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16 Day Russia Waterways Tour with Guangzhou Stopover 2017 - 2018 (Tour code: RWT)

Day 01: Sydney or Melbourne – Guangzhou
CZ 326 13JUL Sydney – Guangzhou 10:05 / 17:50
CZ 344 13JUL Melbourne – Guangzhou 10:30 / 18:10
Depart to Moscow, Russia on China Southern Airlines via Guangzhou in the morning and arrive at Guangzhou in the evening. Upon arrival, you are transferred to hotel by shuttled bus (This stopover hotel in Guangzhou is organised by the airline and the name of the hotel won’t be confirmed upon arrival).
Accommodation: TBA

Day 02: Guangzhou– Moscow (B)
CZ 355 14JUL Guangzhou – Moscow 11:45 / 19:15
After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Moscow and arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel in Moscow for the night.
Accommodation: Best Western or similar

Day 03: Moscow – St Petersburg (B.D)
After breakfast, you are transferred to airport to take your flight to St Petersburg and arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to pier to board your cruise ship.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Days 04 – 05: St Petersburg (B.L.D)
St Petersburg is Russia's cultural and historical treasure, one of the world's most beautiful cities. It is known as Venice of the north, thanks to its numerous canals and hundreds of bridges. It can rightly be called a living museum - so many of its buildings are a part of Russia's history. These two days there will be a bus city tour to Smolny convent, Tavrichesky Palace, Summer Garden, Palace embankment, Winter Palace, buildings of exchange and Nevsky Prospect. There is a walking tour of St Peter and Paul's Fortress. Also included is a visit to the Winter Palace, which is home to the Hermitage Museum - the largest collection of Russian art in the world. The Hermitage originally started as the private art collection of Catherine the Great. The art works are displayed in numerous halls, many of which are works of art in themselves. You may like to take part in an optional excursion to a Russian Folk Show or a Rivers & Canals tour at night.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 06: Mandrogui (B.L.D)
Mandrogi is the name of a small village that has no architectural wonders, giant castles or churches. You will however discover the unique style and architecture of the northern tribes that have occupied these lands for centuries. Here among the beautiful landscapes of this peaceful place we will have Russian famous shashlik (meat kebab) made on the grill. You will have free time to stroll around the town and buy some souvenirs, before returning to the ship. Whilst cruising on board the ship, you will experience live music concerts, a Russian language course, Russian song lessons, dancing music in bars nightly and the Captain's bridge tour.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 07: Kizhi (B.L.D)
Arrive at Kizhi-Island in the morning. Kizhi is the name of a unique island located on Lake Onega. In the centre of the island stands the amazing Transfiguration Church. This wooden church and its 22 domes are said to be built without a single nail. In fact, originally, the Transfiguration Church was located in another place. The Bolsheviks, who had little, if no, respect for religion, had some respect for its architectural value. So they decided to move this unique church as far from the major cities and people as possible, to distant Kizhi Island. You will devote this day on the island to the open-air museum of wooden architecture.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 08: Goritsy (B.L.D)
Goritzy is famous for the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (1937). This monastery's strong walls and bastions were used by some nobles as a safe house during the Time of Trouble. The Polish Armies stormed it, but never succeeded capturing it. Unfortunately, the monastery was not successful in repelling the attacks of other invaders four centuries later. The Bolsheviks closed the monastery in the early 20th century and sent its monks to the prison camps. On your walking tour around the small town you will go inside the local Monastery of Saint Cyril on the White Lake, an exceptional Museum of icons.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 09: Yaroslavl (B.L.D)
By today's standards Yaroslavl is small, but its place in Russia's history and culture cannot be underestimated. Before it was annihilated by the Mongols it was Russia's largest city, its economic, political, cultural and scientific centre. It was rebuilt shortly after but was once again burnt to the ground. While the Mongols had been preoccupied with Yaroslavl, Moscow was able to harness enough power to overthrow the 'Mongol yoke.' You will explore this town on the Volga River by bus with stops in Nikolas Wonderworker, Governor's Art Gallery, and church of the Prophet Elijah. You will also have free time to explore the local market.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 10: Uglich (B.L.D)
Uglich is a small town located on the Volga River. It is most famous for the tragic events that took place in 1591, when the 10 year old Prince Dimitry, the last heir to the thrown of the ancient Ruyrik Dynasty, was killed here. Historians now agree that he was killed by Boris Godunov, adviser to Dimitry, who wanted the throne to himself. Dimitry's death plunged Russia into decades of political turmoil known as the Time of Trouble.
You will discover the town on a walking tour with a visit to the Kremlin, Transfiguration Cathedral, and the church of Saint Dimitry on the Blood.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 11: Moscow (B.L.D)
Arrive in Moscow this morning. Moscow is Russia's largest city; it's political and economic capital. Through bribes, diplomacy and coercion, Moscow overcame its two rival principalities to become Russia's first city. Moscow's role was briefly challenged when Tsar Peter the Great moved the capital to his new city Saint Petersburg, on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Today is dedicated to exploring Red Square, Leningradskaya and Tverskaya streets, Novodevichiy Convent (exterior), KGB (exterior), GUM and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (exterior). You may also like to take part in the optional excursions like Moscow by night & Metro.
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 12: Moscow (B.L.D)
Today is very special, as we will visit the Kremlin - the ancient castle built to withstand the Mongol hordes. Throughout history, the Kremlin has been the centre of political power in Russia and it remains a symbolic political centre even today. It is the official site of the inauguration ceremony of the Russian President. The Kremlin is a living museum of Russia's history. This historical treasure has been so well preserved that it seems that you are travelling back in time. You will see the most interesting places in the Kremlin as you follow our professional guide in the steps of some of the world's greatest leaders and its most terrible dictators. Afterwards there will be optional excursions on offer which may include the National folk show 'Kostroma.'
Accommodation: On board Georgy Chicherin or similar

