APT is returning to river cruising in Russia, with two departures scheduled for August 2018.
The 13-day Russian Waterways itinerary will traverse the network of rivers and lakes that joins Moscow with St Petersburg, allowing guests to discover lavish city palaces, country towns and Soviet-era remnants.
The river cruising departures are designed to tie in with APT land journeys such as the 10-night Baltics Treasures tour from Helsinki to Vilnius, and the ultimate Russian rail experience: the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.
Commenting on the new programme, APT executive general manager Steve Reynolds said Australians were intrigued by the idea of visiting Russia and interest in the programme was already high.
“For cruise lovers looking to explore new frontiers, Russian river cruising offers stunning scenery, fascinating history, and the comforts and conveniences of returning to the river each night … For travellers who are interested in exploring Russia, they will find that river cruising with an experienced operator such as APT allows them to immerse themselves in the destination and focus less on the logistics of travel.”
Steve Reynolds, Executive GM, APT
APT’s Russian Waterways itinerary is priced from $7995 per person twin share and includes 10 nights cruising on board MS Excellence Katharina and two nights’ land accommodation in St Petersburg and Moscow.
The cruise commences in St Petersburg, where guests visit Catherine Palace, attend a ballet concert at the Hermitage Theatre, and enjoy an APT Signature Experience of a before-hours tour of the State Hermitage Museum, including a chance to attend the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock ceremony.
From St Petersburg, guests cruise the Neva River to Lake Ladoga before moving onto the Svir river. Docking in the village of Svirstroy, they visit a local family for traditional pastries and a glimpse into everyday Russian life.
On Lake Onega, the cruise visits Kizhi Island, home to fascinating wooden structures including the World Heritage-listed 18th-century Transfiguration Church, before setting sail on the Volga River bound for Moscow, where guests visit Red Square, the colourful St Basil’s Cathedral, ride the famous Russian Metro and take a WWII bunker tour which includes a performance from a military choir.
The ‘Russian Waterways’ itinerary also runs in reverse to meet with the ‘Baltic Treasures’ land tour, which includes Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, making a complete itinerary of 23 days that is priced from $13,890 per person twin share.
To coincide with the release of the Russia 2018 brochure, APT has also released a range of Superdeals, including a fly-free offer for return international flights from Australia on any itinerary that includes the ‘Russian Waterways’ cruise.
Guests booked in cabin Category C or above can also choose to fly business class from Australia for $3995 per person.
All Superdeals are subject to terms and conditions and are available until 31 August or until sold out.
APT’s Russia 2018 brochure is available now.