M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Cruise from Moscow to Astrakhan

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M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky Cruise (NC13A)
14 days/13 nights from 1618.93 £
Cruise from Moscow to Astrakhan

One of the most appealing ways to appreciate the beauty of the endless landscape of Russia, along with the exquisite charm of her cities, is to take a Russian River Cruise. The Nikolay Chernyshevsky cruise from Moscow to Astrakhan captures the best of these two Russian Giants as well as almost everything in between.

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The Route

MOSCOW • Uglich • Yaroslavl • Kostroma • Nizhny Novgorod • Cheboksary • Kazan • Samara • Saratov • Volgograd • ASTRAKHAN

Moscow
Moscow

A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.

The Red Square
The Red Square

Stepping onto Red Square never fails to inspire. In old Russian "red" stood for the word ‘beautiful’, and the square lives up to the original meaning of its word. The architectural marvels of the St Basil's Cathedral and the Museum of History, the grandeur of the Kremlin and the Mausoleum are among the key impressions the Square has to offer.

Armoury Chamber
Armoury Chamber

A world-wide known treasure house displaying an exquisite collection of more than 4000 unique Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.

Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Uglich
Uglich

Like every ancient city of the Golden Ring, Uglich is home to beautiful temples and monasteries, among which are Alexis Monastery and Monastery of Holy Resurrection. Uglich provincial streets, idyllic landscapes and old wooden houses with carved architraves create a unique unforgettable charm.

Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl

One of 8 prime jewels of the Golden Ring, Yaroslavl is known for its ancient monuments and picturesque places. The city is situated on the high bank of the Volga river from where you can enjoy the view of tall slender bell towers and elegant domes of the churches.

Kostroma
Kostroma

The beautiful Kostroma lies on the great Russian river, the Volga, and is one of gems of the Golden Ring. It's charm of the ancient trading city can still be enjoyed as well as its major historical and architectural complexes, monasteries and churches.

Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod

At the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly named Gorky), founded in 1221, is the 3rd largest city of Russia is located. Although it dates back to the 13th century, the majority of its most interesting sights are from later periods. The first and foremost among these is the city’s great, brooding Kremlin, built during the 16th century. Today Nizhny Novgorod is a large river port, trade and cultural centre.

Cheboksary
Cheboksary

Known as the Pearl on the Volga, Cheboksary is the capital of the Chuvash Republic. The city offers some beautiful board walks and beaches along the river as well as a man-made bay. The city's cultural life is diverse: there is an Opera-Ballet Theatre, a Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous other theatres along with several museums, most importantly the only Russian Beer Museum. In Cheboksary there are 2 beer manufacturers which is very unique in Russia.

Kazan
Kazan

Situated on the River Volga, Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan famous for its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of its highlights is the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel is a stunning mosque and onion-domed cathedral.

Samara
Samara

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 built where rivers merge, because it was easier to protect them and to trade successfully. 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.

Saratov
Saratov

The city was initially founded in the 16th century as a fortress to protect the southern districts of the Russian Empire. Saratov is the place where Yuri Gagarin the first man in space, has started his career, and has done his first air-flight. 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.

Volgograd
Volgograd

Volgograd is one of the most beautiful ancient cities of Russia, established in 1589. Known as Stalingrad during the Soviet period, the city was almost completely destroyed in World War II before becoming recognised as the turning point for victory. Take a city tour and observe the abundance of monuments in memorial of the Battle of Stalingrad and ascend the magnificent Mamayev Kurgan where the majestic statue Mother Russia rises 33 metres into the sky.

Astrakhan
Astrakhan

Astrakhan is an atmospheric provincial capital. Built in 1558 after Ivan the Terrible defeated the local Tatar khanate, Astrakhan is the successor of two imperial capitals, Saray and Itil, key stops for the Silk Route and sea trade. 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.

DAY 1, ARRIVE IN MOSCOW FOR YOUR RUSSIAN RIVER CRUISE

Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. Dinner aboard (for late arrivals boxed lunch is provided instead).

