Russian River Cruises

ASTRAKHAN – MOSCOW

MS Nikolay Chernishevskiy

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Russia`s Vastness

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    hile you`re in Russia, a cruise down its greatest rivers can be a perfect opportunity for you to better understand the Russian soul world-known for its mysteriousness. A Russian river cruise is not a simple trip from one point to

another- it`s an unforgettable experience that will remain in your memory for all your life. While cruising down the river in Russia, you can enjoy unique Russian cuisine and breathtaking folk music and decorative arts and immerse yourself deeper in Russian history while visiting greatest Russian cities. And, of course, a Russian river cruise is probably the best way to travel if you want to fully enjoy the beauty of gorgeous Russian landscapes. Just imagine how spectacular the sunset on a river can be!


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MS Nikolay Chernishevskiy M

otorship Nikolay Chernishevsky is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981 and refurbished in 2018, the motorship is equipped with modern navigational facilities and exceeds the speed of 26 km per hour (around 17 Mph). This vessel is going to be refurbished for season 2018. • Length –125 m • Width –16,7m • Draught – 2,9m • Passenger capacity – 218 (Triple cabins for double accommodation) The ship features outside staterooms, affording majestic views of the passing countryside, and all air-conditioned. Dining rooms offer both Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as the specialities of the surrounding regions, all served in a friendly shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a small souvenir shop, music room, dance hall, sauna and solarium. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise. From spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. 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

Today`s city was established in 1558, when on the island Dolgui (Long) a wooden fortress was built. Later there appeared a stone kremlin with the walls of 1,5 km long, 11 m high and 5 m large at the base. Near the kremlin a white-stone city was founded. Under Peter the Great Astrakhan became the centre of the province of Astrakhan. Peter initiated the creation of the navy for the Caspian Sea, and in 1722 the tsar arrived in Astrakhan to head the campaign for capturing the west coast of the Caspian Sea. In the middle of the 17th c.and in the early 18th c. industry and navigation developed in the city. Now Astrakhan is a major industrial and transport centre. 12 km to the north of the modern city stretches the hill called “Shareny hillock”. It was the site of the Old Astrakhan known as Khadji Tarkhan. In 1395 the site was assaulted by Timur`s troops and destroyed completely. In the middle of the 15th c. the city was reconstructed and became the capital of Astrakhan khanate. In 1556 the region was easily taken by Ivan`s troops and in 1558 a city was founded on the new site where it stands actually.

Day3
Day on board - Entertainment program>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day4
Volgograd - >

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 Íill, 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. The names of the soldiers who fell in combat are inscribed the walls, while Schumann`s Traumerei plays over and over again. Soldiers stand as guards of honour in front of the eternal flame. You`ll be moved when you visit the memorial and see the diorama depicting the ferocious battle.

Day5
Saratov - Bus city tour.>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Saratov was founded in 1590 as a fortress to protect the Volga rout from the raids of the tribes of nomads. Since the 17th century it has become a staging point for water and land routs also as a fish and salt trading center. Saratov is a large river port and a road junction, situated on the right bank of the Volga river. The population of the city is 904 thousand people.

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 (he diversity of architectural styles and the elegance of shapes. It was then that Samara received its theaters, museums and the public library. The city, bearing the name of Kuibyshev at that time, owes its dynamic industrialization period to the 40`s of the 20th century. Plants and factories, evacuated here from the frontline area of the fighting country, laid the foundation tor the national military-industrial complex. In 1991 the city was given back historical name. Today`s Samara provides a blend of antiquity and modern times. Visitors marvel at its ravishing embankment with parks and sculptures. Samara is home to the once famous brewery and one of today`s most popular chocolate brands. Beautiful Orthodox temples create a wonderful ensemble with a Lutheran church and Roman Catholic basilica. But Samara`s most precious treasure is its hospitable people.

