12 Day Russian River Cruise with St. Petersburg & Moscow

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$3339*

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Cat. H Standard Middle Deck
Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow Moscow
MS Mstislav Rostropovich
Radisson Royal Hotel St. Petersburg
Cat. F Deluxe Main Deck
Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow Moscow
MS Mstislav Rostropovich
Radisson Royal Hotel St. Petersburg

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*Not Included:
Shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

After reserving your trip, an email will be sent to explain the process to apply for a Russian visa. Name(s) and passport numbers on your reservation must be an EXACT match to your passport to avoid delays and significant fees for last minute visa services. Visa processing can take up to 6 weeks during which time your passport will be unavailable for other international trips.

As Russian river cruise and tourism industries are relatively young, you will certainly find the physical conditions there are lesser when compared to those of Western Europe. Ships are recently renovated 20-30 year-old vessels. You will find that cleanliness and onboard services are up-to-date.

While sailing with LLC Vodohod d/b/a Vodohod Russian River Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Vodohod Russian River Cruise Terms and Conditions


Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 3+ -star MS Mstislav Rostropovich and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with renovated furnishings. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

Flight Details


Accommodation Details


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-St. Petersburg, Moscow-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Port fees
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour of enchanting St. Petersburg with its beautiful Russian architecture
  • View the magnificent Peterhof Palace and Gardens
  • Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housed in the lavishly decorated Winter Palace in St. Petersburg
  • Sail to Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village
  • Stand in awe at the fairy tale Church of Transfiguration in Kizhi, a World Heritage Site
  • Guided walking tour of the Kremlin grounds
  • Tour of the 16th century Novodevichy Convent & a unique tour of the Moscow subway stations
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner
  • Choice of wine or juice with dinner
  • Russian vodka tasting on board

Know Before You Book - Weather Conditions on the Russian Waterways

Please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time this Russian river cruise operates exactly as planned, weather conditions such as heavy fog or ice may affect the ship's itinerary. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is impacted, the itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program offers an authentic Russian experience. Travelers should be prepared for the differences between the simple 3+ -star MS Mstislav Rostropovich and the standard level of service experienced on western-style Danube river ships. The ship is an older vessel with renovated furnishings. The staff are a friendly Russian speaking crew, but you will have the assistance of your local tour manager throughout. The menu reflects basic Russian cuisine and portion size is moderate. Sailing time between ports can be long, so there will be ample time to relax on board or participate in a limited entertainment program. While in port, this is a moderately active trip that covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking during included sightseeing and some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise.

Select departures may operate in the reverse direction.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Russia
Depart for St. Petersburg, Russia

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in St. Petersburg
Arrive in astonishingly beautiful St. Petersburg, nestled on the Neva River and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: St. Petersburg

DAY 3, Friday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Head to Peterhof Palace, the amazing Summer Palace of Peter the Great, known as his Russian re-creation of the French Palace of Versailles. It is famed for its palaces, gorgeous landscaped gardens, terraces filled with gilded statues and fountains. The guided tour takes you to the sparkling fountains of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Parks, stopping for a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland. Afterwards, return to the hotel with time at leisure for sightseeing, lunch, or shopping. This evening perhaps dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food; be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Cruise Embarkation
After an early check out from the hotel, morning at leasure before tranferring to the port to embark your cruise on the MS Mstislav Rostropovich. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. This evening, join the dinner on board and get to know your fellow travelers
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Village of Mandrogi
Cruise this morning for Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Arrive in the early afternoon, and go ashore for a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion (weather permitting). Walk through the town with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the workshops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Perhaps cap off the afternoon at the Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2,500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. In the late afternoon, sail for the island of Kizhi. In the evening, join a Russian language class and enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
This morning arrive to the island of Kizhi.* Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open-air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class. In the evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner followed by entertainment on board
*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortified walls, which measure 2,400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting. Tonight, enjoy a Russian style dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia's history. This morning's walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father's forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. The ship will set sail for Moscow at noon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds Tour
This morning relax on board as you prepare for an exciting afternoon in Moscow, the fabled capital of Russia. After lunch on board, begin your panoramic city tour at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the former headquarters of the KGB. Explore storied Red Square with St. Basil's cathedral, Sparrow Hills, and the famous red brick walls of the Kremlin. The tour of the Kremlin takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. After dinner in a city restaurant, perhaps join the optional Moscow by Night tour that travels to lively Tverskaya Street, with its bustling shops, cafes and restaurants
Optional: Moscow by Night*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Disembarkation in Moscow, Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit
Enjoy breakfast at leisure prior to disembarkation in Moscow. Time to relax before taking a tour to the 16th century Novodevichy Convent or New Maiden Convent a UNESCO World Heritage Site, This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Afterwards, continue with a tour of Moscow's elegant Subway Stations. You will see some of the most beautiful stations, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and brightly colored stained glass. Transfer to your hotel
Overnight: Moscow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Russia
Transfer to the Moscow airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director. Please visit this link for tour information.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Russia
Depart for Moscow, Russia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Moscow
Arrive in Moscow, Russia’s fascinating capital and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Moscow

