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12 Night Europe Cruise from Moscow

12 Night Europe Cruise from Moscow

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Moscow
  • Day 2
    Moscow
  • Day 3
    Moscow
  • Day 4
    Moscow
  • Day 5
    Uglich
  • Day 6
    Yaroslavl
  • Day 7
    Kuzino
  • Day 8
    Kizhi
  • Day 9
    Mandrogi
  • Day 10
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 11
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 12
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 13
    St. Petersburg

Viking Ingvar

Viking Ingvar - Viking River Cruises

Viking Ingvar specializes in Russia river cruises

Cultural highlights include fortified monasteries

All cabins offer river views


Cruise Reviews

We got a great deal to go on the last cruise of the season. Free airfare and a reduced price. The weather was not good, it rained or was cloudy nearly every day which was not the fault of Viking. The food was excellent and the waitstaff ... Read More
We got a great deal to go on the last cruise of the season. Free airfare and a reduced price. The weather was not good, it rained or was cloudy nearly every day which was not the fault of Viking. The food was excellent and the waitstaff could not be more friendly and accommodating. they had things to do while sailing such as lessons in basic Russian and Russian history which helped when visiting sites. The original flight scheduled was not good with multiple stops, but for an additional $50 we were able to upgrade to a one stop flight each way on British Air and Lufthansa. It was well worth it since the original airline was substandard American Airlines. We had flown international with them in the spring and it was terrible. Our biggest complaint was the excursion to Peterhof in St Petersburg. It was billed at a 5 hour tour of “The Russian Versailles,”. The cost was about $150 each. The fountains were closed because of the time of the year, which we understood. However, they did not allow enough time to visit the gardens which we understood to be fantastic. We left the ship at 9AM and arrived at 10:10. We were told we had 20 minutes to see the gardens which meant we could run out for 10 minutes and run back for the palace tour. While the palace was nice it was similar to the included incursion of the Palace of Catherine the Great only smaller. Even though it was the end of the season the crowds were huge and going through the place was slow. When the tour was over we were told we had another 20 minutes to get on the bus at 12 PM that meant we had to skip the gardens again. I can't imagine what would happen in the summer. My suggestion would be to skip Peterhof save the $150 each and go the the included Palace of Catherine the Great; Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our ship was berthed in Moscow for 3 nights the last cruise of this season. We had a portside cabin. We were in front of the main terminal building which was in process of being refurbished. Next year it will be beautiful, unfortunately ... Read More
Our ship was berthed in Moscow for 3 nights the last cruise of this season. We had a portside cabin. We were in front of the main terminal building which was in process of being refurbished. Next year it will be beautiful, unfortunately for us we were looking at an ugly construction site with piles of trash & garbage. If we where one berth over on either side we could have been looking at green park & trees. I'm not sure why Viking planners weren't sensitive to that, when you spend the kinda $$ for a Viking cruise. The reason we enjoy river cruising is cuz of the views whether docked or not. Unfortunately not this cruise! On the 3 nights in St. Petersburg we were sandwiched between two other Viking ships, so you open your shades you're staring in another ships stateroom. It seems that this becoming common practice on busy ports middle of high season but this wasn't the case on this cruise! They were just getting ready to mothball their boats for next year! Once you've been on the beautiful Viking ships in Europe these Russian clunkers (even refurbished) don't compare. The stairs steps are short & at a steep angle posing difficulty for older passengers. They do have a small but slow elevator. But with roughly 200 passengers not very efficient, so the stairwells is what most people used, & from what we heard someone did hurt themselves. There are no comfy lounge spaces or little sofas to unwind, to read or have a drink, even in the Panorama Bar or Sky Bar. Stiff chairs the norm throughout, where you eat or drink & move on! Ship creaking, rattling & vibration noises was also an issue especially in cabin (more on that below). Room key cards didn't work from the very beginning upon check in & for the next 4 nights or so, had to run down to service desk to activate which eventually became a hassle. The dining room temperatures were unbearably hot & eventually many of us wore t-shirts! Even after consistently complaining to no avail. Dining menu was inconsistent, lunches were better than dinners. The ship cooks don't know the meaning of medium rare! So overall the Ingvar ship was a bust! A few other nagging issues: Moscow