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Malta 2022

A lovely year-round climate, 7,000 years of history and a Mediterranean Lifestyle that is second to none.

Malta is a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean with a rich history and a tranquil ambiance that summons tourists from around the world. While its population is just over 400,000 it is a deeply religious country that is 98% catholic and boasts 365 churches… one for every day of the year.

History lovers will be in their element in Malta, discovering man-made structures older than the Egyptian pyramids, some of which date back 7000 years.

Due to Malta’s geographical position it has been of great strategic significance over the centuries and is dotted with forts, defensive walls and towers, as well as an excellent National War Museum. The Canadian air force played a significant role in Malta in World war II during the island’s darkest days

Malta’s historic 17th century capita, Valletta, has over 300 monuments each with special significance.

Travac wants you to enjoy the balmy weather of Malta on our semi- inclusive holiday as you stay and relax on some of the island’s best beaches. You will be able to explore a whole host of natural and man-made sights, from the caverns of the Blue Grotto to 5,000-year-old underground necropolises, and megalithic temple complexes. Shopping is excellent as are the choices in its restaurants and pubs.

Your hotel during your stay is apartment hotel the AX Sunny Coast Aparthotel in St. Paul’s Bay.

Property Location

With a stay at Sunny Coast Resort & Spa in Qawra, you’ll be near the bay and minutes from Malta National Aquarium and Bugibba Beach. This 4-star aparthotel is within close proximity of Birdpark Malta and St Paul’s Island.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 91 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and stovetops. Rooms have private balconies. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks. Breakfast is included daily during your stay.

Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. This aparthotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a hair salon, and a television in a common area.

Dates and pricing for 2022:

February 19- March 7, 2022 (17 days/15 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $2949 per person ($2169 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3299 ($2519 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3199 per person ($2419 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3549 ($2769 + taxes of $780).

March 19- April 3, 2022 (16 days/14 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3059 per person ($2279 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3479 ($2699 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3309 per person ($2529 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3729 ($2949 + taxes of $780).

February 17- March 13, 2022 (25 days/23 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3279 per person ($2499 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3949 ($3169 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3659 per person ($2879 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $4329 ($3549 + taxes of $780).

March 3-27, 2022 (25 days/23 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3,459 per person ($2,679 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $4,109 ($3,329 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3,839 per person ($3,059 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $4,489 ($3,709 + taxes of $780).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Ottawa to Malta

This afternoon you will be transferred with your Tour Director by private coach to Montreal for you flights to Malta. Your flights will transit through Munich and Frankfurt with Lufthansa and Swiss Air. Our office staff will be happy to assist you with more information.

Day 2

Arrival in Malta

Upon arrival in Malta, you will be transferred to your hotel in St Paul’s Bay by private chartered coach. Your Travac Tours Director will assist you with check in to AX Sunny Coast and advise you of the meeting time for your information session on optional tours. AX Sunny Coast is an apartment hotel, but breakfast is provided daily.

Day 3-24

St. Paul’s Bay, Malta

During your stay at AX Sunny Coast breakfast is included.

Malta is very diverse. The history is still evident today and dates back as far as the Neolithic period. Many temples are scattered around the island and “Ggantija” is said to be one of the oldest surviving, free-standing monuments in the world, predating Stonehenge by around 1,000 years! Thanks to their strategic position in the Med, the Maltese islands have played a crucial role in the making of history too, including the wars between Rome and Carthage, the Second World War and the Cold War, but it was perhaps the period of the Crusades which left the biggest impression. When the Knights Hospitaller of St John were driven out of Rhodes and handed Malta by Charles V, they bequeathed palaces, forts, cathedrals, an abundance of art and, of course, the Maltese Cross. Malta is also a very exciting destination. You can enjoy boat rentals and plenty of beach activities. If you’re a movie buff “The Da Vinci Code” and “Troy” with Brad Pitt along with many others were filmed here. You can take a full day tour of the sets for the series “Game of Thrones”. Although your time is free to discover Malta on your own, your Travac Tours Director will assist you with optional tours and activities throughout your stay.

