Knowledge expedition organized by:

Donald Billingsley, Magda Sole y Jaume Mestres

departure date

From May 18th to 25th, 2019

General tour

Volga the longest and mightiest river in Europe, its eternal waters give us energy and motivation. In this journey that goes beyond politics and the fight we will discover the moments of humanity in which there were possibilities to move forward but that did not prosper for some reasons. Talks and debates on Architecture, Art, Geography, History, Psychology, Anthropology, Politics, Spirituality.

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We invite you to visit Russia by sailing on one of the largest river cruises in Europe. Through rivers Volga, Svir and Neva, its channels, and the magnificent lakes Onega and Ladoga; we will observe shy smiles from a worthy and suffering people, together with beautiful places that make up the face of this country, still enigmatic today; Medieval cities that treasure the richness of Russian Orthodox culture; a green and exuberant nature that produces admiration and amazement, spectacular sunsets that stain intense melancholy colors on the horizon of their lands.

An intense trip, with talks and daily knowledge workshops.

“Because we believe that human beings have a future”

From May 18th to 25th, 2019


Saturday 18th

Sunday 19th

Monday 20th

Tuesday 21th

Wednesday 22th

Thursday 23th

Friday 24th

Saturday 25th








St. Petersburg

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Boarding in the fluvial port from 16:00. Accommodation in the cabins. Free time. Dinner and night on board.



Breakfast and dinner on board. In the morning, the panoramic tour of the city will take you to the most important sights of the Russian capital. At noon, they will have the opportunity to taste the most representative dishes of Russian cuisine in a restaurant in the city. The afternoon visit program includes a mandatory stop at the Kremlin and the Red Square. Just to admire its majestic ensemble it is worth going to Russia. In the afternoon, the navigation begins. Today the Captain invites you to the welcome cocktail. Live music. Night on board



Full board on board. During the morning you can enjoy the leisurely rhythm of the navigation observing the landscapes of the largest and mightiest river in Europe, the Volga. In the early afternoon, we will arrive in Úglich, a medieval city that played an important role in the history of Russia. In 1591, the last son of Ivan the Terrible, Prince Dimitri dies here. In the place of his death, the church that currently bears his name was built. During our walk through the territory of the old Uglich Kremlin our guide will offer you interesting facts about Ivan the Terrible, Prince Dimitri and the city as such. At night, live music. Night on board.



Full board on board. Our route today crosses the colossal system of rivers, canals and reservoirs called the Volga-Baltic channel that was completed in the Soviet era and that united the 5 seas of Russia. Goritsy is a village located in a region of lush forests, lakes of pure water and unique northern nature. At the end of the fourteenth century, the monk Cyril of Moscow aged 60 years left the capital to go north as the voice of the Virgin asked him in an apparition and founded there a monastery that became a place of pilgrimage. Here you will enjoy visiting the monastery of San Cirilo on White Lake. In the afternoon, live music. Night on board



Full board on board. The first part of the day gives you an opportunity to admire the beauty of Lake Onega, one of the largest in Europe. At the northern end of the lake is the small island of Kizhi, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the architectural wooden ensemble built on this island. After the victory in the Northern War, Tsar Peter I ordered to build in Kizhi the Transfiguration Cathedral that until today represents the main attraction of the island. Our pedestrian tour runs through the open-air wooden architecture museum, offering you a glimpse of local life in these lands. Live music. Night on board



After breakfast the ship arrives at the tiny village of Mándrogui on the banks of the Svir River, the waterway that connects the Onega and Ladoga lakes. The houses of this picturesque village are adorned with all kinds of carvings and wooden ornaments. Here the traveler can walk through the forest that surrounds it, visit an exhibition of samovars, buy a souvenir made by local artisans or try vodka in the museum dedicated to this national drink. If the weather conditions are favorable, we will hold a Russian barbecue on the banks of the Svir River. At night, the Captain’s Dinner and the final gala of the cruise will take place. Night on board



Breakfast and dinner on board. Today we wake up in the “Venice of the North”, Saint Petersburg. This beautiful city hosts many buildings of great tourist interest: the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Cathedral of the Virgin of Kazan, the Admiralty, the fortress of St. Peter and St. Pablo, numerous palaces of the Russian nobility. Our panoramic tour will show you the most important gems of St. Petersburg. After lunch at a restaurant in the city, a visit to the world’s most important museum, Hermitage, will uncover the riches of world art accumulated here by the ambitious Russian tsars. Free time. Night on board



Disembark after breakfast. End of our services.


INCLUDED: Accommodation in outdoor cabins according to the chosen category; assistance in Spanish throughout the tour; detailed excursions in the itinerary; audio guides in the visits; full board: day of arrival, dinner only; departure day, breakfast only; Drinks included: water in jars in meals, a glass of table wine in all dinners, one bottle (0.33l) per cabin daily; coffee station; live music on board; free use of the gym; Premium travel assistance insurance; porters on board; port fees.

NOT INCLUDED: Optional excursions; drinks not mentioned; flights; visas; transfers; cancellation insurance; tips (10 eur / person / day); personal expenses.



Technical information

Passenger capacity – 210 pax.

Length – 135 m

Manga – 16.7 m

Draft – 2.9.

Current – 220 V.

Currency on board – Russian Ruble

€ 1490
The Price includes 8 days / 7 nights Cruise on the boat “MS. Rostropovich “in standard cabin double category J main, exterior, with shower and WC, – Diet board full board on board (breakfast and buffet meals, and dinners served) – Mineral water at lunch and dinner – Basic package of beverages – Tours included according to program.

Prices Do Not Include Other decks, optional excursions – Drinks not included in “the price includes” – flights – tips and / or any other service not specifically indicated in the itinerary – airfare.

SUPPLEMENTS: VISA (presenting all the required documentation more than 20 days before departure) € 78


Wire transfer.

For the purchase of this trip you have to contact us and we will provide you the account number for you to do

the income of the amount of the trip.

Contact: Jaume Mestres

Telephone +34 667 366 866