Day7
Kazan - Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds.>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 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 Feodor Chaliapin and of the great ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Day8
Cheboksary - Bus city tour.>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cheboksary is a city in western Russia on the Volga River. It’s known for its towering Mother Patroness monument. Close by, the centuries-old Vvedensky Cathedral has frescoes and ornate chapels. Chuvash National Museum’s exhibits include prehistoric mammoth tusks and traditional Chuvash costumes. A wide range of products is manufactured in Cheboksary, including cotton textiles and heavy tractors and earth-moving equipment. Further south, the Tractor Museum has interactive exhibits and a collection of antique tractors. Its satellite town, Novocheboksarsk, the site of a large hydroelectric station.

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 4th largest city of Russia, surpassed only by Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg. Although it dates back to the 13th century, the majority of its most interesting sights are from later periods. The foremost among these is the city’s great, brooding Kremlin , built during the 16th century. It was until quite recently a closed city, best known to foreigners as the place of exile of the physicist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Andrei Sakharov after he denounced the war in Afghanistan. Moreover, Nizhny Novgorod is a large river port, trade and cultural centre. One of the most ancient chronicles of Russia was written here, in Pechersky monastery, written in 1328-30. Later it was known as Lavrentyevskaya chronicle.

Day10
Kostroma - Bus city tour, The Ipatiev Monastery, The Trinity Cathedral.>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kostroma is as old as Moscow. Located on the left bank of the Volga River, it abounds in magnificent monuments of old architecture. Its picturesque suburbs have long been a source of inspiration for many Russian artists. The outstanding role which Kostroma played at certain periods in Russian history accounts for the art heritage to be found in the city today. At the confluence of the Kostroma and Volga Rivers rise the white stone walls and golden cupolas of the Ipatievsky Monastery. It was founded in the latter half of the XIII century to protect the approaches to the city from the upper reaches of the Volga. In 1958, a unique open-air museum of wooden architecture was set up at the walls of the Ipatievsky Monastery. Churches, old houses, barns, water- and windmills, and small bathhouses were brought from various villages in the Kostroma Region. Among the exhibits, the Church of the Synaxis of the Virgin (1552) from the village of Kholm and the Church of the Transfiguration (1713) command particular attention. Also on display is a large collection of objects of wood-carving whose traditions were passed from father to son. One of the first stone buildings in the Kostroma territory was the Church of the Resurrection-on-the-Debra, erected in 1651. The facades of the commercial and administrative buildings give on to the central square. The complex of the Kostroma shopping arcades is among the largest market centers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to survive up today. The complex took shape in the course of several decades and incorporates over ten buildings of various size located in the main square and its descent to the Volga.

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

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The city was founded XI century by prince Yaroslav the Wise on confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosli. Main sightseeing is well known for its beauty temples of XVII century, saved since “golden century” of Yaroslavl in the period when skillful architects and icon-painters were working here. Amazing are the frescoes of Il’ya the Prophet church situated on the main square , it is the original museum of Russian ancient paintings. Nikola Nadein church with carving gilded Ikonostasis executed in baroque style and unique fifteen-dome Ioan Predtechi church are among ceremonial monuments of the Yaroslavl architectural school. The rich Spaskiy monastery stayed for a long time as a main cultural and spiritual centre of Yaroslavl. The rarest monuments of the XVI-XVII centuries are kept in its limits. Wooden walls and towers were elevated in the XVI century. The central part of the Spaskiy monastery ensemble is the ancient building of Yaroslavl. It is Spaso Preobrajenskiy monastery (1503-1516) kept till our days. Exactly here a manuscript “word about Igorev group” was found. At the present time there is a historic-architectural reserve museum in Spasskiy monastery, created in the result of historic-natural (1864) and historic (1895) museums confluence. Some departments of the museum keep nearly 250 thousands exhibits: historic-natural, ancient Russian and decorative applied arts, other departments have linens, objects of rules of church singing, precious metals (Russian jewelers works of the XIV-XX centuries), ancient Russian literature. An International Festival of choral and bell music is held on the museum territory. In the centre of the town in the ancient detached house there is a museum house of L.V. Sobinova. Fifteen kilometers far from Yaroslavl there is Nekrasov` Literature-memorial reserve museum “Karabiha”. Destinies of A. Savrasov, A. Opekushin are connected with Yaroslavl. The first Russian theatre was founded here by Fedor Volkov. Arts and historic museums of the town have rich collections of paintings and applied arts. Yaroslavl painters, sculptors and jewelers regularly present their works in Yaroslavl Exhibition halls.

