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Russian Waterways River Cruising - Fly Free

ST PETERSBURG TO MOSCOW

 13 DAYS/12 NIGHTS 

River cruising on board the MS Valentina

A cruise of Russia's waterways is everything you imagine it to be, and more. 

St Petersburg offers palaces brimming with fine art and ballet performances in iconic theatres. 

Venture inside the walls of Moscow's Kremlin, then learn about Russian space research. 

You'll also explore tiny villages and islands, plus the Golden Ring cities.

The perfect blend of Russia's great cities and rural villages.

All-inclusive.
All taken care of.
Always.

INCLUSIONS

FLY FREE TO EUROPE*

 

Experiences in seven destinations in Russia

Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations

Luxury dining – a total of 35 meals

Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on your cruise

Expert cruise director

Transfers, port charges and gratuities

* Fly Free offer applies to all staterooms and suites, book by 30 Apr 2019

2020 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES

 

July 24            Window Stateroom        from $10,095pp share twin

Aug 23            Balcony Stateroom        from $12,195pp share twin

Sept 12            Balcony Suite                 from $14,895pp share twin

 Please note:

Date in bold indicates itinerary operates in reverse. 

Prices based on Cat. E Window Stateroom, Cat C Balcony Stateroom and Cat DS Balcony Suite.

ALL-INCLUSIVE.

ALL TAKEN CARE OF.

ALWAYS.

 

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Your ITINERARY

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DAY ONE - Arrive St Petersburg

The City of Tsars. The Venice of the North. Russia’s hub for the arts. However which way you describe St Petersburg, it certainly does not disappoint. We will meet you on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This evening, come together to share a welcome dinner, where you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Stay: St Petersburg, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

Daily : Dinner


DAY TWO - St Petersburg, Embark Ship

Embark on a city exploration, where you will see attractions such as St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Nevsky Prospect and Palace Square. You will also visit Peter and Paul Fortress, as well as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Afterwards, take a guided tour of the imperial estate, Peterhof Palace, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. Later, the time has come to board your river ship.

Stay: 10 Nights, MS Valentina

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY THREE - St Petersburg

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

For something special this evening, appreciate Russia’s arts scene and attend a private ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in St Petersburg.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At the State Hermitage, go inside before the museum is open to the public and take in the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock Ceremony. Acquired by Catherine the Great, the Peacock Clock is a large automated clock featuring three life-sized mechanical birds.


Take a Hydrofoil ride on the Neva River to the State Hermitage, the second-largest art museum in the world, home to Russia’s royal art collection of more than three million works. After your Signature Experience, tour the museum. Spend the afternoon back on board. Tonight, delight in another Signature Experience.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY FOUR - St Petersburg

After breakfast today, head out to enjoy a discovery of the lavish Catherine Palace and grounds, constructed in the 18th century as a summer palace for the Empress.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

DAY FIVE - Lake Ladoga, Mandrogi

 

After cruising through the night, dock in Mandrogi, located within a dense forest on the banks of the Svir River. Famous for its towering churches, most of Mandrogi was bombed by German forces in World War II. Decades later, St Petersburg arts benefactor, Sergei Gutsait, led the reconstruction of this charming village teeming with traditional houses. Here, visit the Vodka Museum that houses more than 3,000 different varieties, then spend time at leisure to look around the village.

 

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY SIX - Lake Onega, Kizhi Island

Situated on Lake Onega, Kizhi is home to some of Russia’s wooden architecture that is certain to fascinate you. Once declared a parish centre for the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th century, it survived a rebellion until the 1950s, where most of the island’s residents left, leaving behind impressive wooden relics. You will explore the open-air museum of wooden structures and marvel at the World Heritage-listed Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without the use of a single nail.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY SEVEN - White Lake, Goritsy

Today cruise onto the White Lake, then dock in Goritsy, a peaceful farming town. Your guided discovery here includes a visit to the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and its Museum of Icons.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY EIGHT - Yaroslavl

Make a stop in the historic Golden Ring city, Yaroslavl. Founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 1010, this is one of Russia’s oldest cities, tracing its origins back to the Vikings. Here, a sightseeing exploration illuminates the city’s history through its glorious architecture, including Spassky Monastery and the Church of Elia the Prophet.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY NINE - Uglich

Dock in another Golden Ring city, Uglich, where you can pick the sightseeing that best suits you. On a guided discovery, visit the Kremlin and the Church of St Demetrios on the Blood. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Hydroelectric Station and Hydropower Engineering Museum.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY TEN - Moscow

Dock in Moscow this afternoon as you arrive at your final destination on this journey. Enjoy an insightful guided exploration of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY ELEVEN - Moscow

 FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps gain an insight into the history of space exploration with a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, situated at the base of a 100-metre titanium obelisk. Alternatively, explore Tretyakov Art Gallery, Russia’s national gallery.


On a guided tour of the Armoury Museum, venture inside the walls of the Kremlin, a historic fortified complex that was once the royal residence of the Tsars. Later, you will have a choice of sightseeing.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


DAY TWELVE - Moscow, Disembark Ship

Take a unique morning discovery that allows you to marvel at some of Moscow’s unique Metro stations, which feature chandeliers and marble statues. Later, tour a Cold War bunker, including a haunting private performance from a military choir. This evening, partake in the fun at a farewell dinner, where traditional Russian folklore performers will dazzle you.

Stay: Moscow, Hotel Baltschug Kempinksi

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


 

DAY THIRTEEN - Depart Moscow

Be transferred to the airport.

Daily : Breakfast

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

We recommend that you take out a travel insurance policy upon payment of your deposit. You should ensure that such insurance will protect you against cancellation and loss of deposits or payments prior to departure due to unforeseen circumstances, medical expenses arising from sickness or injury during your travel and protect you also against loss of or damage to your belongings. Please check natural disaster coverage and length of duration coverage. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we offer. 