Day 25

Return to Canada

Your Tour Director will assist with check out you will transfer from the hotel to the airport via private coach. Your flight will transit through Munich enroute to Montreal with Lufthansa.

Itinerary and hotel are subject to change.

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Hotel Information


AX Sunny Coast Aparthotel

Hotel website



Hotel Address
Dawret Il - Qawra, Qawra
St Paul's Bay, Malta
SPB 1981
+356 2157 2994



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Spain- Sol House- Breakfast & Dinner Included 2022

The Costa del Sol region of southern Spain is remarkable for its diverse landscapes, fabulous beaches and coastal sites as well as a wealth of small villages that dot the shore line. This Mediterranean coastline is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, hosting millions of tourists on an annual basis. Villages have grown into robust towns with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The area’s history dates back thousands of years and it has developed a unique and warm culture that defines the region.

Travac is pleased to be offering exceptional new packages to the Costa del Sol region of Spain that include 2 meals per day, perfectly located deluxe accommodations in Torremolinos, and the services of a local guide while at your destination.

Attractively priced, space is sure to sell out quickly- early booking is your best guarantee of enjoying this fabulous holiday.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Canada

Your flight departs with Air Transat from Montreal direct to Malaga, Spain. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight details

Day 2

Arrival in Malaga

Upon arrival, you will be met by your Travac Tours Director and transferred to your hotel in Torremolinos by private chartered coach. Your Travac Tours Director will assist with check in and advise you of meeting time for your information session on optional tours.

Day 3-24

Costa del Sol, Torremolinos

The Hotel Sol House is a four-star resort hotel located beachfront in the popular holiday destination of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. Accommodations consist entirely of rooms all with their own terrace, as well as breakfast and dinner daily, making it an ideal choice for a delightful vacation. Your Travac Tours Director will assist you with optional tours and outings ($) during your stay. The optional tours are paid locally in Euros and once paid are non-refundable. A listing of these tours along with costs are only available locally once in Spain. The towns of Benalmádena, Málaga, Fuengirola, Mijas and Marbella are all close by and can be easily reached by public transportation. You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the cities in the region including Seville, Malaga, Granada and the jewel of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar ($). Shopping opportunities are extensive. There are also local markets in each village that operate on different days of the week.

Day 23

Return to Canada

Your Tour Director will assist with check out and he/she will travel with you on your transfer from the hotel to the airport via private coach. He/she will assist you with your check in. Your flight is direct from Malaga to Montreal with Air Transat.

Itinerary/flights are subject to change. 

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Hotel Information


Sol House

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Salvador Allende, 45
Torremolinos, Spain

(34)952387066



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Spain- Costa del Sol 2022

The Costa del Sol region of southern Spain is remarkable for its diverse landscapes, fabulous beaches and coastal sites as well as a wealth of small villages that dot the shore line. This Mediterranean coastline is one of Europe’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Villages have grown into robust towns with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The area’s history dates back thousands of years and it has developed a unique and warm culture that defines the region.

Travac is pleased to be offering exceptional new packages to the Costa del Sol region of Spain for 2022 that include perfectly located deluxe accommodations in Benalmádena and the services of a local guide while at your destination.

Attractively priced, space is sure to sell out quickly- early booking is your best guarantee of enjoying this fabulous holiday.

Dates and pricing for 2022

Please note your deposits are refundable until September 1, 2021!

 

February 23- March 10, 2022 (2 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $2769 per person ($2079  + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $3519 ($2829 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $2859 per person ($2169  + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $3709 ($3019 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $2979 per person ($2289 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $3969 ($3279 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio Apartment

Double occupancy:  $3089 per person ($2399 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $4219 ($3529 + taxes of $690).

 

February 9- March 3, 2022 (3 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3079 per person ($2389 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $4209 ($3519 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3209 per person ($2519 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $4489 ($3799 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3389 per person ($2699 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $4879 ($4189 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio Apartment

Double occupancy:  $3559 per person ($2869 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5249 ($4559 + taxes of $690).

