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VOLGA RIVER

WITH GEORGIA, ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN & THE CASPIAN SEA
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VOLGA RIVER

WITH GEORGIA, ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN & THE CASPIAN SEA 17 day cruise/tour - July 29, 2018 - SOLD OUT!

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 two years to get what we wanted and to create this NEW tour. In addition to the many stops on the Volga River we have added visits to St. Petersburg and Moscow. 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 Back Stage Tour of the Bolshoi Theater. Our tour is 17 days long, 4 of the days will be spent touring Moscow and St. Petersburg the rest will be spent enjoying the staggering beauty of the Volga river with it’s quaint villages AND the exploration of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea. Only a few, if any, of you have been to these countries or sailed on the Volga River.

Church of the Dmitry in Uglich, Russia

TURNING THIS INTO A “FANTASTIC WOW” TRIP

The Volga River Cruise is a great cruise, it just needed a really good land tour added so it could turn into a fantastic trip. We looked at all of the possible options both in Russia and the countries surrounding Russia. We found the right option located at the bottom of Russia – the countries of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. They had several advantages: they border Russia, they all used to be part of the Russian Federation, there was inexpensive airfare to get there, we have never offered any of these countries on a tour or an extension and we could add the Caspian Sea. They became the perfect candidate. Now all we had to do was visit these countries to make sure they would work. In May of 2016, several members of the Tyndall family (owners of Fun For Less Tours) spent over a week exploring the countries of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. They spent every waking hour trying to visit every recommended site in each of the countries. The Tyndall’s loved the beauty of the country side, the mountains, the cities, the fortresses and the many ancient monasteries they were able to visit.

This was exactly the tour they needed to add to our Volga River Cruise. They just needed to tweak the tour so it would be just right for our passengers. They picked the best of the best to see, eliminated the long drives and added an airfare from Baku to Tbilisi. We will use two cities as a base (Baku and Tbilisi) to visit all that we want you to experience. We can visit the best site in Armenia with a short drive from Tbilisi. You will also enjoy a boat ride on the Caspian Sea. Another advantage to doing these countries with the Volga was the cost of airfare. With Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan being part of the Russian Federation, there are a lot of Russians that live in these countries along with a lot of tourism from Russia to these countries. Airfare between these countries & Russia is very inexpensive.

beautiful-panoramic-view-of-tbilisi-at-sunset-georgia-crop

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 traveling on the beautiful Volga River. The 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:

Everything is 5-star luxury. We needed the BEST in hotels to go along with your 5-star ship. We picked 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 in the Four Season Hotel or the Ritz Carlton Hotel, both are right next to Red Square – you can’t get any better than this. For our tours in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, we will stay in the 5 star Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi Georgia and the 5-star luxury JW Marriott in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In addition to the 5-star ship and hotels, we have also included: All shore excursions on the Volga River, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners while on the cruise. All breakfasts and dinners in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
We have also included a cruise on the Caspian Sea.

Our Fantastic 17 day – July 29, 2018

Volga River Cruise with Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea

Package Price includes:

  • 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
  • St. Petersburg Russia:
    • 5 Star luxury Belmond Grand Hotel
    • All transfers to and from airport, hotel and ship
    • Private tour of Hermitage Museum
    • All tours, buses, guides and entrance fees
    • All taxes
    • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Moscow Russia
    • 5 Star Luxury Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton Hotel (next to Red Square)
    • All transfers from ship, hotel and airport
    • Private backstage tour of Bolshoi Theater
    • All tours buses and guides (including Red Square, the Kremlin and the Amory)
    • All taxes
    • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Two Airfares
    • Baku, Azerbaijan to Tbilisi, Georgia
    • Tbilisi, Georgia to St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Baku, Azerbaijan
    • 5 Star Luxury JW Marriott Hotel
    • All transfers to and from airports and hotel
    • Boat ride on the Caspian Sea
    • All taxes
    • Breakfasts
  • Tbilisi Georgia
    • 5 Star Luxury Marriott Hotel
    • All transfers to and from airports and hotel
    • Tour into Armenia from Tbilisi
    • All buses, guides, entrance fees while in Georgia
    • All taxes
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
  • Fun For Less Tours Managers throughout
  • “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers – allows you to hear guides & educators clearly

This trip is very limited. There is only room for 92 passengers plus Michael and our Fun For Less Tours Staff. It will sell out! DO NOT Procrastinate! Reserve your space right away!!!!

Package Price: $5,995*

*Per person cash discount price for inside cabin and based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare, tips & visas.

Your day by day itinerary is a partial list of your tour. 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.

Note: There will be no opportunity for Michael Wilcox to talk in Baku, Azerbaijan or Moscow, Russia. All his lectures will be given while in Armenia, Georgia, St Petersburg and during the many days you are sailing on the Volga River.

