July 25 - August 5th, 2019

Uniworld River Cruises – ‘River Victoria’

St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow, Russia


Planning for the future can be a frightening and risky process. Participants in this credit union cruise/conference will be given a better understanding of what changes are coming, and how to strategically plan for future success. This educational cruise/conference will FOCUS on challenges, strategies & opportunities that will impact all attendees, and their Credit Unions.  

This educational program will guide Credit Union LEADERS through the Strategic Thinking Process by covering the key components of a plan for immediate back home application.

Meet with Credit Union EduCruises to re-energize your leadership passion and focus, while experiencing the passion and grandeur of Russian history, art and culture!

The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures and spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory and splendor.

Explore the dichotomy of Moscow—rich with monuments to both 15th-century tsars and 20th-century communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and the extravagant Moscow metro system. See some of Russia’s vast and beautiful countryside as well as its delightful small towns, where locals still engage in traditional crafts. Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, which are known for their white-stone churches and gorgeous monasteries. Be amazed by Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. And uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals and elegant architecture from a wide variety of eras.


This Credit Union EduCruise is packed with powerful topics and information, focused around these key strategic areas of concentration:

• An Environmental Overview to better understand the current & future financial landscape
• Surviving and Thriving in a Technical World
• Identifying Your Credit Unions Competitive Advantages and Strategic Initiative Goals
• Prioritizing Key Strategic Growth Strategies
• Becoming A More Member Centric Credit Union
• Developing A Tactical, Strategic Action Plan
• Monitoring Your CUs Plan and Communicating Progress
• Generation Soup: Leading Todays Multi-Gen Credit Union Workforce For High Performance
• Going From Good To Great: Competencies For New Age Directors
• Characteristics Of High Performing Credit Union Boards
• Caution: Don't Play Russian Roulette With Member Service

***All Sessions are very interactive. Questions, discussion, and exchange of ideas are highly encouraged. Plenty of networking opportunities throughout this educational journey

Benefits To You & Your Credit Union:

• Receive Free Consultation with our on-board industry leader

• Participate in several networking opportunities

• Review new leadership concepts that can make a difference

• Discover how an effective Board/Management Team equals future success

• Learn from others about their Credit Union's leadership success strategies

• Discover how your credit union can thrive in times of change

• Create a strategic game-plan for future survival

• Find solutions to problems your CU is facing today

• Share with other CU volunteers and management staff

Speaker for the Course

JOHN VARDALLAS is founder of The AmericanBoomer, an international Credit Union business consulting organization. He conducts and facilitates leadership, management development, marketing and strategic planning seminar training for credit union staff and volunteer leaders.
John is one of the most requested speakers in the credit union industry and has spoken before thousands of credit union volunteers and management teams during his 20-year career. John has facilitated countless credit union strategic planning sessions across America, and has presented at credit union conferences and programs around the world.
An international trend watcher, John also helps leaders synthesize credit union industry trends into strategic organizational directions. He is the author of ‘Leadership Thoughts for Prospering in the 21st Century’.

About the Ship

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises re-launched ‘River Victoria’ in 2011 after an extensive refurb (it was built in 1982). This stately 206-passenger ship sails Russia’s Volga River between Moscow. This elegant ship offers guests the most pleasant and comfortable experience possible while sailing the Volga river. Enjoy views from your river-view stateroom or suite, some with full private balconies. Dine on regional inspired cuisine in the Pushkin Restaurant, sample vodka at the Katarina Bar while watching the countryside from the outdoor patio or keep in touch with friends back home at the internet corner. Best part of all is that the River Victoria is your floating conference center/hotel, that will shuttle you from port to port where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Russian history and culture.


Dining in the main venue, the Pushkin Restaurant, is open seating. Dinners are ordered from a menu that changes daily and is designed to reflect both the region and season. Fresh ingredients are often purchased from local farmers and markets. Dinner includes a selection of complimentary wines and beers. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style with hot and cold selections. In addition, there is an early riser breakfast and afternoon tea. Soft drinks are always complimentary, as is the 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar.

River Victoria

The Chagall Lounge has a full-service bar and dance floor. Katrina Bar, on the uppermost deck, has an outdoor patio. A sun deck with lounge chairs, a fitness center, Serenity River Spa, a boutique and library complete the public areas onboard. An elevator is an added convenience.

Enjoy a wide array of music and song from local entertainers brought aboard the ship several evenings. Dance away the night while enjoying your favorite tune played by our onboard musician.


The complimentary Group Excursions will take you to the heart of our destination, visiting its most famous landmarks as well as its hidden gems. You’ll find an intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you are visiting. With Uniworld, there is no waiting in line to visit famous landmarks, no getting lost as your bus drops you off within walking distance from your tour, and no language barrier as all Uniworld guides and crew members speak English.


