The route was not without difficulties. The EU's border with the Russian empire was still open at that time and the route was not feasible for the large ships that were used on the Grand Tour. During the trip, Sigismund and his entourage got lost along the way. When they finally arrived at the port of Vienna, they took a boat to the nearby city of Małopolsk. During the journey, a young girl, Galina Svyatova, became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Prince Vasily.
The child had to be taken to Russia, where it was raised as a boy, and the former Prince Vasily Vasa was crowned Prince of Russia in July 1625. In 1626, the Grand Tour was extended to the Baltic Sea, from which a large number of ships set sail. In 1627, a Polish princess, Janina, was married to a Prince of Lithuania. The journey was made by a ship called the Prizren (later renamed the Privy) which was owned by the Vasa family and had a crew of about fifty men. As the voyage was expected to take nine months, the journey was not made in the normal form of a ship sailing from one port to another. Instead, the ship was steered by the captain of the ship, who was also the commander of the ship and the day-to-day commander of the crew. The crew consisted of about forty men, all of whom were under the command of the priest, a man of modest stature, who was responsible for the preparations and the feeding of the ship.
The priest, together with his assistants, lived in a large wooden house built near the ship. The priest acted as the captain and navigator for the journey and was often accompanied by his assistant and assistants, who were in turn assisted by seven or eight oarsmen. He was to spend months touring every country of Europe, up to and including France, and he was to be accompanied by a band of musicians and a host of other attendants. This was not a typical tour for a Polish nobleman, and in fact it was one of the first cases of a Polish nobleman traveling to the Holy Land. Sigismund's tour was so successful that it is now considered to be one of the greatest major tourist events of the Middle Ages. It is also the reason that Sigismund and his wife, Princess Gereonita, have become famous throughout Europe, and the reason why Poland has survived the centuries since their arrival.