terminal had a security kiosk like the airports & in cold & rainy Moscow the line when multiple buses unloaded got crazy! That issue fortunately didn't replicate itself in St Pete's but it was a constant issue in Moscow!! Scheduling on many of the tours we felt like we were in a herd. They could have been spaced 10-15 minutes apart for a smoother more pleasant experience coming & going. On the positive side the included excursions & local guides were excellent. The extra fee excursions were very pricey side so we skipped many of them. The one "Moscow at night" included the Red Square & a boat ride. Well the Square was closed off for a Harvest Festival we just walked around it, so the boat ride for $129 each felt very steep! The other one we paid for was visiting the Faberge museum which initially I was skeptical but with a spouse from the museum world I went along & certainly didn't disappoint! The 3 Viking onboard guides (Alexey, Slava & Philip) which also did the excursions besides the supplemental local guides all were excellent! They love their country, love their jobs, were very knowledgeable, did it w/ passion & it showed. If you get a chance pay the final bill in local currency or US$! I paid by credit card & when I got home the bill was off by $20 (their exchange rate isn't the going rate:( The $30 p/p per day in gratuities on the final bill also was excessive. Throwing it in there on your final bill is becoming the cruise ship industry standard & you can only dispute it while on board! So if you're on a longer trip you will get a shock at the end. Gratuities is not a fee & should not be mandatory! But its another fee the travel industry is trying to tack on to the ever growing list of taxes, levies & hidden fees:( Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were offered a very good deal by Viking. We assumed the deal was special because ours was the next to last cruise of the season and they wanted to ensure a full ship.Several years ago we were scheduled for another cruise with Viking ... Read More
We were offered a very good deal by Viking. We assumed the deal was special because ours was the next to last cruise of the season and they wanted to ensure a full ship.Several years ago we were scheduled for another cruise with Viking which was cancelled due to a flood in Europe. Our expectations were high based on testimonies from people we know who have taken Viking cruises. Our expectations were met and exceeded. From the moment we landed in Moscow, Vikings expert staff met us and took care of our every need. They were professional, personable, and knowledgeable. The aboard ship cultural lessons were valuable, interesting, and entertaining. Our local tour guides were excellent and passionate about their locations and topics. One of our concerns having never been on a cruise before was whether or not we would get a real feel for the Russian people and their lives. We needn’t have worried. The people we met were very candid about their lives, their culture, their politics, and their history. The excursions were spectacular from Red Square, the Kremlin, Moscow by night, a delightful evening of Russian folk music, Sergiev Posad (Russia’s greatest monastery), the Uglich walking tour and visiting the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, touring Yaroslavl (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kishi Island at the north end of Lake Onega (second largest lake in Europe) with the largest wooden church in the world and an outdoor museum of peasant life, Mandrogy which is an outdoor museum of a Russian village with artisans and craftsmen. And then there was St. Petersburg! Moscow is this incredible, modern mega-metropolis, the largest city in Europe. St. Petersburg is like an extreme northern Venice. It is a beautiful city and we saw it by boat, by bus, and on foot. Amazing architecture and cultural sites awaited us, The Hermitage, one of the greatest, if not the greatest museum in the world, is an amazing experience and our tour guide had it down cold. The same was true of the Peterhof Palace and fountains. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the most amazing works of art inside and out. Magnificent mosaic icons grace every surface in the sanctuary. Being in Peter and Paul Cathedral surrounded by the tombs of the Romanov Dynasty gave me chills. Along with all of this there were concerts, a performance of Swan Lake, and on and on, including shopping opportunities. With all this, you might think we were rushed or exhausted. Not the case! If anything it seemed leisurely. On the ship, there was beautiful scenery, music and dancing, opportunities to visit with the other passengers, and cultural and historical lessons. There were roughly a 2-to-1 ratio of passengers to crew. The ship itself was immaculate. The food service was excellent. There was always a traditional Russian entree on the menu, if one so wished. The dining room staff was warm, engaging and very professional. We would recommend Viking to anyone and this particular cruise to all with a desire for the ultimate Russian experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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