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WATERWAYS OF THE CZARS
Moscow to St. Petersburg
September 1st to 15th, 2004
Experience the history and culture of old Russia along the vast network of waterways linking both imperial capitals of the Czars, with their vast repositories of Russian art, Old Masters and unique architecture. From the comfort of a river cruise ship, our floating hotel, our tour includes diverse sightseeing excursions. We will explore the heart of Moscow — the mysterious Kremlin. You'll be dazzled by the treasures of the Czars in the Armory, the views from Red Square of the landmark St. Basil's Cathedral and the new fashionable GUM store. Feel the soul of this city — gateway to the Orient — along with its many treasures and pleasures.
The scenic Volga River takes us to Uglich where we explore, on foot, one of the oldest towns in Russia, founded in 1148. Legendary tales of Ivan the Terrible and his murdered 9 year old son Dimitry abound here amidst its remarkable churches. A jewel in the band of the Golden Ring cities, Kostroma was home to the noble Godunov and Romanov families. At the heart of Kostroma is the majestic Ipatyevsky Monastery. In Yaroslavl, founded in 1010, we will tour the city and view the 12th century Transfiguration Monastery with its murals depicting the apocalyptic visions of St. John. Your cruise next stops at the peaceful farming community of Goritsy where you will visit the fortress- like Kirillo-Belozersky monastery. Then a very special treat — a stop at Kizhi Island, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. Kizhi is renowned for its open-air museum of wooden architecture featuring the Transfiguration Cathedral, the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale architecture. There is a delightful picnic stop at Mandrogi before we arrive in “The Venice of the North” St. Petersburg.
Enjoy the sun deck and relaxed atmosphere aboard our ship. Our junior suites feature large windows, so you won't miss a thing on our 12 day cruise. Savour international and Russian traditional cuisine and entertainment. Learn about the history and culture of this fascinating land. The sightseeing is all included, but optional theatre is offered in the two capitals.
As always, the special feature of the Friends' tour is the private full day visit to the Hermitage — explore the world famous collections with expert guides on Monday when the museum is closed to the general public.
Revisit the Hermitage or other famous imperial palaces and museums during an additional two night stay at the historic Angleterre hotel.
Cost: in Canadian Dollars is $5339.00. per person, double occupancy.
Space is limited, so indicate your interest, and request a brochure from Jean Sheikh, Executive Worldwide Travel, 60 Queen Street, Suite 303, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1P 5Y7 (613) 236-5555 Toll free (800) 267-5552 or e-mail: [email protected]
For information on other future Tours, please contact our office in Ottawa, tel. (613) 236-1116 or check the newsletter.