Day11
Uglich - Walking city tour with a visit to the Kremlin territory, The Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, The Transfiguration Cathedral.>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Uglich is a town in the Yaroslavl province, a river port and a railway station. It produces clocks, watches, cheese and other milk products. Heavy machinery is repaired here. There is a hydroelectric station. The population numbers 39,000. The town has a museum of art and history. The name of Uglich is a derivative of “ugol” (“a corner”). The Volga makes a sharp bend at this place, forming a corner, or “ugol”, hence the name. Founded as early as 937, it was first mentioned in chronicles only in 1148. A local legend says that the town existed in the days of Holy Princess Olga, Equal-to-the Apostoles. It served as the capital of the Uglich principality from 1218 till 1238 when it was seized and devastated by the Mongols who killed most of its population. The rest were taken prisoners or fled to the dense forest surrounding the town. In the 14th century Moscow began uniting Russian lands and Uglich was annexed to the Moscow principality. In 1371 it was burnt to ashes by the prince of Tver who struggled with Moscow for supremacy. In the 15th century the town prospered and even coined its own money. After Ivan the Terrible’s death, his son Prince (Tsarevich) Dimitry, the last in the Rurik dynasty, was sent to Uglich with his mother and was killed here at the age of eight in 1591 in uncertain circumstances. His death was not only a tragedy for his family, it was followed by many troubles in Russia, such as internecine conflicts and a Polish invasion. Three false pretenders to the Moscovite throne (one after another) claimed to be Prince Dimitry. They are known as False Dimitrys. In 1606 the prince was canonized and his relics were tranferred to the Archangel Cathedral in Moscow. In 1611 Polish invadors destroyed the town and massacred its population. After the disaster the town was restored slowly. The process was hindered by the decree of Peter I forbidding stone constructions anywhere but in St. Petersburg. The emperor also ordered removing the bells from the churches of Uglich, melting them to make cannons because Russia was at war with Sweden. During Catherine II’s reign the town grew rapidly and flourished. In the 19th century its citizens led tranquil, yet cultured provincial life. A museum, a library and a theater were opened here. The 1917 revolution changed the course of the town’s history. It was serously damaged by construction of the hydro-electic stations in the 1930s. The Intercession Monastery, a major architectural sight in the south western part, and other churches and buildings dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries were blown up and then flooded. The huge structure of the hydroelectric station stands on the former monastery site today. A team of restorers has been working in the town’s historical center since 1952. As a result, many old buildings have been saved from destruction. According to the plan for Uglich’s development and construction, recently approved by the local authorities, its historical center will be preserved intact.

Day12-14
Moscow - Bus city tour, Kremlin with a visit to 1 Cathedral, The State Tretyakov gallery.>

