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RUSSIAN WATERWAYS 2020

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Welcome We invite you to join Emerald Waterways as we discover the many remarkable charms of Russia on this insightful 12-day itinerary, which follows a captivating route between St Petersburg and Moscow. This journey of discovery uncovers a wealth of hidden wonders and authentic local experiences, as history and folklore play out beautifully on Russia’s proud waterways. Grand in scale, St Petersburg embodies Russia’s imperial might. The city is full of architectural highlights, including the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the Kazan, and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. A visit to the Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars, offers yet more cultural immersion in the captivating ‘Venice of the North’. Travelling east, you will visit the village of Mandrogi on the banks of the Svir River. The landscape here is dotted with ‘izba’ houses, and you can admire the many local handicrafts which tell of the region’s rich folklore. Moscow, Russia’s inimitable capital, boasts some of Europe’s most significant heritage sights, reflecting 800 years of turbulent history. Walk the flagstones of Red Square, marvelling at St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the Kremlin. Or, visit the State Armoury to understand the military might of this proud country. Your ship for this outstanding journey, the MS Rossia, is a traditional Russian waterways cruise ship. On board you will enjoy both comfortable furnishings and generous inclusions. We are offering you the chance to enjoy savings of £400 per couple when you book your place on this very special itinerary. Simply call our friendly cruise experts on 0808 271 7424. We look forward to exploring the magnificent charms of Russia with you.

Contents Exceptional EmeraldVALUE

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The MS Rossia

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The Heart of Russia

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The Imperial Charms of Russia

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Exceptional EmeraldVALUE Our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE ensures complete peace of mind. All  ights, transfers and tips are included in the price you pay, as well as delicious and diverse dining with complimentary drinks to accompany lunch and dinner and insightful excursions.

Enjoy local cuisine

EmeraldDISCOVERY Russia is a land unlike any other, with a rich history spanning more than a millennia. We’ve hand-crafted a range of included excursions, enabling you to immerse yourself in the lifestyle of vibrant cities and rural villages. Join our expert guides for inspirational tours of UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic sites, many of which have overlooked some of the most important events in Russian history. 4


State Armoury, Moscow

EmeraldPLUS Our EmeraldPLUS experiences have been specially curated to offer an introduction to Russia’s heritage and the abundance of art and culture that can be found around the country. Whilst in Moscow, you will be able to embark on a guided tour of the State Armoury, witnessing the splendour of detailed ceremonial garments, the largest collection of jewelled Fabergé eggs and lavishly decorated arms and armour.

Included insightful excursions

EmeraldEXCURSIONS Every day in Russia will be one of enlightenment as you enjoy one of our insightful excursions, handpicked by our journey planners to showcase the best of this illustrious nation. From a visit to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to a visit to Mandrogi village, a place famous for its traditional houses and handicrafts, you’ll have every opportunity to experience Russian culture first hand. 5


The MS Rossia The MS Rossia perfectly encapsulates the traditional heart of Russia. Your specially-chartered ship for this incredible journey was built specifically to sail the iconic Russian waterways. A superb selection of onboard amenities await, situated across four decks, including the Tsar Bar, where you can relax with your favourite tipple whilst catching up with new-found friends.

Deluxe Suite

The on-board restaurant serves delicious Russian-influenced dining, along with European favourites. You’ll also enjoy complimentary drinks served with lunch and dinner. The MS Rossia also boasts a small gym and a library, which offers a quiet space to relax and reflect. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the bar area, whilst each comfortable cabin comes with services including a television and refrigerator. Restaurant

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Deck & Cabin Plans Sun Deck

Boat Deck

Upper Deck

Main Deck

Comfort Suite (12.4M2)

Deluxe Suite (14.6M2)

Suite (16.3M2)

Panorama Suite (16.5M2)

Conference hall

Library

Gym

Souvenir kiosk

Coffee station

Medical office

Restaurant

WC

Office

Reception

Smoking area

Elevator

A typical twin cabin

A typical double cabin

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The Heart of Russia A land suspended in time, Russia has a cultural heritage that is unrivalled and a rich history that can be traced back over the centuries. This enigmatic nation is truly a secret gem, where ancient cities harbour architectural wonders, just waiting to be discovered.

The Kremlin, Moscow

Moscow Eight centuries of thought-provoking history are yours to discover in Moscow, as we take you right to the heart of the city. Gaze upon the intricate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed St. Basil’s Cathedral and explore monuments dedicated to Russia’s communist past. Every turn will unveil another architectural marvel, as spectacular onion domes decorate the remarkable skyline.

