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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.
- Introduction to your journey
- Your Itinerary
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
MOSCOW • Uglich • Yaroslavl • Kostroma • Nizhny Novgorod • Cheboksary • Kazan • Samara • Saratov • Volgograd • ASTRAKHAN
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
Today 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
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
You 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
After 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
Nizhny 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
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
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
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).
• Piano bar
• Conference hall
• Ironing room
• Souvenir store
• Medical room
• Coffee bar
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.
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.
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.
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.
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* cruise
Moscow to Astrakhan, 14 days 13 nights
Prices are per person excluding flights
Astrakhan to Moscow Cruise, 14 days 13 nights
Prices are per person excluding flights
Please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour
The deposit is paid on this tour - please enquire at the booking stage
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IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions
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
• International flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Travel insurance
• Optional excursions (available on board)
• Personal spendings
• Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate