Sail from Rostov on Don to Moscow on this 13-day Russian river cruise aboard the MS Chekhov. 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 St. Petersburg to Rostov On Don. Please contact one of our Russia Travel Specialist for more information.
Arrive Rostov On Don and transfer to the ship (D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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. Optional visit to Raiffa Monastery, located 27 km away from Kazan. Here, visit the main cathedrals – Holy Trinity Cathedral, Cathedral of God’s Mother of Georgia and the smallest church in Europe – Church of Saint Sophia. (B,L,D)
This morning 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)
Arrive in 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. Continue to 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. (B,L,D)
Early morning 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)
Today arrive in Russia’s magnificent capital. 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)
After breakfast, free time before transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
This unique motorship is a large river vessel, specially designed for long river voyages. This ship features an innovative design of public areas including two bars (one of which has a swimming pool under a sliding glass roof and thus gives the opportunity to take sunbaths in addition to swim), a dance floor, music and lecture hall.