Days 1 – 3: Moscow▼
During your stay in Moscow you are also free to purchase optional tours that include the following: Red Square; the Tretyakov Gallery; the National Museum of Russian Fine Art; the Moscow Metro; and a tour of the Armory with its spectacular and priceless collection of royal jewels, crowns, thrones, and armor of the czars. For groups additional optional evening entertainment and tours are available, and you are welcome to take a Moscow by Night city tour, or attend a circus or theatre performance.
Arrival in Moscow, embarkation.
Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view. Lunch and dinner.
|3||For sure this great city deserves attention, and it might take more than a week to explore it. Today you can start exploring Moscow on your own – there is some time for it. Otherwise you are welcome to join one of the optional tours that are widely offered aboard the ship.|
Day 4: Uglitch▼
During the guided walking tour there will be a visit to magnificent five domed Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of Tsarevich Dmitry on the Blood. This church was built to commemorate the most famous event in the town's history – a mysterious death of the 7-year old Tsarevich Dmitry, the last scion of Dimitri Rurik dynasty. Uglitch Kremlin is also on the list. Those who wish will have the opportunity to explore the Flea Market.
Day 5: Yaroslavl▼
City tour includes the 16th-century Monastery of the Transfiguration and Church of Elijah the Prophet. This church is situated in the town’s central square, and, perhaps, is the loveliest of all of today's sights: frescoes on its walls and vaulting inside the church make it really a museum of old Russian painting. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th-century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center.
Day 6: Kostroma, Plyos▼
One of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, Kostroma is certainly a highlight of the cruise. The pride of Kostroma is the museum at the former Ipatyevsky Monastery founded in the 14th century by the Zernov family, the fore-bearers of the Godunovs. The crypt of the Monastery became the Godunov burial vault. Kostroma is the only Russian city retaining the classical layout of the 18th/19th centuries, with streets and boulevards fanning out like the spokes of a wheel from a central square.
It seems that time has no power over this small chamber town, because the layout of the place did not have major changes since 18th century. The place is cozy and quiet, and people here lead calm and steady life of Russian province – just like a century ago. The town is located on higher hills and therefore has a very unusual topography, but this allows enjoying great views and peace while walking its streets and surroundings.
During a city tour today we’ll visit Ipatyevsky Monastery; and other wonders of the city as well. Optional tour to Museum of Wooden Architecture is offered.Plyos – this stop is scheduled in the afternoon of the day.
You have the time on your own. Take a walk along the cobbled streets of this hospitable place; go up the Cathedral Hill, breathe the fresh air and take a look around… You will understand why famous artists have been coming here in search of inspiration that further led to masterpieces.
Day 7: Nizhny Novgorod▼
|7||Today there will be a tour to the Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod. Time has been passing by, and this impregnable fortress has turned into historical monument, but one of the surrounding streets still strongly resembles fortification moat.|
Day 8: Kazan▼
|8||During the city panoramic tour along the historical parts and places of interest in Kazan the main sights are visited: Kazan Kremlin that is the heart of the city, and mosque Kul-Sharif.|
Day 9: Ulyanovsk (Simbirsk)▼
|9||The city-tour is going to be quite extraordinary. In fact, Ulyanovsk is one of a handful of cities that has managed to preserve the atmosphere of an old Russian province. That is why the city’s wooden architecture is the first thing that catches a visitor’s eye. Visiting the Lenin Museum is on the list.|
Day 10: Samara▼
|10||Samara is a fusion of old trade town with well-preserved buildings, the features of Soviet period and the ones of present time. Historical center of Samara has remarkable architecture: Samara's Gorky Drama Theater is a unique teremok-building in Russian style; the House of merchant Kurlina is an example of Samara’s art nouveau; Lutheran Church of St. George and Roman Catholic Church are of gothic style. The city-tour will offer to you more great sights.|
Day 11: Saratov▼
|11||In Saratov there will be a city tour. There is a museum dedicated to Gagarin and his life. Saratov has a rich cultural life. Among its most famous sites are: the Conservatoire designed in a Neo-Gothic style; the Drama Theatre that is one of the oldest theatres in Russia; the Radischev Art Museum with more than 20,000 exhibits.|
Day 12: Volgograd▼
|12||We are having city-tour today. A lot of time will be spent on enormous memorial complex Mamaev Kurgan. The word ‘kurgan’ means ‘hill’. During the Battle of Stalingrad Mamaev Kurgan saw saw particularly fierce fighting, because the control over this hill became vitally important.|
Day 13: Cruising Volga-Don Canal
|13||Today we are passing though the tremendous artificial waterways named the Volga–Don–Canal. It is a part of the United Deep-Water System of Waterways. This canal connects the Volga and the Don rivers.|
Days 14 – 15: Rostov-on-Don▼
|14||The place has a very nice city center. It will be visited during the city-tour today during first half of the day. Places of interest in Rostov-on-Don include Bolshaya Sadovaya street the focal point of administrative, business and cultural life of the city; the beautiful park named after Maksim Gorky; very old city where the center of the St. Dimitry Rostovsky fortress was situated in the 2nd half of the 18th century. Also one of the sights is the city’s picturesque quay of the River Don.|
|15||Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the city of Rostov-on-Don. Disembarkation.|
|Suite Boat Deck||14,200|
|Panorama Suite Upper Deck||13,500|
|Mini Suite Boat Deck||9,200|
|Junior Suite Boat Deck||8,500|
|Junior Suite Upper Deck||8,100|
|Twin Deluxe Upper Deck||5,700|
|Twin Deluxe Main Deck||5,200|
|* Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Twin/double cabin for SGL use +50%|