Putin-it back on the itinerary: Cruise giants APT heading to Russia after hiatus

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The oecumenical cruise line suspended its Russia operations for 2016 last year pursuing cancellations by ssengers in 2015 because of «uncertainty in Russia».

At the time, AmaWaterways also withdrew out of Russia and sailings were cut back by CroisiEurope and Viking River Cruises.

CroisiEurope and AmaWaterways unmoving do not offer Russian river cruises although Viking River Voyages has regular late spring to autumn Waterways Of The Tsars itineraries from Moscow to St Petersburg.

APT’s new Russian Waterways voyages will be on ms Anastasia, launched in 2015.

The new 11-day Treasures of Russia cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow subsumes a visit to the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and Unesco-listed Kizhi Island, which is race museum full of historic wooden buildings.

Onboard there drive be Russian language lessons, traditional music performances and a vodka grain evening.

For 2017 APT has also simplified the classification of its cruises into two lists: Luxury (five star) cruises and Premium (four star) coasts.

Luxury cruises in Europe and Asia include exclusive excursions as hint at of the cruise line’s Signature Experiences, such as a trip on the Majestic Imperator, a imitation Imperial train of the Habsburgs privately chartered between ssau and Linz in Austria.

In China there’s a hush-hush buffet lunch overlooking an unrestored and rarely visited stretch of the Important Wall of China in Beijing.

Also new for 2017 is APT’s eight-day Majestic Danube Enjoyment cruise from Hungary’s capital, Budapest, to Munich in southern Germany.

This includes an eliminating evening at lais Coburg in Austria’s capital, Vienna, for a private music recapitulation.

To celebrate the launch of its new 2017 Europe and Asia river cruise leaflet, APT is offering savings of up to £1,500 per couple with early booking proffers on 2017 and 2018 river cruises booked before 31 August.

For profuse information go to www.aptouring.co.uk.

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