Russia Travel Log

by nds

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July 17, 2017

Day 15: New York

I’ve by now adjusted to the new timezone (La Professeure hasn’t). It’s been a fun month with trips to Sydney first, and then to Russia. But now it’s back to normal routine, and I have to look for...

July 16, 2017

Day 14: St. Petersburg

For a change, we did not have to take an early flight this Viking cruise. So we took a leisurely morning, having breakfast at the restaurant first, and then the panorama room, saying goodbye to t...

July 15, 2017

Day 13: St. Petersburg

We woke up at 6:30 for a 7:30 tour to visit the Peterhof palace today. That was a price to pay for the early admission. There were very few visitors at the time we got there. It’s billed as the “...

July 14, 2017

Day 12: St. Petersburg

We woke up early in the morning (after having a late night the previous night) to go to Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin. The palace was nice; we took a guided tour round the garden first, and onl...

July 13, 2017

Day 11: St. Petersburg

We docked for good at St. Petersburg, and had a busy Hermitage-focused first day, which consisted of visiting the Hermitage museum, its impressionist wing, and its storage and restoration center,...

July 12, 2017

Day 10: Mandrogy

We docked early at Mandrogy, which is what our tour director describes as “Disneyland of Russia”. It was like a Russian village themed amusement park, complete with a visitor’s center and a carto...

July 11, 2017

Day 9: Kizhi

Today we crossed lake Onega to visit Kizhi. The lake was very calm and made for smooth sailing. We also had a visit to the wheelhouse in the morning. It was amusing, the controls look like they a...

Today we docked at Kuzino, got bussed to Berillov, and then got bussed to Goritzky to re-join the ship. This all happened in the morning, within 3 hours. There is nothing at the port of Kuzino,...

July 09, 2017

Day 7: Yaroslavl

We spent the morning in Yaroslavl. That is supposed to be an industrial town but we weren’t taken anywhere near industrial buildings. Instead we went to the old part of the town, where there are ...

July 08, 2017

Day 6: Uglich

Today we made a port call to Uglich. The ship didn’t dock till 2pm, so in the morning we had lectures (about Romanov dynasty and Russian language lesson). The time passed by. Viking is good about...

July 07, 2017

Day 5: Moscow

This was the first day we had an early start, because we had to squeeze in a morning excursion before leaving Moscow in the afternoon to get to Uglich in afternoon the next day. We left around 9:...

July 06, 2017

Day 4: Moscow

Today we had a long day, visited the Cosmonaut museum in the afternoon, and a night tour of Moscow. But the morning was again idle. We got a late start, with me getting breakfast at Panorama bar...

July 05, 2017

Day 3: Moscow

The first full day in Moscow was spent on the boat at first. La Professeure had a late start (she still had jet lag), so I got breakfast and checked out various public areas of the ship. Then she...

July 04, 2017

Day 2: Moscow

My in laws had to pass through the ‘thorough’ custom check because of medications they were taking, but ended up getting routed through the normal custom that we went through - which was actually...

July 03, 2017

Day 1: New York

We left for Moscow on a direct flight, from 7pm to 11:30am: 9 1/2 hours flight + 7 hour time difference. La Professeure did the airport transportation arrangement and it was very smooth… We left ...

Book Description

Dug it up from my text files… Apparently I kept this during the trip and never posted it?!?