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Program #14304RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
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Itinerary for Jul 2 — Jul 15, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, July 02 - Overnight Flight From U.S.
Note: Travel overnight, arriving the next day

Depart From: Depart USA via overnight flight to St Petersburg.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt). The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters.

Ship Information: not available

Contact info:
3 A Bataysky Per.
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335-2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary Wifi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, and bathroom toiletries.

Facility amenities: Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden has a steam room, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The hotel offers a bar/lounge. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, laundry service, and room service (during limited hours). 24 hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: approx.$350 (to be confirmed)
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate, and you pay the hotel directly by credit card or cash for the additional nights. Room rates are subject to change and can only be confirmed at the time of reservation. Direct booking via the Internet is also recommended: www.booking.com.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, July 03 - Arrivals at Pulkovo -St. Petersburg airport / Hot...
Afternoon: Arrivals at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg. Look for the arrival agent, with a Road Scholar sign. He/She will lead you to the bus for the hotel. This city of more than 5 million people was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and is considered by many to be Russia’s cultural capital.

Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-scheduled group transfers if space on the vehicles permits. The transfer schedule is announced in this mailing. Per Road Scholar Rule, all transfers are arranged for flights arriving within the intervals of 2 hours. Hotel check-in: Available from 3 p.m.

Program Registration: We meet in hotel lobby at 6pm.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: Evening to rest.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt). The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters.

Ship Information: not available

Contact info:
3 A Bataysky Per.
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335-2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary Wifi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, and bathroom toiletries.

Facility amenities: Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden has a steam room, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The hotel offers a bar/lounge. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, laundry service, and room service (during limited hours). 24 hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: approx.$350 (to be confirmed)
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate, and you pay the hotel directly by credit card or cash for the additional nights. Room rates are subject to change and can only be confirmed at the time of reservation. Direct booking via the Internet is also recommended: www.booking.com.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, July 04 - Theme of the day: Orientation meeting/ the Romano...
Theme of the day: Orientation meeting/ the Romanov Dynasty- Peterhof Park/ Evening performance

Note: Walking in a park. Comfortable shoes are a must. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.

Morning: Orientation/ group introductions meeting ( time to be confirmed upon) ***********. Begin exploring St. Petersburg with an on-site presentation on the history of the Romanovs - this long-reigning Russian royal family and the city founded by Peter I, (the Great). This morning we drive to Peterhof - the stunning summer residence of the Russian tsars - along the Gulf of Finland. Learn about Tsar Peter I and his vision to build a city on the Baltic Sea and to “open a window on the West” for then-medieval Russia in the early 1700s. Walk in the famous Lower Park amid more than 150 fountains and other constructions beautifully restored to their former splendor. All information is presented by a licensed expert (note: inside visits to the Grand Palace and other museums on site are not part of the visit).

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Rest at hotel before the evening event. Transfer to a restaurant in the city.

Dinner: In a restaurant in the city center.

Evening: Attend an evening performance- ballet "Romeo and Juliette" (music by S. Prokofiev) at the Mariinsky II theater.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Four: Saturday, July 05 - The Memorial Museum to the Defenders of Leningra...
The Memorial Museum to the Defenders of Leningrad/ Visit to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) / Transfer to the motorship Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Note: Walking two miles in the palace grounds. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning visit the Memorial museum dedicated to the Defenders of Leningrad during the 900 day siege. See the impressive monument and a small museum featuring old documents and photographs relating the heartrending story of the city’s 900-day siege during World War II.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the summer residences of the Russian tsars on an expert-led field trip to the town of Pushkin, site of the Tsarskoye Selo, or “Tsar’s Village,” to explore the Catherine Palace. Tsarina Elizabeth built this elaborate baroque residence in 1752 to honor the memory of her mother Katarina, first wife of Tsar Peter I. This palace was later leveled to the foundations and rebuilt to become the main summer residence of Tsarina Catherine II, the Great. Inside the palace, experience what some have been inspired to call the “Eighth Wonder of the World — the extraordinary Amber Room, decorated with six tons of solid amber, carved and framed in gold leaf. Learn about the room’s mysterious disappearance during World War II and theories regarding its yet-unknown whereabouts, and hear the story of its meticulous reconstruction in 2003 by a team of Russian restoration artists. Transfer to and embark the motorship Nikolay Chernyshevsky.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Attend an orientation introducing you to the vessel and enjoy a free evening onboard the ship.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Five: Sunday, July 06 - St. Petersburg's history and architecture by bus ...
Note: For city excursions air-conditioned motorcoaches are used with no facilities onboard. Rest stops are made. At the Hermitage, walk two miles, be prepared for standing in the museum. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Built on the order of Tsar Peter I to rival Amsterdam, a city the tsar greatly admired, St. Petersburg became the new capital of Russia in 1712 and was the seat of the Russian Empire for over two centuries. Set out on an excursion by bus to explore the city, affectionately dubbed the "Venice of the North" for its numerous canals, graceful bridges and stunning beauty. Architectural and historical highlights of this excursion include the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral on the site where the city was founded, as well as a drive along Nevsky Prospekt (the city’s main boulevard) to see Palace Square and the Winter Palace of the Russian tsars, now home to the Hermitage Museum. You’ll also see the outside of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman statue dedicated to Peter I and many other important sites, leaving you with a lasting impression of the city’s grandeur.

