**The time itinerary is subject to change
|Day ||Location ||Excursion program||Arrival||Departure|
|1||Moscow||Embarkation|| || |
|2||Moscow||City tour (by bus)|| || |
|3||Moscow||Kremlin & Cathedral (by bus)|| ||17:30|
|4||Uglich|| Walking city tour, Kremlin||16:30||20:00|
|5||Yaroslavl||City Tour, Church of Ilja the Prophet, Spasso-Preobrazgenskij Monastery (by bus)||09:00||20:00|
|6||Kostroma ||City Tour, Ipatyevsky Monastery (by bus)||07:00||20:00|
|7||Nishni Novgorod||City tour, Kremlin (by bus)||15:00||20:00|
|8||Kazan||City tour (by bus), Kremlin||09:00||18:00|
|9||Simbirsk (Uljanovsk)||City tour, Lenin Museum (by bus)||09:00||18:00|
|10||Samara||City tour (by bus)||09:00||13:00|
|11||Saratov||City tour (by bus)||10:30||14:00|
|12||Volgograd||City tour, Mamaev Kurgan (by bus)||09:00||14:00|
|13||Ahtuba or Nikolskoe||Green stop|| || |
|14||Astrakhan||City tour|| || |
|15||Cruising|| || || |
|16||Volgograd||Optional tour to Military memorial ?Rossoshki?|| || |
|17||Sailing||Wolga - Don|| || |
Rostov ? on - Don
City tour (by bus)
|19||Rostov-on-Don||Disembarkation|| || |
Spend two unforgettable days in the capital of Russia and admire numerous treasures of its history and present days and enjoy its beauty!
Founded in 1148, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. 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. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that the Tsarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St.Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. Within the Kremlin is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry.
Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, 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. 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 constitute a veritable museum of old Russian paintings.
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 forebearers 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. Of special interest will be a visit to the outdoor museum village, ?Berengevka
Founded in 1221, this city was a famous meeting place where people from the Orient, Siberia and Turkistan came to barter and trade. Formerly named Gorki, 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.
Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan which is often called the ?Pearl of the Central Volga region?. Numerous masterpieces of architecture ? the unique ?Leaning Tower of Princess Suumbike? ? an analog of the Pisa Tower, the Kremlin, Moslem Mosques and minarets, magnificent Orthodox churches and cathedrals make this city a special attraction for the tourists
The birthplace of Vladimir Uljanov, known in the world as Lenin. The city was a Soviet shrine for almost 70 years. The Lenin Memorial Complex includes the house in which he was born and other buildings associated with his life.
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.
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".
A beautiful city surrounded by outlying villages, Saratov was settled by Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Chernyshevsky, the famous Russian writer and democrat was born here and Yuriy Gagarin, the world?s first cosmonaut was a member of the Saratov Flying Club
Stretching along the Volga River for 43 miles is Volgograd. This thriving center was built as a living monument to the valor and courage of the defenders of Stalingrad during World War II, whose steadfastness created a major turning point of the war.
Rostov ? on ? Don
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.
The price includes:
- Accommodations in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window.
- Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship's restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation.
- Captain?s welcome Cocktail Reception.
- Gala farewell Dinner aboard.
- Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers for groups upon arrival/departure.
- Russian language and song lectures.
- Nightly entertainment and dancing.
- Daily aerobics.
- Tour of the ship?s bridge.
- cruise director and staff.
- Port taxes.
The price does not include:
- Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/ souvenirs.
- Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship?s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger?s discretion.
- Private transfers.
- Miscellaneous: Items of a personnel nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included.
The cruise company shall organize shore excursions (standard and optional) in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and all towns along the cruise itinerary, entertainment program onboard, sale of additional excursions onboard and guarantees the due quality of tours. Other companies (its representatives and tour leaders) have no right to organize shore excursions.
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