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  • Russian River Cruise

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • St Basils Cathederal

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  • Hermitage Museum

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  • Kizhi Island

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The Kremlin

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  • Moscow Skyline

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  • Cathedral Savior Moscow

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  • Saint Petersburg

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Volga RIver

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  • Russian River Cruise

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • St Basils Cathederal

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Hermitage Museum

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Kizhi Island

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The Kremlin

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Moscow Skyline

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Cathedral Savior Moscow

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  • Saint Petersburg

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  • Volga RIver

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  • Assumption Cathedral in Yaroslavl

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13 Day Rivers of Russia

  • Discover Moscow, St Petersburg, Uglich & More
  • Cruise along the Volga, Neva & Sheksna Rivers
Includes Return International Flights

There is a good reason why rivers feature so prominently in Russian songs, poetry, and art – they are the lifeblood of the country. The melted ice from the winter months bring alive these arterial waterways that link magnificent lakes, cities and historical sites together. See colourful onion-domed cathedrals alongside ultra-modern architecture, tour historic cities and villages, and explore beautiful countryside on this amazing 13 day fly and cruise package from Saint Petersburg to Moscow and so much in between!

Explore Saint Petersberg on a guided tour and visit the Hermitage Museum. Enjoy a traditional outdoor barbeque and listen to live classical music as you sail downstream. Explore an open-air museum, witness ancient tribal sites and indulge in a Russian tea ceremony. Enjoy a walking tour of Uglich including the Transfiguration Cathedral, tour Yaroslavl’s UNESCO listed old quarter, and dock on the island of Kizhi. Discover Europe's largest river, known for its history more than its size, the Volga River is full of tales from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great. While onboard the cruise, enjoy a pirate’s dinner, live concerts, and a vodka and blini tasting party.

This incredible package includes return flights, 10-night cruise, 29 meals, and more.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Auckland for Saint Petersburg, Russia. Fly with award winning airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, or Qatar Airways (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Saint Petersburg. Upon arrival, be met by a representative and transferred to the cruise port to embark on your 10-night river cruise. Relax in the afternoon and then enjoy a musical evening and dinner on board.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Dinner

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a highlights city bus tour. See the Smolny convent, Tauride (Tavrichesky) Palace, the Summer Garden, the Palace embankment and the Winter Palace. Continue on to the famous Hermitage Museum (entrance included); one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Visit the Egyptian Hall, War Gallery of 1812, St. George Hall, Peter the Great (Small Throne) Room and the Italian, Dutch and Spanish Art collections featuring well known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Ribera and Velázquez. Enjoy lunch in a local city restaurant. In the afternoon, the city tour will continue where you can see the Spire of the Basil Island, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and more. Join a walking tour to Peter and Paul Fortress, see the Boat House, Peter I Monument, Commandant’s House, Nevsky Gate and St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy the evening at leisure on board the ship or choose an optional tour into St Petersburg at night (not included).

