Group 1 Volga River Cruisewith Oberammergau Passion Play 16 day cruise/tour - July 3, 2020
The Volga River is a trip that should be high on your bucket list!
Finding the right ship, we wanted for our group, to do the Volga River was easy; getting them to let us take over the whole ship and allow us to do our own itinerary was not as easy. It has taken years to get what we wanted and to create this special tour. In addition to the many stops on the Volga River, we have added visits to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Munich and the Oberammergau Passion Play. Even if you have been to Moscow or St. Petersburg before, both of these great cities are worth visiting again. We believe we are going to make your visit even more memorable. In St. Petersburg, our tour of the Hermitage will be a Private Tour before it opens and in Moscow, we are going to do a backstage tour of the Bolshoi Theater. There will be 2 full days of touring in St. Petersburg, 2 full days touring in Moscow, 8 days on the Volga River Cruise and 3 full days in Germany that will include, preparations for the play with Dr. S. Michael Wilcox, touring and attending the Oberammergau Passion Play.
Everything in Russia is 5-star luxury. We needed the BEST in hotels to go along with your 5-star Volga River Cruise Ship. We chose the Belmond Grand Hotel in St. Petersburg. The Belmond Grand is located in the center of St. Petersburg, the perfect location. We will stay in Moscow in either the Four Season Hotel or the Ritz Carlton Hotel, both are right next to Red Square – you can’t get any better than this. We do not know the hotel we will be staying in Munich or Oberammergau. We know Oberammergau has guaranteed that our groups will stay in 4 Star Deluxe Hotels while in the Oberammergau area for the Passion Play. There are few, if any, 5-star hotels in the Oberammergau area. We expect our hotel in Munich will be a 4 Star Deluxe or better, but will not know the name until approximately 1 year before our date.
The owners of Fun For Less Tours went on the Volga River in August of 2017. They visited many ships while they were there. No other ship came close to the quality of the Volga Dream (our ship for 2020). The elegance of the ship was hands down better and far exceeded every ship they saw and the quality of food along with its presentation, far exceeded their expectations. We can say unequivocally, from our personal research, this is the best ship on the Volga!
When you arrive into Munich you will be met by Jeff and Marie Lawson. Jeff Lawson will be your educator during the time you are in Russia. The Oberammergau Passion Play is a MAJOR part of this package. Dr. S. Michael Wilcox will join you in Munich to help prepare you for your Passion Play experience. After the Passion play, you will travel to Munich to catch your flight to St. Petersburg, Russia.
The 5 star Volga Dream Cruise ship is a small luxurious boutique ship. Unlike the large ships doing the Volga River with hundreds of passengers, this special ship holds approximately 100 passengers. It is luxurious inside and it allows the passengers on any deck to walk around seeing all there is to see while cruising along the beautiful Volga River. This Boutique ship is perfect for us, we were able to buy the whole ship and because of its small size we will never feel crowded.
Package Price Includes:
Our Fantastic 16 day Volga River Cruise & Tour Package:
Important Note: with the exception of the ship on the Volga, hotels and some arrangements are too far out to have a contract. We have worked with our hotels for years and do not expect changes, but if that happens the hotels will be of equal value.
What we have Included in the Volga River Cruise & Tour Package:
- Germany and the Oberammergau Passion Play:
- 2 nights 4 Star Deluxe Hotel in Munich.
- Dr. S. Michael Wilcox Guest educator in Munich for the Passion Play.
- 2 nights 4 Star Oberammergau Passion Play Hotel.
- Priority seating in Category 1 for the Passion Play.
- All transfers and buses in Munich and the Oberammergau.
- Breakfasts in Munich, Breakfast and Dinner in Oberammergau.
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- All tours, entrance fees and guides in Munich and Oberammergau.
- Volga River Cruise:
- Guest Educator in Russia: Jeff Lawson.
- 5-Star Luxury Volga Dream Cruise Ship inside cabin.
- All Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners on the Cruise Ship.
- All Shore excursions.
- All transfers to and from the ship.
- All taxes and port charges.
- St. Petersburg, Russia:
- Expected Hotel: 2 nights in The 5-Star Luxury Belmond Grand Hotel.
- All tours, buses, guides and entrance fees.
- Private tour of the Hermitage Museum.
- All taxes and fees.
- Breakfasts & Dinners.
- Moscow, Russia:
- Expected Hotel: 2 nights in the Ritz-Carlton (or similar) next to Red Square.
