13 Day Russian River Cruise

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AUD$3979

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AUD$5779*

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Cabin Middle Deck
MS Nizhny Novgorod
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MS Nizhny Novgorod
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MS Nizhny Novgorod
Cabin Middle Deck Deluxe
MS Nizhny Novgorod
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MS Nizhny Novgorod

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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 St. Petersburg on Day 13 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.

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


Accommodation Details:
MS Nizhny Novgorod cannot accommodate triples unless booking a suite.


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 3+ -star MS Nizhny Novgorod and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with renovated furnishings. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. 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-Moscow, St. Petersburg-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights Superior Tourist Class river cruise on MS Nizhny Novgorod
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

 

  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow
  • Walk the lanes of the quaint “Golden Ring” city of Yaroslavl, dating back to the Vikings
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum
  • Choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink with dinner

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 3+ -star MS Nizhny Novgorod and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with renovated furnishings. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. 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, Saturday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Moscow, Russia

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, Russia's fascinating capital; transfer to the port to embark your cruise. The port is approximately a two hour drive from the Moscow airport. After arrival formalities, leisure time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise on the legendary Volga River
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds
The panoramic tour of Moscow, fabled capital of Russia, begins at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square, and visit GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. View the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the 16th-century Novodevichy (or New Maiden) Convent and many more historical sites. After lunch in the city, continue to 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. Tonight, after dinner, perhaps opt to join the optional Moscow by Night tour that travels to lively Tverskaya Street, with its bustling shops, cafes and restaurants and to Victory Park and the observation platform at Sparrow Hills to see a panoramic view of the whole city
Optional: Armory Museum
Optional: Kostroma National Folk Show*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Moscow
Discover Moscow on your own today. Join the optional 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. Alternatively, participate in the optional visit to the world-famous Tretyakov Gallery, the national treasury of Russian fine art, exhibiting more than 130,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. The ship sails tonight for Uglich
Optional: Tretyakov Gallery*
Optional: Moscow Novodevichy Convent*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Relax on board today. Perhaps, join a Russian language class, or attend a lecture about traditional Russian handicrafts. In the late afternoon, 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. 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. This evening, set sail to Yaroslavl
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Yaroslavl City Tour
Arrive this morning 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. This afternoon on board, join the traditional Russian tea ceremony or simply sit back and watch the scenic countryside roll by as you sail to Goritsy
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Late morning arrival in Goritsy, with its rich historical and cultural heritage, that is quintessentially Russian. 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 Kizhi
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
Tour the ship's bridge with the friendly staff or continue practicing your Russian at the language class. Time to relax on board before the late afternoon arrival on the island of Kizhi.* Here, you’ll 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. Set sail for Mandrogi as you dine on board tonight
*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 9, Sunday - Village of Mandrogi
In the late morning, dock in Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the town 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 pavilion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail for St. Petersburg, the jewel of Russia
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Peterhof Park Tour
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins at 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 tour the magical grounds of 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." After tonight’s dinner on board, attend the optional Russian Folk Show, showcasing the Cossack culture
Optional: Russian Folk Show*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Hermitage Museum
This morning, visit to the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. Return to the ship in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, or join the optional tour to explore the city's rivers, bridges and canals that offer a different perspective of St. Petersburg
Optional: Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
A full day of leisure to explore all of the delights of this captivating city on your own. Or, dine on delicious blinis at a charming local restaurant. Revisit the Hermitage and spend the afternoon surrounded by magnificent treasures, or join an optional tour to the spectacular Pushkin Palace and Pavlovsk Palace. Begin at Puskin Palace and 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. Continue on to Pavlovsk Palace which is considered one of the country's most picturesque estates and is home to an impressive collection of 19th century paintings. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends at dinner on board. Afterwards, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet
Optional: Pushkin & Pavlovsk Palace Tour
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Russia
Morning disembarkation in St. Petersburg. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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

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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.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

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

Day #3 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 AUD$123.00
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Pushkin Palace & Park & Pavlovsk Palace & Park

Travel to Pushkin to visit Catherine's Palace, summer residence of the Russian imperial family. In 1710 Peter I presented these lands to his second wife Catherine I. Explore the palace and the surrounding park and learn of the long history behind this beautiful site. View the amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors in the famous Amber Room, reconstructed after WWII. Afterward, continue to Pavlovsk Palace, the family residence of Paul I. View the 19th century paintings and the Library of the Empress Maria Feodorovna. This is one of the county's largest and most picturesque estates on 1500 acres, uniquely landscaped to incorporate the surrounding swamps and forests.
*Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and will not be available for purchase locally. Tickets will be available for purchase up to 40 days prior to travel and are non-refundable after that time.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #12 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 AUD$221.00
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9 Day Classic Russia, September 2019
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It was wonderful and great. I really enjoy the trip. The tour director is extremely knowledgeable, patient and organized. The grandeur of the buildings and palaces in Moscow and St Petersburg is awe inspiring.

Chongkit L. Jackson Heights, NY
12 Day Russian River Cruise, August 2019
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It was wonderful, Saint Petersburg and Moscow more beautiful than I expected. My first river cruise and eighth trip overall, and among my best. Tour guide Kateryna my great appreciation for organization. Gate 1 did an overall good job.

