Explore Russia - from the Caspian to the Baltic
Number of Days: 14
- Amazing tour from the Asian Caspian Sea up the mighty Volga River through Russia visiting exotic Astrakhan, Volgograd, Saratov, Samara, Kazan, Cheboksary, Nizhny, Novgorod, Kostroma, Uglich and Moscow, then optional continue on to the beautiful city of St Petersburg.
From Moscow to Astrakhan – 3000km. With the completion of the impressive Moscow-Volga Canal in 1937, the capital was finally linked to the great system of waterways that runs from St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland all the way to Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea.
We follow the entire trade route along the Volga, from Moscow all the way to Astrakhan, the ancient capital of the Tatars. While cruising you will sail along almost the entire length of the Volga River to the edge of the Caspian Sea.- the world's largest inland body of water and located between Europe and Asia and the steppes of Central Asia.
Day 1: AstrakhanTransfer from the airport (according to the prior request). Welcome on board. Check in and get settled in your cabin. Then there is a cruise briefing and talk on optional excursions. Time then to relax with music in the bar, followed by dinner aboard. D
Day 2: AstrikanAstrakhan is a city on the delta of the Volga River and was the ancient capital of the Tatars . It's known for its Astrakhan Kremlin, an expansive fortress built in the 1500s. Its grounds are home to several Russian Orthodox churches, including the five-domed Assumption Cathedral and the Russian and Shakespearean theatre classics held in an opulent 1880s auditorium.Our city coach tour today includes the Kremlin grounds. After lunch aboard there is Free time, a Presentation of the crew and staff, then a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail, Piano music in the bar, Dinner aboard. Onboard musicians’ concert “Let’s make friends” B,L,D
Day 3: CruisingToday on board there is a range of activities including… Documentary of the History of Russia, a Russian language class and songs class. Then after dinner aboard there is a Concert of folk music, Dancing music in the bar and a Movie. B,L,D
Day 4: VolgogradFirst called Tsaritsyn, then renamed Stalingrad and eventually Volgograd, the city has a unique geographic location on the crossroads of land and waterways which link together Europe and Asia. It was established in the 16th century to defend the strategic point where the Volga and Don rivers meet. Volgograd acquired its sinister notoriety during World War II at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad (winter of 1942) which was the turning point for the Russian resistance to Hitler, and for the war as a whole. Mamayev Hill, the site of the battle's fiercest fighting is now a memorial dominated by a 70-m (239-ft) statue of Russia the Motherland wielding a sword. There is classical music in the bar, Dancing music in the bar a Movie and Master-class of matryoshka painting. B,L,D
Day 5: SaratovFounded in 1590 by the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible, Saratov is the boyhood home of Yuri Gagarin, the world's first cosmonaut. Enjoy the landmarks of the city - the 17th-centuryTrinity Cathedral, built in Moscow baroque style, the greenery of "Lime Tree Park" where one avenue was reserved for boys and the other for girls, the calm pedestrian Kirov street, lined with elms. A city of almost 900,000 inhabitants, Saratov is very lively and the atmosphere there is cheerful. After lunch aboard there is a presentation of Russian fairy-tales and a traditional Tea Ceremony – Enjoy the Russian tea culture and learn its history, then there’s a Russian quiz, Classical music in the bar Live music in the bar followed by Dinner aboard and a concert of instrumental music, plus Dancing music in the bar and a Movie.