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

MOSCOW is an “eternal third Rome”, the capital of Russia. In 1997 Moscow celebrated its 850 anniversary and made a feast in honor of two Yuries – builders of Moscow: Yury Dolgoruky, who founded Moscow in 1147 and Yury Luzhkov, the present mayor, who in many respects created the modern appearance of Russian capital. Nowadays the capital’s square is 1035 sq. km, that is nearly three times more than the square of Paris. Without doubt outskirts of the city will not impress you by alternation of vacant sites and urban residential regions built earlier during Soviet period. Please be patient because acquaintance with centre of the city and tours along old streets will raise your mood. At first sight you may not call Moscow a beautiful city from architectural point of view. But Moscow has its hidden beauty which will satisfy your curiosity and will ensure understanding of the essence of an old Russian city. Kremlin – the first “residential quarter” of Moscow, rises along the left bank of the Moskva-River. This majestic triangle concentrating political power for a long time was a “forbidden city” first of Russia tsars and afterwards – of the Soviet state. Real fortified town with its own squares, churches and cathedrals, the Kremlin is opened for visitors, and without doubt is one of the most visited places despite the fact that it is still the residence of Russian Government. A centre of political power, monument, museum, city-museum or simply a city? That is a question which is not easy to answer. Undoubtedly the Kremlin combines all those definitions. Kremlin is a fortress (that is translation) – the symbol of Russian state, of all Russian people. Red Square with unforgettable ensemble of architectural monuments of various epochs, among which the most known is St. Basil’s cathedral (cathedral of the Intercession on the ditch). This cathedral which seems to appear from The Arabian Nights tales is a symbol of Moscow and the most prominent monument of Russian architecture. According to the legend the Russian architect Postnic was blinded by the order of Ivan the Terrible to prevent him of constructing similar monument. Moscow museums. World known are Museum of imitative arts named after Pushkin, Tretyakov gallery, Kolomenskoe and many other places – all of them represent historical and cultural heritage of the Russian capital. What is Moscow Metro? Without doubt the only answer will be: the most comfortable means of transport of Moscow. This will be the answer of any Muscovite. Constructed in the Stalin era in 30-s and nicknamed underground palace, the Metro is rather a museum than means of transportation. And that is the most visited museum in the world, because more than 7 millions of Muscovites choose metro for traveling, without paying any attention to stations decorations. The first project of Moscow Metro was proposed by engineer Balinsky in 1902. But Moscow Duma (Parliament) rejected this project considering it very expensive. One more argument against it was that the capital of Russian Empire was Saint Petersburg. In 1918 Soviet government moved to Moscow. Moscow once again received the status of capital, and this fact preconditioned steadfast growth of the city population. However only in 1922, after the end of Civil war, the construction of Moscow Metro was seriously considered for the first time. The final resolution was passed by Soviet government in 1931. In autumn of the same year the construction of the first station was started. On the 15th of May, 1935 the first lines of Moscow Metro were put into service. The length of the first lines was 11.6 km, they had 13 stations. Since then the construction of subway never stopped, even during the war. Stations in the centre of Moscow are of deep bedding (up to 80 m). Muscovites used them as bomb shelters in the course of hostile bombardment during World War II. Today the Metro connects city’s centre with suburbs, industrial regions, new residential areas. The total length of Metro lines is about 300 km. The number of stations reached 160. Additional 20 stations are under construction. Moscow Metro consists of 11 lines, one of which – circular runs nearly under the Sadovoye ring, 10 radial lines and 7 railway terminals, that is especially comfortable for arrivals. All the Metro stations are faced with marble. Architects chose this material not for nothing. Firstly it is eternal, secondly it is impervious to water, and thirdly it is simply beautiful. Marble for facing of stations was delivered from all the regions of the former USSR. All the Metro stations are very well lighted. You will not find similar lamps because they are works of art by themselves. Famous sculptors, artists and architects considered it an honour to participate in decoration of the Metro stations. In the process of decoration they used paintings, mosaic, sculptures. Mosaic panels at the stations constructed during the period of 1930-50-s are real works of art.

MS Nikolay Chernishevskiy


Motorship "Nikolay Chernishevsky" is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2007, 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).


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 of minimum 20 pax. For groups of 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
  • English\French\German\Spanish\Italian speaking board guides; services of guides speaking other foreign languages can be provided at additional cost
  • Full board: three meals per day (from the dinner on the arrival day to the breakfast on the departure day
  • 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 - Additional charges apply).
  • 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

  • All airfares, taxes, etc.
  • Transfers to and from the port of embarkation / disembarkation.
  • Visas and Consular Fees.
  • Travel- & Medical insurance.
  • Optional excursions (available on board - Additional charges apply).
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal spending and 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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