Continuing from Part 1 of our epic Russia trip, Part 2 is about our trip after the cruise ship sets sail from Moscow!
The starting point from which we start cruising the Moscow Canal…
While cruising through the 128-kilometer Moscow Canal, our first glimpse of rural Russia is in Uglich. We are thankful to arrive in Uglich on a day with beautiful blue skies, with the colour building glistening in the bright light!
Yaroslavl, Cruising Lake Rybinsk
We arrived in Yaroslavl on another beautiful day.
I like the Uniworld tour arranged a special tour to the Yaroslavl State Puppet Theater. Even though I am not usually a puppet enthusiasts, but it was interesting to look at over 50 puppets on display, admiring all the hard work handicraft to make them!
Founded in the 12th century, the Unesco Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour was one of Russia’s richest and best-fortified monasteries by the 16th century. The interior of the cathedral is known for its colourful and vibrant 16th – century frescoes.
The only way to get to Goritsy is along the river, between St. Petersburg and Moscow, which means.. yes, we are glad to be on Uniworld Cruise to access Goritsky. Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history.
Goritsy is a tiny village area, with the White Lake Monastery founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky. The monastery was used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles. During the Soviet period the monastery was turned into a labour camp, but in recent years it has returned to its original use.
But to be honest, I don’t recall much about the history, but I recalled all the fun moments touring with this gang under the warm sunshine! 🙂 And getting to know the locals, who had really warm personalities and offered us food in their homes!
My favourite day tour HAS to be Mandrogi (not just because of the biggest vodka museum ever! With 3,500 bottles on display! :P), but because the entire town has such a fairytale feel to it! And the crew will throw you an outdoor surprise if weather permits, so I shan’t spoil it for you here.
Mandrogi is a town of tradition and folklore renown for homemade vodka, local puffs and breads and unique craftwork especially from wood. You will feel like you have gone back in time into magic land!
Onboard Uniworld Cruise itself
On some afternoons, we just felt like lazing after the day tours, and the comfortable Uniworld cruise ship made it so easy to laze, have afternoon tea and have reflective conversations with my travel mates!
Time flies and soon we arrived at St Petersburg! Unfortunately, I had to return to Singapore early for work so I only had a short time in St Petersburg, but the most unforgettable experience has to be The Hermitage! And the special privilege of being on Uniworld tours? You get a special ticket to enter 1 hour before the official opening time! So you can skip the crowds and enjoy the museum so much more!!
Thank you Uniworld once again for this Imperial Waterways of Russia experience.
Do read Part 1 of this epic trip if you haven’t already! 🙂
Bookings are already underway for 2019 so book your slot before it’s too late! Till then, Russia, Пока !!