Russian River Cruises

ASTRAKHAN - MOSCOW

MS Lev Tolstoy

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MS Lev Tolstoy 4 Star*

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    iver cruises is truly a unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible vacations and explore several cities in one program. Throughout an amazing journey you will stay in the most luxurious conditions and explore a greater amount of sightseeing

attractions compared to any other kind of touring. River cruises give a wonderful chance to experience the enriching Russian cultural heritage, its history and to admire its breathtaking nature scenery in the most relaxing manner possible on board the ship. A wide ranging excursion program in the ports of call combined with a lot of entertaining activities onboard the ship will keep you amused and stay in your memory forever.


Fleet

MS Lev Tolstoy M

otorship Lev Tolstoy is a comfortable four deck vessel (type Q-056). Built in Austria in 1979 and refurbished in 2009, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 25 km per hour (around 17 MpH). • Length – 108 m • Width – 15,2 m • Draught – 2,8 m • Passenger capacity – 164 (triple cabins for double accommodation) The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access and elevator. The ship do not have extensive soundproofing so you may hear noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at any time.

Astrakhan - Moscow

Day1-2
Astrakhan - Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds>

Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch

From Astrakhan to Moscow – 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.

Day3
Day on board - Entertainment program on board>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day4
Volgograd - Bus city tour, Mamayev Mound>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 70-m (239-ft) statue of Russia the Motherland wielding a sword.

Day5
Saratov - Bus city tour>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day6
Samara - Bus city tour, Art Gallery>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 center 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 theaters, museums and the public library.

Day7
Kazan - Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day8
Cheboksary - Bus city tour>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cheboksary is the capital city of Chuvashia, Russia and a port on the Volga River. It was first mentioned in written sources in 1469,[12] when Russian soldiers passed here on their way to the Khanate of Kazan. According to archaeological excavations, however, the area had been populated considerably earlier. The site hosted a Bulgarian city of Veda Suvar, which appeared after Mongols defeated major Volga Bulgarian cities in the 13th century. During Khanate period the town is believed by some to have had a Turkic (probably, Tatar name Çabaqsar and that the current Russian and English names originate from it. However, in maps by European travelers it was marked as Cibocar (Pizzigano, 1367), Veda-Suar (Fra Mauro, 1459). Shupashcar, the Chuvash name literally means the "fortress" of the Chuvash. In 1555, the Russians built a fortress and established a settlement here. In 1625, there were 458 soldiers quartered in Cheboksary, and in 1646 there were 661 males living in the settlement. At the end of the 17th century, Cheboksary was regarded as a major commercial city of the Volga region, and in 1781 it was granted town status within Kazan Governorate. In the beginning of the 19th century the population was about 5500, the town had a sawmill and several small manufactures. Cheboksary also was noted for its twenty-five churches and four monasteries, and Cheboksary bells were known in London and Paris.

Day9
Nizhny Novgorod - Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day10
Kostroma - Bus city tour, Ipatiev monastery, Trinity cathedral>

Breakfast and Lunch

Everything is unusual in Kostroma that is the central square is called "The Frying-pan" by the locals and the fire observation tower looks more like a church or palace in empire style. The city is justly considered to be the home of the Romanov royal family and the Ipatyev Monastery became the family`s sacred place: it was from there that Mikhail Romanov was called to take the Russian throne.

Day10
Yaroslavl - Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), interactive tour of former Governor`s House (Art Gallery)>

Dinner

Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a particular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufacture. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - century architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium.

Day11
Uglich - Walking city tour with the visit to the territory of Kremlin, Dmitry on the blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the Church of St Dmitry on the spilt Blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga.

Day12-14
Moscow - Bus city tour, Kremlin with the visit to 1 Cathedral, Tretyakov gallery>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.

MS Lev Tolstoy


Type – Q-056 (four deck vessel, super luxury), Length – 115,8, Width – 15,2 m, Immersion – 2,8 m, Speed – 25, km per hour (around 17MpH), Passenger capacity – 160.


features: | restaurant | piano bar | bar | coffee-station | conference hall | souvenir store | solarium | sauna | medical room | fitness hall

Staterooms

  • TWIN

    TWIN - 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.

  • TWIN LOWER

    TWIN LOWER - 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. *Could be modified to 3-seat cabin.

  • JUNIOR SUITE B


    JUNIOR SUITE B - 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.

  • JUNIOR SUITE A

    JUNIOR SUITE - ASpacious 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.

  • SUITE

    SUITE - 2-bed 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.

What's included

  • Transfers airport-motorship\motorship-airport for groups ( min 20 pax ); for groups less than 20 pax, transfers can be organized for extra charge
  • Lugguage handling in river ports and on board the ship
  • Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation
  • Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day
  • 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.
  • Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard(extra charge)
  • Use of cabin safe
  • Use of cabin safe
  • Visa support letter*NOTE: In case of a reservation cancellation, errors or change of name/s, a penalty charge of 20 Euro will apply.

Price does not include

  • Airfares, taxes, etc.
  • Transfers to and from the port of embarkation / disembarkation
  • Visas and Consular Fees
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommendable)
  • Optional excursions (available on board)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal spending and all items of a personal nature.
  • Cabin numbers are provided 7 days prior the cruise or at 50 Euro supplement per person when booking.
  • Any other drinks and meals can be purchased additionally and paid extra at the restaurant or at the bars onboard.
  • All items not mentioned under the inclusions.
Not included: Airfares (ask your travel specialist about special airfare offers)

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