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy today free at leisure relaxing onboard or exploring the city on your own. You can also take the opportunity to join an optional tour to Pushkin (The Catherine Palace and park) and Peterhof Palace (not included). The ship will depart Saint Petersburg at 5:00pm to begin the journey towards Mandrogui. Enjoy a Captain’s welcome drink and dinner with dancing and music onboard.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy free time in the small village of Mandroga. There’s plenty to see and do in town including visiting a museum (entrance not included), buying souvenirs (the local wood carvings are incredible), or enjoying a hearty Russian meal with vodka or tea. Another attraction is the Museum of Vodka, which showcases the history of the drink and the production process (not included). Today experience an outdoor BBQ in Mandrogui for lunch (subject to weather conditions) and taste “Shashlik”, a typical dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat popular in Eastern Europe. In the evening, join in on a Russian language class and live music as the ship sails on to Kizhi.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Early in the morning dock on the island of Kizhi. Enjoy a morning walking tour of the island, which is located at the northern end of Onega Lake, the second largest in Europe. It was likely a site of pagan rites for Ugrian and Finnish tribes. Visit the open-air museum of different wood structures, including more than 70 chapels, belfries, log-houses, mills, bath-houses, and barns. In the afternoon enjoy a Captain’s bridge tour followed by a Russian tea ceremony, where you’ll learn about Russia’s tea culture and its history. This evening enjoy a classical music concert onboard.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure onboard the ship or spend some time to explore Goritsy, a tiny picturesque river town which is home to the Resurrection Convent. In the afternoon enjoy a bus trip to Kirillov to visit one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its remarkable architecture and fascinates visitors with majestic churches enclosed within its fortress walls. Return to the ship in the early evening and enjoy a Vodka and Blini tasting party onboard and a “Pirate Dinner” and show while the ship sails on to Yaroslav.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, onboard the ship you will have the opportunity to view a documentary about Russian history. In the afternoon a coach will take you on a city tour of Yaroslavl’s UNESCO listed old quarter - well known for its 17th century temples. Spend time at leisure to explore the local markets. Among its highlights see the Prophet Church on the main square (entrance not included); go inside the Nikola Nadein Church, with its gilded baroque carvings; as well as the Governor’s House (Art Gallery). Re-join the ship for lunch and continue sailing to Uglich. This evening onboard will be a Russian national cuisine dinner with a folk music concert.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy a walking city tour of Uglich, a riverine tourist destination, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga River. The town is often included in the ‘Golden Ring’ of Russia. See Uglich’s Kremlin, Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, a famous temple built on the site of the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible’s young heir, and the Transfiguration Cathedral, the third tallest church in Russia, which was built between 2001-2004. Afterwards, re-join the ship and continue downstream towards Moscow. In the evening enjoy a meal at the Captain’s dinner with music.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy a city highlights bus tour, see Leningradsky Avenue, Tverskaya Street, Theatralny Passage, KGB building, Novodevichy Convent and Manezh Square. Afterwards enjoy some free time in the famous Red Square where you can see the Cathedral of Christ of Savior (entrance not included), which is one of the most recognisable monuments in Russia. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure or you can take an optional tour to the Tretyakov Gallery or a Moscow by night tour.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning the tour continues with a visit to the Kremlin, which translates to ‘fortress inside a city’, and is the official residence of the President of Russia. A real fortified town with its own squares, churches and cathedrals, the Kremlin is opened for visitors and is one of the most visited places despite the fact that it’s still the residence of Russian Government. Continue on to see the Palace of Congresses, Senate Square, the residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon and the Cathedral Square ensemble.

Return to the ship in the afternoon spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening join the Captain’s farewell dinner for your last night onboard.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and transferring to the airport for the return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Auckland for Moscow, Russia. Fly with award winning airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, or Qatar Airways (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Moscow. Upon arrival, be met by a representative and transferred to the cruise port to embark on your 10-night river cruise. Relax in the afternoon and then enjoy a musical evening and dinner on board.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Dinner

This morning enjoy a city highlights bus tour, see Leningradsky Avenue, Tverskaya Street, Theatralny Passage, KGB building, Novodevichy Convent and Manezh Square. Afterwards enjoy some free time in the famous Red Square where you can see the Cathedral of Christ of Savior (entrance not included), which is one of the most recognisable monuments in Russia. Lunch at the city restaurant. The afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Kremlin, which translates to ‘fortress inside a city’, and is the official residence of the President of Russia. A real fortified town with its own squares, churches and cathedrals, the Kremlin is open for visitors and is one of the most visited places despite the fact that it’s still the residence of Russian Government. Continue on to see the Palace of Congresses, Senate Square,Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon and the Cathedral Square ensemble.

