, and its striking beauty.
Departure after breakfast for a sightseeing tour. You will see Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Church of the Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul’s Fortress, where many of the Romanovs have now been laid to rest. Time at leisure in the afternoon or take optional tours. All meals on board.

Day 9 : SAINT-PETERSBURG

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Visit to the Hermitage Art Gallery which is perhaps one of Russia’s best known sights but with arguably the greatest number of secret treasures within its walls. Everywhere you look, you see a masterpiece of art or craftsmanship by such artists as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky. Afternoon on your own or optional tours. Breakfast and dinner on board and lunch at a city restaurant.

Day 10 : SAINT-PETERSBURG

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Excursion to Peterhof. This is a magnificent summer residence and was built to rival Versailles. Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, the palace’s exterior facade and ornate interior are impressive in themselves.  Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, the palace’s exterior facade and ornate interior are impressive in themselves, Visit of the Palace and walk in the garden.  All meals on board.

Day 11 : SAINT-PETERSBURG

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After breakfast, disembarkation and bus transfer to the airport

 

SHIP

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Company : Orthodox Cruise Company
Length : 125 m
Width: 16,70 m
Maximum speed : 23 to 26 km/h
Draft : 2,94
Anti-Roll Stabilizers
Voltage : 220 volts
Crew : 80
Anti-Roll Stabilizers
Voltage : 220 volts
Crew : 80
Passenger’s Capacity : 196
Flag : Russian Federation

 

 

The Cabins


 
The 104 cabins are spread over three decks. All cabins have been entirely remodeled and refit. They all have a River view, and whilst basic in fittings and furnishings, are very modern and comfortable with large windows offering picturesque views. Cabins are arranged over four categories: 36 Deluxe Suite 18 m2; 24 Double Cabin of 9m2; 34 Double Cabin of 8, 5 m2; 8 Single Cabin 7 m2. All cabins equipped with two lower beds, air conditioning, refrigerator, a flat screen TV, a private shower and toilet with hairdryer and a safe. They are all outside with outdoor opening windows. Two access stations to Internet are available for free.

Life on board


 
You will enjoy the large and spacious public areas, elegant design and panoramic Riverview. The M/S Kandinsky has many places respecting everyone’s privacy. This floating hotel features two bars, panoramic restaurant, souvenir shop, beauty salon and an ample sundeck allowing for unobstructed views.
Going on a river cruise is about exploration that is why we offer our guests a wide range of entertainment: port lectures, local entertainment such as folklore shows, Russian language lessons and nightly life music and dancing.
All the activities are included on a daily basis to provide our guests with in-depth information on the history and culture of the region. Well trained ship staff uses their knowledge and talents to make every minute of the voyage special for our passengers.
Cruise includes comprehensive excursions to the major sights and attractions in the cities and towns visited, with further excursions offered on an optional basis. All land programs are provided with the everyday handout with the day’s schedule.
The dining that is presented on board is a mixture of continental and Russian cuisines, as well as local specialties, served in a warm shipboard ambiance with a highest degree of service quality. All the meals are served in a panoramic restaurant with a breathtaking view.

 

DATES & RATES

MOSCOU - SAINT PETERSBURG

May 18 to 28, 2015
June 7 to 17, 2015
June 27 to July 7, 2015
July 17 to 27, 2015
August 6 to 16, 2015
September 05 to 15, 2015
  • PUBLIC RATES IN EURO PER PASSENGER SHARING A DOUBLE CABIN
  • Low Season Season High Season
  • Type of Cabin Deck 6 August 18 may - 27 June 17 July - 5 September 28 Mai - 7 June
  • B2 - Standard- 8,5 m2 Main 1740 €1840 €1940 €
  • B1 - Standard – 8.5 to 9 m2 Upper & Boat 1835 €1935 €2035 €
  • A1 - Suite Deluxe - 18 m2 Upper & Boat 2430 €2530 €2630 €
  • C - Cabin individual - 7 m2 Any Deck 2170 €2270 €2370 €
  • B2 - Standard double for a Single usage (available upon request) Main 3380 €3580 €3780 €

 

INCLUDED IN PRICE
NOT INCLUDED
Transfer arrangements from airport to ship and return (as of 15 passengers)
Full board from Dinner Day 1 to Breakfast Day 11
Mineral Water on every meal
Tea & Coffee station
One Lunch in the city at a restaurant in Moscow and 3 lunches in St Petersburg
Ceremony of Bread & Salt (except upon late arrival)
Welcome Cocktail
Excursions as per program description with entrance fees and English speaking guide
On board entertainment: dancing evening, visit of the Bridge, initiation into Russian language
Captain’s Dinner
Assistance of Anglophone Cruise Manager
Visa arrangements
Transfer arrangements airport/Ship/airport if less than 15 passengers (see hereafter)
Overseas flights
Insurances
Optional tours
Drinks (except mineral water, coffee & tea)
Tipping on board (we recommend € 3 per day and per passenger).

 

LIFE ON BOARD

BOARD PAYMENT AND SHIPBOARD ACCOUNT

Onboard purchases (restaurant, bars) are accepted in cash (Rubles) or can be added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of your trip, you may pay in cash (Euros or Rubles) or by credit card. For payment of the shipboard account traveler’s checks are not accepted. Visa International and Master Card only. Bank checks cannot be accepted on the board.

BOUTIQUE

Each ship has an onboard boutique area offering more than just accessories and essentials you may have left at home. Shop onboard and benefit from our souvenirs, postcards, photos and stamps. Payment can be made in euros and by credit card with a minimum amount of EUR 100.