Manickam B. South Pasadena, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, July 2019
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My trip was wonderful, I really enjoyed every moment of it. I specially would like to commend the efforts of our Russian tour guide Galina. She was very knowledgeable and extremely caring about our comfort. Please let your Russian office know how wonderful she was throughout the trip. I certainly will use Gate 1 for my future travels and recommend it to my family and friends.

Parisima H. Los Angeles, CA
13 Day Russian River Cruise, July 2019
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The trip was fabulous! We had many expectations and some anxiety regarding this trip to Russia, as we were all taught growing up about the struggles of the Russian population with communism. Upon experiencing Russia, we were amazed to how polite, inviting, open and interesting the people are, willing to discuss the dark days along with the revitalization. The architecture was amazing, how they restored the old buildings with the “onion” towers, the communist style “no frills”, and the modern apartment construction. We found the cities easy to maneuver with Uber and the Metro and the cleanest cities we have ever experienced. This was our fourth trip with Gate One (Egypt, China, Greece), and as expected the guides were excellent (Katya and Cristina). We had fun with them, learned from them, and truly enjoyed their company. They made us feel welcome and comfortable. While as a matter of philosophy, my wife and I do not return to the same place more than once (it’s a large world and we want to see it ALL), we highly recommend others to enjoy the history, elegance, and hospitality of Russia.

Francis Z. Schenectady, NY
12 Day Russian River Cruise with Moscow & St. Petersburg - Moscow to St. Petersburg, June 2019
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Great trip! Russia was more than expected. Beautiful and clean (no litter or graffiti at all anywhere). People were warm and very friendly as well. We would recommend the trip to anyone who is interested in a wonderful trip and learning more about Russia. Also, our trip manager Elena was fabulous, maybe the best we have ever had on a Gate 1 trip.

Robert O. Scottsdale, AZ
15 Day Russia & Baltics, June 2019
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We had a great trip. We saw so much in each city and it was well organized. Egis, the tour director was amazing!!! We will continue to book Gate 1 travel for upcoming trips.

Ana P. San Diego, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2019
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Our trip was outstanding and very memorable, everything we imagine and much more. We love everything including Galina, our tour guide (have to mention her because she did an exceptional job). This is our second trip with you and we are looking for a third one end of this year/beginning of next. Thanks again Gate 1!

Alejandro T. Juncos, PR
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2019
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The trip was amazing. Galina is fabulous. Fun and super knowable. So organized. The hotels were beautiful and beyond what we were expecting and the food was great.

Sydney T. Toronto, Ontario
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
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, 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
13 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2017
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Great trip. Wonderfully arranged. Good boat and great crew. Will take another with Gate 1 soon.

Robert S. Virginia Bch, VA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2017
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We had a fantastic, relaxing and a memorable trip to Russia. Tour manager Asya and our coordinator Lina, were excellent and friendly. Thanks to both of them. They were always smiling and very helpful. They made our trip sail smooth.

Lalitha R. Laguna Niguel, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2016
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We enjoyed our Russia and Eastern Europe trip very much. Lots of rain & cold weather in Romania which we were told was unusual for this time of year. All in all, everyone made the best of it. Best guide we have ever had on any trip was Radu. Most caring, knowledgeable, humorous and everyone just loved him!! He made the trip an event to remember!!

Joy D. Chico, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise , September 2016
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The trip was great -- good weather, good food generally and wonderful sights! The National Folk Show in Moscow was fantastic!!

Helen K. El Monte, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2016
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The Russian River Cruise trip has absolutely highlighted the essence of Russia, introducing me to the country's history, beauty, and culture. The itinerary offered a great perspective in comparing and contrasting the uniqueness of Russia's major cities with the small villages/towns. The excursions, optional tours (especially the two folk dance shows: Bagatitsa in St. Petersburg and Kostroma in Moscow), and the special ship's activities (learning the country’s language, songs, and dance) have certainly been instrumental in authenticating the richness of the Russian culture. Furthermore, the local guides did a great job in giving tourists a detailed insight of their city/village--past and present. As for the MS Zosima Shashkov, the room was clean, the staff was friendly and accommodating, the food was fine, and the musicians were enjoyable, even though I felt that a variety of entertainment was needed. Hiring young on-board guides to assist the tour managers was a wonderful idea because these young personnel were personable, full of fun and energy, and established a positive rapport with the passengers. Overall, this trip was extremely educational and enjoyable. Thank you!

Rose G. Duarte, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2016
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Fabulous trip. I want to say that our tour guide, Tanya, was absolutely the finest tour guide I have ever encountered. She was so knowledgeable and personable and took such good care of everyone. She deserves a raise and a promotion!!! I will surely recommend the Russian tour to my friends. Thank you for all the help!!

Judith H. Houston, TX
12 Day Russian River Cruise , August 2016
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Great trip, Tanya was a perfect tour guide, fun, informative, and professional. Ship was comfortable if a little small in the staterooms. Enjoyed the food, and entertainment. We will see you again soon.

Stuart H. Concord, NC

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