DAY 3, Saturday - Novodevichy Convent & Metro Visit, Cruise Embarkation
After an early check out from the hotel, visit the 16th century Novodevichy Convent or New Maiden Convent, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This superb architectural monument is one of Russia's best-known cloisters. Afterward, continue with a tour of Moscow's elegant Subway Stations. You will see some of the most beautiful stations, lavishly decorated with marble, mosaics, chandeliers and brightly colored stained glass. Return back to the hotel for time at leisure before transferring to the port for embarkation on the MS Mstislav Rostropovich. After arrival formalities, time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner welcomes you to Russia and your cruise on the legendary Volga River
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Moscow City Tour & Kremlin Grounds
The panoramic tour of Moscow, fabled capital of Russia, begins with the exploration of famous Red Square and a visit to GUM, a large department store that could easily be confused with a palace. View the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and continue to the Kremlin, one of the best-known monuments in Russia and in the world. The guided walking tour takes you inside the former residence of the Russian Czars. See the famous Czar Cannon, the 16th century Czar Bell, and Cathedral Square, home to three of Moscow's most elaborate cathedrals: the Cathedral of Assumption, the Cathedral of Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Visit one of the cathedrals and admire the frescoes and exquisite icons. After lunch, embark on a city tour. Drive by Leningradskaya and Tverskaya streets and the former headquarters of the KGB. Return to the ship. This evening, join the Captain's dinner on board and get to know your fellow travelers
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Walking Tour of Uglich
Relax on board today. Perhaps, join a Russian language class, or attend a lecture about traditional Russian handicrafts. In the late afternoon, arrive in historic Uglich on the banks of the Volga River. Uglich played an important role in Russian history when Prince Dmitry used it as a hiding place from the bloody reign of his father Ivan the Terrible. His death made the town famous and led to an increasingly turbulent period in Russia’s history. The walking tour will visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood built in honor of the Prince on the exact spot where he was killed by his father’s forces, and the Transfiguration Cathedral marvelously decorated with painted icons and frescoes. In the evening, enjoy a Ukrainian dinner and folklore entertainment on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Monastery of St. Cyril, Goritsy
Morning is at leisure on board. Afternoon arrival in Goritsy, an old Russian town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Stroll the grounds of the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, also known as the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, one of the largest and best preserved medieval Abbeys in Russia. The wooden churches and walls built at the original location were replaced over succeeding centuries by impressive stone and masonry structures. The monastery's fortified walls, which measure 2,400-feet-long and 22 feet thick, are truly a very impressive sight. In the late afternoon, reboard your ship and join a festive Russian vodka tasting. Tonight, enjoy a Russian style dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Kizhi Church of Transfiguration
Tour the ship’s bridge with the friendly staff, and continue practicing your Russian at the language class. Time to relax on board before the late afternoon arrival on the island of Kizhi.* Here, you will stand in awe at the Church of Transfiguration, one of the most impressive wooden structures ever erected. This fairy tale architectural landmark is largely responsible for creating one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Russia. The church features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy, built without using a single nail. Wander through the open- air wooden Architecture Museum with its collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture. This entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, attend a Russian tea ceremony on board, or a Russian song class as the ship sails towards Mandrogi. In the evening, enjoy a pirate themed dinner followed by entertainment on board
*The operation of the Kizhi Church of Transfiguration is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If canceled, the visit to Kizhi will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Village of Mandrogi
In the late morning, dock in Mandrogi, a reconstructed 18th century traditional Russian village set amongst a picturesque landscape. Walk through the village with its traditional Russian houses (izba) and browse the shops for handmade Russian crafts, paintings or traditional clothes. Stop at the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, with a collection of over 2,500 varieties of vodka from across Russia. Explore the craft workshops where painting, wood carving, weaving lacework and pottery are demonstrated, and then cap off the afternoon with a traditional "shashlik" lunch, served in an open-air pavilion on the shore (weather permitting). In the late afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail for St. Petersburg, the jewel of Russia. Relax and enjoy your evening on board with the ship's Gala Concert and Captain's farewell dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - St. Petersburg City Tour & Hermitage Museum
Morning tour of enchanting St. Petersburg begins on the stunning Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the city, planned by Peter the Great. Continue to the Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral with its huge golden dome and the magnificent Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a superb example of Russian architecture. This afternoon visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, housing the largest collection of priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and many others. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends at dinner on board. Afterwards, attend an optional performance of a traditional Russian ballet or take the optional scenic tour of St. Petersburg by Night
Optional: Ballet Performance*
Optional: St. Petersburg by Night*
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Disembarkation in St. Petersburg, Peterhof Palace
This morning disembark the ship and head to Peterhof Palace, the amazing Summer Palace of Peter the Great known as his Russian re-creation of the French Palace of Versailles. It is famed for its palaces, gorgeous landscaped gardens, terraces filled with gilded statues and fountains. The guided tour takes you to the sparkling fountains of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Parks, stopping for a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland. Afterward, check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Full Day in St. Petersburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure in St. Petersburg which is known as one of the world's most beautiful cities. This evening perhaps dine at a charming restaurant and savor the delicious food; be sure to try blinis, a Russian favorite
Overnight: St. Petersburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Russia
Transfer to the St. Petersburg airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Optional tours are available for purchase on board from your Cruise Director. Please visit this link for tour information.