- All tours, buses, guides and entrance fees.
- Private backstage tour of the Bolshoi Theater.
- All taxes and fees.
- All Breakfasts and Dinners.
- Guest Educator in Russia and the Volga River: Jeff Lawson
- 5 Star Luxury Volga Dream Cruise Ship.
- Inside cabin.
- Ship taxes & ship port charges.
- All shore excursions off of the ship.
- Three meals a day on the cruise, breakfast in St. Petersburg, Moscow & Munich.
Package Price: $7,570*
**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare, tips & visas.
ESTIMATED cost of airfares in 2020:
These are estimates only (they could go up or down) and they
will not be available to purchase until 10 months before tour.
(round-trip) SLC to Munich - Moscow to SLC: $1,899
(one-way) Munich to St. Petersburg: $325
The total package price of $7,570 includes the bottom of the ship’s inside cabins, with no window or porthole. There are a total of 8 of these inside cabins. The cabins with large picture windows, are $695 more per person. The ship charges $1,000 more per person – we are offering you a better price for the upgrade. We have 40 of these cabins. Once the 8 inside cabins are filled everyone will have to upgrade to the large picture window cabins. The inside cabins will be assigned to those who were first to make the request. Having been on this ship, we highly recommend the larger cabins with picture window.
The itinerary below is subject to change as needed at any time to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
Day 1: July 3: Fly to Munich
We depart our home and travel to Munich.
Day 2 & 3: July 4 & 5: Munich
Today and tomorrow we will tour Munich and will also have lectures from Dr. S. Michael Wilcox on the Life of Christ and the Passion Play.
Day 4: July 6: Munich – Oberammergau
This morning we will travel into the German Alps and enjoy the beautiful scenery and do some touring before checking into our 4-star deluxe Passion Play hotel.
Day 5: July 7: Oberammergau
This morning we will tour the Oberammergau area. This afternoon will be the first half of the Passion Play. Then there will be a break for dinner, which is included. After, we will return to the second half of the Passion Play. Late this evening you will return back to your hotel.
Day 6: July 8: Munich – St. Petersburg
Today we will fly from Munich to St Petersburg. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, we will transfer to the deluxe hotel Belmond Grand Hotel, located in the historic city center.
Day 7: July 9: St Petersburg
We will start our day with our own private tour of the Hermitage Museum before it opens to the public. The Hermitage Museum is known for the 400 rooms containing spectacular examples of nearly all of the schools of Western art, including one of the greatest collections of French impressionist works. After we will do an orientation tour of St. Petersburg. We will also be doing a boat ride through the canals of St Petersburg.
Day 8: July 10: St Petersburg
This morning we will check out from your hotel and visit “Russia’s Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and its beautiful gardens. Peter the Great drew inspiration for his imperial palace from France’s Versailles Palace. Then we will return to St. Petersburg and visit Yusupov Palace. Later we will transfer to the luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin sailing along the Russian waterways.
Day 9: July 11: Svir River and the Village of Mandrogi
Today we will navigate the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest freshwater lake, past a shoreline dotted with graceful willows, alder trees and stately pines. We will step ashore for a visit to the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village.
Day 10: July 12: Kizhi
The Karelia region, which spans the area from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, is a vast wilderness of forest and water. Discover Lake Onega, fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including Kizhi. See a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses and windmills, and the famous Transfiguration Church, built in 1714 without a single nail.
Day 11: July 13: Goritsy
Today we cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “Tsar’s fishing grounds”. After lunch, we arrive in the peaceful village of Goritsy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery with magnificent frescoes by one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship after a guided tour.
Day 12: July 14: Yaroslavl
Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga’s first port. In the Spassky Monastery, we see the Transfiguration of the Savior and admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet.
Day 13: July 15: Uglich
This morning we dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, one of the spokes of Russia’s renowned Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, erected on the site where Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591.
Day 14: July 16: Moscow
Mid-day we will arrive into Moscow where we will say goodbye to the MS Volga Dream. We will do a short city tour of Moscow. We will stop at the famous Izmailovsky market to give you time to buy some souvenirs. Then we will check-in at our five-star Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons hotel in Moscow.
Day 15: July 17: Moscow
Today we will visit the Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Armory Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and dazzling Faberge eggs. Visit the famous Bolshoi Theater, if possible, we will arrange a backstage tour.
Day 16: July 18: Home
This morning checkout from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight.