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Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise & Ukraine

(18 days, St Petersburg - Kiev, 2015)

All-inclusive luxury

Scenic ‘Tsar’
Ultimate Inclusions

  • Boutique Small Ship with a maximum of 112 guests
  • Spacious full size balconies in 93% of all cabins*
  • Relax in our two viewing areas
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with on board lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • On board entertainment
  • Wellness Centre
  • Personal audio headsets on all shore excursions
  • On board Doctor for your health and safety
  • Experienced Cruise Director and three Program Directors
  • Return Airport transfers

* does not include category E staterooms

Scenic Enrich

  • Exclusive once in a lifetime experiences
  • A traditional Russian lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant, offering exclusive home-grown produce and wines from the restaurant owner’s private summer residence
  • Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before a Russian ballet performance at the Palace of Prince Vladimir, exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • Visit the enchanting museum village of Mandrogi
  • Meet a real cosmonaut on your visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

Scenic Sundowners

  • See the sights of Moscow whilst enjoying a refreshing cocktail during an evening cruise on the Moskva River

Scenic Free Choice

  • 9 included options to choose from in 3 locations

Dining Experiences

  • 47 superb meals including, 17 Breakfasts (B), 14 Lunches (L) and 16 Dinners (D)

Scenic Highlights

  • Visit the Hermitage Art Museum, the former Winter Palace to the Tsars
  • Marvel at Catherine’s Palace and gardens including the Amber room
  • Guided walking tour of Kizhi Island, view the Church of Transfiguration
  • Sample of the age old tradition, Vodka
  • Visit the Kremlin and the State Armory Museum
  • Possibly Russia’s most iconic building, discover St. Basil’s Cathedral on a guided tour
  • Take a ride on Moscow’s famous metro system and admire the elaborately decorated stations
  • Witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers
  • Guided sightseeing in Kiev
  • Excursion to the Monastery of the Caves
Day 1: St. Petersburg (D)
Welcome to St. Petersburg. A Scenic Tours representative will greet you and arrange your transfer* to the Scenic Tsar where you will be warmly invited on board by your dedicated crew.
Day 2: St. Petersburg (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided tour of Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof; or (2) an orientation tour of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, followed by a walk through its magnificent Gardens; or (3) a guided tour of the Palaces’ majestic Fountains, including both the Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a city tour.
Day 3: St. Petersburg (B,L,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a guided visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral; or (2) tour the 19th century Yusupov Palace. Following lunch in a local restaurant visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s greatest art collections. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Day 4: St. Petersburg (B,L,D)
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. SCENIC ENRICH Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant. Here you will be offered traditional Russian cuisine with all products and wine home-grown from the restaurant owner’s private summer residence. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure. SCENIC ENRICH Tonight you will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg.
Day 5: St. Petersburg (B,L,D)
This morning we’ll enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges. Tonight join your fellow guests on the sun deck as your ship sets sail along the Neva River.
Day 6: Mandrogi (B,L,D)
SCENIC ENRICH It’s all ashore to explore this charming museum village, reconstructed after WWII. You will have the opportunity to try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
Day 7: Kizhi Island (B,L,D)
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island; the island hosts some of Russia’s most amazing wooden architecture. You’ll visit this open air museum and its precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also view the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes.
Day 8: Goritsy (B,L,D)
Today we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to an impressive collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail this afternoon, sample the beverage that has been integral to Russian culture for over 600 years, Vodka.
Day 9: Yaroslavl (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent city of Yaroslavl; founded in 1010 it is older than Moscow.
Day 10: Uglich (B,L,D)
Take a guided walking tour of historic Uglich, part of the Golden Ring of cities around Moscow.
Day 11: Moscow (B,L,D)
Relax on board as you sail towards Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on a city exploration. We will visit Red Square and enjoy a tour of the most well-known icon in Russia, St. Basil’s Cathedral. SCENIC SUNDOWNERS Enjoy a refreshing cocktail during an evening cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire Moscow’s fine sights and architecture from the waterways.
Day 12: Moscow (B,L,D)
Start your day by seeing all the major sights of the city on a guided tour. Then, enjoy a ride on Moscow’s Metro– considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant enjoy free time to explore the bustling city of Moscow on your own or return to the ship. Tonight you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus.
Day 13: Moscow (B,L,D)
SCENIC ENRICH Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with a real cosmonaut and see the history of space exploration, including original exhibits and models of space technology, history and art. Then, enjoy lunch in the city. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art; or (2) visit the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you will have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.
Day 14: Moscow (B,L,D)
Your day starts with a visit to the Kremlin, seat of the former Soviet Union’s intrigue. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. This evening you’ll witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers (not available on all departures).
Day 15: Moscow - Kiev (B,D)
After breakfast your Scenic Tours Representative will take you to the airport for your fight to the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev.
Three Night Stay: Kiev
Day 16: Kiev (B,L)
This morning you’ll enjoy a city tour and see all the major sights. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Monastery of the Caves, an active, functioning monastery.
Day 17: Kiev (B,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit the Mamayeva Sloboda open-air museum; or (2) visit the Chernobyl Museum, dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and its consequences. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner of traditional Ukrainian cuisine and folk music.
Day 18: Kiev (B)
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred* by your Scenic Tours Representative to Kiev Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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