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9 Day Classic Russia, September 2019
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It was wonderful and great. I really enjoy the trip. The tour director is extremely knowledgeable, patient and organized. The grandeur of the buildings and palaces in Moscow and St Petersburg is awe inspiring.

Chongkit L. Jackson Heights, NY
12 Day Russian River Cruise, August 2019
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It was wonderful, Saint Petersburg and Moscow more beautiful than I expected. My first river cruise and eighth trip overall, and among my best. Tour guide Kateryna my great appreciation for organization. Gate 1 did an overall good job.

Manickam B. South Pasadena, CA
13 Day Russian River Cruise, July 2019
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The trip was fabulous! We had many expectations and some anxiety regarding this trip to Russia, as we were all taught growing up about the struggles of the Russian population with communism. Upon experiencing Russia, we were amazed to how polite, inviting, open and interesting the people are, willing to discuss the dark days along with the revitalization. The architecture was amazing, how they restored the old buildings with the “onion” towers, the communist style “no frills”, and the modern apartment construction. We found the cities easy to maneuver with Uber and the Metro and the cleanest cities we have ever experienced. This was our fourth trip with Gate One (Egypt, China, Greece), and as expected the guides were excellent (Katya and Cristina). We had fun with them, learned from them, and truly enjoyed their company. They made us feel welcome and comfortable. While as a matter of philosophy, my wife and I do not return to the same place more than once (it’s a large world and we want to see it ALL), we highly recommend others to enjoy the history, elegance, and hospitality of Russia.

Francis Z. Schenectady, NY
9 Day Classic Russia, July 2019
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My trip was wonderful, I really enjoyed every moment of it. I specially would like to commend the efforts of our Russian tour guide Galina. She was very knowledgeable and extremely caring about our comfort. Please let your Russian office know how wonderful she was throughout the trip. I certainly will use Gate 1 for my future travels and recommend it to my family and friends.

Parisima H. Los Angeles, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise with Moscow & St. Petersburg - Moscow to St. Petersburg, June 2019
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Great trip! Russia was more than expected. Beautiful and clean (no litter or graffiti at all anywhere). People were warm and very friendly as well. We would recommend the trip to anyone who is interested in a wonderful trip and learning more about Russia. Also, our trip manager Elena was fabulous, maybe the best we have ever had on a Gate 1 trip.

Robert O. Scottsdale, AZ
15 Day Russia & Baltics, June 2019
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We had a great trip. We saw so much in each city and it was well organized. Egis, the tour director was amazing!!! We will continue to book Gate 1 travel for upcoming trips.

Ana P. San Diego, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, June 2019
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Our trip was outstanding and very memorable, everything we imagine and much more. We love everything including Galina, our tour guide (have to mention her because she did an exceptional job). This is our second trip with you and we are looking for a third one end of this year/beginning of next. Thanks again Gate 1!