Day 1: Thurs., July 25EMBARKATION – St. PetersburgArrive at Pulkovo International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship .
Day 2: Fri., July 26St. PetersburgWith its grand Italian architectures and austere Nordic setting, St. Petersburg is a city of canals, palaces and cathedrals that presents a glorious juxtaposition of East and West. See the sights by land as well as water, then experience an art form that is quintessentially Russian—an evening at the ballet. The brainchild of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was built on 42 islands on the Neva delta, in what was essentially a swamp. The tsar lavished on it all the might, ambition and money at his disposal, importing the finest architects from Italy, the greatest decorative artists and the most celebrated painters: The result is an extraordinarily beautiful city.

Featured Excursions:
St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood visit Russian theatre ballet performance. Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

Day 3: Sat., July 27St. PetersburgSpend your day in St. Petersburg at what many experts consider the finest art museum in the world, the legendary Hermitage, a former residence of the tsars that’s now home to a massive and mind-boggling collection of priceless works of art. Your day in St. Petersburg finds you with an appropriately imperial excursion: a guided tour through the world-famous Hermitage Museum. It is the crown jewel of the city and is located in the former home of the tsars, the Winter Palace.

Featured Excursion:
Hermitage Museum
Day 4: Sun., July 28St. PetersburgCross the threshold of the summer residence of the tsars—the lavishly decorated Catherine Palace—where you’ll see opulent staterooms and the near mythic Amber Room, meticulously restored to its former glory. Dine on traditional Russian fare at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. On your final day in St. Petersburg, you’ll enjoy a guided tour through splendid Catherine Palace and Park. Once the summer residence of the tsars, it is a masterwork of rococo architecture. Then, spend the rest of your day on your own exploring more of this beautiful city or join a tour to Peterhof Gardens—a treat for anyone interested in landscape design.

Featured Excursion:
Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin
Day 5: Mon., July 29Cruising Lake Ladoga, Mandrogi, Cruising the Svir River
Travel back in time to the 19th century at a reconstructed Russian village populated by talented artisans who make handmade items using old-world materials and techniques. A reconstructed village on the shore of the Svir River, Mandrogi illustrates the traditions and lifestyles of Russia’s past. Other highlights today include a rustic shashlik picnic lunch onshore and a cruise on a pristine freshwater lake. Your ship cruises along the southern shores of Lake Ladoga, a vast freshwater inland sea that was once connected to the Baltic Sea. Islands dot the water while forested nature preserves and beaches line the shores. Relax and enjoy the scenery.

Featured Excursion:
Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore
Day 6: Tues., July 30Kizhi Island, Cruising Lake OnegaTo approach the wooden Church of Transfiguration from the water, with its multitude of shingled onion domes and unmistakable silhouette, can be, well, a transformative experience. Step ashore for an up-close view of this incredible church—built without a single nail—and explore the island’s famous open-air museum and its 89 traditional wooden structures. Kizhi Island, which seemingly floats between sky and water in the midst of Lake Onega, is home to one of Russia’s iconic sights, the all-wood Church of Transfiguration.

Featured Excursion:
Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
Day 7: Wed., July 31Goritsy (Kirillov)Beyond Russia’s major cities lies a completely different world—the fabled land of Mother Russia, celebrated for centuries in art, songs and great works of literature. Explore two rural villages today for an authentic and unforgettable glimpse of everyday life in a Russian provence. Two tiny villages are your destination today. Goritsy, a farming settlement on the Sheksna River, and Kirillov, which may be small but has extraordinary churches linked to the tsars.

Featured Excursion:
Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province
Day 8: Tues., Aug. 1Cruising Lake Rybinsk, Yaroslavl
Relax onboard the ship as you travel across Lake Rybinsk, formed in 1941 between the upper Volga River a nd its tributaries. At the time of its construction, it was the largest man-made body of water on earth. Arrive in Yaroslavl. Often called the “Russian Florence” and considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring, Yaroslavl stretches for miles along the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi rivers. Credit for Yaroslavl’s well- designed, UNESCO-protected city center goes to none other than Catherine the Great, who was even more than a mighty Russian ruler—she was a forward-thinking urban planner as well. Visit an Orthodox church and a lively market.

Featured Excursion:
Yaroslavl city tour
Day 9: Wed., Aug. 2UglichHeading south on the Volga, you’ll come to one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, as the group of towns that played significant roles in Russian history are known. As you approach the delightful and picturesque town of Uglich in the afternoon, be prepared for a panorama of magnificent architectural monuments.

