From  £2240
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the city of Nizhny Novgorod
  • Discover iconic onion-domed churches
  • Visit the city of Samara
  • Sail through the locks of the Volga-Don canal
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Moscow to Rostov On Don River Cruise - MS Lavrinenkov

20 Day Tour, from £2240 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
24 Apr  -  12 May
03 Oct  -  22 Oct

Sail from Moscow to Rostov on Don on this 20-day Russian river cruise aboard of the MS Lavrinenkov. 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  Rostov On Don to Moscow. Please contact one of our Russia Travel Specialist for more information.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW
Arrive Moscow and transfer to the M/S General Lavrinenkov. Spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing or exploring Moscow.
DAY 2
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
Enjoy a city tour of Moscow’s most interesting sights and learn about this amazing city’s past and present. Optional city tour of Moscow and its metro by night. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
MOSCOW
MOSCOW

This morning enjoy a tour of the Kremlin, the centre of Russia´s political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents.  (B,L,D)

 

 

DAY 4
UGLICH
UGLICH

Afternoon arrival to Uglich and 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
YAROSLAVL

Embraced by two rivers, the mighty Volga and the smaller Kotorosl, Yaroslavl’s centre is dotted with onion domes like no other place in Russia. It indeed boasts a record-breaking 15-dome church. This religious zeal dates back to the times of Kyivan Rus. Enjoy a city tour around Yaroslavl. Optional tour to Rostov Veliky. (B,L,D) 

DAY 6
KOSTROMA
KOSTROMA

Arrive early morning 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. Optional visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 7
PLYOS
PLYOS

Morning arrival in Plyos,  located on the Volga river just in the mouth of the small river Shokhanka. Plyos was founded in 1410 by the Moscow prince Vasilii I, the son of Governor Dmitri Donskoi. Optional excursion to Suzdal. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
NIZHNY NOVGOROD

This afternoon 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 9
KAZAN
KAZAN

This afternoon 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 of Kul-Sherif neighbours the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. (B,L,D)  
 

DAY 10
ULYANOVSK
ULYANOVSK

This morning arrive in the pleasant city of Ulyanovsk, the birthplace of Vladimir Ulyanov better known as Lenin. The original name of the city was Simbirsk but it was renamed in 1924 by the Bolsheviks in the honour of the founder of the Bolshevik party and Soviet state. Lenin was born in Simbirsk in 1870 and attended the local gymnasium. Tour the city and visit the Park of Friendship of Peoples for a picturesque panoramic view of the historical city centre and River Volga. Visit the Lenin museum, discover the 100 year Lenin Anniversary Square and Karl Marx Square and of course the ubiquitous Lenin statues. (B,L,D)  

DAY 11
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 12
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 ambience. Today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied here. (B, L, D)
 

DAY 13
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. (B, L, D)
 

DAY 14
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 15
ASTRAKHAN
ASTRAKHAN

City Tour by bus. Astrakhan is situated on the islands in the delta of the Volga river. The greatest part of its territory lies below the spring flood levels of the Volga, so dams were built in many places. There are more than 30 bridges in the city. In ancient times Astrakhan was called "The Venice of Asia". (B,L,D)
 

DAY 16
ON BOARD
ON BOARD

Spend the whole day sailing along the Volga towards Volgograd. (B, L, D)
 

DAY 17
VOLGOGRAD
VOLGOGRAD

Back in Volgograd again so either spend the day visiting the city and relaxing or take optional excursions to the Panorama Museum or the military cemetery at Rossoshka. (bookable and payable on board). (B, L, D)

DAY 18
ON BOARD
ON BOARD

Spend the whole day sailing along the Volga towards Rostov on Don. (B, L, D)

DAY 19
ROSTOV ON DON
ROSTOV ON DON

The southernmost part of Russia’s Steppes was an 18th century Cossack outpost and trading centre. Today this “Gateway to the Caucasus” leads to the Ukraine and is an industrial and agricultural centre. Its magnificent parks and beaches, theatres and museums, and unusual botanical gardens with vast collections of rare and beautiful plants make Rostov a most attractive city on the Don River. (B, L, D)
 

DAY 20
FLY BACK TO THE UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

20 day tour, from £2240 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Aeroflot from London Heathrow 
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Twin  deluxe air-conditioned cabins with private facilities on the main deck
  • Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) commencing with dinner on day of embarkation and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Transfers on arrival/departure
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Full sightseeing programme in each port of call with transfers, entrance fees and English speaking guides
  • Russian language and song lessons
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing
  • Daily aerobics
  • Tour of ship’s bridge
  • Port taxes

     

Price Excludes

  • Russian Visa
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions

 

Price Notes

Departures:

24 Apr to 12 May (Rostov on Don to Moscow)

03 Oct to 22 Oct (Moscow to Rostov on Don)


Itinerary Dates  
24 Apr 2018
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12 May 2018
03 Oct 2018
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22 Oct 2018

M/S General Lavrinenkov

General Lavrinenkov is a comfortable river motorship built in Germany and was fully renovated last year for the Swiss market. On board choose from several different cabin categories: Suites, Junior Suites, Deluxe Twins. The ship’s cabins are air-conditioned and heated, have private bathrooms, wardrobes, and an outside picture window giving majestic views of the countryside. There are two comfortable dining rooms, two bars, a souvenir shop, a reading room, a conference hall, a beauty salon and a laundry facility.

 

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