Alejandro T. Juncos, PR
9 Day Classic Russia, April 2019
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The trip was amazing. Galina is fabulous. Fun and super knowable. So organized. The hotels were beautiful and beyond what we were expecting and the food was great.

Sydney T. Toronto, Ontario
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, June 2018
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Russia is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited. Definitely going back and will use Gate 1 again . The tour was very well organized, tour guides very knowledgeable. I love that we started from St. Petersburg and ended up in Moscow. It was getting better everyday and like a crescendo. All excursions were good. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 travel to friends.

Sebastian C. Norton, VA
13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg, May 2018
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On May 25th, we flew on Aeroflot and embarked on the 13 Day Russian River Cruise on the MS Kronshtadt. It was a very well planned trip thanks to Gate 1 and our tour guide, Tanya! ... Our room was impeccably clean, the Russian crew went out of their way to please us, and the food was presented beautifully and actually delightful ... We began in Moscow and finished in St. Petersburg. St. Basil's, the Kremlin, palaces, and more churches were just some of the highlights throughout our journey ... This was truly a trip of a lifetime, and we enjoyed it all! We look forward to another Gate 1 adventure.

Adeline R. Covington, LA
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, May 2018
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Our trip was wonderful. It was nice to be on a refurbished boat, very clean, nice bedding and towels ... There was always lots to eat and fresh salads. The dining room staff did not speak one word of English so it made communication very difficult. Tours were excellent and guides very knowledgeable and spoke English. We were both very impressed with Moscow. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, great variation in locations that we were shown.

Sharon S. British Colombia, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow, May 2018
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We had a wonderful trip and the weather was nice & warm. The tour director, Tanya is a very experience and courteous lady. Everything was under her control professionally. This is our 1st time with Gate 1 and it'll be our agent from now on.

Angela F. Ontario, CA
13 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2018
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My trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our tour guide, Angelina, couldn’t have been more helpful, efficient and pleasant. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate her a 15!!

Sharon S. New Milford, CT
13 Day Russian River Cruise - Moscow to St. Petersburg, May 2018
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It was fantastic. We had a wonderful Gate 1 tour manager, Victoria. We didn't have high expectations regarding the ship but it turned out good. Russia is a beautiful country and we were glad to have gone.

Susan S. San Francisco, CA
9 Day Classic Russia, October 2017
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It was absolutely fabulous! Galina is an exceptionally educated and organized tour guide. I loved the hotels and there locations. The itinerary and optional tours permitted me to explore the many wonders of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Linda Gale D. Laguna Woods, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2017
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It was a very interesting trip - great value for the money. Our guides were all outstanding - very knowledgeable, informative & helpful. Enjoyed the Russian classes on board which helped to decipher the Russian alphabet. Kudos to Gate 1.

Helga F. Cornville, AZ
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2017
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Fabulous! Best vacation I have had in years! So many wonderful places, people, food, and experiences. Thank you for the memories of a lifetime. My dream of visiting Russia was fulfilled; the trip exceeded my expectations.

Barbara S. Humble, TX
13 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2017
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Once again, Gate 1 provided an exceptional trip. Tanya, the tour guide, was fantastic, the local guides were knowledgeable, fun, spoke English excellently, kept thing moving on time, the crew was kind, professional and did a wonderful job keeping the ship clean and comfortable, and Russia and the Russian people, what can I say! My life is better for having visited there and met them. I am looking forward to my next Gate 1 adventure!

Paula E. Edina, MN
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2017
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Just wanted to say that the Russian River Cruise was fantastic and that the Gate 1 organisation exceeded expectations. Having done a "Pacific Ocean Cruise" my wife and I were hesitant about this adventure but we need not have been. The smaller group allowed passengers to get to know each other and the tour leader and guides could really focus on our needs and information about locations visited. Cabins were comfortable (if a bit small) and the ever changing view from the cabin window added to the experience. Russia was spectacular, exciting and full of history. This particular cruise provided such a great insight into the country and allowed us to visit small but historic locations ( Uglich, Kirillov ) as well as St Petersburg and Moscow. Would absolutely recommend this tour and Gate 1 as a tour company.

Brett M. VIC, Australia
12 Day Russian River Cruise , August 2017
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This trip to Russia was our 9th vacation with Gate 1 and has been one of the best we have taken. The organization was excellent and the guide, Nikita, was a superb leader. We were deeply impressed with the country, the people and their culture. We particularly enjoyed the spectacular old churches, traditional folk dances and the friendship of the people.

