Kazan - Moscow (8 days 7 nights)
This Volga cruise will take you from Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the most important center of Tatar culture to Moscow, Russia’s capital. Both of these cities will impress you with their rich history and great architecture, where the present and the past coexist well together. While sailing along the Volga River you will make stops in several ports. You will visit the Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod, the largest in Russia and see ancient frescoes in Yaroslavl. You will also enjoy the peacefulness of the small towns of Uglich and Kostroma. A very Russian journey awaits you.
Your journey begins as soon as you arrive in Kazan and board the ship. Sighseeing in this city includes a city tour with a visit to the Kremlin grounds and get a feel for this most eastern of cities full of history, the capital of Tatarstan.
Optional excursion: Visit and walking tour of unique island-fortress Sviyazhsk (XVI cent.)
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.
Optional excursion: Beer museum visit with beer degustation
Cheboksary is the capital of the Chuvash Republic, home to the Finno-Ugric Chuvash people. The city possesses excellent cultural opportunities. There is an Opera-Ballet Theatre, a Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous other theaters (showing productions in both Russian and Chuvash languages). A very popular gathering place for the locals is the recently completed zaliv (bay), beautifully situated in the middle of the city and adorned with the Monument of Mother. People gather there to stroll, visit cafes, and socialize. Cheboksary also has beautiful boardwalks and beaches along the Volga River.
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.
Kostroma is a part of the Golden Ring, a group of ancient Russian towns located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. It was founded in the 13th century and has played a major role in Russian history. After being destroyed by the Mongols in 1238 it became a small principality under the leadership of Prince Vasily the Drunkard the brother of the Russian hero Alexander Nevsky. In the early 17th century, the young Mikhail Romanov who was living at the time at the Ipatiev Monastery was offered the Russian throne – thus beginning the Romanov Dynasty and ending the Time of Troubles. From that time on, the Romanov’s always had a special connection to the city and played an important role in its development. The city’s most prominent landmarks are the Ipatiev Monastery, the Trinity Cathedral, the local market and a museum of wooden architecture and monuments. Yaroslavl: You will be taken to the panoramic city tour with a visit to a local market (free time). You will also see the Church of Elijah the Prophet (exterior), Church of St Nicholas the Wonderworker (interior) and enjoy an interactive tour of former Governor´s House (and visit to an Art Gallery).
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.
Optional excursion: Visit of Hydro-Electric-Station museum
Uglich: Founded in 1148 as a small princedom bordering on Muscovy, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. The view of the town as you approach it from the Volga River is breathtaking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John´s Church rising up on the horizon. The history of the town is fascinating; At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile at the Kremlin in Uglich. It was here in her garden that the 10 year old Prince Dmitry of the Rurik Dynasty, heir to the Russian throne was murdered by Boris Godunov who wanted to seize power for himself. On the spot of his death, the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. The death of Prince Dmitri brought on the start of the Time of Troubles, a dynastic and political crises and one of the most tumultuous periods in Russian history which ended 15 years later after the election of a new Tsar Mikhail Romanov (the first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty). Inside the Kremlin the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry also stands. During your time in Uglich you will learn more about the town’s past and walk along the paths of Russian history.
Prices, per person
Rostropovich 5* vessel has more cabin categories than those listed on site. In the price table, you see the least expensive cabin for each deck.
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The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 50% of the total amount for the cruise.
THE PRICES INCLUDE
• Cabin of the booked category (outside cabins) on board the exclusive 4* motor ship
• Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary
• Daily international entertainment on board: concerts, lessons, master classes, movies
• Welcome bread and sault ceremony
• Captain’s cocktail and dinner
• Luggage handling onboard
• Use of cabin safe
• Port tax
• Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.
• Full board, three meals per day (from the dinner on the arrival day to the breakfast on the departure day):
Breakfast and lunch are buffet style, dinner is with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead of lunch onboard, subject to the weather forecast)
• Water is included for all meals at the restaurant plus daily in a cabin (1 bottle 0.33ml per person), one glass of house wine per person for each dinner
• Coffee-station for early risers
• Welcome bread and salt ceremony (arrival day), welcome cocktail (hereon the start of the navigation), russian, ukrainian and pirate thematic dinners as well as welcome dinner onboard , captain´s farewell dinner with a special menu, cocktail party
MORE DETAILS ABOUT CATERING:
1) Breakfast onboard is buffet style
Water in the pitchers on the table is provided during breakfast, as well as tea/ coffee is served
Buffet line has cocoa, milk, juice in assortment, as well as numerous hot and cold dishes to guest’s choice
2) Lunch onboard is buffet style
Water in the pitchers on the table is provided during breakfast, as well as tea/ coffee is served
3) Dinner onboard is served according to the menu:
• Main course (a choice of 3 – meat or fish or vegetarian)
• Dessert (a choice of 2 or fruit)
Water in the pitchers on the table is provided during dinner, as well as tea/ coffee is served. 1 glass of red/white wine or juice is included in each dinner
NB! During stay in Moscow and St. Petersburg the menu is fixed (no choice of dishes). During the navigation days of the cruise the choice of main course/dessert is provided – the guests choose the dishes for nest day each previous day.
• 1 bottle of still water (0.33l per person per day) is provided in cabins.
• There is a coffee-station onboard the ship available for guests from 06:00 am till 07:00 pm (which includes coffee, decaf, hot water, milk, cocoa, packed tea, sugar, sweetener, and cookies)
The following events are organized for guests onboard the ship:
• Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony on the embarkation day
• Welcome cocktail including 1 glass of champagne or juice per pax
• “Russian tea ceremony” with tea and Russian pies and “vodka show” with vodka and blini tasting
• Cocktail party – once per tour – 1 cocktail to choose out of 3 cocktails per 1 pax
• Captain’s dinner with up scaled menu
• Mulled wine (during cold weather)/ ice tea (during hot weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions. any other drinks can be purchased additionally at the restaurant or at the bar onboard.
THE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
• Full visa support. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
• International airfare. However, we can offer you extremely inexpensive flights to Russia through our discount airfare booking engine. Please click here to learn more
• Individual arrival and departure airport transfers
• Travel insurance
• Optional excursions (available on board)
• Gratuities (10 EUR per person per day are recommended)
• Personal expenses
CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT:
20% – at booking (irrevocable deposit)
80% – 75 days prior the sailing date
CONDITIONS OF CANCELLATION:
20% of the tour price - irrevocable deposit
more than 75 days before embarkation – 20% of the tour price
74-65 days before embarkation – 40% of the tour price
64-55 days before embarkation – 60% of the tour price
54-35 days before embarkation – 80% of the tour price
34 days or less before embarkation – 100% of the tour price
No-show – 100% of the tour price