M/s "CHEKHOV "  2018

Moscow - St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg - Moscow cruises

Moscow - St. Petersburg 10 Nights 11 Days

Moscow * Uglich * Goritsy * Yaroslavl
Kizhi * Mandrogi * St. Petersburg

Day 1: MOSCOW
Arrive in Moscow, Russia's largest city. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your cruise ship. [D]

Day 2: MOSCOW
After breakfast you will have a city tour which will include the Red Square , the views of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum, Bolshoi Theatre, the Olympic Stadium and many other points of interest. [B,L,D]

Day 3: MOSCOW
Your morning tour takes you to the Kremlin, the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. Visit one of the cathedrals situated on the grounds of the Kremlin at Cathedral Square. Enjoy your leisure time before your river cruise departs Moscow this evening. Or, you may choose to participate in one of the optional excursions offered by your cruise ship. In the evening, as your river cruise departs Moscow, join your ship's captain in a welcome dinner with wine. [B,L,D]

Day 4: UGLICH
Stop today at picturesque Uglich situated on the right bank of the Volga River. Visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration perched at the water's edge. Next, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Dmitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. This evening join your ship's captain in a farewell dinner with toast as your river sailing ends. [B,L,D]

Day 5: YAROSLAVL
Yaroslavl, an important Volga port is the next port of call. On your city tour, visit the 17th century Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture and wander the grounds of the 12th century Savior-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the Volga's oldest. [B,L,D]

Day 6: GORITSY
The ship arrives in Goritsy, set in the beautiful countryside. Tour the grounds of the well-preserved 14th century Cyril-Belozersky Monastery, named in honour of its founder, the monk Cyril and one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church. [B,L,D]

Day 7: KIZHI
This morning sail the ship stops at the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. Your visit of the island includes the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration that provide a delightful glimpse of Russia's past. [B,L,D]

Day 8: MANDROGI
Today takes you to the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. A relaxing stop on the Verdant River Bank to enjoy the pleasant scenery and a picnic lunch. [B,L,D]

Day 9: ST PETERSBURG
This morning arrive and go on bus city tour in the great city St. Petersburg with its many palaces, once home to the Russian nobility, drive along Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg lined with shops and baroque buildings. Take a view down Kanal Griboedovea to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. Pass the Gostiny Dvor (the city's largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great. [B,L,D]

Day 10: ST PETERSBURG
This day visit the Hermitage Museum. The rival of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage contains three million exhibits and early collections dating back to Catherine II. [B,L,D].

Day 11: ST PETERSBURG
After breakfast transfer from your cruise ship to the airport. [B]
 

St. Petersburg - Moscow 09 nights/10 days

St. Petersburg * Mandrogi * Kizhi * Goritsy
Yaroslavl * Uglich * Moscow

Day 1: ST PETERSBURG
Arrive St. Petersburg, a city built by Peter the Great in the 18th century. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your cruise ship. [D]

Day 2: ST PETERSBURG
This morning tour the great city St. Petersburg with its many palaces, once home to the Russian nobility, drive along Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg lined with shops and baroque buildings. Take a view down Kanal Griboedovea to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. Pass the Gostiny Dvor (the city's largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great. [B,L,D]

Day 3: ST PETERSBURG
This day visit the Hermitage Museum. The rival of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage contains three million exhibits and early collections dating back to Catherine II. In the evening, as your river cruise departs St. Petersburg, join your ship's captain in a welcome dinner with wine. [B,L,D]

Day 4: MANDROGI
Today takes you to the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. A relaxing stop on the Verdant River Bank to enjoy the pleasant scenery and a picnic lunch. [B,L,D]

Day 5: KIZHI
This morning sail the ship stops at the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. Your visit of the island includes the open-air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breathtaking Church of the Transfiguration that provide a delightful glimpse of Russia's past. [B,L,D]

Day 6: GORITSY
The ship arrives in Goritsy, set in the beautiful countryside. Tour the grounds of the well-preserved 14th century Cyril-Belozersky Monastery, named in honor of its founder, the monk Cyril and one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church. [B,L,D]

Day 7: UGLICH
Stop today at picturesque Uglich situated on the right bank of the Volga River. Visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration perched at the water's edge. Next, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Dmitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. This evening join your ship's captain in a farewell dinner with toast as your river sailing ends. [B,L,D]

Day 8: MOSCOW
Spend the morning relaxing on your cruise ship as you continue your journey en route to Moscow, Russia's largest city. Upon arrival your city tour includes views of Red Square, the famous brightly coloured onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre, the GUM Department Store on Red Square, and Moscow University and other sights. [B,L,D]

Day 09: MOSCOW
Your morning tour takes you to the Kremlin, the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. Visit one of the cathedrals situated on the grounds of the Kremlin at Cathedral Square. [B,L,D]

Day 10: MOSCOW
After breakfast transfer from your cruise ship to the airport.