Lunch: In a city restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a field trip to the Hermitage Museum, one of world's greatest art galleries. This dazzling collection was founded by Tsarina Catherine II the Great in the mid-18th century. Today the museum collection is housed in six buildings, including the Winter Palace, the former residence of the tsars, where the largest collection of world-famous paintings is displayed, including works by the Old Masters, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists) are displayed. Delight in art treasures from all corners of the world as a licensed expert leads you among the stunning staircases and opulent rooms.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening onboard the ship.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Six: Monday, July 07 - Free time in the city / Lecture onboard: “Russia ...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: The morning is yours to explore St. Petersburg and Nevsky Prospekt on your own. Consider a visit to the magnificent House of Books, built in art nouveau style, or to one of the nearby museums such as the State Russian Museum. Your Group Leader can provide additional suggestions on activities or sights that may interest you in St. Petersburg.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon attend a lecture just for Road Scholar participants onboard the vessel. In “Russia Today," a local expert will address current issues of nationality, ethnicity, religion and social matters, followed by a Q&A session. Enjoy a welcome cocktail while meeting the ship’s staff and crew after setting sail.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening onboard the ship.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Seven: Tuesday, July 08 - Arts and crafts lecture onboard / Mandrogy Villag...
Note: Walk on uneven terrain and unpaved surfaces at your own pace.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Participate in a presentation on the arts and crafts of the regions we are sailing through. Arrive in Mandrogy village. Enjoy the lake region and beautiful northern forest. Take a stroll in this recreated quaint village dotted with wooden cottages - an open air museum, reproducing a typical rural Russian settlement of the 19th century. Free time.

Lunch: A meal of Russian specialties ashore in Mandrogy Village.

Afternoon: The ship winds down the 139-mile long Svir River and then along the southern shores of Lake Onega, one of the world's purest, and Lake Ladoga, the second- and first-largest lakes in Europe, respectively. More like inland seas than lakes, these immense bodies of water can experience waves as high as four feet during inclement weather. Glide past sandy and rocky beaches and admire beautiful shores overgrown with graceful willows, tall alder trees and stately pines.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Eight: Wednesday, July 09 - Wooden architecture of Kizhi Island / On-board pr...
Note: Walking excursion requires comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Arrive at Kizhi —a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 1,650 islands on Lake Onega — for an expert-led walking excursion among the island’s unique wooden churches. These fairy-tale structures discovered on the island are a superb example of traditional Russian wooden architecture. Most spectacular among them is the Church of the Transfiguration, adorned with 22 domes built in 1714 without the use of a single nail and famed for its rare icons and iconostasis.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon, take part in a program onboard the ship.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Nine: Thursday, July 10 - Lecture: “Famous Russians of the Volga and Lake R...
Lecture: “Famous Russians of the Volga and Lake Regions” / Excursion in Goritzy

