Itinerary

The capital of Russia since the late 15th century, Moscow has always been a popular destination. During your stay, you will have an opportunity to see city's world renowned attractions that include the UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Kremlin or St. Basil’s Cathedral.

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.

1
Moscow, Russia
 
Arrival in Moscow, embarkation.
2
Moscow, Russia
 
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.
Uglitch is one of the oldest, and, probably, one of the most beloved Russian towns, and a place of a pilgrimage of Russian Czars. According to a local legend its origin goes back to back to 937. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John’s Church looming on the horizon.
3
Dmitry Blood's Church, 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.

Yaroslavl

Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga River, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past.

Kostroma

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.

4
Yaroslavl, Russia
 
Yaroslavl. 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. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet, situated in the town’s central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church make it really a museum of old Russian painting.

Kostroma. In the afternoon we’ll have a tour of the city of Kostroma. We'll visit Ipatyevsky Monastery and other wonders of the city as well. Optional tour to Museum of Wooden Architecture is offered. And there also is an optional tour to another great historical city: Rostov Veliky.

Founded in 1221, this city was a famous meeting place where people from the Orient, Siberia and Turkestan came to barter and trade. Formerly named Gorky, it was later home of political exiles and therefore closed to outsiders for many years. Nizhny Novgorod has only recently opened its doors for visitors, where many well preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th centuries are found. Of special interest is the ancient Kremlin cathedrals, convents and the palace of the early ruling family. Some call Nizhny Novgorod a ‘third capital of Russia’; but Kazan claims this title as well. Nizhny is less cosmopolitan than Moscow and St.Petersburg, and it is obviously smaller. The city has great location in the picturesque place, and lies at the confluence of Volga and Oka rivers.
5Today 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.
“This city, no doubt, is the first in Russia after Moscow, - wrote Catherine the Great in 1763, - clearly, Kazan is the capital of a big kingdom”. Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan Republic, it is very diverse, modern and ancient at the same time. It is among the seven largest cities of Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the "sports capital of Russia".
6During 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.
Founded in the 16th century Samara is today an important industrial and cultural center of the region. Formerly known as Kuibyshev, the city played a big role in the Peasant Uprising of 1670 under Styepan Razin and again in 1773 under Yemelin Pugachev. Recently Stalin’s bunker was discovered here and opened to the public. The city is large and very important port with deep historical background. Samara is located at the confluence of two rivers: here the Samara River flows into the Volga River. Well-developed cities of the past were often build where rivers merge, because it was easier to protect them and to trade successfully.
7Samara 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 8: Cruising

8The journey to our next stop provides you with opportunities to enjoy the fresh air on outer decks and the passing by sceneries. It will be a nice day to recall what had already been seen, to have a bit of relaxation, to socialize with other travelers and to take part in daily activities of the cruise.
Volgograd, formerly named Stalingrad, is the site of one of the most important battles of the WWII. Certainly, the two main monuments of the city are related to the war: the giant “Motherland” sculpture and the panoramic museum dedicated to the famous Battle of Stalingrad. There are other monuments in the city as well, including the Kazan Cathedral, the “Old Sarepta” – the museum of former religious colony.
9We 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.

Optional program:

  • This day also offers optional tours to Panorama Museum or military cemetery Rossoshka.

Day 10: Cruising Volga-Don Canal

10Today 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.
The southernmost part of Russia’s Steppes was an 18th century Cossack outpost and trading center. Today this “Gateway to the Caucasus” leads to the Ukraine and is an industrial and agricultural center. Its magnificent parks and beaches, theaters and museums, and unusual botanical gardens with vast collections of rare and beautiful plants make Rostov a most attractive city on the Don River. Rostov-on-Don is one of the largest cities of Russian Federation with population over one million people. Area of the city is 354 sq. km., the distance from Moscow — 1226 km. It is the most heavily industrialized city of South Russia, cultural center with large number of universities, colleges and architectural monuments, and is an important river port in both passenger-oriented and industrial shipping.
11The 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.
12Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the city of Rostov-on-Don. Disembarkation.

Rates

DescriptionUSD *
Suite Boat Deck4,950
Junior Suite Boat Deck4,750
Twin Comfort Boat Deck4,050
Twin Standard Boat Deck3,070
Junior Suite Upper Deck4,450
Twin Comfort Upper Deck3,800
Twin Standard Upper Deck2,850
Junior Suite Main Deck4,100
Twin Comfort Main Deck3,570
Twin Standard Main Deck2,650
Twin Lower Deck2,400
Triple Lower Deck2,180
Port Taxes160
Twin/double cabin for SGL use+50%
* Rates are per person, based on double occupancy

Schedule

2017

September9