 

February 16- March 17, 2022 (4 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3409 per person ($2719 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $4909 ($4219 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3579 per person ($2889 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5279 ($4589 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3829 per person ($3139 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $5819 ($5129 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio apartment

Double occupancy:  $4039 per person ($3349 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $6289 ($5599 + taxes of $690).

 

February 2- March 10, 2022 (5 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3659 per person ($2969 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5529 ($4839 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3879 per person ($3189  + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5999 ($5309 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $4169 per person ($3479 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $6649 ($5959 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio apartment

Double occupancy:  $4449 per person ($3759 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $7269 ($6579 + taxes of $690).

Hotel Information


Sunset Beach Club

Hotel website



Hotel Address
Av. del Sol, 5
Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain
29630
+34 952 57 94 00



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The Great Canadian Train Experience: VIA The Great Western Way

Travac wants you to see Canada the way it was meant to be seen, travelling onboard VIA’s unforgettable rail journey.

This epic journey will fly you to Vancouver where you will leave the bustle of this large metropolitan city and slip through the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, the gentle prairie fields, the picturesque towns, and the incredible scenery of Canada’s rugged lake country.

The Journey will take you from Vancouver to Kamloops and on to Jasper, continuing to Edmonton, Winnipeg. Sioux Lookout and Toronto.

This unforgettable rail experience lets you enjoy the wonderful diversity of our great nation.

Join us this October as we embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail experiences.

Canada awaits you.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you will meet your Travac Tours Director at the Ottawa Airport to board your flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Vancouver hotel The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. Within walking distance to Vancouver Harbour and Canada Place with wonderful views of Stanley Park you are very well situated. After arriving at your hotel the rest of the day is free to enjoy the surrounding area. Your Travac Tours Director will have ideas of things to do. Reminder that check-in time is 3:00pm.

Day 2

This morning you will have a ticket for the hop on hop off bus. It is valid for 24 hours so you are free to discover Vancouver at your own pace. Your afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to visit Gastown, a lovely walk in Stanley Park or make your way to Granville Island. This beautiful city has so much to offer.

Day 3

Morning at leisure. Check out time is 12:00pm. This afternoon you will be met at the hotel for your transfer to the Pacific Central Station. NOTE: You are only permitted to have a carry on size bag to take to your cabin. Your larger checked bag has to be checked in with Via and it will be stored away. You cannot access your checked bag while on the train.

Today your wonderful train adventure begins aboard VIA’s The Canadian. You will be completely immersed in the single most contributing factor to what connected Canada from east to west.

Get comfortable in your “Manor Sleeping Car”. The cabins for one (with a concealed toilet) or two (with an ensuite toilet) both have vanities, and the chairs configure to make up your beds for the next four nights. The beds are made up while at dinner and put back away while at breakfast. The cabins for 2 have one upper and one lower bunk. The single cabin has one lower bed. A public shower, and 2 washrooms per car, are at your disposal. Your meals and access to the Dome Observation Car are included. Breakfast is first come, first served while lunch and dinner are set times. Times can only be reserved on the train the day before for the following day.

All 3 meals have 4 choices (one of which is vegan).

We will depart Vancouver at 1500 and you will travel to Jasper expecting to arrive at 1100 Saturday.

Cabin for two 

Cabin for one

Day 4

Wake up and enjoy your wonderful breakfast in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. You will enjoy full daylight for this breathtaking segment from Jasper to Edmonton. Jasper to Hinton is likely the most stunning scenery. Enjoy the Dome Car, the Dining Car and the Park Car to take in all the scenery.

We will depart Jasper at 1230 and expect to arrive in Edmonton at 1850.

Day 5

Today we will travel from Edmonton to Winnipeg. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery and perhaps enjoy time with new friends. The train will follow a beautiful stretch on the Saskatchewan and Manitoba border of the Assiniboine River There will be a 1 hour stop in Saskatoon very early in the morning.

