From  £2055
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a city tour of Moscow
  • Uncover the city of Samara
  • Visit the Beer Museum in Cheboksary
  • Learn more about Russian culture and history
  • Join a Master class of Russian traditional cuisine
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Moscow to Astrakhan River Cruise

13 Day Tour, from £2055 per person

Sail from Moscow to Astrakhan on this 13-day Russian river cruise aboard of the MS N. Novgorod. Cruise from the Russian capital to the Volga River Delta, discover iconic onion-domed churches, stroll through gems such as medieval Nizhny Novgorod and learn more about Russian traditions and history.

The journey also operates from Astrakhan to Moscow.

Please contact one of our Russia Travel Specialists for more information.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW
Arrive Moscow and transfer to you hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing or exploring Moscow.
DAY 2
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
Awake in Moscow and embark on a day tour of the Russian capital. Visit the Kremlin and the Old Tretyakov gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art and view its extraordinary collection ranging from 12th century icons to 20th century paintings. In the evening enjoy dinner at your hotel before setting off on an optional Moscow by night tour. (B, L, D)
DAY 3
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
After breakfast, transfer to Suzdal and explore the city on a bus city tour. After lunch, drive to Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), also known as the ’third capital’ of Russia and get on board of the MS N. Novgorod. In the evening, enjoy dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 4
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
In the morning start a bus city tour of Nizhny Novgorod. Learn about the city's history as a place of exile for political prisoners and visit the Kremlin grounds. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city or opt for an optional visit to the Art Museum. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 5
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
Today tour the town of Gorodets and visit the Samovar Museum. After lunch on board, enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail before the MS N. Novgorod leaves Nizhni Novgorod for Cheboksary. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 6
CHEBOKSARY
CHEBOKSARY
Reach Cheboksary and explore the city by bus. In the afternoon, opt for an optional visit to the city of Ioshkar-Ola or perhaps taste some local beer at the Beer Museum in Cheboksary. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 7
KAZAN
KAZAN
This morning enter the Republic of Tatarstan and enjoy the view of charming mosques. Reach Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and visit the ‘citadel’ - a white-walled Kremlin where the famous mosque Kul-Sherif neighbours the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. After lunch on board, join a Russian language and songs class and learn more about Russian culture and history. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 8
SAMARA
SAMARA
Continue sailing by the Zhigulevskie mountains and reach the city of Samara. Uncover the city on a bus tour and perhaps opt for an optional visit to the Stalin’s bunker, built nine storeys below the Academy of Culture and Art. After lunch on board, witness to a typical Russian tea ceremony, learn more about its history and join a Master-class of ‘martreshka’ painting. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 9
SARATOV
SARATOV
After breakfast, uncover the city of Saratov by bus. Founded in 1590, Saratov was initially a fortress forming a line of defence for the trade route along the Volga. Today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied here. In the afternoon, join a Master class of Russian traditional cuisine and a Russian dance class. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 10
VOLGOGRAD
VOLGOGRAD
Arrive Volgograd and learn about its tumultuous history on a city tour by bus. Originally called Tsaritsyn it was renamed Stalingrad during the Soviet era and today dramatically known for the most triumphant and tragic event in Soviet history, the Battle of Stalingrad. Stop at the memorial on Mamayev Hill and opt for an optional visit to the Stalingrad battle panorama museum, who displays a dozens of exhibits on the Battle of Stalingrad and the soldiers who fought in it. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 11
ON BOARD
ON BOARD
Spend the whole day sailing and in the evening reach the upper end of the Volga river delta - about 100 Km from the Caspian Sea - and arrive Astrakhan, the world’s caviar capital. Overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 12
ASTRAKHAN
ASTRAKHAN
Awake in Astrakhan and start a morning tour of the city. Explore a local fortress built in the reign of Ivan the Terrible and optional visit to a famous art gallery. Spend the afternoon at leisure or embark on an optional short river cruise to the Volga delta. Dinner and overnight on board of the MS N. Novgorod. (B, L, D)
DAY 13
FLY TO THE UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

13 day tour, from £2055 per person

Price Includes


  • Return flights in economy class with Aeroflot from London Heathrow 
  • One-way flight from Astrakhan to Moscow 
  •  All airport taxes and security charges
  • Transfers on arrival/departure
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Moscow with breakfast
  • 10 nights accommodation on the MS N. Novgorod
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking guide
 


 

 


Price Excludes

  • Russian Visa
  • Tips and gratuities
  •  Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions
Itinerary Dates  
14 Sep 2017
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26 Sep 2017
26 Sep 2017
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08 Oct 2017

Tour Route Map


  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Russia, Nizhny Novgorod
  3. Russia, Cheboksary
  4. Russia, Kazan
  5. Russia, Samara
  6. Russia, Saratov
  7. Russia, Volgograd
  8. Russia, Astrakhan

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Reviews

We so enjoyed our recent cruise on 31 May to 9 June and so did our travelling companions. We have told everybody. The boat was superb, the guides excellent and the food so tasty. The upgrade to a junior suite made the cruise!

S. Searle
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