Featured Excursion:
Uglich walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood
Day 10: Thurs., Aug. 3MoscowIf Russia is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” as Churchill famously said, then Moscow presents an intriguing starting point for cultural discovery. See the city’s most iconic sights (as well as some under -the-radar secrets) with a savvy local expert, both above ground and below. Glamorous, grand, gorgeous and sometimes maddening, Moscow is Russia’s principal city. Founded in 1156, it was the capital of the medieval nation. Moscow lost its status as capital to St. Petersburg under Peter the Great, but it never lost its significance to Russia, and it has reestablished its dominance over the nation’s culture, politics and economy during the past century.

Featured Excursions:
Moscow city tour/ Tour of the metro and Arbat Street
Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.
Day 11: Fri., Aug. 4MoscowAdventures await with a whole day in Moscow to explore on your own. Spend the day in Moscow exploring on your own. Return to yesterday’s favorite sites or discover new treasures in this world-class city. You could visit the Pushkin Literary Museum to learn more about Russia’s most famous poet or tour one of the houses in which Leo Tolstoy lived. Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll along Kuznetsky Most, which for centuries has hosted Moscow’s most fashionable shops. Shuttles will run from the ship to the city center for your convenience.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 12: Sat., Aug. 5Moscow (Disembark)
You have sampled culinary delights, explored history and experienced the best of life along the Volga River. Now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.
(NOTE) - Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Room Choices:



All cabins are outside, with many having real balconies. All cabin categories feature individual climate control, telephone, and infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options. Fine linens and a pillow menu provide comfort. Cabins are stocked with bottled water, plush towels and L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products. A safe, hair dryer and bathrobe complete the cabin amenities. Colorful draperies and striped upholstery complement stark-white linens in the staterooms and suites.



FOX World Travel is our new travel partner for all 2019 EduCruises. They can be reached at: or 1-888-367-2571

* Initial NON REFUNDABLE Deposit on all cabin types: $700 per person
Cabin Catagory:Classic Cabin:Deluxe Balcony:
Double Occupancy$6,194.00 per person, double occupancy - (Large Windows, 135 sq. ft.)
$7,594.00 per person, double occupancy (Balcony Cabin, 210 sq. ft.) 

Conference Registration Fee$1,900.00 per conference attendee – Payable at time of Initial Cabin Deposit$1,900.00 per conference attendee – Payable at time of Initial Cabin Deposit
Deposit (non refundable):$700.00 per person at time of booking. Final payment date: March 21, 2019$700.00 per person at time of booking. Final payment date: March 21, 2019
TotalClassic Cabin (Double Occupancy):
$8,094.00 per conference attendee
$6,194.00 per non-conference attendee
Deluxe Balcony (Double Occupancy):
$9,494.00 per conference attendee
$7,594.00 per non-conference attendee
Cabin Catagory:Classic Cabin:Deluxe Balcony:
Single OccupancySolo Traveler Rates are no longer being offered by the cruise line. This was a CRUISE LINE decision, and not that of EduCruises or Fox World Travel.
Please Call Fox World Travel to determine if any other options are available.
Solo Traveler Rates are no longer being offered by the cruise line. This was a CRUISE LINE decision, and not that of EduCruises or Fox World Travel.
Please Call Fox World Travel to determine if any other options are available.
Meals unless noted; gratuities unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; trip cancellation insurance, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required.

Discounts: Pay in full at time of booking prior to Sept. 30 and receive :

  • Classic Cabin : $520.00 per person cabin discount
  • Deluxe Cabin- $330.00 per person cabin discount
  • Past Passenger Discount: Ask Us When Calling as these discounted amounts is subject to change by Uniworld River Cruises at any time.
  • Pay in Full Discount does not exempt participants from increases in air taxes and fuel surcharges at any time.)




Cancel Penalties:

Date of Booking to March 21, 2019:  $700 per person non-refundable

March 22 to May 24, 2019:
 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees

May 25 to June 24, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees

June 25, 2019 to departure:  No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.


(OPTIONAL) Trip Insurance – you must pay the premium with a check.

What Your Rate Includes:

Package Inclusions:

  1. Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship if arrival/departure is on cruise dates and within Uniworld travel parameters
  2. 11-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the River Victoria
  3. Bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and comfy robes and slippers
  4. Captivating onboard local entertainment
  5. Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  6. Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
  7. 11 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts with Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  8. All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
  9. All meals onboard the ship, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  10. Unlimited beverages including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the 
  11. State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  12. Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  13. Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Not Included: Meals onshore unless noted; gratuities unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; trip cancellation insurance, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required.

* To attend the conference and/or to take advantage of these low group rates, all cabin reservations must be booked through “FOX WORLD TRAVEL”, our designated travel affiliate for 2019 – 2020.                  

***The cabin deposit of $700 (non-refundable) per person and the Conference Registration Fee is immediately payable upon first booking this cruise/conference. Cruise Rates subject to change by cruise line. Credit Cards ARE ACCEPTED for the Cruise, Conference Fee and the Trip Insurance

Contact Information

Contact our New 2019 Travel Partner:

FOX World Travel