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St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

This Volga river cruise will take you from Rostov-on Don, “The Port of Five Seas” all the way to Moscow, the capital of Russia. You will have a unique chance to sail though the docks of Volga-Don Canal, an amazing man-made waterway from Soviet times. You will then make a stop on the Caspian Sea and see Astrakhan and continue on to the Volga River, the longest river in the European territory of Russia, often called Mother Volga. You will see many of Russia's different regions and get a feeling for South Eastern Russia with its link to Asia and the Orient and European Russia - Imperial Russia.

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Day 1-2 - St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Your cruise begins in the imperial capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. You will be met at the airport or train station by one of our drivers and taken by a comfortable car to the river port where you will board your cruise ship. On the first day you will have a lunch in the city center. Your time in St. Petersburg will begin with a Panoramic City Tour. This tour is the best way to get acquainted with all of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg´s most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city´s most interesting architectural monuments including St. Isaac’s Cathedral (exterior) and Winter Palace (exterior).

St. Petersburg is Russia´s second largest and second most important city - the Northern capital of the country, Russia´s cultural center, and considered the world´s "Northern Venice" due to its extensive system of canals and islands. Walk along Nevsky Prospect and experience the grandeur of pre-revolutionary imperial Russia. Pass palaces from the past and gaze at the famous embankment of the Neva River with its numerous bridges and striking architecture. St. Petersburg is also home to Russia´s largest and busiest port and with its many world class theaters and museums has a very high level of cultural life.

Day 3 - Mandrogui
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

A stop in the village of Mandrogui. Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spending a day of rest, relaxation and fun.

Mandrogui is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. It features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia´s favorite pastime.
Day 4 - Day on board
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Day on board. Relax on board and enjoy the scenery as you sail along Svir River, Lake Onega, the Baltic Canal and the White Lake. Do not hesitate to take part in different contests, quizzes and other onboard activities.
Day 5 - Goritsy
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

On this day you will arrive in the ancient village of Goritsy and visit the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery.

Goritsy is a tiny settlement 7 kilometers from the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery. The remains of the Nunnery of the Resurrection that sits on the banks of the Sheksna River can be visited and is within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops. Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. St. Cyril on the White Lake was founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky on the shore of Lake Siverskoye. The monastery had wide trade in the 15th to 17th centuries and was used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles.

Day 6 - Yaroslavl
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Yaroslavl: You will be taken to the panoramic city tour with visits to Spaso-Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration of the Savior) Monastery and the Church of Elijah the Prophet.

Optional excursions: Trip to Kostroma or Rostov Veliky

Yaroslavl: 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 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and is one of the ancient Russian cities making up the Golden Ring. It was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then restored and rebuilt and by the 17th century it had become Russia’s second largest city after Moscow and an important cultural and political center. Today, Yaroslavl 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. The churches of St. Nicholas and Elijah the Prophet have some of the Golden Ring´s most impressive frescoes.

Day 7 - Plyos
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Plyos: In the morning you will take a walking city tour and in the afternoon you will be offered optional sightseeing

Optional excursions: Trip to Suzdal

Plyos was founded in 1410 on the high banks of the Volga river as a military and border post to protect the borders of the Grand Duchy of Moscow from Bulgarians. In the end of the 19th century, the beauty of this small, quiet and enchanting town was captured in the paintings by the famous Russian artist, Isaac Levitan. He came here in 1888 and was greatly impressed by the town’s natural beauty. He created a great number of breathtaking landscapes of Plyos and thus attracted many citizens of Moscow and St. Petersburg to visit and live there as a summer retreat. Today Plyos is a part of Russia’s Golden Ring. The major attraction of the town is the State Historical, Architectural and Artistic Museum-Reserve consisting of historical, cultural and natural landscape ensembles.
Day 8 - Nizhny Novgorod
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Nizhny Novgorod: During a city tour you will become acquainted with the city’s most prominent landmarks and you will also see the amazingKremlin grounds.

