Russian River Cruises

MOSCOW - ASTRAKHAN

MS Crucelake

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Russia`s Vastness

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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 Crucelake M

otorship Crucelake is a comfortable 4-deck vessel, built in Germany and partially renovated in 2018 according to the highest standards of comfort and functionality. The two on-board restaurants offer exquisite and elaborate international cuisine with a traditional Russian touch. The cosy bars invite you to immerse yourself in their relaxing and informal atmosphere. On the Sol Bridge, passengers can enjoy magnificent scenery and the sun`s rays from comfortable loungers or enjoying a snack on the terrace of the bar. Cruise Director is fluent in English. The daily program, excursions and restaurants/Bar menus are provided in English.

SHIP INFO

  • Decks: 4
  • Country of Built: Germany
  • Cabins with balconies: 20
  • Passenger capacity: 250
  • Length: 129.1 m
  • Beam: 16.7 m
  • Official currency on board - Russian Ruble.

    ACCOMMODATION

  • 16 Deluxe cabins with Balcony
  • 4 Junior Suites with Balcony
  • 4 Singles with Balcony with an extra bunk upper bed
  • 4 Deluxe cabins without Balcony
  • 8 Singles
  • 33 standard twin cabins
  • 12 standard twin cabins with an extra bunk upper bed
  • 40 superior twin cabins middle deck
  • 12 quad lower deck

    VESSEL FEATURES

  • 2 Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Theater hall
  • Baby club
  • Cinema club
  • Sauna
  • Souvenir kiosk
  • Ironing room
  • Rental store
  • Sun deck

    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.

  • Moscow - Astrakhan

    Day1-3
    Moscow - Bus city tour, Kremlin with the visit to 1 Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery>

    Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast

    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.

    Day4
    Uglich - Walking city tour with the visit to the territory of the 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.

    Day5
    Yaroslavl - Bus city tour, local market (free time), inside visit of Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (outside), Interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)>

    Breakfast, Lunch and 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 manufacturing. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - century architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium.

    Day5
    Kostroma - Bus city tour, Ipatiev Monastery, Trinity Cathedral>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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.

    Day6
    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.

    Day7
    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.

    Day8
    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.

    Day9
    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.

    Day10
    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.

    Day11
    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.

    Day12
    Day onboard - Entertainment program on board>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day13-14
    Astrakhan - Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds, group transfer>

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    From Moscow to Astrakhan – 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. Astrakhan is a city in southern Russia and the administrative center of Astrakhan Oblast. The city lies on two banks of the Volga River, close to where it discharges into the Caspian Sea at an altitude of 28 meters (92 ft) below sea level. The oldest economic and cultural center of the Lower Volga, it is often called the southernmost outpost of Russia and the Caspian capital. The city is a member of the Eurasian Regional Office of the World Organization "United Cities and Local Governments". Its population is diverse and includes one hundred ethnicities and fourteen religious denominations. The city is located in the upper part of the Volga delta, on eleven islands of the Caspian Depression. The distance to Moscow by road is 1,411 kilometers (877 mi).

    What's included

    • Group transfer to/from the ship on embarkation/disembarkation day (for group 25+ pax)
    • Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day
    • Breakfast on board is buffet style, lunch and dinner with fixed menu with possibility to chooses courses
    • “Welcome cocktail” ceremony on the embarkation day
    • On board service in English/French/Italian/Spanish/German language
    • Daily entertainment including concerts, lessons, master classes, movies, captain’s cocktail and dinner etc.
    • Excursion program as per itinerary
    • Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
    • Luggage handling on board the ship
    • Use of cabin safe (in deluxe and Junior Suite cabins)
    • Russian tea and Vodka show
    • Water, tea/coffee for all meals
    • Breakfast to the cabin is possible (from 07:00 to 11:00)
    • 1 shot of vodka OR 1 glass of wine (white / red) OR 1 glass of juice per each dinner
    • Complimentary bottle of water (0.5l) in cabin on arrivals day / in Deluxe- and Junior Suit Cabins replenished daily
    • Welcome cocktail (the day of start of the navigation)
    • Captain`s Farewell dinner with special menu, outside BBQ in Mandrogui (subject to weather condition)
    • Russian tea ceremony, Vodka show
    • Coffee station on board available from 06:00 till 19:00
    • Hot/Cold drinks (depending on weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions

    Price does not include

    • Airfares, taxes, etc.
    • Transfer to/from the ship on embarkation/disembarkation day (for 1-24 pax).
    • Travel insurance (strongly recommendable).
    • Visa support letter, Visas and Consular Fees (if applicable) Please note: a visa is required by most visitors to Russia and must be obtained in advance of arrival).
    • Optional excursions/tours (available on board - Additional charges apply).
    • Gratuities - Passenger`s own discretion(±10 ˆ per person per day).
    • Personal spending and items of a personal nature.
    • Drink packages.
    • Birthday greetings (cake, music).
    • Any other drinks and meals can be purchased additionally.
    • Using of earphones for excursions.
    • Port taxes +40 euro per pax.
    • Luggage handling in river ports from the inspection point to the ship and from the ship to the bus, as well as on board the ship.
    • All items not mentioned under the inclusions.
    Not included: Airfares (ask your travel specialist about special airfare offers)

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