12 Day Russian River Cruise

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AUD$3009

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AUD$4619*

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MS Zosima Shashkov
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*Not Included:
Shore excursions.


Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take up to 6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips.

Passengers returning from Moscow on Day 12 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.

MS Zosima Shashkov cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.

As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.

While sailing with LLC Vodohod d/b/a Vodohod Russian River Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Vodohod Russian River Cruise Terms and Conditions


Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 2-star MS Zosima Shashkov and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with dated décor but is clean. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. Staterooms and beds are small and bathrooms functional with a unique sink/shower configuration.The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

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River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights Sydney-St. Petersburg, Moscow-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights Tourist Class river cruise on MS Zosima Shashkov
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • 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

Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 2-star MS Zosima Shashkov and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with dated décor but is clean. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. Staterooms and beds are small and bathrooms functional with a unique sink/shower configuration.The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Russia
Depart for St. Petersburg, Russia

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
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, Da Vinci, 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: Ballet Performance*
Optional: Rivers & Canals of St. Petersburg*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Today is free to explore all of 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: Pushkin Palace & Peterhof Park
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Village of Mandrogi
Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the village 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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
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.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Yaroslavl City Tour
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. View 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 food markets before returning to the ship for dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Walking Tour of Uglich
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 talent show
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Moscow City Tour
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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Kremlin Grounds Tour
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: Armory Museum
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart Russia
Morning disembarkation in Moscow. The airport is approximately a two hour drive from the port.Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director. Please visit this link for tour information.

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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.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 40 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #4 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 AUD$208.00
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Kremlin Armoury Tour

Following your tour of the Kremlin, visit the Kremlin Armory that dates back to 1511 and discover the unique compilation of artifacts of the Russian Czars from the 12th-19th centuries. Here, you will find the largest collection of the world-famous Fabergé eggs. Marvel at Grand Siberian Railway egg, with its gold train, platinum locomotive and ruby headlamp, crafted to commemorate the Moscow–Vladivostok line. View Russian arms and armor, the state regalia, thrones, carriages, and ornate coronation dressers.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available up to 40 days prior to travel for purchase.

Day #11 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 AUD$103.00
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9 Day Classic Russia, August 2018
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The trip was fantastic. We were with a great group of people and saw many wonderful sights such as the Hermitage museum, Red Square, and the incredible subway stations that had Statues, chandeliers, stain glass, and mosaics. The trip was made even more enjoyable by our guide Galina. She has an incredible knowledge of Russian history a good sense of humor, and took care of us like a den mother. All in all, a wonderful trip that I recommend to everyone. Gate 1 is the best!

Robert I. New York, NY
9 Day Classic Russia, July 2018
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Our trip was amazing,Gate 1 organized the trip to perfection, our guide Galina was incredible, she was very knowledgeable, very considerate with everyone, she found a way to please us, this was one of the best trips with Gate 1 we ever had, thank you.

Alejandro P. Miami, FL
9 Day Classic Russia, July 2018
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It was wonderful. Our tour director/guide Galina did an excellent job. She is very helpful, cheerful, and friendly. She went out of her way to help group members. She also knows Russian history in depth. She is the best guide I have ever met. I give her 10 points out of a scale of 10. In general, the itinerary was just right, and good value for money ... This Gate1 tour is highly recommendable.

Raymond L. Fort Lee, NJ
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, June 2018
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Russia is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited. Definitely going back and will use Gate 1 again . The tour was very well organized, tour guides very knowledgeable. I love that we started from St. Petersburg and ended up in Moscow. It was getting better everyday and like a crescendo. All excursions were good. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 travel to friends.

Sebastian C. Norton, VA
13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg, May 2018
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On May 25th, we flew on Aeroflot and embarked on the 13 Day Russian River Cruise on the MS Kronshtadt. It was a very well planned trip thanks to Gate 1 and our tour guide, Tanya! ... Our room was impeccably clean, the Russian crew went out of their way to please us, and the food was presented beautifully and actually delightful ... We began in Moscow and finished in St. Petersburg. St. Basil's, the Kremlin, palaces, and more churches were just some of the highlights throughout our journey ... This was truly a trip of a lifetime, and we enjoyed it all! We look forward to another Gate 1 adventure.

Adeline R. Covington, LA
9 Day Classic Russia, May 2018
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It was an amazing trip. It was made more informative and enjoyable, because of our tour director, Galina. She was awesome and really accommodating to all of us. I think that was the consensus by most, if not all of us. A+ for Gate1.

Allan V. Piscataway, NJ.
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, May 2018
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Our trip was wonderful. It was nice to be on a refurbished boat, very clean, nice bedding and towels ... There was always lots to eat and fresh salads. The dining room staff did not speak one word of English so it made communication very difficult. Tours were excellent and guides very knowledgeable and spoke English. We were both very impressed with Moscow. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, great variation in locations that we were shown.

Sharon S. British Colombia, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, May 2018
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We had a wonderful trip and the weather was nice & warm. The tour director, Tanya is a very experience and courteous lady. Everything was under her control professionally. This is our 1st time with Gate 1 and it'll be our agent from now on.

Angela F. Ontario, CA
13 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2018
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My trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our tour guide, Angelina, couldn’t have been more helpful, efficient and pleasant. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate her a 15!!

