14304
Russia
Russian River Voyages Between Moscow and St. Petersburg
Explore the many wonders of Russia as you journey its waterways with experts, exploring St. Petersburg, ancient villages, the wooden churches of Kizhi and the grandeur of Moscow.
Rating (4.74)
Program No. 14304RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
5,499
Flights start at
850
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4.74 Average
Nancy
(5)

The Russia riverboat trip is fantastic and everything the program says it will be.Everyone should experience this for themselves. The cities and everywhere were so clean and modern and fascinating.

Suzanne
(5)

We had a wonderful trip to Russia with a fantastic group of fellow travelers-interested in others, interesting, stimulating and very friendly; we included some extra days in St. Petersburg and Moscow and I found my past study of the Russian language really helpful in our free time exploration. The cruise between the two cities was great too.

Susan
(5)

I had a fabulous time on my visit to Russia and really enjoyed the food, the accommodations and the amazing Russian historical and museum sites. The guides were great and my Road Scholar companions really increased my appreciation of the places we visited.

Susana
(5)

This is a fabulous program -- rich in history, delightful in diversity of events and experiences, delectable dining, so well orchestrated daily agenda. When the weather got in the way of navigation, the staff provided other meaningful experiences. Thoroughly enjoyed every day!

Ines
(5)

If you are interested in learning about Russian history and culture and seeing its beautiful sights, this trip is for you!

Sandra
(5)

Open your mind and be prepared to possibly change long held views of Russia

Patti
(5)

This program completely changed the way I think about the Russian people and President Putin. And I fell in love with Russian art (it's NOT just icons). The group leader, Violeta, was fantastic! Organized, knowledgeable, helpful, great at solving problems. Worth every penny!

Robert
(4)

A thorough, well-planned excursion into a Russia that offered continual surprises. A fantastic trip with wonderful guides: Violetta's knowledge is astonishing and Peter (on board) was a delight. It does require decent physical shape as you walk a lot, but well worthwhile.

Beth
(5)

Our guide, Violetta, was more than amazing! She made the trip very special!

Barbara
(5)

This is a fabulous trip! Who knew Moscow is drop dead gorgeous? The Kremlin and Red Square wonderful to visit. Amd St Petersburg is wonderful, beautiful, lots to see and do.

Nancy
(5)

This program far exceeded my expectations. The parts of Russia that I saw were quite contrary to my vision of what Russia was like, especially Moscow. Violeta, our guide, had an extremely high level of knowledge of the history of the country. She was energetic and enthusiastic. If I would change anything about this program, I would NOT go in the middle of summer. The crowds were overwhelming. The visit to the Hermitage was less than satisfying because of the crowds. It was also very HOT, Europe was having an unprecedented heat wave, and many of the museums are not air conditioned. I would also start in Moscow and end in St. Petersburg. All of that aside, it was a wonderful program and I would do it again. Be sure to read one of the recommended historical books before you go. I choose "Catherine the Great" and was so glad that I did. Seeing the places talked about in the book made it more interesting. I liked the "meals on our own" to sample different cuisines. The food was wonderful. Wear good walking shoes because there is a lot of walking ad a lot of stairs, Another great program, Road Scholar!!

Eric
(5)

This is a great program that opened my eyes to a different perspective on Russia. I am most understanding of some of the issues Russians have to deal with.

Nancy
(4)

If you ever wanted to, or have been thinking about a trip to Russia, you absolutely cannot go wrong by signing up with 'Road Scholar'! Exceptional in every way!

John
(2)

This is the first of my Road Scholar trips that was seriously disappointing. Many of the events were chaotic and disorganized. Food vendors appeared to be completely ignorant of my dietary requirements, and unwilling to adapt to meet them. In some cases, the transportation had not been arranged as we understood. However, the trip staff, Violetta, Misha, and (the St. Petersburg guide), were excellent tour resources, with an excellent command of the content, deep experience, great teaching ability,very good English, excellent attitude and humor. So my conclusion is that either Road Scholar Headquarters or the tour contractors seriously botched the job. Support services, such as the silly Visa service and much of the hotel and restaurant staff, were no help.