This evening take an optional excursion of Moscow by night + metro.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy today free at leisure relaxing onboard or exploring the city on your own. You can also take the opportunity to join an optional tour to Tretyakov Gallery. The ship will depart Moscow at 5:00pm to begin the journey towards Uglich. Enjoy a Captain’s welcome drink and dinner with dancing and music onboard.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning join a Russian language class on board. In the afternoon enjoy a walking city tour of Uglich, a riverine tourist destination, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga River. The town is often included in the ‘Golden Ring’ of Russia. See Uglich’s Kremlin, Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, a famous temple built on the site of the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible’s young heir, and the Transfiguration Cathedral, the third tallest church in Russia, which was built between 2001-2004. Afterwards, re-join the ship and continue towards Yaroslav. In the evening enjoy a dinner and a musical on board.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, a coach will take you on a city tour of Yaroslavl’s UNESCO listed old quarter - well known for its 17th century temples. Spend time at leisure to explore the local markets. Among its highlights see the Prophet Church on the main square (entrance not included); go inside the Nikola Nadein Church, with its gilded baroque carvings; as well as the Governor’s House (Art Gallery). Re-join the ship for lunch and continue sailing to Goritsy. In the afternoon enjoy a Russian tea ceremony, where you’ll learn about Russia’s tea culture and its history. This evening onboard the ship you will have the opportunity to view a documentary about Russian history.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure onboard the ship later enjoy a bus trip to Kirillov to visit one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its remarkable architecture and fascinates visitors with majestic churches enclosed within its fortress walls. Return to the ship in for lunch and enjoy in the afternoon a Vodka and Blini tasting party onboard and continue sailing to Kizhi. This evening will be a Russian national cuisine dinner with a folk music concert.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast relax onboard, join a Russian language class. After lunch enjoy a Captain’s bridge tour of Kizhi afterwards dock on the island of Kizhi. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the island, which is located at the northern end of Onega Lake, the second largest in Europe. It was likely a site of pagan rites for Ugrian and Finnish tribes. Visit the open-air museum of different wood structures, including more than 70 chapels, belfries, log-houses, mills, bath-houses, and barns. This evening enjoy a “Pirate Dinner” and show while the ship sails on to Mandrogui.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy free time in the small village of Mandrogui. There’s plenty to see and do in town including visiting a museum (entrance not included), buying souvenirs (the local wood carvings are incredible), or enjoying a hearty Russian meal with vodka or tea. Another attraction is the Museum of Vodka, which showcases the history of the drink and the production process (not included). Today experience an outdoor BBQ in Mandrogui for lunch (subject to weather conditions) and taste “Shashlik”, a typical dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat popular in Eastern Europe. In the evening enjoy a meal at the Captain’s dinner with music.

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in the great city of St Petersburg. After breakfast, enjoy a highlights city bus tour. See the Smolny convent, Tauride (Tavrichesky) Palace, the Summer Garden, the Palace embankment and the Winter Palace. Continue the tour to the Spire of the Basil Island, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and more. Join a walking tour to Peter and Paul Fortress, see the Boat House, Peter I Monument, Commandant’s House, Nevsky Gate and St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy Lunch onboard and an afternoon at leisure in St Petersburg. Perhaps take the Peterhof optional tour during this time (not included). Spend this evening at leisure on board the ship or choose an optional tour into St Petersburg at night (not included).

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today visit the famous Hermitage Museum (entrance included); one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Visit the Egyptian Hall, War Gallery of 1812, St. George Hall, Peter the Great (Small Throne) Room and the Italian, Dutch and Spanish Art collections featuring well known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Ribera and Velázquez. Lunch onboard. The afternoon is free at leisure relaxing onboard or exploring the city on your own. You can also take the opportunity to join an optional tour to Rivers and canals (not included).

Overnight: ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and transferring to the airport for the return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Uglich, Mandrogui and more
  • Cruise along the Volga, Neva, and Sheksna Rivers
  • Tour Saint Petersburg; the beautiful ‘Venice of the North’
  • See the Tauride (Tavrichesky) Palace, Summer Garden and more
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Saint Petersburg
  • Enjoy the small village of Mandrogui free at leisure
  • Explore Onega Lake and Kizhi Island
  • Visit the Monastery of St. Cyril on White Lake
  • Discover the picturesque river town of Goritsy
  • Enjoy a Captain’s bridge tour
  • Tour the UNESCO listed city centre of Yaroslavl
  • See the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich
  • Marvel at St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square on a Moscow city tour
  • Explore the Kremlin, the first ‘residential quarter’ of Moscow
  • Enjoy free time in the Russian capital city, Moscow
  • Return international flights (economy class) from AKL
  • Fly with premium airlines Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways
  • 10-night Saint Petersburg to Moscow Russian river cruise
  • Sail aboard ‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ 4-star river ship
  • Stay in a beautifully appointed Outside Cabin
  • Enjoy onboard entertainment including a Russian language course and live concerts
  • Indulge in a Vodka tasting onboard
  • Experience a traditional Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Luggage handling
  • Enjoy 29 meals including a ‘Captain’s Farewell dinner’ and show onboard
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail
  • Experience an outdoor BBQ in Mandrogui (subject to the weather conditions)
  • Enjoy a glass of red/white wine or juice at each dinner
  • Complimentary coffee and tea all day
  • Enjoy a Russian national cuisine dinner and a special Pirate dinner
  • Receive 1 bottle of still water on arrival per cabin
  • English speaking tour director onboard and guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Parking, check points, port charges
  • Visa Support Letter
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport and cruise transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
  
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
  
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 19th September 2020.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies.
Middle Deck Cabin: $1120 per person
Boat Deck Cabin: $2850 per person
Boat Deck Balcony Cabin: $3120 per person
 
Departure Dates (2020)
Standard Itinerary
May: 20
June: 9
August: 30
September: *19
 
Reverse Itinerary
May: 10, 30
September: 9 
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person.
  