Sharon S. New Milford, CT
13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg, May 2018
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It was fantastic. We had a wonderful Gate 1 tour manager, Victoria. We didn't have high expectations regarding the ship but it turned out good. Russia is a beautiful country and we were glad to have gone.

Susan S. San Francisco, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, May 2018
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We had a great trip. It was well organized and offered great options. Galena is fantastic, an excellent historian and a delight. I recommend it highly to my associates.

Guy G. El Dorado Hills, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2018
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Everything about this trip was magical. Gate 1 has never disappointed and this 9 Day Classic Russia trip was no exception. Our Tour Guide Galina was one of the most professional, the most knowledgeable guide of any guided tour I have ever taken with ANY company. She is a real gem. She can tell you about every incident, every painting, what took place in every particular room of any palace or museum we visited. Just a pleasure to travel with Gate 1 once again. I look forward to my next trip...You have a loyal customer in me and I have sent friends your way too.

Abby G. Pembroke Pines, FL
10 Day Affordable Norway with 5 Day Scenic Coast Cruise, February 2018
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Fantastic! The journey, cruise, land, northern lights!, scenery, food AND the best tour guide ever! This was one great trip.

Darleen W. Media, PA
9 Day Classic Russia, October 2017
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It was absolutely fabulous! Galina is an exceptionally educated and organized tour guide. I loved the hotels and there locations. The itinerary and optional tours permitted me to explore the many wonders of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Linda Gale D. Laguna Woods, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2017
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It was a very interesting trip - great value for the money. Our guides were all outstanding - very knowledgeable, informative & helpful. Enjoyed the Russian classes on board which helped to decipher the Russian alphabet. Kudos to Gate 1.

Helga F. Cornville, AZ
12 Day Russian River Cruise , September 2017
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Fabulous! Best vacation I have had in years! So many wonderful places, people, food, and experiences. Thank you for the memories of a lifetime. My dream of visiting Russia was fulfilled; the trip exceeded my expectations.

Barbara S. Humble, TX
13 Day Russian River Cruise , September 2017
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Once again, Gate 1 provided an exceptional trip. Tanya, the tour guide, was fantastic, the local guides were knowledgeable, fun, spoke English excellently, kept thing moving on time, the crew was kind, professional and did a wonderful job keeping the ship clean and comfortable, and Russia and the Russian people, what can I say! My life is better for having visited there and met them. I am looking forward to my next Gate 1 adventure!

Paula E. Edina, MN
12 Day Russian River Cruise , September 2017
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Just wanted to say that the Russian River Cruise was fantastic and that the Gate 1 organisation exceeded expectations. Having done a "Pacific Ocean Cruise" my wife and I were hesitant about this adventure but we need not have been. The smaller group allowed passengers to get to know each other and the tour leader and guides could really focus on our needs and information about locations visited. Cabins were comfortable (if a bit small) and the ever changing view from the cabin window added to the experience. Russia was spectacular, exciting and full of history. This particular cruise provided such a great insight into the country and allowed us to visit small but historic locations ( Uglich, Kirillov ) as well as St Petersburg and Moscow. Would absolutely recommend this tour and Gate 1 as a tour company.

Brett M. VIC, Australia
12 Day Russian River Cruise , August 2017
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This trip to Russia was our 9th vacation with Gate 1 and has been one of the best we have taken. The organization was excellent and the guide, Nikita, was a superb leader. We were deeply impressed with the country, the people and their culture. We particularly enjoyed the spectacular old churches, traditional folk dances and the friendship of the people.

Sergio B. Philadelphia, PA
12 Day First Class Russian River Cruise with Moscow & St. Petersburg , August 2017
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Fantastic, and so were all the guides and especially our tour manager, Kaysa. The river boat was very comfortable and our hotel accommodations were wonderful. Both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised how nice the Russian people were towards us.

Robert B. Osprey, FL
13 Day Russian River Cruise , July 2017
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We have come home in good shape. My wife and I enjoyed the Russian River Cruise very much. Russia and Russian people are simply beautiful. The tour manager Elena is fantastic. She is very helpful and looks after everything in great details. The two onboard guides and the ship's staff are friendly and courteous too. Thank you Gate 1 and we will come again.

Michael W. Victoria, Australia
12 Day Russian River Cruise , July 2017
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Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Russia. Your tour guide, Asya, is a wonderful ambassador for both Gate 1 and Russia. This was our fifth Gate 1 trip and, as always, Gate 1 came through for us providing a wonderful vacation.

Edward P. Folsom, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise , June 2017
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OMG it was incredible! Tanya made the trip. She was everything and more. Lena was a quiet wonder. She made sure we were all accounted for a million times. There was not one local guide that was a slacker. They were all top notch and made sure we saw only the best at each place with as few crowds as possible. Best of all, each and every person told their personal stories along with the local lore. This was the first overseas trip my husband has made since the 1970's and I think we've created a traveling monster......where are we going next? Everyone felt so taken care of and we now love Russia. Who would have thought! Just FYI there was a single woman there who was making her 13th Gate 1 tour. That spoke volumes of your company. Thanks for asking!

Kathleen C. Houston, TX
12 Day Russian River Cruise , June 2017
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We really enjoyed our trip to Russia!! We learned a lot, and every day was filled with new things. Gate 1 trips never disappoint!!

Judith E. San Diego, CA

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