Day 1: July 29: Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan
Today everyone will fly on our international flight to Baku, Azerbaijan.

Day 2: July 30: Baku
After clearing customs in Baku, Azerbaijan, we will transfer to our hotel.

Day 3: July 31: Baku
This morning we will travel to Gobustan National Park.  Gobustan is known for their preserved petroglyphs. The national park has more than 6,000 rock engravings dating back between 5,000-40,000 years. We will then visit Ateshgah, the Temple of Fire Worshippers. Azerbaijan is one of the few places on earth where you can observe elements of the preserved fire cult and the ancient Zoroastrianism religion. We also plan to visit Yanar Dag, “the eternally burning mountain.” After we will return to Baku. This evening we will enjoy a boat ride on the Caspian Sea.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: August 1: Baku – Tbilisi
Today we will visit Mardakan fortress, which was built in the 14th century. After will we return to Baku to explore the Old City. We will visit the Palace of the Shirvan Shahs, the Madien Tower and more. This evening we will fly to Tbilisi, Georgia. Upon arrival into Tbilisi we will transfer to the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: August 2: Tbilisi
Today we will tour the area of Tbilisi including a cable car ride to the Narikala Fortress. After we will drive to the beautiful Ananuri Fortress. Later we will drive to Mtskheta to visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the Jvari Monastery. The day concludes back at Tbilisi.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: August 3: Tbilisi – Armenia
This morning we will cross into Armenia and continue on to the Haghpat Monastery in Armenia. This monastery was built in 976 AD. It was an important center for learning. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful scenery. After our visit to the Monastery in Armenia we drive back to our hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: August 4: Tbilisi – St Petersburg
Today we will fly to St Petersburg. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, we will transfer to the deluxe hotel Belmond Grand Hotel, located in the historic city centre.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: August 5: St Petersburg
We will start our day with our own private tour of the Hermitage Museum before it is open 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.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9: August 6: St Petersburg
This morning we will check out from your hotel and travel to Catherine the Great’s Palace, which houses the extraordinary Amber Room, its has six tons of solid amber deftly carved and framed in gold leaf. Once deemed the “eighth wonder of the world,” the room was stripped by the Nazis in 1941, but majestically reconstructed in honour of St. Petersburg’s 300th birthday. Then we will return to St. Petersburg and visit Yussopov Palace. Later we will transfer to the luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin sailing along the Russian waterways.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: August 7: 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: August 8: Kizhi
The Kareliya 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: August 9: 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 frescos by one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship after a guided tour.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: August 10: Yaroslavl
Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga’s first port. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Savior and admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: August 11: Uglitch
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. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: August 12: 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, Moscow.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: August 13: Moscow
Today we will visit the Red Square, the Kremlin and the Armoury Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and dazzling Faberge eggs. If possible, we will arrange a backstage visit of the famous Bolshoi Theater.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17: August 14: Home
This morning check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight.
Meals included: Breakfast


Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelling between your sign up date and March 31, 2017: the initial deposit of $500 is nonrefundable, but it can be transferred to another trip offered by Fun For Less Tours within 2 years of cancelling. All other monies will be returned.
  • Cancelling between April 1 and July 28, 2017: Your deposit of $1,500 per person is non-refundable, but it can be transferred to another trip offered by Fun For Less if within 2 years of cancelling. All monies paid over the $1,500 deposit would be refunded.
  • July 29, 2017 to January 28, 2018: 50% per person of your total invoice is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • January 29 to March 28, 2018: 75% per person of your total invoice is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Starting March 29, 2018: 100% of your total invoice is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  • The above cancellation policy may change and become a higher non-refundable or nontransferable amount if Fun For Less Tours has purchased non-refundable airline tickets or other non-refundable items for the passengers.
  • Major Exception: With the huge response we have had related to this rare opportunity to do the Volga River, we expect the cabins will sell out completely. Those requesting cabins after our inventory is sold will be put on a wait list. If for some reason a cabin needed to be cancelled after July 29, 2017 and we had others from our wait list willing to take that cabin, we would take the money from the wait list passengers and give it to those cancelling – minus any change fees.
    • CHANGE POLICY: Change requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Adding passengers to your reservation is not necessarily considered a “change”. Changes in names of passengers already booked, and changes to room or cabin reservations will be assessed a fee. Any changes to airlines, River Cruise, etc will be assessed the change fees charged by the airlines, river cruise etc. Changes are subject to approval by the airlines and river cruise, etc. Change requests must be made over the phone with one of our agents and will be done only after river cruise or airline approval.

Important Note: Airlines may change, cancel or discontinue flights at their discretion. Fun For Less Tours is not responsible for any costs associated with such changes.