Imperial River Cruises Announces Schedule

Russia and Ukraine itineraries set for 2008-2009

By: Ana Figueroa

Imperial River Cruises, a New York-based supplier of river cruises and specialized travel services in Russia and Ukraine, has announced its 2008-2009 schedule of cruises and land packages. Its traditional trips in Russia and Ukraine, including cruises from Moscow to St. Petersburg, are supplemented this year with exciting cruises to the Russian Far East and the North Pole, a 13-day Russian National Orchestra Cruise and the once-in-a-lifetime Russian Solar Eclipse Package.

“Our clients are baby boomers and senior citizens. They have seen the world and seek a new adventure,” said Alexander Bout, president of Imperial River Cruises. “They are sophisticated destination travelers seeking the greatest sights of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ukraine, the Golden Ring cities, history and cultural heritage.

“Imperial River Cruises’ main commitments are a unique and quality product, unbeatable prices and commission structures and customer service before, during and after the journey a combination guaranteed to ensure satisfaction for travelers and travel agents alike,” said Bout.

Imperial River Cruises’ products for 2008-2009 include:

Classic Waterways of Russia

Cruise between two capitals of Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, with side visits to towns and villages to experience folklore, arts and crafts and music;

Great Mother Volga and Caspian Sea Cruises

Cruise along the Volga and Don rivers from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, visiting the capitals of Russian states;

Black Sea and Dnepr River Cruise from Kiev to Istanbul

Visit the cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine; the picturesque river towns of Bulgaria and Moldova; ancient Romania; and mysterious Turkey;

For Music Lovers

A 13-day classical music program with the Russian National Orchestra will explore mysterious Russian lands and indulge your clients’ interest in music; and

Explore the Far East of Russia

Explore the intriguing Sakhalin, Commander and Kuril islands as well as the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Clients can also enjoy North Pole Expeditions. In July and August 2008, your clients can experience a 15-day trip of a lifetime from Moscow. They will see seabird colonies, polar bears and walruses as they travel through archipelagoes and remote ice packs for a picnic at the top of the world.

The Total Solar Eclipse in Russia, July 25-Aug. 2, 2008, travels from St. Petersburg to Moscow to Novosibirsk. The trip includes a land package that features sightseeing and an overnight train between Russia’s two capitals, then a flight to the capital of Russia’s scientific community for what the poet Milton called the “disastrous twilight” that “perplexes monarchs.”

All the Imperial River Cruise motor-ships are modern, specially designed for inland waterway and sea cruising, and all cabins are outside. Cruises range from 10 to 20 days, are fully guided, and include all meals, varying amenities, sightseeing in each port of call and live entertainment aboard. Prices range from $1,650 to $2,450, and from $4,250 for the 10-day Far East cruise.

Early Pay Discount applies to those who pay in full before Oct. 30. Savings is $500 per couple ($250 per person) off cruise rates. Book and deposit before Dec. 15 to save $300 per couple ($150 per person).

Rates are fully commissionable. IRC cooperates either on net or commission basis. Itineraries can be created for individuals or special groups, such as religious, professional or academic organizations.

IRC is a member of NCMA, NACTA and IATA. For more than 15 years it has handled travel arrangements in Russia and Ukraine for thousands of tourists and businessmen from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.