Departure Cities
Auckland


Full Service Airline(s) Used
Etihad Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways and any codeshare partners (subject to availability).
 
Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Arrive early in St Petersburg, Russia
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Arrive early is not permitted during and including the following dates: 28th March – 27th April 2020, 20th June – 19th July 2020 and 17th September – 11th October 2020.
 
Stay behind in Moscow, Russia
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay behind is not permitted during and including the following dates: 20th June – 19th July 2020 and 17th September – 11th October 2020 and 10th December 2020 – 20th January 2021.
 
Arrive Early in Moscow, Russia (Reverse Itinerary)
$220 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- If you are interested in this arrive early option, please contact our friendly reservations team at TripADeal to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Arrive early is not permitted during and including the following dates: 28th March – 27th April 2020, 20th June – 19th July 2020 and 17th September – 11th October 2020.
 
Stay behind in St Petersburg, Russia (Reverse Itinerary)
$220 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- If you are interested in this stay behind option, please contact our friendly reservations team at TripADeal to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay behind is not permitted during and including the following dates: 20th June – 19th July 2020 and 17th September – 11th October 2020 and 10th December 2020 – 20th January 2021.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $600 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $850 one way
Locations:
*Doha
*Dubai
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- For Doha, only an outbound OR inbound stopover may be chosen, not both.
- For Dubai, an outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy now $6999
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.

 

Middle Deck Cabin (10 sqm)

The cabins are equipped with private facilities (shower, toilet), large scenic window, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with a twin bed, table, wardrobe.

  

Boat Deck Cabin (14 sqm)

The cabins are equipped with private facilities (shower cabin, toilet), two large scenic windows, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, safe.

The cabin is furnished with a double bed (convertible to two single beds), bedside tables, armchairs, wardrobe. At guests’ disposal: hairdryer, bath set (bathrobes, slippers), shaving set, crockery and cutlery, drinking water, “Welcome sparkling wine and fruits, mini-bar (for an extra charge), capsule coffee machine (the first cup is free).

 

Boat Deck Balcony Cabin (14 sqm)

The cabins are equipped with private facilities (shower cabin, toilet), large scenic window, private balcony with furniture, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, safe. The cabin is furnished with a double bed (convertible to two single beds), bedside tables, wardrobe. At guests’ disposal: hairdryer, bath set (bathrobes, slippers), shaving set, crockery and cutlery, drinking water, Welcome sparkling wine and fruits, mini-bar (for an extra charge), capsule coffee machine (the first cup is free).

 

Single cabin (9.5 sqm)

Single Standard Cabins are located on the middle and boat decks. The cabins are equipped with private facilities (shower, toilet), large scenic window, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable and satellite TV, hairdryer. The cabin is furnished with a single bed, table, wardrobe.




Accommodation Used
4 Star (self-rated)
‘MS Moonlight Sonata’ ship
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
Moscow (Pre/Post Tour): $270 per room including breakfast
St Petersburg (Pre/Post Tour): $515 per room including breakfast
 
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
Middle Deck Cabin: 2 people
Boat Deck Cabin: 2 people
Boat Deck Balcony Cabin: 3 people (subject to availability).
Single Cabin: 1 person
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line at the time of travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for Russia strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping:
Cruise: Recommended €7 (approx. $12 NZD) per person per day payable onboard.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (OR Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Russia
Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around 23°C, but during heat waves, which can occur anytime from May to September, daytime temperature highs often top 30 °C for sometimes one or two weeks.
  
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
  
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
  
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Cruise: Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. Gratuities are recommended on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at €7 per person per day.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


- A tourist visa for Russia is a strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand passport.
- The visa is valid for 30 days for double entry and the final exit date must be no more than 30 days from the date of first entry. You must apply for this visa at least 6 weeks prior to departure from New Zealand.
- A valid voucher and official confirmation letter issued by a registered Russian tour agency will be provided to you through TripADeal. Please contact your nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate for instructions on how to apply in person or via post.
- TripADeal will provide you with further information in your Travel Pack.
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note:
Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


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Post-Purchase Change


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.