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Moscow - Astrakhan M/S "Nizhny Novgorod"

14 days
13 nights

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PER PERSON

$ 2,495.00 (Triple Lower deck)
$ 2,850.00 (Twin Middle deck)
$ 2,935.00 (Twin Boat deck)
$ 3,095.00 (Single Middle/Boat deck)
$ 3,065.00 (Deluxe Twin Main/Middle Deck)
$ 3,225.00 (Deluxe Twin/Double Middle/Boat Deck)
$ 3,305.00 (Jr Suite Middle Deck)
$ 3,470.00 (Suite)

Dates:

Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019 

Cabin Description:

Included:

• Transfers (airport-motorship \ motorship-airport) 
• Handling the luggage in river ports and on board.
• Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation.
• English\French\German\Spanish\Italian speaking board guides.
Services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be
provided at additional cost .
• Onboard entertainment including Russian language course and
Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars
at nights, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.
• Excursion programme detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional
tours are available onboard).
• Use of cabin safe.

Full Board with 3 meals daily:

from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on the departure day
1) Breakfast onboard is buffet style.
Water in pitchers is provided for breakfast, while tea / coffee is served
to the table.
Buffet line has cocoa, milk and juice in assortment, as well as numerous
hot and cold dishes to guest’s choice.
2) Lunch onboard is buffet style.
Water in pitchers is provided for breakfast, while tea / coffee is served
to the table.
3) Dinner onboard is served according to the menu:
• Starter;
• Main course (a choice of 3 dishes – meat, fish or vegetarian);
• Dessert (a choice of 2 variants or fruit).
Water in pitchers is provided for dinner, while tea / coffee is served to the table. 1 glass of red/white wine or juice is included for each dinner.

During the navigation days of the cruise a choice of main course/dessert is
provided – guests choose dishes for the next day each previous day.
• 1 bottle of still water (0.33 L per person per day) is provided in cabins.
• There is a coffee station onboard available for guests from 06:00 till
breakfast, from 10:00 till 12:00, from 16:00 till 18:00 and from 21:00
till 23:00. Coffee station includes coffee, decaf, hot water, milk,
cocoa, packed tea, sugar, sweetener and cookies.


The following events are organized for guests onboard the ship:

• Welcome Bread and Salt Ceremony on the embarkation day.
• Welcome cocktail including 1 glass of champagne or juice per pax.
• Russian Tea Ceremony with tea and Russian pies and Vodka Show
with vodka and blini tasting.
• Cocktail party – once per tour – 1 cocktail to choose out of 3 variants
per 1 pax.
• Captain’s dinner with upscale menu.
• BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead of lunch onboard, subject to
the weather conditions).
• Mulled wine (during cold weather) / ice tea (during hot weather)
upon returning to ship after shore excursions.
• Coffee station for early risers.



Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival in Moscow

Individual arrivals and transfers to the ship that will take you on an exciting Volga River cruise.

Day 2  : Moscow

City tour by bus will take you to the most famous areas in Moscow within the boundaries of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring. You will drive by Kremlin, Red Square and Kitay Gorod area, Tverskaya, Arbat and Zamoskvorechje areas. The overview will include famous landmarks like Red Square and Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, Luzhniki, the White House, area along Moskva River and other notable places of interest. Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery is included.

Day 3  : Moscow

Today you will get aquainted with the Red Square and Kremlin area. This is where you will see the famous St. Basil's Cathedral, Mausoleum, Historical Museum and GUM store. Inside Kremlin the main landmarks are three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, dated back to the 15-16th centuries, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets and Terem Place. Inside visit to 1 cathedral. In the evening the ship embarks on its Volga voyage.

Day 4  : Uglich

Bus city tour, local market (free time), The Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside), The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (outside), interactive tour of the former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)

Uglich 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.

Day 5  : Yaroslavl - Kostroma

Bus city tour, local market (free time), The Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside), The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (outside), interactive tour of the former Governor’s House (Art Gallery) Bus city tour, The Ipatiev Monastery, The Trinity Cathedral

Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a par¬ticular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufactur. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - cen¬tury architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium.

Everything 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.

Day 6  : Nizhny Novgorod

Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds

Everything 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.

Day 7  : Cheboksary

Bus city tour

Day 8  : Kazan

Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds

The 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.

Day 9  : Samara

Bus city tour, Art Gallery

The 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 far-flung 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.

Day 10  : Saratov

Bus city tour

Founded 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.

Day 11  : Volgograd

Bus city tour, Mamayev Kurgan

First 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.

Day 12  : Day on Board

Entertainment program

Day 13  : Astrakhan

Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds, transfer to the airport

From Moscow to Astrakhan – 3000 km 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. As a result, it is possible today to 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.

Day 14  : Disembark in Astrakhan

Disembark after breakfast. We hope you enoyed your time onboard as much as we enjoy having you as our guests. 

Notes:

ADDITIONAL SERVICES (per person): 
Russian Visas: $250.00 per person

Any other drinks and meals can be purchased additionally and paid at the restaurant or at the bar onboard.