Price per person per night in EURO

 

 

 

 
Boat Deck Suite
EUR184 per person/night
Main deck junior suite
EUR164 per person/night
Boat Deck

EUR134 per person/night

Upper Deck

EUR120 per person/night
Main deck
EUR105 per person/night
  • Single Supplement - 50% of the relevant per night cost
  • Port and fuel surcharges Eur50 per person per cruise

Deck and cabin plan for M/S Chekhov

Technical data
 Built  1978
Renovated 2003
Length 115.6 m
Width 16,7 m
Height 13 m
Tonnage 3800 t
Maximum Speed 25 km/h
Draught 2.8 m
Passenger Capacity 220
Crew 95

If you want to have an exciting travel experience on board a comfortable and well maintained river vessel then m/s Chekhov is your choice.

This ship is one of two, representing the Austrian built river cruise boats, designed as an alternative to the German made vessels. It differs from the German made boats with a higher cabin standard and innovative design of public areas.

M/s Chekhov was built in 1978 and has undergone several refurbishments to keep up with standards appropriate for Western travellers. For many years the ship was travelling along the exotic route of the Yenisey River in Siberia. In 2004 it started on the most popular Russian cruise line Moscow - St. Petersburg and return.

M/s Chekhov is manned with highly trained crew  with extensive experience of serving foreign passengers. This ensures a pleasant and memorable stay on board for groups and independent travellers. The guests of the ship have the use of the following facilities: two bars (one of which has a swimming pool under a sliding glass roof), reading lounge and lecture room. All cabins are outside with large picture windows, climate control, private bathrooms and speaker for announcements. Passengers have a beauty salon, souvenir shop and sauna at their disposal. Laundry and doctor's services are also available. The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access or an elevator. The ship does not have extensive 99% type soundproofing so you may hear light noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at some times.

The price includes:

  • Accommodations in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship's restaurants; meal service begins with dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation.
  • Captain's welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Gala farewell Dinner aboard
  • Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers upon arrival/departure.
  • Luggage handling to/from ship.
  • Round table with our guides on the political, social and economical situation in Russia
  • Russian language and song lectures
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing.
  • Daily aerobics
  • Tour of the ship's bridge.
  • Port taxes

The price does not include:

  • Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/ souvenirs.
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship's crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger's discretion.
  • Luggage handling
  • Miscellaneous: Items of personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included.

Conditions of payment
After upon signing of the contract - 15% (non refundable deposit)
60 days before the cruise starts - Balance

Conditions of cancellation
Till 90 days - 15% (loss of deposit)
89 -60 days - 30% of the tour price
59 - 30 days - 100% of the tour price

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Cities along the route

Moscow- Saint-Petersburg: Moscow- Uglich - Yaroslavl - Goritsy -- Kizhi - Mandrogi - Goritsy


Moscow Spend three unforgettable days in the capital of Russia and admire numerous treasures of its history and present days and enjoy its beauty!

City tour (Briefly):
Stop at St. Sofia Embankment of the Moskva-river; The Bolshoy Stone Bridge; stops at Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; the new monument to Peter the Great; Gorky Park; stop at New Maiden Convent; observation platform of Sparrow (Lenin) Hills; Viktory Park and Poklonnaya Hill with World War II Memorial; Kutuzov Avenue; White House.

Kremlin
The former residence of Russian Czars, an architectural ensemble of unique beauty, which took shape between the 15-th and 20-th centuries. Cathedral Square - the centre of the Kremlin with the 15-th century Assumption Cathedral, the main church of Russia, the 15-th century Annunciation Cathedral, the private church of Russian Czars and the 16-th century Cathedral of the Archangel, the burial place of the Czars. On the ground of the Kremlin there are famous Czar Cannon of the 16-th century and Czar Bell of the 18-th century.

Optional tours

The Armoury Chamber
The treasury of Russian Czars with unique collections of gold and silver items of the 12-19th centuries, Russian arms and armour of the 12-16th centuries, the state regalia, thrones, carriages and coronation dressers of the 16-19th centuries, as well as ambassadorial gifts of the 16-19th centuries

State Tretyakov Art Gallery
This is a national museum of Russian founded in 1856 by Peotr Tretyakov. The collection with its 100 thousand exhibits includes 5,000 works of ancient Russian art and world famous paintings by Russian and Soviet artists as well as sculptures and examples of graphic art.

Moscow by night &Metro
Briefly: Photo stops at St. Sofia Embankment of the Moskva-river, the Bolshoy Stone Bridge; driving along the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the new monument to Peter the Great; Gorky Park; photo stop at the New Maiden Convent; observation platform of Sparrow (Lenin) Hills; short stop at Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill with World War II Memorial; driving along Kutuzov Avenue; White House and the Kremlin; stop at the Red Square.

During the Moscow by night excursion you will be taken to Moscow underground stations, make  two or three rides and see four or five stations (the most beautiful ones). Each station was to be different from the others and designed in an original manner.

The early lines opened in 1935 were the most successful in this respect. In the early fifties the luxuriously appointed and excessively decorated Circle line was built. The Komsomolskaya Station, serving the three railway station, is the most extreme, with its heavy gilt and ceiling mosaics depicting leaders on the mausoleum in Red Square.

Uglich 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.
At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that the Tsarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St.Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. Within the Kremlin is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry.

Yaroslavl Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past.
Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet, situated in the town's central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church constitute a veritable museum of old Russian paintings.

Goritsy is a tiny settlement seven kilometers from the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery. Visit what remains of the Nunnery of the resurrection on the banks of the Sheksna River in Goritsy, within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops, will be interesting for any tourist with a real interest in Russian history

Kizhi Via the Volga/Baltic canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of lake Onega. Renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture assembled from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past.

Mandrogi. Green Stop.. In the village there are some structures built according to the Russian fine traditions of wooden architecture. Village dwellers meet the quests and organize something special for them. There is a museum of Russian Vodka where tourists can get acquainted with the history of Russian vodka industry ( payment on the spot). Remeslennays Sloboda, walking in the picturesque woods.

Saint-Petersburg created by Peter the Great to rival Venice, its 101 islands, 66 canals, and hundreds of bridges have secured its reputation as the most beautiful city in the country. While your ship is docked in port, you'll enjoy daily sightseeing tours. You will see the Nevsky prospect's shops, cafes and theatres, and you will tour the impressive St.Isaac's, the city's large cathedral, now a museum of elaborate icons and artworks. We will spend time in the world famous hermitage Museum, formerly the Winter Palace, home of the last six Czars. A treasure trove of three million exhibits, its 320 halls display DaVincis, Rembrandts, Titians, Micheleangelos, French impressionists and North American artists.

City Tour
Brief description of what you will see during city tour *( outside view): Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Winter Palace+, Spit of the
Vassilievsky Island, University Embankmant, Main Building of the State St. Petersburg University, Admiralty, Senat Square, Monument to Peter the Great (Bronze Horseman), St. Isaac's Cathedral and St. Isaac's Square, Field of Mars+ and Summer Gardens+, Cruiser Aurora, Smolny Cathedral.

Hermitage Museums
One of biggest museums of the world, founded 1764; its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens, French impressionists, etc. Gala room of the Winter Palace, a former royal residence.

Optional tours

Petrodvoretz (Peterhoff)
The imperial summer residence on the Gulf of Finland, 29 km from the city. At the beginning of the 18th century palaces were built and parks with fountains laid under the order of Peter the Great to commemorate the victory of the Russian army over the Sweden near Poltava. The highest fountain of Petrodvorets depicting Samaon (21 m) was built as a symbol of the victory 25 years after the battle.

The tour of the BIG PALACE includes gala halls, residential rooms and suites. Here art pieces of the 18th and 19th centuries such as paintings, clocks, dinner sets and decorative lacquer panels are displayed.

Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)
Located 29 km south of St.-Petersburg. the construction of the Catherine the Great started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around it. In the middle of the 18th century Tsarskoye selo became the official royal residence.
Not far from the Catherine’s palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied. The Lyceum is open for visitors.

Usupov Palace
Built for the Yussupov family, which was considered the richest noble family in Russia, the palace is a fine example of Russian architecture of the 2nd half of the 19th century. Its facade is executed in the classical style. Its interiors, including state rooms, palace theatre, private rooms of the Yussupov family are decorated with the works by Rembrandt and Rubens, French tapestries and porcelain, Venetian mirrors and wood carvings. The palace is also interesting from the historical point of view. It was in the palace
basement that Grigory Rasputin was assassinated in 1916. Today there is an exposition recreating atmosphere of the assassination in the basement

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