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2018 Czar's Cruise of Russia, deluxe MS Rostropovich

Category: Cruising, Russia

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing an Exclusive Russian Waterways cruise program, aboard the luxurious MS Rostropovich, a classic route between Moscow & St. Petersburg. in either direction  

 

 

 

 

About your Floating Hotel: 

 

 

The 212-passenger MS Rostropovich was built in Czechoslovakia in 1980 and was drastically refurbished in 2009-2011.

 

The ship was named after the legendary Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, considered one of the greatest cellists of the century.

So the official Russian name of the boat today is M/S Rostropovich.

In North America it was also known as AMA Katarina.  

    The ship itself is as remarkable as the name that it carries.

This 4-deck boat is one of the most modern, elegant and luxurious ships available for legendary waterways of Russia. She is 440 feet long, 52 feet wide, and can carry 212 guests in 106 staterooms. 


The splendid MS Rostropovich brings a new level of on board enjoyment to river cruising in Russia.  

The ship features ten stateroom and Suite categories ranging up to 332 square ft, most with balconies. 

Staterooms provide a bathroom with a separate shower, safe, hairdryer and refrigerator. 

 

Enticing public areas include a cozy forward-facing Panorama Lounge, Conference hall for on-board lectures & entertainment, well-equipped Fitness center, a comfortable Solarium providing magnificent views of Russian countryside, Hair salon, Sauna, a medical room, and an elevator reaching all the four decks. 

 

On board facilities also include two elegant restaurants serving the finest dishes of Russian and international cuisine.

   A bar and night club are available for an evening drink and rest

 


Dates & Prices, 2018: 

Moscow → St. Petersburg:                    

        

   
Cruise Dates

Standard
Cabin
Main Deck *) 

Deluxe Cabin
W/Balcony
Middle Deck
 

Bolshoi Suite
With Balcony

       

04 May-13 May

$ 3,195 

$ 3,765

$ 4,425

18 May-27 May

 $ 3,275  

$ 3,875 

$ 4,575

01 June-10 June

 $ 3,375  

$ 3,975 

$ 4,725

27 July-05 Aug

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875

$ 4,725

10 Aug-19 Aug

$ 3,375  

$ 3,875 

$ 4,725

24 Aug-02 Sept

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875 

$ 4,725

07 Sept-16 Sept

$ 3,375  

$ 3,875

$ 4,725

21 Sept-30 Sept

$ 3,325

$ 3,845

$ 4,475 

05 Oct-14 Oct

$ 3,195 

$ 3,765 

$ 4,415 

 

     

 

     

*) To upgrade to a Standard Cabin With a Balcony, Middle deck, please add $ 225 per person 

 

 

 

 

  

Dates & Prices:  

St. Petersburg → Moscow:  

 

Cruise Dates

Standard Cabin
  Main Deck *) 

Deluxe Cabin
With Balcony
Middle Deck

Bolshoi Suite
with Balcony
Middle Deck

 

     

11 May-20 May

$ 3,325 

$ 3,795

$ 4,795

25 May-03 June

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875

$ 4,525

20 July-29 July

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875 

$ 4,525

03 Aug-12 Aug

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875 

$ 4,525 

17 Aug-26 Aug

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875  $ 4,525

31 Aug-09 Sept

$ 3,375

$ 3,875 

$ 4,525 

14 Sept-23 Sept

$ 3,375 

$ 3,875 

$ 4,495 

28 Sept-07 Oct

$ 3,245 

$ 3,765 

$ 4,395

12 Oct-21 Oct

$ 3,195

$ 3,675

$ 4,395 

 

 

 

 
       
*) To upgrade to Standard Cabin With Balcony, please add $ 225 per person  

 


 The above cruise prices are in Canadian dollars, per person

 

 

 

Included Features: 

 

guaranteed English language on board the ship (French, Spanish and Italian languages are guaranteed on most sailings)

Sightseeing as shown in day-by-day program 

Daily international entertainment on board: welcome bread-&-salt ceremony, concerts, lessons, Master classes, movies, Captain's cocktail and dinner 

luggage handling on board 

 three meals daily (meal plan starts with dinner on embarkation day and ends with breakfast on disembarkation day), breakfast & lunch are buffet style; dinner dishes are ordered from a 3-course menu (main course: meat, fish or vegetarian choices offered); water is included for all meals at a restaurant Plus 1 bottle of 0.33 ml per person, in a cabin; a glass of house wine per person for dinner      