We will depart Edmonton at 1950 Saturday and expect to arrive in Winnipeg at 2200 Sunday.

Day 6 & 7

We travel from Winnipeg through the night onto our destination of The Canadian to Toronto. Depending on our fall weather we should enjoy all the spectacular autumn colours along with the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario.

We will depart Winnipeg 2330 October 18 and expect to arrive in Toronto at 1430 October 19.

We will then leave The Canadian and board our train #48 departing Toronto at 1847 and arriving in Ottawa at 2326.

Schedules are subject to change.

CN Freight has priority over Via Rail and can delay our arrival times.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Hotel website



Hotel Address
1133 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3T3
(604) 689-9211



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Splendors Down Under – Sydney to Auckland with Oceania Cruises

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Sydney.

Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing

Day 2

Sydney, Australia (boarding time 1pm; depart 6 pm)

In Sydney, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

Visit the famous Opera House, stroll along the harbor or cruise around it. Climb the Harbor Bridge, take a walk through the Rocks where Sydney began, or enjoy celebrated Bondi Beach. Head into the beautiful Blue Mountains for a taste of the country; visit a wildlife park and enjoy Australia’s fabulously unique creatures. (D)

Day 3

Cruising the Tasman Sea.

(B, L, D)

Day 4

Melbourne, Australia (arrive 8 am)

Head into the scenic Dandenong Mountains and ride the Puffing Billy steam train through the forest. Meet the koalas, wallabies and more at a wildlife park or explore local wineries. Take a walk and discover the city’s marvelous architecture, chic galleries and boutiques. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Melbourne, Australia  (depart 4 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia (8am –5pm)

Nestled in the northwest corner of Tasmania, this energetic and creative seaside town offers a unique perspective on the world of industry. Once dependent on paper manufacturing, the inventive community has transformed its industry into a compelling art culture. Visit Makers’ Workshop, part museum and part arts center, for an introduction to the inspired spirit of Burnie, along with a tour of the process of papermaking and a glimpse of local artisans at work on their handicrafts. Discover Burnie’s natural gems on the many trails at Fern Glade Reserve or the picturesque Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden (B, L, D)

Day 7

Cruising the Tasman Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 8

Cruising the Tasman Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Cruising the Fjords of Milford Sound

(B, L, D)

Day 10

Dunedin, New Zealand (9 am – 6pm)

Discover the rugged, beautiful Otago Peninsula, filled with geological wonders, and gaze in awe at the great albatross with its 10-foot wingspan. Keep an eye out for fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins sunbathing on the rocks. Enjoy the amazing views and the enchanting gardens that surround the historic 19th century Larnach Castle. Splendid Victorian and Edwardian stone buildings are a highlight of a tour of Dunedin. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand (9am – 7pm)

Enjoy the scenic drive past quaint towns into Christchurch. Stroll through Cathedral Square and nearby gardens and savor the English atmosphere. Watch a sheep-shearing display or sample fine wines. Explore the Banks Peninsula and its dramatic landscape

(B, L, D)

Day 12

Wellington, New Zealand (8am – 5pm)

Stroll past Victorian Gothic buildings, visit the exquisite botanic gardens, take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view, or head for the city beach. Journey around the spectacular harbor with its amazing views and visit a sheep or cattle station. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Napier, New Zealand (8 am – 5pm)

Spend time admiring the marvelous Art Deco architecture for which Napier is known. Enjoy the picturesque countryside, tour superb area vineyards and sample the vintages. Visit a huge nesting colony of gannets near the spot where Captain Cook landed. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand ( 12pm – 8pm)

Discover Tauranga’s lovely parks and history or head to Rotorua with its fabulous geysers, hot springs and Maori culture. Explore the Rangitaiki River and its amazing scenery. (B, L, D)

Day 15

Bay of Islands, New Zealand (10am – 7pm)

Relish the opportunities in this natural playground as you observe flying dolphins, gannets and blue penguins. The diving is renowned as some of the best in the world. Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty House, where the founding document of New Zealand was signed. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Auckland, New Zealand

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

BOOK NOW TO GET YOUR CABIN GUARANTEED. 2022 is 70% sold out already! Price is on availability the day you book.