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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Once the imperial capital of the Russian Empire, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of St. Petersburg promises a lot in the way of ornate beauty, best discovered during your included tour of the Hermitage Museum, once the official residence of the Romanovs. Wander alongside historic canals, passing opulent palaces and lavish cathedrals as you explore a land frozen in time.

Volga river

The Volga River At over 2,000 miles long, the Volga River is the longest in Europe, flowing from the rural hills of central Russia all the way to the Caspian Sea. This symbolic waterway has been an inspiration for writers and artists from around the world for generations, leading to it being affectionately referred to as “Mother Volga” in Russian literature and folklore. The picturesque stretches of the river are best viewed from the Sun Deck of MS Rossia. 9


Russian Waterways Russia is a mystifying riddle that this insightful itinerary will enable you to solve. Start your journey in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of St. Petersburg and venture to idyllic rural villages showcasing the traditions of ancient folk communities.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

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Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow

12-Day The Imperial Charms of Russia Day 1 UK – St. Petersburg Day 2

St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg

Day 4

St. Petersburg

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Mandrogi

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Kizhi

Kizhi

Mandrogi

St. Petersburg

Day 7 Goritsy

Goritsy

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Day 8 Yaroslavl Day 9

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Uglich

Day 10 Moscow Day 11 Moscow Day 12 Moscow – UK

EmeraldDISCOVERY Highlights unique to your itinerary EmeraldPLUS Visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics Visit to the State Armoury EmeraldEXCURSIONS Guided coach tour of St. Petersburg Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Visit to Mandrogi  our to the Open Air Museum of Architecture in T Kizhi Island Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Yaroslavl 11

Uglich

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Moscow

And of course, our exceptional EmeraldVALUE inclusions come as standard ■■ Return flights from Londow Heathrow ■■ Airport transfers to and from your ship ■■ 11 nights in a suite on board MS Rossia. ■■ 32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners including a Welcome Reception ■■ 2 drinks per guest with lunch and dinner on board ■■ Complimentary tea & coffee on board at all times ■■ Complimentary bottled water in your suite restocked daily ■■ Complimentary Wi-Fi on board ■■ First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides. ■■ Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points

Tour to Yaroslavl

■■ Complimentary River Cruise Guarantee cover

Visit to Uglich

■■ All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

Guided tour of Moscow Visit to the grounds of the Kremlin

■■ ABTA and ATOL protected

Plus we include all tips and gratuities

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Peter the Great monument

St. Petersburg to Moscow Departing May – August 2020 Day 1 UK – St. Petersburg Return flights from the UK are included in the price of your holiday. You will be met at the airport and transferred to MS Rossia, where a warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew. Founded in the 18th century by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was once the imperial capital of the Russian Empire. Ornate Baroque palaces lining the streets appear to be suspended in time, and centuries of revolution are weaved into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic district.

Day 3 St. Petersburg Today, an abundance of art and culture is yours to discover with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Founded by Catherine the Great, this complex of six historic buildings is one of the largest art museums in the world. A guided tour will enable you to explore different time periods and cultures as you peruse ancient Roman sculptures, mementos of traditional Asian theatre and the works of legendary artists, including Picasso, Matisse and Leonardo da Vinci. The portrait gallery of the Romanov dynasty is perhaps the most impressive collection, adorning the walls of what was once their official residence, the Winter Palace.

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Meals: Dinner

Day 2 St. Petersburg The history of this illustrious city is yours to explore during a guided tour today, including many of St. Petersburg’s main highlights. Venture along one of the city’s most famous streets, Nevsky Prospekt, passing iconic structures such as the neoclassical National Library of Russia and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a unique example of medieval Russian architecture with a colourful fivedomed façade. Tonight, attend a welcome reception hosted by your captain on board. A guided tour of St. Petersburg Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

In St. Petersburg, enjoy a visit to the Hermitage Museum, housed in six iconic historic buildings, including the world-famous Winter Palace. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 St. Petersburg St. Petersburg is yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps stopping to admire the opulence of the impressive Baroque buildings adorning the streets. The “Venice of the North” is home to an elaborate canal system that has been generously peppered with hundreds of bridges. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Kizhi

