Some thoughts and links to info related to this trip

Now that we're home, I'd like to give you some more info about the specifics of the vendors we used, and final thoughts we had about Russia throughout the trip.   First, the cruise line is Vodohod, and we booked it in the U.S. through Gate1...

Day 11 - Moscow

After last night's tour we were all pretty tired. Delores opted to skip the Kremlin tour and relax and pack. Another beautiful sunny day dawned (at 3:30 am), with temperatures expected to be in the 80's.    The traffic was noticeably worse and...

Day 10 - Moscow

Morning was cruising down the Volga until we came to canals. We went through locks during the night. We never got tired of watching the locks. We went through them with our sister ship, the Tolstoy. Tanya told us the company saves money by having the...

Day 9 - Uglich

We had a morning arrival in Uglich, one of the oldest cities in Russia and our last stop before Moscow. At breakfast we could see the onion domes of several churches coming into view. There was also a dam that turned out to be a hydroelectric power...

Day 8 - Yaroslavl

This day we were to finally enter the Volga River, sailing a bit east up one branch to one of the largest and oldest cities, Yaroslavl. Docking would not be until around 3:30 pm so again there were various shipboard activities scheduled. Also, the...

Day 7 - Goritsy

  Day 7 - Goritsy   We woke up to a hazy morning as we cruised across White Lake. It's not as large as the others we've crossed. Soon we came into a river as we had breakfast.    We were scheduled to arrive at 2 pm so there were a few...

Day 6 Kizhi

  Again the sun was bright at 3 am and I was wide awake at 5:30. We were supposed to dock at 8 am so there was coffee available at 6 am. I went up to the bar and there was one other passenger there. I ordered from the bartender, a young man who...

Day 5 Mandroghi

Day 5 Mandroghi   We sailed last night. The views of the riverbanks, forests and houses were magical. The ship is headed east to the town of Mandroghi. We' sailed in tandem with another ship from this cruise line doing the same itinerary. It is...

Days 1 and 2 St. Petersburg

Days 1 and 2 contd Frankfurt to St. Petersburg   I left you in the airport in Frankfurt so let's get to our destination. An unremarkable wait led to a short delay that would have us landing in "Peter" as the Russians call it a little after 9 pm....

The Cruise

Let me tell you about the cruise itself now that we are embarking.    We have been constantly warned not to expect much compared to the big ocean liners. We don't. This is our first cruise, so no problems there.    The ship holds about 270...

Day 4 - Pushkin and Peterhof

  We opted for a tour to the palace at Pushkin and the gardens at Peterhof on the last day in Peter. Everyone who has been here told us not to miss it.    The day started out wet but not quite as cold. We got on the buses very early for the...

Day 3 St. Petersburg

Day 3 St. Petersburg    The day started quite early and I was the only passenger up on the ship, as I told you yesterday.   We had a packed itinerary that started with a 6:45 wake-up call (not that I need it), and buffet breakfast at 7:00. The...

Almost there

We are in the Frankfurt airport waiting for the flight to St. Petersburg. It's only a bit over 90 minutes which will seem like nothing after the 10-1/2 hour flight to get here.    Of course the trip did not start out auspiciously. We could not...