Nizhny Novgorod is one of Russia’s major cities, the dominating feature of the city skyline is the grand Kremlin (1500-1511), with its red-brick towers. After Bolshevik devastation, the only ancient edifice left within the Kremlin walls is the tent-like Archangel Cathedral (1624-31), first built in stone in the 13th century. The city has a fascinating history that you will learn more about during your tour. The city was founded in the 13th century and became one of the Russian Empire’s most important outposts by the 16th century. The city played a pivotal role in ending the Time of Troubles by forming an army that would expel the Poles from Moscow. Much of the city downtown is built in the Russian Revival and Stalin Empire styles. There are more than six hundred unique historic, architectural, and cultural monuments in the city leading the way for UNESCO to include Nizhny Novgorod in the list of 100 cities of the world which are of great historical and cultural value.
Day 9 - Kazan
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Kazan: Today you will have a city tour with a visit to the Kremlin grounds and get a feel for this most Eastern of cities which is full of history and the capital of Tatarstan. You will also see the legendary and breathtaking Qol-Sharif Mosque which was built according to archive sources as a symbol of nation’s revival

Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, and one of Russia´s largest cities. It is a major industrial, commercial and cultural center, and remains the most important center of Tatar culture. Historically Kazan was the capital of the Tatars and was conquered and by force and brought into the Russian Empire in the mid 16th century by Ivan the Terrible. During the siege of Kazan and in the years that followed almost the entire population was massacred. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers in central European Russia. The famous Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site.
Day 10 - Ulyanovsk
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Ulyanovsk: During our city tour you will see the most important historical places, all located in the central part of the city and become acquainted with the history of Ulyanovsk as well as with its present day life. You will also visit the Lenin Museum and learn about the family and early years of Russia’s future revolutionary leader.

Ulyanovsk: This ancient Russian town was founded in 1648 as a fortress built on top of the Venetz Mountain, 120 meters above the Volga River. Before 1924, it was called Simbirsk and was later named Ulyanovsk in honor of Vladimir Ulyanov (known to the world as Lenin), as his family lived here from 1869 till 1887. The Lenin Museum occupies the house where Lenin was born and it recreates the atmosphere of the family spirit of one of the history’s most famous leaders. Ulyanovsk is also the birth place of world famous “UAZ” cars.
Day 11 - Samara
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Samara: On this day you will be taken on a panoramic city tour of Samara.

Samara is located on the east bank of the Volga river, which acts as its western boundary. Its northern boundary is formed by the Sokolyi Hills and by the Steppes in the south and east. Legend has it that Alexius, Metroplitan of Moscow and later Patron Saint of Samara visited the site of the city in 1357 and predicted that a great town would be erected there and that the town would never be ravaged. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that during WWII Samara was chosen to be the capital of the Soviet Union if Moscow should fall. Many government ministries and government workers were evacuated to the city at the beginning of the war. The life of Samara´s citizens has always been intrinsically linked to the Volga river, which has not only served as the main commercial thoroughfare of Russia throughout several centuries, but also has great visual appeal. Samara´s river-front is one of the favorite recreation places for local citizens and visitors.
Day 12 - Saratov
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Saratov: During a panoramic city tour you will become acquainted with this southern city’s most prominent landmarks.

Saratov is a major city in southern Russia with a population of 873,055. The city was initially founded in the 16th century as a fortress to protect the southern districts of the Russian Empire. Situated on the Volga River, Saratov was a major military aircraft manufacturing site, the home of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and a vital part of the Soviet space program. It has a rich cultural life, as well - among the most famous sites is the Conservatoire designed in a Neo-Gothic style as well as the Drama Theatre named after Ivan Slonov, one of the oldest theatres in Russia. Of other interest, the community of Volga Germans was centered in the Saratov region. In the early 20th century over 800,000 ethnic Germans made their home in this area preserving many of their German customs.
Day 13 - Volgograd
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Volgograd: You will be taken on a Panoramic city tour and visit the memorial complex on Mamayev Kurgan, a hill that saw some of the most intense fighting during the Stalingrad battle. You will see the famous Russian monument Rodina Mat’ (Mother Motherland) and learn about the city’s brave defense against the Nazi invaders during the battle of Stalingrad.

Volgograd is an important industrial city with a population of 1.011 millon people. The city was founded as the fortress of Tsaritsyn in 1589 to defend the southern flank of the Russian Empire and played a major role in Russian Civil War and the development of the Soviet Union. However, the city is most famous for its heroic resistance and extensive damage during the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II. The battle is seen by most scholars as the pivotal battle of WWII - the battle in which the tide was turned against Hitler’s fascist invaders. Over 2 million Soviet and fascist troops died in the battle which lasted over 6 months.
Day 14 - Day on board
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Day on board. You will spend this day relaxing on board your cruise ship and enjoying the entertainment program.
Day 15 - Astrakhan
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Astrakhan: In the morning you’ll have a panoramic city tour and you’ll be offered some optional sightseeing in the afternoon