DAY 2, MOSCOW

11223344Today you have a 4-hour panoramic bus city tour around the most interesting Moscow sights, including Leningradsky avenue, Tverskaya street, Theatralny passage, Lubyanka, KGB building, Manezh square, Red Square (free time): GUM, Historical museum, Resurrection gate, Kazan church, Intercession cathedral, Lower trade stalls, Kremlin Towers: Saviour, Tsar’s, St.Nicolas; Senate, Mausoleum, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. After lunch at the city restaurant you have a guided tour to the Kremlin - Palace of Congresses, Senate square: Arsenal, Senate buildings; residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar Bell and Tsar cannon, Cathedral Square ensemble: Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral with visit to one of them.Optional evening activity: Moscow by night city tour with a metro ride; National folk show “Kostroma” (The performance starts at 19:30) (from the middle of June till the middle of September only!)

DAY 3, MOSCOW

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Start the day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a Tretyakov Art gallery excursion. Enjoy lunch aboard the ship and some free time in the city before. At 17:30, set sail to Uglich! Presentation of the crew and of the staff and Captain’s Welcome Cocktail will take place in the evening. Enjoy some great Live music in the bar before retiring to your cabin for the first night on the River.

 

 

DAY 4, UGLICH

uglichYou can chose to wake up early for a morning exercise class before breakfast. Take part in great on-board entertainment (Souvenir Shop lecture about the Traditional Russian crafts, Russian language class, Bingo and many more). You will arrive in Uglich late afternoon; make sure to join the walking city tour when you will see such places as Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral. In the evening, the ship will set sail toward Yaroslavl!

 

 

DAY 5, YAROSLAVL AND KOSTROMA

yaroslavlAfter breakfast you depart for a bus tour of Yaroslavl: visit the local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), and Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery). Back on board; enjoy a Russian song class or an optional Master class of Russian Matryoshka doll painting while you travel towards Kostroma. Once there, you will join a Bus city tour to include such sights asIpatiev monastery and Trinity Cathedral. Set sail towards Nizhny Novgorod!

 

DAY 6, NIZHNY NOVGOROD

veliky novgorodNizhny Novgorod, founded in 1221, is the fifth largest city in Russia. Although it dates back to 13th century, the majority of its most interesting sights are from later periods. The first and foremost among these is the city’s great, brooding Kremlin, built during the 16th century. Today Nizhny Novgorod is a large river port, trade and cultural centre. During the bus city tour you will visit Kremlin grounds. Optional: Art Gallery after the city tour.

 

 

DAY 7, CHEBOKSARY

The capital of the Chuvash republic in the Volga region, Cheboksary was founded in the middle of the 15th century. The city is full of ancient churches and monasteries. You can join a morning bus city tour and chose more afternoon optional excursions such as visit to a Beer Museum with tasting and Ioshkar-Ola city tour. Set sail to Kazan!

DAY 8, KAZAN

kazan

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. After a bus city tour, set sail to Samara. Enjoy some great on-board entertainment and a tour of Captain’s Bridge!

DAY 9, SAMARA

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 centre 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 theatres, museums and the public library. Optional: Stalin Bunker.

DAY 10, SARATOV

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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. Optional: Master-class of matryoshka painting

DAY 11, VOLGOGRAD

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 70m (239-ft) statue of Russia the motherland wielding a sword. Optional: Panoramic museum Stalingrad battle.

DAY 12, ON BOARD

Sit back and enjoy the on-board entertainment as you cruise towards the city if Astrakhan.

DAY 13, ASTRAKHAN

astrakhan

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. Optional: art gallery, Volga Delta.

DAY 14, ASTRAKHAN

After breakfast you disembark your ship and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

M/S NIKOLAY CHERNISHEVSKY

Motorship “Nikolay Chernishevsky” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2013, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17MpH).
Length – 125 m, Width - 16, 7 m, Immersion - 2, 9 m, Passenger capacity – 254 (triple cabins for double accommodation).

Vessel features:

•   Restaurant-bar

•   Piano bar

•   Conference hall

•   Ironing room

•   Sauna

•   Souvenir store

•   Solarium

•   Restaurant

•   Medical room

•   Coffee bar

Deck plan

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan

2 room cabin with separate bedroom and lounge area, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area is furnished in a stylish way with a roomy wardrobe, occasional table, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed, wardrobe and console-mirror. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Extra bed type - folding-bed.

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan

Spacious double cabin with 3 large opening scenic windows, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, 220 volt socket, radio, TV/video. Cabin is furnished in a practical style with a double bed, a wardrobe, occasional table, cushioned furniture. Deluxe A can accommodate up to 3 peaple. Extra bed type - folding-bed.

