|24 Sep - 07 Oct|
Sail from Moscow to Astrakhan on this 14 day Russian river cruise aboard of the M/S Nizhny Novgorod or the M/S Chernishevsky. 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.
Both ships have undergone an extension renovation during 2018 and offer deluxe cabins on the all decks, which are larger and more contemporary than the existing 4 star vessels. On the middle deck you will find the standard twin cabins, and deluxe twins on the main deck, and deluxe doubles on the middle and boat deck.
On board entertainment 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. .
Arrive Moscow and transfer to the boat. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure relaxing or exploring Moscow. (D)
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)
Further exploration of Moscow. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
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24 Sep 2019
07 Oct 2019