Day 6: SamaraThe history of today's 1.5-million resident city dates back to the 16th century. Founded in 1586 as a fortress to guard Russian lands against relentless nomadic forays. Samara was but a farflung peripheral settlement until 1851 when the city became the center of the newly formed Samara gubernia (region).Vibrant development of the city began in the second half of the 19th century with the construction of stonework mansions, banks, public buildings and industrial facilities. Most of them still stagger with the diversity of architectural styles and the elegance of shapes. It was then that Samara received its theaters, museums and the public library. Tonight there is Live music in the bar, Russian Dinner aboard, an Onboard musicians’ concert, Dancing music in the bar and a Movie, plus amnn optional Vodka and blini tasting Party. B,L,D
Day 7: KazanThe capital of the Tatar Autonomous Republic (Tatarstan) is often called the “Pearl of the Central Volga Region”. Founded in the 13th century by the Mongols, who at that time occupied Russia, it served as the seat of the mighty Golden Horde or “Tatar” Empire. Presently, it is the city of 1 million inhabitants (half Russian, half Tatar) and absolutely charming with a unique blend of the Muslim and Christian cultures. Kazan is the birthplace of the Russian opera singer Fyodor Chaliapin and of the great ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Today there is a “Kazan” Documentary, Russian songs class, a Quiz Lunch aboard KAZAN Bus city tour, Kremlin Classical music in the bar, Live music in the bar, Dinner aboard Departure Motorship leaves Kazan for Cheboksary Evening of Russian Poetry Dancing music in the bar and a Movie. B,L,D
Day 8: CheboksaryAfter our CHEBOKSARY city tour we have lunch aboard. This afternoons activities include a Documentary about the History of Russia, a language class, Classical music in the bar, Live music in the bar. Tonight we have a Pirate’s dinner aboard, followed by a game “Seeking for treasure”, Dancing music in the bar and a Movie. B,L,D
Day 9: Nizhny NovgorodAt the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers, the city of Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky), founded in 1221, is the 3rd largest city in Russia. The majority of its most popular sights are from later periods. The first is the city’s great, brooding Kremlin, built during the 16th century. Today Nizhny Novgorod is a large river port, trade and cultural centre. B,L,D
Day 10: KostromaEverything is unusual in Kostroma that is the central square is called "The Frying-pan" by the locals and the fire observation tower looks more like a church or palace in empire style. The city is justly considered to be the home of the Romanov royal family and the Ipatyev Monastery became the family's sacred place: it was from there that Mikhail Romanov was called to take the Russian throne.There is a coach tour of Ipatiev monastery, Trinity Cathedral and at YAROSLAVL theres another tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery). Tonight there’s Classical music in the bar, Dinner aboard and Dancing music after. B,L,D
Day 11: UglichUglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the Church of St Dmitry on the spilt Blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga.At UGLICH we have a walking city tour, Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral. Later there is Live music in the bar and then our Farewell captains dinner, the Talent show, and Dancing music in the bar. B,L,D
Day 12: Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. It is the largest city of Russia with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this metropolis you will get to know some of the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.After Lunch aboard we arrive in Moscow.There is a coach tour (Leningradskaya street, Tverskaya street, Novodevichy convent (passing by from the embankment side), KGB Centre (passing by), Red square (free time), a visit to the famous GUM store,view Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Sparrow hills (photo-stop) and Visit to Tretyakov Gallery. OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro + visit to the observation deck. B,L,D
Day 13: MoscowWelcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in Moscow.On our Kremlin grounds tour – see the Palace of Congresses, Senate square: Arsenal, Senate buildings; residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar bell and Tsar cannon, Cathedral Square ensemble: Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral with visit to one of them. Lunch-box provided for the clients with optional excursion to Sergiev Possad.Free time in the city / Cathedral of the Christ the Saviour with observation decks / Moskva River Boat Trip with drop off for OPTIONAL: National folk show “Golden Ring” (The performance starts at 19:30) Return on board after the optional tour to Sergiev Possad Dinner aboard for passengers without evening optional excursions. B,L,D
Day 14: MoscowWelcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this metropolis get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breath-taking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral, GUM, the Kremlin, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow. B Transfer ship – airport (upon the prior request)OPTIONAL EXTENSION - ST PETERSBURG
Days 14 to 16 St PetersburgTransfer to Moscow Airport for your flight to St Petersburg.
- B = Breakfast buffet
- L = Lunch: salad and soup bar followed by main courses served at table
- D = Dinner a la carte
- Specialties of Russian regions as afternoon snack
- Midnight soup
- Water for excursions
- Water in pitchers for all meals
- Tea/coffee for all meals
- 1 glass of wine/beer/juice/soda per person for dinner
- Coffee station 24/7 which includes coffee, decaf, hot water, milk, cocoa, packed tea, sugar, sweetener and cookies.
- Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation
- 1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days
- Luggage handling in river ports and on board the ship
- English/French/German/Spanish/Italian speaking board guides; services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be provided at additional cost
- On board entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
- Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)
- Visa support letter
*NOTE: In case of a reservation cancellation, errors or change of names, a penalty Visa charge of 65 euro will apply.
- Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard)
- Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks in on-board bars
- Optional tours
- Tips for the crew and ship staff
- Travel insurances
- Any items not specifically stated as included in the final itinerary.
- From $7,595 per person | Single Supplement is $4,995