From  £2360
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 - MS Tolstoy

14 Day Tour, from £2360 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
08 Sep  -  21 Sep
21 Sep  -  04 Oct

Sail from Moscow to Astrakhan on this 14 day Russian river cruise aboard of the MS Tolstoy. 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 Lev Tolstoy, named after the famous Russian writer, is a four-deck vessel that was built in Austria in 1979 for the political crème de la crème of the Soviet Union.  Lev Tolstoy features all outside cabins with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The ship can accommodate up to 160 passengers and has two restaurants - one of which transforms into a nightclub, a piano bar, coffee bar, sauna, solarium and swimming pool with a lido bar.

On board entertainment on Lev Tolstoy focuses on performances and activities designed to offer passengers an experience of authentic Russian culture and history. There are live Russian folk music and classical music concerts, as well as Russian language lessons, nesting doll painting classes, Russian tea ceremonies and a vodka tasting. Please contact one of our Russia Travel Specialist for more information. Please note that this cruise also operates in reverse on the 21st Sep to 4 Oct.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW

Arrive Moscow and transfer to the boat. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure relaxing or exploring Moscow. (D)

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. (B, L, D)

DAY 3
MOSCOW
MOSCOW

Further exploration of Moscow. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
UGLICH
UGLICH

Make sure to catch the view of the town as you approach from the Volga River - it is breath-taking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John´s Church rising up on the horizon. During your time in Uglich learn more about the town’s fascinating past and walk along the paths of Russian history. (B, L, D)

DAY 5
YAROSLAVL & KOSTROMA
YAROSLAVL & KOSTROMA

Arrive in the historic city of Yaroslavl, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi Rivers. On a sightseeing tour by bus see the 17th century Church of Elijah the Prophet which stands in the city’s centre and is Yaroslavl’s most beautiful church. Visit the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and embark on an interactive tour of the former Governor’s house. Continue to Kostroma, part of the Golden Ring, a group of ancient Russian towns located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. It was founded in the 13th century and has played a major role in Russian history. Included on the city tour is a visit to the city’s most prominent landmarks - the Ipatiev Monastery and the Trinity Cathedral. (B, L, D)

DAY 6
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
NIZHNY NOVGOROD

Today explore the city of Nizhny Novgorod and learn about the city's history as a place of exile for political prisoners and visit the Kremlin grounds. Nizhny Novgorod is one of Russia’s major cities, the dominating feature of the city skyline is the grand Kremlin (1500-1511), with its red-brick towers. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
CHEBOKSARY
CHEBOKSARY

Reach Cheboksary, capital of Chuvash Republic and a port on the River Volga. The Chuvash people are a Turkic ethnic group, native to this area, which stretches from the Volga Region to Siberia. Most of them live in the Republic of Chuvashia and surrounding areas. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Cheboksary including the Volga River embankments, Republic Square and many religious buildings, Cheboksary has twenty-five churches and four monasteries – including Diocese House, Candlemas Cathedral and Archangel Michael Church. (B, L, D)

DAY 8
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. (B, L, D)

DAY 9
SAMARA
SAMARA

Samara sits on the left bank of the Volga, while the right bank is dominated by the rocky Zhigulevskie mountains. The river loops around the hills, creating a peninsula encompassing 32,000 hectares of national forest reserve. Sail into the city of Samara and embark on a city tour. During WWII a bunker was built here for Stalin but he never used it. In the post-WWII period Samara remained a closed city due to its strategic industries. (B, L, D)

DAY 10
SARATOV
SARATOV

After breakfast, discover 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 known as ul Korova. The former name was Nemetskaya (German), a sure sign that Saratov was once at the heart of the Volga German region. Wartime deportations spared few Volga Germans and only a handful returned here from exile, but their presence can be felt in the city’s distinctly Central European ambiance. Today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied here. (B, L, D)

DAY 11
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. (B, L, D)

DAY 12
ON BOARD
ON BOARD

Spend the whole day sailing through the locks of the Volga-Don canal, which opened in July 27, 1952. Relax on board and watch the scenery glide by or participate in various on board activities such as language lessons, history lectures or dance classes. (B, L, D)

 

 

DAY 13
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. (B, L, D)

DAY 14
FLY BACK TO THE UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

14 day tour, from £2360 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
  • 13 nights accommodation on the MS Tolstoy
  • 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

     

Price Notes

Departures:



08 - 21 Sep (Moscow - Astrakhan)



21 Sep - 04 Oct (Astrakhan - Moscow)


Itinerary Dates  
08 Sep 2018
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21 Sep 2018
21 Sep 2018
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04 Oct 2018

M/S Tolstoy

The four-star vessel MS Lev Tolstoy has double, single and triple accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, 220V sockets, picture windows and radios.
 
On board there are two bars (one with swimming pool), a restaurant , reading lounge, TV room, souvenir shop, beauty salon, sauna and a conference room  on the sun deck. Laundry and medical service are also available. This ship was built in Austria and was originally designed for high ranking  Kremlin official and to host foreign dignitaries.
 
M/S Tolstoy accommodates 168 guests as apposed to 200-300 on other ships of a similar size.

 

Tour Route Map


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

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