BEVERAGES

Our bars offer a wide range of wines, beers, cocktails, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. Your dining’s are always accompanied by soft drinks, wines and beers, tea and coffee. The drinks at the bar and the dining room can be settled in rubles, euros or credited to your shipboard account. We recommend against drinking tap water anywhere in Russia. Onboard there are heated water purifiers. Bottled water is also available for purchase.

COMMUNICATION

There are no public phones on the vessel. Ship to shore communications can only be done through the Captain’s radio. Mobile phones work perfectly in Moscow and St. Petersburg and relays are more frequent on the route. Regarding the Internet there are two computers, located near the reception desk for the guest’s usage. The availability of the Internet connection, as the mobile network, may vary depending on the route.

DRESS CODE SUGGESTIONS

Onboard dress code is informal. Ties and jackets are not required. For the Farewell Dinner “evening casual” or dressier clothes are possible. We recommend you to take comfortable, casual clothes, sturdy walking footwear and waterproof light jacket for the sightseeing excursions.

DINING AND CUISINE

Meals are designed according to the scheduled activities and excursions. Cuisine that is offered on our ships is a wide variety of both Continental and Russian cuisines. We offer set menus for our guests; however, the choice between two or three main courses is available. All passengers are assigned to a table for the duration of the cruise. In case of travelling with friends we recommend you to advice Maître d’hôtel during your first dining onboard. Room service is not available.

DIETARY NEEDS

Guests requiring special diets such as vegetarian, diabetic or low-cholesterol meals should inform prior to departure, and should alert the Maître d’hôtel when on board. Our chefs will make efforts to meet your expectations.

ELECTRICITY

Al staterooms are equipped with sockets of the European format and the electrical current onboard is 220 volts. Sockets can be used for the hairdryers and battery charges.

HAIRDRESSER

An appointment in advance at the reception desk is required.

LECTURES

Lectures are organized for our guests with the different topics and background information of your destinations: culture, civilization, history and artistic heritage of Russia.

LIBRARY

Books in English and French can be borrowed at the reception desk.

LAUNDRY FACILITIES

Washing and ironing services are offered onboard. Dry cleaning is not available. The price list, instructions and laundry bag are placed in your cabin. They will be picked up by our staff and returned the next day. Staterooms are not equipped with irons and ironing boards, as these could create a fire hazard, however, there is an ironing room, available for all the passengers.

MONEY AND EXCHANGING CURRENCY

All costs are quoted in Rubles. Regarding the Russian law, your ship will not be able to change money as the presence of the bureau de change onboard is prohibited. You will be able to change money in hotels, banks and official exchange bureaus for a fee. We advise against traveler’s checks which are not often used and accepted in Russia and which may be exchanged only in Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is also recommended to withdraw in these two cities, as ATM machines may be not available in other smaller cities. For purchasing items, we recommend you to bring cash in small denominations, as cash payment is the most common way in Russia; however, credit cards are getting more and more acceptable. Please note that bank notes need to be new or in a good condition (not written on or overly wrinkled) as Russian banks may reject exchanging them.

MAIL & STAMP

We recommend you to buy stamps onboard, as it is fairly difficult to buy them in Russia.

MEDICAL

No vaccines are mandatory. Each of the ships is equipped with limited medical facilities and staffed by medical personnel. If you feel ill during your voyage, please immediately report to the medical center. Charges do apply for medical services and are dictated by the guarantee of the travel insurance you have purchased. The fares and schedules for the consultations are available at the reception desk. All the medical services are payable on the spot in cash (euros or dollars).

ONBOARD LANGUAGE

The onboard languages are English and French.

ON BOARD ENTERTAINMENT

A wide variety of entertainment is offered onboard to keep our guests amused and to stay forever in your memory. Every night there is a music band performing for our guests. Entertainments such as games, lotto, quiz and films are also available. We are glad to present unique entertainments on our ships such as initiation to the Russian language and culture.

OPTIONAL TOURS & EXCURSIONS

For our guests we offer a great variety of optional excursions for sale. All these excursions are priced in euros. Passengers, who have paid for their excursions prior to the arrival, will find a voucher in their travel pack. IMPORTANT: The voucher will be required upon arrival on the tour. At the optional excursion desk, only payment in cash and in euros is being taken.

PASSPORT

Any guest traveling must have a passport that should be entrust to the reception of the ship upon arrival. It will be registered and presented to the authorities when requested. During your cruise you will have a a ship boarding pass that is your identification during the cruise. We suggest you to bring copies of your passport.

SCHEDULED TOURS AND EXCURSIONS

All the guests on a daily basis receive the Daily Schedule & Program with the description of the daily activities, shore excursions and tour departure times. Excursions and tours are conducted by French or English speaking guides that are committed to ensuring you have a great time on your cruise.

SHIP BOARDING PASS

Ship boarding pass will be given to you that is an ID document for you during your cruise. It is a personal document and is delivered at the reception in exchange of your key any port of call, just before disembarking.

TIPPING

Tips is a voluntary way of showing satisfaction for the good service and nowadays it has become commonplace in Russia. For most of the staff working in the service industry, tips is a large source of the income, therefore, your generosity will be appreciated. Tipping is left at your own decision, however, we recommend EUR 3 to 5 per day and per passenger.

SMOKING POLICY

For the safety and security of all the guests and staff onboard, smoking is only permitted on the outside decks. it is expressly forbidden to smoke in all the cabins as it can represent a serious fire and safety hazard.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Not all pharmaceuticals are available in Russia: it’s essential that you bring your usual medication in sufficient quantity for the duration of the trip. To avoid the embarrassment of the mosquitos in some areas of our cruise we recommend you to take appropriate lotions or creams. We strongly advice you against buying caviar and vodka on the street. Our guide can show you the shops offering a high quality and safe products.
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