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Beautiful Kelowna and the Okanagan Wine Valley

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today we will depart with Air Canada from Ottawa via Calgary to Kelowna. On arrival we will check into our hotel.

Day 2

This morning we will meet our local guide and motorcoach for a 4-hour tour of Kelowna and its surroundings along with our first wine tastings. Free time for lunch on your own ($). This afternoon we will walk from the hotel to the harbour (10-15min walk) to board a two-hour harbour cruise. After cruise free time to experience downtown Kelowna’s great restaurants and shops.

Day 3

Today we head north of Kelowna through the picturesque areas of Lake Country and Vernon. Our first stop will be Vernon at the Planet Bee Honey Farm to see, taste, browse and sip the experience! We will have some time for lunch ($) the onto the Alpca Farm to learn and purchase (if you wish) Alpaca items. On our way home will stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting then back to Kelowna. Evening is free to explore the many great restaurants and shops.

Day 4

This morning we drive to the far south of BC’s border to Canada’s only desert –Osoyoos. Native culture prevails in the town of Osoyoos – We will visit first the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre for a guided tour with some free time there to explore on your own. You will then have some free time in downtown Osoyoos to shop and have lunch ($). On our way home we will stop and do a wine tasting.

Evening is free time.

Day 5

Free day to explore more of Kelowna. Your Tour Director will have a few optional ($) activities today.

Day 6

Today we will head south to Summerland a vista of scenery. We will do a very scenic ride on the steam train then after lunch we will visit the 6-hectare Ornamental Gardens, created in 1916 by Agriculture Canada, while there you will have amazing views of Okanagan Lake, Giant’s Head Mountain and the Trout Creek Trestle railroad bridge, an outstanding engineering feat constructed for the Kettle Valley Railway. Evening is free to explore.

Day 7

We will depart this morning with Air Canada via Calgary. We trust you enjoyed your time in beautiful Kelowna! You will probably want to go back…

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Hotel Information


Royal Anne Hotel

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
348 Bernard Ave
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 6N5
(250) 763-2277



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Ultimate Atlantic, Oranjestad to Barcelona with Oceania Cruises

The port of Oranjestad, Aruba

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Oranjestad, Aruba (boarding time 1 pm; depart 9 pm)

In Oranjestad, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly. Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing.

Distinguished by its colorful Dutch colonial architecture, Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba, first settled in 1796. Named as a tribute to the Dutch king William of Orange, the city today attracts tourists searching for duty-free bargains and strolling around the beautiful streets. (D)

Day 2

Willemstad, Curacao (6 am – 1 pm)

Take in the charming Dutch colonial architecture along the Willemstad harbor in this historic town that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the aquamarine waters of Curacao’s numerous beaches and dive along the stunning coral reefs and hidden caverns. Hike the trails or join a safari through Christoffel National Park to observe the rare flora and fauna (B, L, D)

Day 3

St. George’s, Grenada, (2 pm – 10 pm)

You can smell the cinnamon and nutmeg well before you dock in St. George’s; a tour of the spice estates on Grenada is almost mandatory. You can also take in a visit to a distillery to see how the island’s sugarcane juice is first turned into syrup and then into rum. A ferry trip to sister island Carriacou offers fantastic diving opportunities, and romantics can climb the waterfalls or just relax on the sun-kissed beaches. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Bridgetown, Barbados (9 am – 5 pm)

Discover the many beautiful aspects of this island, from its rugged Atlantic coastline to its beautiful Great Houses, cane fields, exquisite gardens and glorious beaches. See the island’s spectacular underwater treasures on your own snorkeling expedition. (B, L, D)

Day 5-10

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (9 am – 11 pm)