Yaroslavl

Day 5 Mandrogi Gracing the banks of the Svir River, Mandrogi is a postcard-worthy representation of life in prerevolutionary Russia. Traditional houses are adorned with colourful façades and intricate woodwork. Your free time in the village will showcase the studios of artisans who are happy to demonstrate their crafts, including the creation of famous matryoshka dolls. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps visiting the Vodka Museum. A visit to Mandrogi village Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 Kizhi Enjoy cruising on the second largest lake in Europe this morning, before arriving at Kizhi. The small island is a national open-air museum, housing dozens of historical wooden structures. While wooden architecture is prominent across Russia, Kizhi contains some of the best-preserved examples of expert carpenters pushing their craft to its limit. Your included guided tour of the island includes a visit to Kizhi Pogost, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site featuring two 12th-century churches and an octagonal bell tower. A tour of the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 Goritsy A medieval atmosphere waits to welcome you to Goritsy, a tranquil town that has been generously peppered with monasteries. Today’s included tour will take you to the doorstep of one of the most famous monasteries in Russia, the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Legend has it that Cyril of Beloozero founded the monastery in his search

for a remote place to become closer to God, but it prospered as a refuge for nobility during the Time of Troubles. A visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 Yaroslavl Yaroslavl can be found on the confluence of the mighty Volga and Kotorosl rivers. Yaroslav the Wise founded this ancient city, and the current coat of arms featuring a bear carrying an axe tells his story. A guided tour of Yaroslavl will introduce you to the town’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre, once a major point of trade. Later, visit the Church of St. Ilya the Prophet and witness the beauty of its delicately restored 17th-century frescoes. A guided tour of Yaroslavl Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 Uglich Your day will start with a visit to Uglich; a postcard-worthy town nestled on the banks of the Volga River. This area is famous for its ancient churches, several of which can be seen from the water. Your included tour will introduce you to some fantastic examples of Russian architecture, including the Cathedral of Transfiguration with its octagonal stone bell tower and the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, a building that has stood since the Romanov Tsars made Uglich a place of pilgrimage following the Time of Troubles. Tonight, your captain will welcome you back on board for a delightful farewell dinner. A guided tour of Uglich Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Kremlin

Assumption Cathedral

Day 10 Moscow Welcome to Moscow, an artistic metropolis with a history that spans almost a millennia and a plethora of landmarks that are recognisable around the world. A guided tour of the city will introduce you to all of its main highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Red Square, with its many surrounding architectural marvels. Gaze at the beauty of St Basil’s Cathedral, nestled in the middle of a symmetrical star of eight chapels, and the Baroque State Historical Museum, home to ancient relics from prehistoric Russia and artwork that once belonged to the Romanovs. A guided tour of Moscow

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Visit the State Armoury, a treasury house inside of the Kremlin that is known around the world for its historical and cultural value. Precious artefacts are yours to discover, including the Golden Gospel, one of Ivan the Terrible’s personal favourites.

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Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 Moscow Immerse yourself in Moscow’s rich history today with a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. Overlooking St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site was the centre point for many of Russia’s defining moments. Witness the ornate beauty of the Assumption Cathedral, where tsars were crowned, and the gold-adorned domes of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower Complex. You’ll then visit to the State Armoury, currently home to the Russian Diamond Fund, and peruse exhibits that include items from the tsars’ personal treasury, from 12th-century armour to detailed coronation dresses. This afternoon, visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about Soviet space exploration.

Soviet space exploration is yours to discover today at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Enjoy exploring exhibits that touch on the history of flight, space exploration and how space technology has evolved over the last century. A visit to the Kremlin Grounds Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 Moscow – UK After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. Meals: Breakfast

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Red Square, Moscow

Our journey planners have hand-crafted a superb itinerary for you. Here, they highlight just one of their favourite ‘Must-do’s’. “One of the many highlights of your guided tour of Moscow, will no doubt be the visit to the Red Square. This famous square is surrounded by the Kremlin, the former royal citadel, which is now the official residence of the President of Russia, and the historic merchant quarter of Kitai-gorod.”

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Please note: All prices are per person, based on a twin share. *These departures operate a reverse itinerary.

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Promotional offer terms and conditions: Prices shown are correct at the time of going to print (March 2019) with all prices per person based on a twin-share. Please call for single supplements. The £200 per person saving is valid for new bookings only, made between 15th April 2019 and 31st December 2019. Flights may not be a direct service, are subject to availability and may incur a supplement. The deposit required at the time of booking is £750 per person, with full payment required outside of 90 days prior to departure. Please note, MS Rossia is not an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and facilities and inclusions differ from our European Star-Ship fleet. We recommend you seek independent advice regarding visas and vaccinations. Our offers are not combinable and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. For full terms and conditions visit emeraldwaterways.co.uk. E&OE.

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