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Adventures Afloat: Russian River Voyages Between Moscow and St. Petersburg

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Program #14304RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 33 total, 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinner

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel: St. Petersburg, 2 nights
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 (3 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt). The hotel is conveniently located within short walking to the Trinity Cathedral,and short driving distance to the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters.

Ship Information: N / A

Contact info:
3 A Bataysky Pereulok
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, complimentary Wifi access and all the modern amenities of a European managed, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, and standard 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: apprx. $350 /tw tb reconfirmed
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

Nikolay Chernyshevsky: St. Petersburg, 10 nights
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. NO ELEVATORS ON BOARD. Decks are connected by railed stairways (10-12steps each). 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 (39" 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, 39" 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. NOTE: THERE ARE NO ELEVATORS ON BOARD THE SHIP; You must be prepared to walk up/down several flights of stairs with rails, each with 10-12 steps. 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 cafés 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


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
5 Performances

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4.4
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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