 

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 WORLD TRAVELLERS - TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 Full conditions are available on our website.

APT - TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions (‘booking conditions’) form the basis of your contract with Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd (‘APT’, ‘we’ or ‘our’). Please read them carefully as they set out your and our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, that you agree to them and that you agree to them applying to your holiday arrangements that you book with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. References in these booking conditions to your ‘holiday package’ are references to the tour  or cruise package you have booked with APT. References to ‘excursions’ are references to short trips or tours included or available as part of your holiday package. 

GOVERNING LAW

These booking conditions are governed by the law force in Victoria, Australia.

Prices – Deposits – Discounts – Payments

Prices listed in this flyer are valid at the time of publication but are subject to change. They may be varied by advertising or special offers, or changed after the publication date for any reason, including without limitation, to cover changes in government taxes and charges, exchange rate variations, fuel surcharges, airline charges, a force majeure event or other material increases by suppliers. The most up to date pricing may be found on our website – www.aptouring.co.nz. Prices will be confirmed at time of booking and honoured for up to seven days. Once the security deposit is paid the price will be guaranteed.

A $1,000 security deposit per person, per holiday package is required within seven days of booking confirmation. A second deposit of $2,000 is required by 31 October 2019. Final payment of the balance of your holiday package price is due before Mon 17 Feb 2020. APT reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or, refuse to honour any price or carry any passenger where any payment has not been received by APT within the specified time. All fares and charges are in New Zealand currency. Payment in full is required at time of booking for reservations made less than 100 days before departure from Australia or New Zealand. If APT is unable to confirm your reservation, all monies will be refunded.

 CANCELLATION POLICY

For all holiday packages in this publication, the following  APT cancellation fees apply:

 Days of Notice:                                 Fee Per Person:

100 days or more                             Loss of deposit

                       99-61 days                                      50% of holiday package price

                          60 days or less                                 100% of holiday package price

All cancellations must be received in writing by APT and are  not effective until this notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full holiday package price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed. Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect to accommodation reserved outside the holiday package dates. These cancellation fees are in addition to any fees that may be levied by APT and your travel agent (if any). You acknowledge that the amounts estimated under the Cancellation Policy are reasonable and represent a genuine pre-estimate of APT’s loss and are otherwise reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of APT. If you request changes after APT has issued your documents, APT may charge you an administration and processing fee of $70 per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees.

 INCLUDED IN HOLIDAY PACKAGE PRICE

All coach and travel, accommodation, airfares (if indicated in individual itinerary), gratuities, airport transfers on the first and last day, sightseeing, specified excursions, meals, admissions, port charges and the services of a Cruise or Tour Director are included. Conditions may differ where third party suppliers are involved. Please refer to World Travellers Christchurch for full details of the inclusions in your holiday package and the T&C’s relating to these. APT Collection cruises in Europe also include complimentary beverages served on board your river ship (French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines are not included).

NOT INCLUDED IN OUR TOUR AND/OR CRUISE PRICE  Laundry (unless stated), passport and visa fees, food not on the regular table d’hôte menu, drinks may or may not be included as indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, fuel surcharges and gratuities not specified in your itinerary. Travel insurance is not included in your holiday package and you are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking.

 ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

Airport transfers are included on the first and last day of your APT holiday package at designated times. No refund will be given for unused transfers. Transfers cannot be re-routed to other pick-up points or destinations. Passengers who miss the pre-booked transfers must make their own way to/from the ship/hotel at their own expense. Some holiday packages include group transfers from or in between airports/hotels/ships and vice versa. A group transfer is generally a shared transfer departing at a set time and the type of vehicle used will normally be dependent upon the size of the group.

Visa and Passports 

All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at  least six months after the holiday package return date. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday  package prior to departure. Passengers are solely responsible  for meeting necessary passport and visa entry requirements and paying all associated costs. APT cannot obtain group visas on your behalf. APT is not responsible for delays or missed portions of the holiday package resulting from incorrect travel documents or visas. 

 Health and Fitness

A good level of fitness and health is required to participate on APT’s holiday packages. In some destinations there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot and which can include climbing of stairs and uneven surfaces. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches, river and ocean cruise ships, tender boats, zodiacs and trains. We recommend a visit to the doctor and dentist before travelling to overseas destinations. It is your responsibility to advise APT of any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the normal conduct of a holiday package and the enjoyment of other passengers.

APT Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind

Applicable when an upfront fee of $95 per person is paid with your deposit. The holiday package can be cancelled prior  to the final payment date and your deposit will be retained as  an APT holding credit to be used for future bookings. If Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind is claimed, monies held must be used on a future cruise or tour and cannot be redeemed against the original cruise or tour departure date. Deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties, including but not limited to air travel, rail travel and hotels. When booking airfares through APT (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply.

In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. APT Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind applies to new bookings only and is only valid up until 100 days prior to travel. After three years, unused credit funds will incur the original cancellation conditions as per brochure. This does not replace travel insurance, which you are required to purchase at the time of booking.

SUPERDEALS AND SPECIAL OFFERS 

Conditions apply. For full terms and conditions relating to any SuperDeal or Special Offer on your booking, please go to: www. aptouring.co.nz/specialdeals.

Prices provided by APT are based on dynamic pricing and therefore subject to change at any time. Price is per person, based on twin share and is subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Amendment, cancellation and credit card fees apply. Please refer to your World Travellers Christchurch consultant for full terms & conditions surrounding pricing and inclusions. Superdeals cannot be held for your group and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

APT’s prices and itineraries valid from 1 May 2019 for travel in 2020, but subject to change in terms of these conditions.

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