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Saratov

Federal District: Volga
Founded: 1590
Population: 843 460 (2016 Census)
Area: 394 km2
Federal City Day: 2nd Sunday of September

Saratov is a major city in southern Russia. 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. There is a museum dedicated to Gagarin and his life. Saratov 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. For those interested in art there is the Radischev Art Museum with more than 20,000 exhibits. Of other interest, the community of Volga Germans was centred 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.

There are flights and trains from Moscow to Saratov, but is normally visited as part of a river cruise. The embankments along the Volga give some spectacular views including the ‘Old Bridge’ which was the longest bridge in Europe until the 1980s.

Tours in Saratov

Moscow - Astrakhan (13 Days 12 Nights)

13 days and 12 nights

This Volga cruise covers many cities. You will admire the vibrancy of Moscow, enjoy the quiet atmosphere of ancient Vladimir. You will visit Nizhny Novgorod, the old center of the Volga region as well as Kazan and Astrakhan which occupy the former territory of the Golden Horde.

  • Route

    Moscow - Vladimir (or Suzdal) - Gorodets - Nizhny Novgorod - Cheboksary - Kazan - Samara - Saratov - Volgograd - Astrakhan
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Cruise Ship

    2 nights - 4-star hotel in Moscow, 10 nights - 3-star cruise ship MS Korotkov
  • Group Tour

    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
$1340 From/Per person

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Astrakhan - Moscow (13 Days 12 Nights)

13 days and 12 nights

With this cruise, you will get a feeling for both the south-eastern Russia with its link to the Asia and the Orient and the European, imperial Russia. You will start your trip in Astrakhan and sail practically the whole length of the Volga River from the edge of the Caspian Sea to Moscow.

  • Route

    Astrakhan - Volgograd - Saratov - Samara - Kazan - Cheboksary - Nizhny Novgorod - Gorodets - Vladimir (or Suzdal) - Moscow
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Cruise Ship

    10 nights - 3-star cruise ship MS Korotkov, 2 nights - 4-star hotel in Moscow
  • Group Tour

    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
$1340 From/Per person

Details

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