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Russian Viking Cruise, Day 8-9

Day 8 cruised up Lake Onega, the 2nd largest lake in Europe, to Kizhi Island, where settlements date back to the 15th century. Wooden churches included the 22 domed Transfiguration Church & the Intercession Church as we also toured relics of the old farmhouses, etc. We then toured back down the huge lake overnight toward the Russian village of Mandrogy.

Day 9 arrived in village of Mandrogy  walking around the entire island. We then sailed along the 139 mile long Svir River known as the “Blue Route,” through Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake at nearly 7,000 square miles and continued after gorgeous sunset overnight along the Neva River to St. Petersburg.

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Russian Viking Cruise, Day 5-7

Day 5 After overnight cruising including many canals, we arrived in Uglich founded in 1148 to visit a local family, tour the town & the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood.
Day 6 Yaroslavl founded in the 11th century visiting the newer church in Yaroslavl, the Church of Elijah the Prophet with it’s magnificent frescoes, the farmer’s market and the Governor’s Palace with it’s living museum.
Day 7 Docked in Kozino to tour Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery founded in 1397 by St. Cyril on the shore of Lake Siverskoye of 15 to 17th century churches and one of the local schools in the town of Krillov. We departed in the afternoon along the Volga-Baltic Waterway through White Lake, one of the 10 biggest natural lakes in Europe. Vodka Tasting evening of spirits.

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Russian Viking Cruise Moscow, Day 2-4

On Day 2 we enjoyed a short ride on Moscow’s amazing Metro built in 1932 with its elegant stations carrying ~ 9 million people per day! We spent time in & around Red Square at the Kremlin with the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background of the picture below. We saw Lenin’s tomb, the GUM Department Store. We visited the white Christ the Savior Cathedral (the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world). We then crossed the Patriarchy bridge by foot to Sofiyaskaya Embankment & Bolotnaya Square passing the Tretyakov Gallery (to be seen on Day 3) and taking in a classic folklore concert in which Mark was asked onstage to participate playing a tamborene.

Day 3 we visited the State Tretyakov Gallery, Russia’s largest art museum started in 1856. We spent the evening discovering the brightly lit fairytale splendor of Moscow by Night on bus, boat & walking.

Day 4 we explored the vast Kremlin, the walled city built as a fortification & surrounded by 15th century tower, containing cathedrals, palaces, the Tsar Cannon & Bell and the seat of government. This included a visit to the Armory, Russia’s “treasure house” consisting of over 4000 royal gowns, crowns, carriages & jewelry including Faberge eggs.

Cruising…the journey is the destination…carpe diem! Tranquility base here, the eagle is landing..

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Russian Viking Cruise Arrival Moscow! Day 1

We arrived in Moscow, Russia early in the evening of the 4th of July in America. Getting settled in for a Viking Russian cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Bon voyage, m&b–
“Go where you’ve never been. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”… Carl Sagan

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