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2018 Grand Volga Cruise to Land of Cossacks

Category: Cruising, Russia





Cruising Into the Heart of Russia 2018

Sail along the entire length of Mother Russia's No 1 Waterway, the Volga River, from capital city of Moscow to historical towns of the Golden Ring, through Russia's Heartland, pastoral landscapes and 
to the edge of the Caspian Sea, to Astrakhan and Rostov On Don, Russia's Cossack capital


Moscow - To - Rostov Don

· 20 Days 


Sailing Dates:

Oct 03 - Oct 22, 2018

aboard the superior MS General Lavrinenkov ****



The Volga River, Mother Russia's No 1 Waterway

Moscow - Uglich - Yaroslavl - Kostroma - Plyos - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan - Ulyanovsk - Samara - Saratov - Volgograd - Astrakhan - Volgograd - Rostov On Don


A similar itinerary is available in reverse:

Astrakhan - to - Moscow




Cruise Highlights:

- Cruise 3,000 km along Mother Volga, Europe’s longest river and Russia’s lifeline
- Visit Volgograd, the former Stalingrad, where the bloodiest battle of WW II took place. Remember Stalingrad’s horrors and heroics at the gigantic Mamayev Kurgan War Memorial

- Snack on the Russian sturgeon and black caviar

- Visit history-filled gem towns of the Golden Ring: Uglich, Yaroslavl, Kostroma and the tranquil Plyos

- Explore Nizhny Novgorod, a booming trade capital of Russia

- Visit the colorful markets and Tatar mosques in a thousand year-old city of Kazan
- Explore Rostov on Don, a major city in the southern Russia, on the Don river, the motherland of Cossacks




Itinerary Overview:


Day 1

Oct 03


Arrive in Moscow 


Day 02

Oct 04




Day 03

Oct 05 





Day 04

Oct 06



16:00  19:00 

Day 05

Oct 07



08:00 22:00 

Day 06

Oct 08



08:00 21:00 

Day 07

Oct 09




Day 08

Oct 10


Nizhny Novgorod

15:00 19:00

 Day 09 

Oct 11



15:30 20:00

Day 10

Oct 12




Day 11

Oct 13





Day 12

Oct 14





Day 13

Oct 15





Day 14

Oct 16


Scenic sailing  


Day 15

Oct 17



 08:30 20:00 

Day 16

Oct 18


Scenic sailing 


Day 17

Oct 19



09:00  13:00 

Day 18

Oct 20   Scenic sailing     

Day 19

Oct 21   Rostov On Don  15:30  
Day 20 Oct 22   Disembarkation    


 Cruise Only Price: $ 3,175 per person based in a twin outside Cabin, Main Deck

 Port taxes and charges: approx. $ 147 per person



Cruise Price includes:

accommodation in a twin outside Cabin, on Main Deck, three meals daily starting from dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on disembarkation day; sightseeing with an English-speaking guide, as per day-by-day program; entertainment on board; live concerts and shows; Russian language and song classes; Cruise director

Not Included: 

International airfare; domestic airfare, Rostov On Don - Moscow, one way; optional tours; individual transfers upon arrival & departure, expenses of personal nature, pre- & post- cruise extensions




Day-By-Day Program:

Day 01   Arrive in MOSCOW:  
Transfer to river pier for embarkation to your floating hotel. Dinner

Day 02   MOSCOW:
A panoramic city sightseeing tour of Moscow (B,L,D)


Day 03    MOSCOW: 

today you will be touring the very heart of the city and of the whole of Russia – the Kremlin, with its historic churches, the Belfry, Czar’s Cannon and Czar’s Bell. You will go inside the Assumption Cathedral, the principal church of Russia, which vaults witnessed all major events that shaped this country. Return to the ship and start off your 3,000 km voyage along rivers and canals via Russia's Heartland to the Land of Cossacks 


Day 04   UGLICH:
Disembark for a Walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, one of the Golden Ring ancient towns that preserve the memory of Russia’s historical events. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Depart before dinner; cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

Day 05   YAROSLAVL: 
Arrive in Yaroslavl, the Heart of the Golden Ring, a dynamic centre of the Upper Volga region. During your City tour drive along the river banks where you will see the Church of the Epiphany, the splendid Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, the Yaroslavl Drama theatre, being the oldest theater in Russia (founded in 1750), Governor's House, the local market and more. 