Sergio B. Philadelphia, PA
12 Day First Class Russian River Cruise with Moscow & St. Petersburg , August 2017
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Fantastic, and so were all the guides and especially our tour manager, Kaysa. The river boat was very comfortable and our hotel accommodations were wonderful. Both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised how nice the Russian people were towards us.

Robert B. Osprey, FL
13 Day Russian River Cruise, July 2017
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We have come home in good shape. My wife and I enjoyed the Russian River Cruise very much. Russia and Russian people are simply beautiful. The tour manager Elena is fantastic. She is very helpful and looks after everything in great details. The two onboard guides and the ship's staff are friendly and courteous too. Thank you Gate 1 and we will come again.

Michael W. Victoria, Australia
12 Day Russian River Cruise, July 2017
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Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Russia. Your tour guide, Asya, is a wonderful ambassador for both Gate 1 and Russia. This was our fifth Gate 1 trip and, as always, Gate 1 came through for us providing a wonderful vacation.

Edward P. Folsom, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, June 2017
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OMG it was incredible! Tanya made the trip. She was everything and more. Lena was a quiet wonder. She made sure we were all accounted for a million times. There was not one local guide that was a slacker. They were all top notch and made sure we saw only the best at each place with as few crowds as possible. Best of all, each and every person told their personal stories along with the local lore. This was the first overseas trip my husband has made since the 1970's and I think we've created a traveling monster......where are we going next? Everyone felt so taken care of and we now love Russia. Who would have thought! Just FYI there was a single woman there who was making her 13th Gate 1 tour. That spoke volumes of your company. Thanks for asking!

Kathleen C. Houston, TX
12 Day Russian River Cruise, June 2017
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We really enjoyed our trip to Russia!! We learned a lot, and every day was filled with new things. Gate 1 trips never disappoint!!

Judith E. San Diego, CA
13 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2017
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Great trip. Wonderfully arranged. Good boat and great crew. Will take another with Gate 1 soon.

Robert S. Virginia Bch, VA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, May 2017
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We had a fantastic, relaxing and a memorable trip to Russia. Tour manager Asya and our coordinator Lina, were excellent and friendly. Thanks to both of them. They were always smiling and very helpful. They made our trip sail smooth.

Lalitha R. Laguna Niguel, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2016
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We enjoyed our Russia and Eastern Europe trip very much. Lots of rain & cold weather in Romania which we were told was unusual for this time of year. All in all, everyone made the best of it. Best guide we have ever had on any trip was Radu. Most caring, knowledgeable, humorous and everyone just loved him!! He made the trip an event to remember!!

Joy D. Chico, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise , September 2016
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The trip was great -- good weather, good food generally and wonderful sights! The National Folk Show in Moscow was fantastic!!

Helen K. El Monte, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2016
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The Russian River Cruise trip has absolutely highlighted the essence of Russia, introducing me to the country's history, beauty, and culture. The itinerary offered a great perspective in comparing and contrasting the uniqueness of Russia's major cities with the small villages/towns. The excursions, optional tours (especially the two folk dance shows: Bagatitsa in St. Petersburg and Kostroma in Moscow), and the special ship's activities (learning the country’s language, songs, and dance) have certainly been instrumental in authenticating the richness of the Russian culture. Furthermore, the local guides did a great job in giving tourists a detailed insight of their city/village--past and present. As for the MS Zosima Shashkov, the room was clean, the staff was friendly and accommodating, the food was fine, and the musicians were enjoyable, even though I felt that a variety of entertainment was needed. Hiring young on-board guides to assist the tour managers was a wonderful idea because these young personnel were personable, full of fun and energy, and established a positive rapport with the passengers. Overall, this trip was extremely educational and enjoyable. Thank you!

Rose G. Duarte, CA
12 Day Russian River Cruise, September 2016
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Fabulous trip. I want to say that our tour guide, Tanya, was absolutely the finest tour guide I have ever encountered. She was so knowledgeable and personable and took such good care of everyone. She deserves a raise and a promotion!!! I will surely recommend the Russian tour to my friends. Thank you for all the help!!

Judith H. Houston, TX
12 Day Russian River Cruise , August 2016
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Great trip, Tanya was a perfect tour guide, fun, informative, and professional. Ship was comfortable if a little small in the staterooms. Enjoyed the food, and entertainment. We will see you again soon.

Stuart H. Concord, NC

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