Volcanic in origin, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. While in port, you’ll notice the Auditorium of Tenerife, an amazing, organic structure that instantly became an icon when completed in 2003. Another modern landmark is the Oscar Domínguez Institute, a contemporary art gallery named after the 20th century surrealist. For a respite from the urban environment, visit the Palmetum, a botanical garden with more than 400 species of palms. (B, L, D)

 

Day 12

Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain (8 am – 5 pm)

Stroll along Calle O’Daly, the pedestrian district named after an Irish banana merchant and lined with historic residences. Visit the Town Hall and the church, Iglesia del Salvador, both of the 16th century. There is an interesting museum of natural science as well as a naval museum. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal (9 am – 6 pm)

Breathtaking vistas await throughout this beautiful island. Take a cable car up to Monte for spectacular views of the botanical gardens and the charming town. Don’t miss a ride in one of the famous wicker toboggans! Drive along the coast to a village where Winston Churchill painted seascapes or out to the stunning cliffs of Cabo Girão and enjoy a visit to a quaint fishing village. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

(B, L, D)

Day 15

Lisbon, Portugal (6 am – 6 pm)

Visit the ornate Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery and stroll the narrow, winding streets of the charming Alfama district. Enjoy marvelous old Sintra, a royal country retreat, and Cascais, a beautiful seaside resort. Explore medieval Obidos or make a pilgrimage to Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared repeatedly to three shepherd children in 1917. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Portimao, Portugal (8 am –5 pm)

Situated on the sun-kissed coastline of Algarve, Portimão is a colorful city with a bustling waterfront and a charming city center decorated with parks and plazas. The Museum of Portimão traces the history of human settlement in the area as far back as the Roman and Islamic periods. Enjoy beautiful views and explore hidden caves on a scenic boat trip up the coast and along the Rio Arade. (B, L, D)

Day 17

Seville, Spain (arrive 8 am)

Spend a fabulous day in Seville visiting the magnificent cathedral, climbing the famed Giralda Tower and strolling through the gorgeous Alcazar and its gardens. See the ceramic-encrusted Plaza de España and stroll through the alleys of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Or explore the Andalusian wine country and Jerez, the home of sherry. Don’t miss the charm of Cádiz with its gracious squares, its flower-filled parks on the city bastions and its bustling markets. (B, L, D)

Day 18

Seville, Spain (depart 8 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 19

Tangier, Morocco (8 am – 6 pm)

Explore the Mendoubia Gardens, which contain a fascinating banyan tree that is more than 800 years old. Or experience a more traditional Morocco in Tetouan, a mountain city of grace and culture and the location of the beautiful white royal palace. The Caves of Hercules are nine miles west of Tangier in the Cap Spartel area; it is a place of great beauty and archaeological significance. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Melilla, Spain (7 am – 4 pm)

Appreciate the unique nature of graceful Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city on the African coast carved out of Morocco. Soak up the Triángulo del Oro district’s stylish architecture, which outside of Barcelona showcases Spain’s largest collection of modernisme buildings, the architectural style epitomized by Antoni Gaudí. In fortified Old Melilla, stroll cobbled lanes sandwiched between defensive walls and step into the Cuevas des Coventico, natural caves used as a hiding place throughout the ages. Witness the city’s captivating mix of cultures at the Mercadillo de Melilla, where savvy shoppers throng in search of colorful Moroccan goods.

Day 21

Ibiza, Spain (11 am – 8 pm)

With its youthful spirit and natural beauty, the Balearic island of Ibiza (or “Eivissa,” as it’s known locally) appeals to those who love the outdoors. The beach-blessed coastline is majestically rugged, and the hills are covered with olive and fig trees. The capital of Ciudad de Ibiza offers a multitude of diversions, especially in the historic Dalt Vila district. Visit its 16th century Castle of Ibiza and the churches and Museum of Contemporary Art inside the fortified walls. With its cobblestone streets, Ibiza is a scenic city to walk. Two of the most popular beaches are Talamanca and Ses Figueretes.