Optional excursions: Visit to the Kazakh village or Volga

Astrakhan is an old southern Russian city situated on the banks of the Volga River not far from the point where it empties into the Caspian Sea. Older parts of Astrakhan are filled with wonderful examples of Russian architecture, the most notable of which are the Kremlin and the two impressive cathedrals. Before being conquered by Ivan and Terrible and thereby becoming part of the Russian Empire, Astrakhan was the capital of Khazaria (the famed Jewish Empire of the 8th and 9th centuries) and was a stronghold of the Golden Horde. In the 17th century Astrakhan was developed as Russia’s Gate to the Orient and became a truly International city with its population composed of many different nationalities including Indian, Persian, Armenian, Russian, Khivian, Turkish and others. Astrakhan is truly a place where East meets West and a unique Russian and Eastern city all at the same time.
Day 16 - Day on board
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Day on board: The whole day, you will be sailing along the Volga River, the longest river of European Russia, often called Mother Volga. You will have the chance to admire picturesque scenery and take some amazing photos. You will also be offered on-board activities, such as films, quizzes, contests and concerts performed by onboard musicians.
Day 17 - Volgograd
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Volgograd: On this day you will make another stop in Volgograd. On this day you can either take one of optional tours or you can explore the city on your own. The river terminal is located in the city center and you can easily reach a local market, walk along the city center or to take a ride on a famous Volgograd high-speed tram.

Optional excursions: Visit to Panorama Museum or Rossoshka Military Cemetery
Day 18 - Day on board
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

Day on board: On this day you will have the unique opportunity to sail through the locks of the Volga-Don Canal, take many impressive pictures and participate in various onboard activities conducted by our guides.

The Volga-Don Canal opened in 1952. The canal helped to unite the five seas of Russia’s European territory into one water system. The total length of the canal is 101 km and comprises 13 locks, 3 water reservoirs, 2 hydroelectric complexes, 13 dams as well as other constructions. Every lock of the canal is richly decorated with sculptural compositions dedicated to certain periods of the canal construction and the country’s history.
Day 19 - Starocherkassk Rostov
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

In the morning you will arrive in Starocherkassk, where you’ll be taken on a walking city tour, visit the Cossacks Museum and see the Resurrection Cathedral.

Starocherkassk (old Cherkassk) was founded in 1593 and served as the capital of the Don Cossacks for two centuries. Once a fortified town with a population of about 20 000, it is now a farming village which retains the look of the 19th century.

In the afternoon you’ll reach the final destination - Rostov . The program in this city includes panoramic city tour, during which you will see the marvelous architectural ensembles of Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, cross the borderline between Europe and Asia, take a walk along the River Don embankment and see numerous monuments dedicated to Rostov’s prominent citizens as well as famous characters from Russian literature.

Rostov-on-Don, often called “The Port of Five Seas,” is the capital of the Rostov Region and the Southern Federal Region of Russia and has a population of over 1 million people. The city was founded in 1749 as a State Customs point. Shortly after, in 1761, Rostov became a port and a fortress named after St. Dimitriy of Rostov. The city grew rapidly due to its favorable geographical location and eventually became an important merchant center. The city was occupied twice during WWII and suffered great damage and a huge loss life. Today, Rostov is one of the largest cities in Russia and plays an important role in the political, economic, cultural and scientific life of Southern Russia
Day 20 - Rostov
St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

St. Petersburg - Rostov-on-Don (20 Days and 19 Nights)

On the last day of your cruise you will say goodbye to Russia, your ship’s crew and the many new friends we are sure you will have met during your time with us. We are sure that your memories of the trip will last a lifetime and we look forward to welcoming you to Russia sometime in the future. Our driver will meet you at the ship and take you to the airport to see you off.

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* 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 shipґs 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
* Luggage handling to/from the ship
* Lectures, provided by our guides
* Russian language and song lectures
* Nightly entertainment and dancing
* Daily aerobics
* Tour of the ship’s bridge
* Arrival and departure private transfers
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* Port taxes
* Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

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* Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/ souvenirs
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* Insurance
* Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion
* Miscellaneous: Items of a personnel nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included

CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT:

25% – at booking (10% is irrevocable deposit)
75% – 65 days prior the sailing date

CONDITIONS OF CANCELLATION:

94-65 days before embarkation – 25% of the tour price
64-35 days before embarkation – 50% of the tour price
34-12 days before embarkation – 75% of the tour price
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No-show – 100% of the tour price
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