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan

Spacious four-bed two-staged cabin with two large scenic opening windows, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, occasional table, TV/video, 220 volt socket, radio. It contains two lower twin beds and two upper foldaway beds, so that it can accommodate either 2, 3 or 4 guests.

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan

One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, around 8 square meters in size, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style.

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan

Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Can be used for single accommodation as one of the beds is a foldaway bed.

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan
M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* Astrakhan

Three-bed single-staged cabin with two non-opening portholes, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Can be used for double accommodation as one of the beds is a foldaway bed.

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* cruise

 

Moscow to Astrakhan,  14 days 13 nights

 Prices are per person excluding flights

DATES
2020

LOWER DECK

MIDDLE DECK 

BOAT DECK

BOAT OR MIDDLE DECK

MAIN  DECK

MIDDLE DECK

Triple cabin

for double use

Twin cabin Twin cabin Single cabin Deluxe Double cabin Deluxe twin cabin Junior suite

Suite

8 Sept to 21 Sept
Без имени 1
2167.54 £ 2693.5 £ 2759.25 £ 2890.73 £ 2956.48 £ 3219.46 £ 3350.95 £ 3482.44 £  

Astrakhan to Moscow Cruise,  14 days 13 nights

Prices are per person excluding flights

DATES
2020

LOWER DECK

MIDDLE DECK 

BOAT DECK

BOAT OR MIDDLE DECK

MAIN  DECK

MIDDLE DECK

Triple cabin

for double use

Twin cabin Twin cabin Single cabin Deluxe Double cabin Deluxe twin cabin Junior suite

Suite

21 Sept to 4 Oct
Без имени 1
2036.05 £ 2562.01 £ 2627.76 £ 2759.25 £ 2824.99 £ 3087.97 £ 3219.46 £ 3350.95 £   

Flight details:

  Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour

 Please note:

  The deposit is paid on this tour - please enquire at the booking stage

  We use live currency update, price may slightly fluctuate daily

  IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions

 Extras:

  If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package

All Packages Include:

•   Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation

•   1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days

•   Luggage handling in river ports and on board the ship

•   Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day. Breakfast is buffet style, dinner and lunch are with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead on lunch on board, subject to weather conditions)

•   Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony

•   Captain’s welcome cocktail reception

•   English/French/German/Spanish/Italian speaking board guides; services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be provided at additional cost

•   On board entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, dancing music in bars nightly, Captain’s bridge tour, etc.

•   Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)

•   Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)

•   Visa support letter

•   Full visa support

Not Included:

•   International flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)

•   Travel insurance

•   Optional excursions (available on board)

•   Gratuities

•   Personal spendings

•   Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate

Fiona Roberts
July 2012

Dear Brenda

It's about time I got in touch to tell you how much I enjoyed the Vodohod cruise that you organised for my Aussie friends and myself. I'd have contacted you sooner but we did more travelling for the rest of June and they only flew home a few days ago.

Our boat, the 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', was really nice and I was quite sad when I left to think I'd not sail on her again. Our cabin was more spacious than expected, very clean and comfortable. bathroom more than adequate. The crew were delightful, lots of bright young people keen to do a good job. The food was more than plentiful, very varied, nicely presented, promptly served. Lots of activities while sailing, opportunities to learn about Russian culture, a terrific Russian folk trio to play for us. Transfers and shore excursions were pretty well organised. St Petersburg was even more splendid than expected, while Moscow is a much more interesting and beautiful city than I ever imagined. Although the boat was moored in both places a good way from the city centre, it was surprisingly quick and easy to travel into town using public transport. I think return visits to both cities will be required as we could only scratch the surface in a couple of days. The places we stopped off at en route were all very well worth seeing and I only wished we'd had a bit longer to explore. There wasn't a lot to see apart from forests for much of the cruise but it was beautiful and peaceful and I was never bored - hardly read any of my book! All in all, I found the cruise a wonderful experience.

So thanks, Brenda, for your help in organising our holiday and advice about visa application. I know I'll want to see more of Russia in the future and will therefore be hoping to have occasion to use Intourist's Glasgow office again.

Best wishes,

M/S Nikolay Chernyshevsky 4* 2019 Astrahan

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