Day 13: Moscow – Guangzhou(B)
CZ 656 Moscow – Guangzhou 21:10 / 11:10 (Next Morning)
After breakfast, check out and disembark the cruise ship. You are taken to visit Izmailovsky Market. Afterwards you are transferred to airport for flight to Guangzhou, China. Fly overnight.

Day 14: Guangzhou(B)
Arrive in Guangzhouin the morning. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Guangzhouon your own.
Accommodation:

Day 15: Guangzhou– Sydney or Melbourne (B)
CZ325, Guangzhou – Sydney 21:05 / 08:25 (next morning)
CZ321, Guangzhou – Melbourne 21:00 / 08:40 (next morning)
Today you can choose to take a half day Guangzhou optional tour or explore Guangzhou on your own. In the afternoon, you are transferred to airport for your flight homeward to Australia and fly overnight.

Day 16: Sydney or Melbourne
Arrive in Sydney or Melbourne in the morning. Your unforgettable Russia Waterways tour with China stopover ends.

               16-Day Ultimate Russia Waterways Tour (Tour Code: RWT)

                                         Departure Dates and Tour Prices

Departing Australia

Returning to Australia

China Southern Airlines ex

Sydney and Melbourne

13 Jul. 17

28 Jul. 17

$4,280

05 Sep. 17

29 Sep. 17

$4,280

03 Jul. 18

18 Jul. 18

$4,380

04 Sep. 18

19 Sep. 18

$4,380



 

 

 

 

 

The prices are in Australian dollar, per person twin or double share.

Single supplement: $1,080

PS: Member discount of $50 will apply to this tour (If you are not our ADT travel club member yet, you are welcome to join now. Membership is free. As soon as you sign up, you are entitled to having this discount). Further discount of $50 for returning customer will also apply.

Tour price includes:
1. Air fares with China Southern Airlines from Sydney & Melbourne into Moscow and out of Moscow via Guangzhou.
2. Airport tax and fuel surcharge.
3. An eleven day river cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow including all port taxes in a twin shared cabin of Main Deck on the deluxe cruise ship “Georgy Chicherin”.
4. Four-star hotels in Moscow, Russia and in Guangzhou, China.
5. All transfer and transport.
6. All on-shore excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
7. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
8. Services of English speaking guides.
9. Russia domestic flight from St Petersburg to Moscow.

Tour price excludes:
1. Travel insurance.
2. Optional tour in Guangzhou
3. Russia visa fee (currently $165, subject to change).
4. Tips to guides and drivers (10EUR per person per day for the cruise is suggested).
5. Personal expenses.
6. Any services or meals not mentioned in the itinerary.

Cruise ship information of “Georgy Chicherin”
Motor-ship «Georgy Chicherin» is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 302). Built in Germany in 1984, refurbished in 2012, the motor-ship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 25, 5 km per hour (around 17 MpH).
• Length –129 m
• Width –16, 7 m
• Draught –2, 9 m
• Passenger capacity –280

Cruise ship information of “Nikolay Chernishevsky”
Motorship «Nikolay Chernishevsky» is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2013, the motor ship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).
• Length –125 m
• Width –16,7 m
• Draught – 2,9 m
• Passenger capacity – 250

 



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