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Russia Trip

Waterways of the Czars

July-August, 2005

MS Peter the Great


Tour Day




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DC to London

Leave DC Dulles at 6:45 PM via British Airways Flight 216 (777-200, Business Class).  Arrives London Heathrow at 7 AM Wednesday, 7/20 (3,672 miles, 7 hours, 15 minutes)

2 Wednesday 7/20 London to St. Petersburg

Leave London Heathrow at 9:55 AM via British Airways Flight 878 (A320, Business Class). Arrives St. Petersburg at 4:10 PM (1,300 miles, 3 hours, 15 minutes) Hotel Angleterre

3 Thursday 7/21 St. Petersburg Free Day
4 Friday 7/22 St. Petersburg Free Day
5 Saturday 7/23 St. Petersburg Transfer to the cruise ship, the M/S Peter the Great (M/S Zosima Shashkov). St. Petersburg is located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Founded by Czar Peter the Great in 1703 as Russia’s Window on the West, this city was built as a showpiece, with magnificent neo-Classical buildings and spacious avenues. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and Dinner on board. (L,D)
6 Sunday 7/24 St. Petersburg

Early morning city tour. Discover the fascinating sights of this beautiful city including the Hermitage State Museum. Sightseeing shows off the sights of St. Petersburg. Highlights include Decembrists’s Square with its statue of the Bronze Horseman and the Boulevard of Nevsky Prospekt. The celebrated Hermitage State Museum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries, set in a magnificent palace. Boat cruise around the canals of St. Petersburg.  Tonight excursion to a ballet performance at the Mariinskiy Theater. (B,L,D)

7 Monday 7/25 St. Petersburg

Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the magnificent gardens and fountains
of Peterhof, Peter the Great’s Summer Palace. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress. Evening-Folk Show Volga Dance and Song Ensemble. (B,L,D)

8 Tuesday 7/26 St. Petersburg

Start the day with a visit to Catherine's Palace, where the Imperial family of Russia made their home from the time of Peter the Great. You also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress which dates from the 18th century. Yusupov Palace. Evening-Cossak Show (B,L,D)

9 Wednesday 7/27 St. Petersburg


Morning tour that includes the interesting sites of this beautiful architectural part of Alexander Nevsky Monastery/Tikhvin Cemetery (burial place of Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and many more composers and famous people( (10-11:30 AM). Pavlovsk Estate and Palace. Sail evening (B,L,D)


Thursday 7/28 Mandroga 

Cruise through Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe. During your stop in Mandroga, perhaps visit the museum of Russian Vodka. A picnic lunch is included ashore. Later, cruise along River Svir, entering Lake Onega. (B,L,D)

11 Friday 7/29 Kizhi

Visit the island of Kizhi, one of the most ancient inhabited sites in Russia. A walking tour here includes the State Preserve and open-air Museum of Architecture, where wooden buildings from all over Russia have been re-erected to provide a glimpse of life in centuries gone by. (B,L,D)

12 Saturday 7/30 Goritsy

Arrive Goritsy.  Recreation stop on the banks of the Volga.  There will be recreational activities (fishing) and a chance to visit local residents' homes. (B,L,D)

13 Sunday 7/31 Yaroslavl

Today, visit Yaroslavl, a picturesque town with ancient churches and fortresses. Sightseeing includes a city tour, the Monastery of Our Saviour, a 12th-century edifice of white walls and towers, and a visit to the beautiful Church of Elijah the Prophet. Also included is the Regional Museum of Applied Art and a Russian folkloric show. Sail 10 PM. (B,L,D)

14 Monday 8/1 Kostroma


Arrive in Kostroma, an ancient cultural and commercial center lying on the banks of the Volga. Enjoy a city tour here. See Ipatiev Monastery and trading arcades and the Museum of the Romanov family.(B,L,D)

15 Tuesday 8/2 Uglich

Arrive in Uglich, founded in the 16th century. It was here that Czar Ivan the Terrible had his son Dmitri asassinated. An included walking tour visits the local Kremlin, the Church of Czarevich Dmitri on the Blood, the five-domed Transfiguration Cathedral and the Museum of Applied Art. (B,L,D)

16 Wednesday 8/3 Moscow

Arrive at Moscow, the capital of Russia. Afternoon sightseeing includes a city tour, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, shopping and the Metro. This evening, see the Moscow State Circus. (B,L,D)

17 Thursday 8/4 Moscow

Start the day with a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, home to a fine collection of Russian icons and pre-revolutionary Russian art. Tour Sergiev Posad. Later tour Moscow by night. (B,L,D)

18 Friday 8/5 Moscow

Visit the Kremlin,  and the Armoury Chamber to admire a treasure of gold and silver, including Fabergé eggs. Afternoon visit the Pushkin Museum (B,L,D)

19 Saturday 8/6 Moscow to DC Final Thoughts

Disembarkation after breakfast. (B) Leave Moscow at 5 PM via British Airways Flight 873 (767-300, Business Class).  Arrives London Heathrow at 6:15 PM (1,556 miles, 4 hours, 15 minutes).  Leave London Heathrow at 7:40 PM via British Airways Flight 225 (777-200, Business Class). Arrives Washington Dulles at 10:35 PM (3,672 miles, 7 hours, 55 minutes).