Note: Expected walking up to 1-2 miles on uneven and unpaved terrain.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Hear from a local expert about famous Russian artists and musicians whose life and creations are connected to the Lake and Volga regions.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Arrive at Goritzy, a small, picturesque village located near the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, which is famous for its collection of rare icons. This area is also known for its convent, which was used as a place of exile for politically unpopular ladies of nobility, including Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Tsar Ivan IV, the Terrible. She was exiled here by Boris Godunov, the notorious Russian ruler of the late 1500s. Join a local expert on an informative walking excursion in this historic farming village.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening onboard the ship.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Ten: Friday, July 11 - Lecture onboard: “Medieval Russia: the Reigns of ...
Lecture onboard: “Medieval Russia: the Reigns of the Rurik Tsars” / Excursion in Yaroslavl

Note: Excursion by motorcoach and on foot. Walk 1-2 miles.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: This morning attend a lecture just for Road Scholar participants onboard the vessel. "Medieval Russia: the Reigns of the Rurik Tsars" will be followed by a Q&A session.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon: Arrive in the ancient town of Yaroslavl, the second-largest city in Russia during the 17th century and the de facto capital of Russia during the Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612 (the so-called "Time of Troubles"). A motorcoach excursion in this important port along both banks of the Volga River will introduce you to many noteworthy monuments of the city’s rich history, which dates to its founding in 1010 by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise, who according to legend killed a bear on the site. Of special interest here are the 13th-century Spassky Monastery, a group of 17th-century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of the Prophet Elijah, whose frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church are valuable examples of old Russian paintings. Also, visit the Museum of Russian Art, housed in the former mansion of the governor of Yaroslavl, and participate in a special event there.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening program on board.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Eleven: Saturday, July 12 - Excursion in Uglich / Captain's Farewell Dinner/ ...
Note: Walking on uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Arrive at the ancient town of Uglich — founded in 1148 and pronounced “Ooglich” — and join a local expert for a walk through one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the city from the Volga River is especially lovely, with the blue-domed 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 exile in the kremlin (fortress) at Uglich. It was here that Tsarevich Dmitry, son of the deceased Ivan the Terrible, met his "mysterious" death in 1591 and where the Church of St. Dmitry on the (Spilled) Blood stands today. Located within the kremlin walls is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry, which you’ll get to experience from the outside.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon, take part in a program onboard the ship.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Spend the evening at the Captain's Farewell Dinner celebrating the last sailing night onboard the ship before arriving in Moscow.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, July 13 - Round-table discussion: “Life in Russia Today” / ...
Round-table discussion: “Life in Russia Today” / Moscow's architectural highlights / Evening performance

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Delve into matters on life in today’s Russia during an informal round-table discussion and subsequent Q&A session - presented by on board staff.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Arrive in Moscow and explore its cultural and historical treasures by bus while an expert teaches you about the modern life of Moscow residents. Stop along the way at Moscow University, Manezh Square, the Bolshoi Theater, the exterior of Novodevichi Convent, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and other important sites and landmarks.

Dinner: Packed dinner in the city.

Evening: This evening, attend a special Choir concert in the city.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, July 14 - Excursion to the Kremlin compound / Free time in ...
Note: Walk two miles on cobble stone surface.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Begin your last full day in Russia with a drive to the city center for an expert-led field trip to the legendary Kremlin compound. Go inside the Kremlin walls and visit the grounds as you learn about the medieval history of Moscow and explore the fortress walls, armory, cathedrals and palace, with an opportunity to photograph the famous Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell.

Spend some free time in Moscow enjoying a the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krasnaya Ploshchad (Red Square), where all rulers of Russia left traces of their reigns. Here you will find the striking Kremlin Clock Tower, the Lenin Mausoleum and the grand, multi-colored St. Basil's Cathedral, a 16th-century architectural marvel commemorating Russia's victory over the Tatars.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the day at your leisure. Your Group Leader can provide additional suggestions on activities or sights that may interest you in Moscow.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Lodging: Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Tuesday, July 15 - Program ends / Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: At the end of the program, all participants with air tickets from Road Scholar Travel Services will be transferred to Moscow airports. Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-scheduled group transfers. The transfer schedule will be posted onboard the ship 24 hours in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
4 Performances

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