Alice
(5)

It's outstanding! I enjoy checking periodically to learn of possible future adventures.

Charlotte
(5)

The things you think you know about Russia, may not be true. This is a fabulous trip! Our guide, Violeta, was a wealth of knowledge with a passion for Russian history, architecture and art. My image of Moscow now is entirely different from the image I held prior to this program. Be prepared to walk a lot in the cities, and have a more leisurely experience on the riverboat. Some days we walked more than 5 miles in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Enjoy!

Kirby
(5)

What a great way to cut through the noise of the news media and learn directly from people who are living through events every day. I found many of my views broadened at least and sometimes changed completely. Everyone should experience this kind of direct learning.

Sheila
(4)

Found the cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow most interesting. The boat portion was rather long and not that much to see. The weather was cool and wet, so that did not help. The guide Violetia was very good. Food, in general, was better that expected for Russia.

William
(5)

Russian River Voyages between Moscow and St. Petersburg was an excellent program and highly recommended. Accommodations and meals were excellent. The educational program was of very high quality and was greatly enhanced by our Group Leader and guide, Violeta Alexeyeva. A great opportunity to see 2 wonderful Russian cities and to learn about Russian history, culture and the arts.

Sandra
(4)

First trip with RS ........ thoroughly enjoyed this venture and the tour guides were so informative ..... hats off to "Snow" & Violeta!!! They both are excellent group leaders. Both hotels are in a great area for free time on your own; but maps, etc in English would be a great hand-out!! Flight itinerary at Frankfurt airport to Pulkovo could be explained more in detail - bus & then walking to next arrival/departure gate; if we hadn't been picked up by a small vehicle might have missed next flight!!; going thru security again; long waits, etc & then back to departure gate via train ........ just a little much info not relayed to us. Great assistance @ hotel check in & to room assignment to an adjoining hotel bldg!! Last group to check in; so very exhausted to get the clear info on trip after dinner; almost 10 pm St. Petersburg time! -(left Logan on 8/1 - 10:10pm) It's a beautiful country to visit & the Rostropovich crew & staff should also be complimented!! Now just have friends, relatives awaiting their post cards????? Sent them but none have arrived in USA yet ........ just wondering where they are????? S.W.Kirby

Greg
(5)

The St. Petersburg to Moscow trip is a wonderful way to see a most interesting part of Russia including monuments, great art museums, and to get in touch with the people of Russia.

Paula
(5)

Trip was fantastic, saw so many wonderful places and things. The guides were terrific, especially Violeta. I want to go back. Only thing not so great was the food; it was very rich and somewhat inconsistent but otherwise an amazing experience, highly recommend.

Gene
(5)

If you've ever wanted to visit Russia, do it! This trip showed me a different and very positive side of Russia. As you will read many times, Violeta is absolutely the best guide. You will also read about the strenuous walking and uneven streets. The walking wouldn't be strenuous if the streets were flat and there were no steps. Take walking sticks! Practice walking on uneven spaces while gazing at something beautiful. This was not a budget trip but it was worth every penny!

Mary
(5)

I have never traveled with Road Scholar before, but I certainly will again. I was most impressed with our guide...one of the most intelligent persons I have ever met. She knew so much about the history and art and was delighted to share it with us. The accommodations were superb, the amount of free time perfect. I could go on and on but want to mention one more thing...I loved the fact tips were included, more than I thought I would!!

Kathleen
(5)

This trip is informative, energizing and fun! Russia has been in the headlines and this trip gives you an opportunity to meet the people, learn about their history, enjoy their art and music and visit two of their great cities.

JoAnn
(5)

This trip is strenuous - more than the stated 2 miles and three flights of 10 stairs - but definitely worth it. I wish we had not missed three of the ship ports, but those things happen when one travels.






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