Day 22

Barcelona, Spain

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

BOOK NOW TO GET YOUR CABIN GUARANTEED. 2022 is 70% sold out already! Price is on availability the day you book.

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Egypt with Viking Cruises

Statues in the Karnak Temple, Luxor

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Cairo, Egypt:

Arrive in Cairo, Egypt’s exhilarating capital. This pulsating, historic city was made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Transfer to the First-Class Ritz Carlton Nile (or similar) for a 3-night stay.

 

Day 2

Cairo, Egypt:

This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world’s oldest step pyramid. After lunch, continue to the Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you can experience them as the ancients did—from astride the “ships of the desert”—during a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

Cairo, Egypt:

Today the fascinating sights of Cairo unfold before you. Marvel at the sprawling Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Then tour the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, and visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. After lunch on your own at or near your hotel, use your free time in the afternoon to follow your own interests. Later, you might join an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s most famous outdoor souk (bazaar). After an orientation from your guide, you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods, from brassware to spices, and admire the Al-Azhar Mosque. Conclude your outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast)

Day 4

Luxor, Egypt: 

Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes beautifully set on the Nile River, where history will be brought to life by your expert Egyptologist. At the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, walk among monumental peristyles and obelisks, and learn how ancient hieroglyphics hint at the beliefs and lifestyle of ancient Egyptians. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Join an excursion to the Luxor Library and Heritage Center, where the city’s past is preserved and shared in engaging exhibits. Enjoy an onboard dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Luxor, Egypt:

Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) join an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments. Marvel at breathtaking views of an ancient city, the surrounding desert sands and the magnificent Nile. Later, head to the Nile’s west bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were entombed deep in the hillsides, and the Valley of the Queens, resting place of pharaohs’ wives. Here you enjoy Privileged Access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, an exquisitely preserved tomb only a few visitors get to see. Among the sites is the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful pharaohs. Return to your ship as we set sail for Qena; lunch and dinner are served on board as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Qena, Egypt: 

This morning’s excursion takes you to the sprawling complex of Dendera. Remarkably, its fascinating Temple of Hathor was built not by the ancient Egyptians, but by Ptolemies and Romans in classic Egyptian style. During your tour, walk through its towering stone gate to view the columns and hieroglyphics of some of Egypt’s best preserved structures. Return to your ship after a guided visit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 7

Esna, Egypt:

Disembark at Esna today to explore the red sandstone Temple of Khnum. In the 1st-century Hypostyle Hall, admire its 24 columns, 6 across and 4 deep, each topped by a differently designed, intricately carved floral capital. As you explore, be sure to examine the hieroglyphics depicting Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. After a guided tour, use your free time to take in more of this fascinating site on your own. Alternatively, head to Esna Village on foot for a full tour of the town and its lively market scene. View the temple remains and stroll the covered street market, where you can witness an array of colorful fabrics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Aswan, Egypt: 

Awake in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s bustling market city. Today, you can choose to visit the Aswan High Dam, visit a local market and take a scenic Nile cruise on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. Or join an optional excursion to Abu Simbel to admire the Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh. It is dominated by 4 colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun. The statues are all of Ramses, with his queen and daughters at his feet. Moved from its original location near Aswan to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, it was built as a tribute to the deities and Ramses II’s favorite wife, Nefertari. Make the most of your overnight stay with an optional sound and light show at Philae Temple, and discover the legend of Goddess Isis and God Osiris. Afterward, return to your ship for dinner on board and spend the night in Aswan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Aswan, Egypt: 

After breakfast, receive a warm welcome at a Nubian village, where you visit the elementary school and are invited into a local home to get a glimpse of day-to-day life. Then, visit Philae Temple—the small, elegant Temple of Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser that submerged Philae Island. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch on board as you enjoy scenic cruising along the Nile. Disembark later to explore Kom Ombo. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Edfu, Egypt: 