Special menu meals: Welcome cocktail, Welcome & Farewell dinner, Russian cuisine & Ukrainian cuisine dinners, Pirate theme dinner

 

 

Not Included: 

international airfare

transfers upon arrival & departure 
insurance 

optional tours; pre- and -post cruise extensions

gratuities 
port taxes (approx. € 70)  

 personal expenses

 

  

 

Day-By-Day Program,              10 Days:  

 

Sightseeing on Day 2 in Moscow and on Day 9, in St. Petersburg, (see Day-By-Day Program below) is privately guided and is shown here as a sample. 

 

The suggested program can be customized to specific needs of cruise passengers  



Day 1          FRI     Arrive in Moscow

Arrive in Moscow. Get transferred to your centrally located Hotel ****, check-in for an overnight. Balance of the day at leisure 

Day 2          SAT     Welcome to Russia's capital 

Meet your private English-speaking guide at hotel lobby for a tour of downtown area exploring its less frequented corners around Red Square and the Kremlin, tour of the Moscow Metro stations with a train ride. After sightseeing, you will be transferred to the river pier to embark on your luxurious river boat. Dinner on board (B,D)
  

Day 3           SUN     In Moscow: Sightseeing

After breakfast you have a guided City tour of Moscow. Explore Red Square, GUM Department store, drive along the fashionable Tverskaya Avenue, see its fine streets and squares with over 870 years of history. After lunch you go inside the majestic Kremlin, visit one of its historic cathedrals. After the tour return to the ship and start cruising (B,L,D)           

 

Day 4            MON     Uglich on the Golden Ring, where time stands still 

Cruise through the morning. After lunch disembark and have a walking tour of this quaint provincial town on the Golden Ring. The town preserves the memories of Russia's historical events. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son Dmitry mysteriously died (B,L,D)   


Day 5          TUE     
     Goritsy and Kirillo-Belozesky Monastery

Today enjoy a guided walking tour of Goritsy and visit the historic Monastery of St. Cyril from 1397

 

Day 6           WED      Kizhi Island, Onega lake, Northern Russia  

Cruise through the morning admiring pristine waters of Onega Lake, the 2nd largest lake in Europe. In the afternoon reach the Kizhi Island with its world famous UNESCO-listed structures: walk through the island and see its famous Pogost with the massive Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, superb windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses (B,L,D)  

 

Day 7            THU     Mandrogy village  

Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia's waterways, along the scenic Svir River on route from Lake Onega towards St. Petersburg.  

Stop in Mandrogy. Some free time to explore this museum village. Visit wooden houses, traditional Russian bakeries, or shop for authentic souvenirs. Lunch is served as a traditional Russian picnic with a barbeque (shashlik) cooked on the grill. Farewell Captain's dinner followed by Gala Concert (B,L,D)

      

Day 8            FRI     Arrive St. Petersburg     

Early morning sail on the Neva river into St. Petersburg. Today sightseeing starts with a panoramic City tour. You will be introduced to the beautiful views of city's major landmarks including the historical Palace Square, Isaac's Cathedral, the Church on the Spilled Blood, fashionable Nevsky Prospect, Peter-n-Paul fortress, Admiralty, Statue of the Bronze Horseman & more.

After lunch an overview tour of the world famous Hermitage Museum. Highlights of the tour include the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, the Old Masters of the Western European art collection and the French Impressionists. After sightseeing return to the ship

 

Day 9           SAT     St. Petersburg:      Playground of the Czars

After breakfast travel outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin to visit the exquisite Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber room, take a stroll around the lavish parks surrounding the palace grounds. After the tour your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel ****, for an overnight

Optional: drive from St. Petersburg to Russian Versailles, at Peterhof, to visit the Summer Palace of Peter the Great, on the Gulf of Finland. 
 Petrodvorets is a brilliant Summer Royal estate and the artistic gem of Peter the Great, where a highlight is the delightful sequence of 37 gilded bronze sculptures, 64 fountains and 142 water jets known as the Grand Cascade. After sightseeing return to hotel

 

Day 10        SUN     Depart St. Petersburg          See You Again 

After breakfast check out from the hotel and get transferred to airport for return home  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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