You will have some free time to shop for handcrafted souvenirs before returning to your ship for lunch and departure (B,L,D)

Day 06   KOSTROMA:
In the morning arrive in Kostroma, a historic town and an important part of the Golden Ring of Russian towns. This is where 300-year Romanov Imperial dynasty began in 1613 (1613-19170. Learn more about Kostroma history and its treasures during the city tour and a visit to the Ipatiev Monastery.


Day 07   PLYOS

In the afternoon, Green stop in Plyos. Deep in Russia, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. This is where you visit the pristine Volga riverside town where the dream world of 19th century Russia is said to still exist. The town is famous for its fantastic scenic views that always attracted great Russian artists. Nothing new has appeared here over the centuries, except for cars, electricity and air conditioning (B,L,D)


formerly known as the town of Gorky, it is among the major highlights of your cruise. Nizhny Novgorod has a remarkable history and today it is Russia’s ‘third capital’, with its mighty Kremlin, impressive views along the Volga River and the Sakharov Museum. The city is also known as the booming trading and Research centre of Russia (B,L,D)


Day 09   KAZAN:

The city turned 1000 years old and is among the most ancient, colorful and multicultural in the whole of Russia. Kazan is the Tatar capital, with a stunning UNESCO's World Heritage-listed Kremlin (B,L,D)



In the morning arrive in Ulyanovsk, a major middle Volga city with over 600,000 residents. Informally known as the aviation capital of Russia. Ulianovsk is also widely known as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin (whose original last name was: Ulyanov, Vladimir)   

Day 11   SAMARA:

the city is one of the largest cities of Russia, with Volga still being its major draw (B,L,D)

Day 12   SARATOV:
One of the largest cities in the Volga region, Samara is intrinsically linked to the Volga river. Samara is a leading industrial center in the Volga area, and is among the top ten Russian cities in national income and industrial volume. Samara is known for the production of aerospace launch vehicles, satellites, aircraft and power stations as well as chocolates (B,L,D)


This city, formerly Stalingrad, is a sacred site of Russia’s bloodiest battle during the World War II that marked the turning point in crushing Hitler plans to conquer Russia. Take a City tour of Volgograd and pay a visit to the Mamayev Kurgan (Mound) WW II Memorial with a gigantic Mother Calls Statue. At the time of its construction this free-standing structure was the largest in the world (B,L,D)



The cruise follows the river to its delta on the Caspian Sea and in the morning arrives in Astrakhan, the city known for a well-preserved Kremlin and a lively market, but is most famous for its black gold: caviar. City tour (B,L,D)


Activities on board and time to relax (B,L,D)


Day 17   VOLGOGRAD (Ex. Stalingrad) 

Optional tour: Panorama Museum or Rossohka military cemetery (B,L,D) 

The cruise travels along Volga-Don Canal (B,L,D)


In the afternoon arrive in Rostov On Don, a Gateway to the Caucasus, the 18th century Cossack outpost in southernmost Russian steppes.

Today's city tour will introduce you to this green and colorful city famous for its magnificent parks, botanical gardens, beaches, theaters and museums that make Rostov one of the most attractive cities of southern Russia, on the Don River.
The heart and soul of Rostov is the Don River. It flows through the city and makes it remarkably beautiful and peaceful.
The Don River and inhabitants who historically lived along its banks over the centuries - called Cossacks - were celebrated in Mikhail Sholokhov's novels of The Russian Civil War, And Quiet Flows the Don. The history of the Cossacks spans several centuries here (B,L,D)


Day 20   Depart Rostov-On-Don  

After breakfast disembarkation and transfer to airport to return home (B)







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