This morning, ride in a horse-drawn calèche, or carriage, to the Temple of Horus. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god of light, it was built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. This is another of Egypt’s best preserved temples, fronted by a massive wall whose entrance is flanked by 2 falcon statues. Or, you can choose to visit Edfu market with our resident chef and hear him explain this evening’s planned tasting menu. Enjoy more Nile cruising today, marveling at the lush green riverbanks backed by hills of desert sands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Luxor, Egypt:

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the first-class Cairo Citystars Hotel (or similar) for 1 night and enjoy a buffet-style lunch, followed by free time, or take an optional tour to the Coptic Quarter and Jewish Synagogue. Return to your hotel and later enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Cairo, Egypt: 

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey for 4 nights in Jordan to see the ‟lost city” of Petra. (Breakfast)

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Waterways of the Tsars – St. Petersburg to Moscow with Viking Cruises 2023

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2

St. Petersburg, Russia:

This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you can marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return on board for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine on board and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, admiring its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served on board as we depart early this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Mandrogy, Russia: 

Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. Or, on board your ship, take the opportunity to witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Kizhi, Russia: 

During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous 3-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as you continue cruising through the rest of the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7

Kuzino, Russia: 

We continue cruising along the Volga–Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino or the local Merchant House. Return on board for an afternoon departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Yaroslavl, Russia: 

Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserves the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market, where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Uglich, Russia: 

After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch is served on board the ship; cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Moscow, Russia: 

This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. You also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Moscow, Russia: 

Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional excursion to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served on board the ship. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled there. Dine on board, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Moscow, Russia: 

After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. Go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow’s oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Return to your ship for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13

Moscow, Russia: 

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension. (Breakfast)

Highlights of the Volga River

Russia’s vast network of waterways, the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga among them, deliver you to a breathtaking collection of cultural and historic riches. From the stately Kremlin of Moscow to the sophisticated allure of St. Petersburg, here is a sample of a few highlights of a Viking river cruise in Russia:

  • The colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Moscow’s artful subway stations
  • The Golden Ring city of Uglich
  • Tea and conversation with a local Russian family
  • Yaroslavl’s colorful food market
  • Art and culture of Yaroslavl’s Governor’s Palace
  • Kizhi Island’s magnificent wooden Transfiguration Church
  • The art of matryoshka doll making
  • The vast collections of the Hermitage Museum
  • A St. Petersburg ballet performance

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Waterways of the Tsars – St. Petersburg to Moscow with Viking Cruises 2022

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

St. Petersburg, Russia 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (D)

Day 2

St. Petersburg, Russia

This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you can marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return on board for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (B, L, D)

Day 3

St. Petersburg, Russia 

Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine on board and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4

St. Petersburg, Russia 

Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, admiring its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served on board as we depart early this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Mandrogy, Russia

Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. Or, on board your ship, take the opportunity to witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Kizhi, Russia  

During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous 3-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as you continue cruising through the rest of the day. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Kuzino, Russia  

We continue cruising along the Volga–Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino or the local Merchant House. Return on board for an afternoon departure. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Yaroslavl, Russia  

Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserves the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market, where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Uglich, Russia  

After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch is served on board the ship; cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Moscow, Russia

This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. You also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 11

Moscow, Russia  

Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional excursion to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served on board the ship. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled there. Dine on board, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Moscow, Russia  

After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. Go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow’s oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Return to your ship for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Moscow, Russia

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension. (B)

Highlights of the Volga River

Russia’s vast network of waterways, the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga among them, deliver you to a breathtaking collection of cultural and historic riches. From the stately Kremlin of Moscow to the sophisticated allure of St. Petersburg, here is a sample of a few highlights of a Viking river cruise in Russia:

  • The colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Moscow’s artful subway stations
  • The Golden Ring city of Uglich
  • Tea and conversation with a local Russian family
  • Yaroslavl’s colorful food market
  • Art and culture of Yaroslavl’s Governor’s Palace
  • Kizhi Island’s magnificent wooden Transfiguration Church
  • The art of matryoshka doll making
  • The vast collections of the Hermitage Museum
  • A St. Petersburg ballet performance

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