Russian River Cruises

ASTRAKHAN – MOSCOW

MS Crucelake

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MS Crucelake M

s "Crucelake" is a comfortable 4-deck ship, built in Germany in 1986 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. Specification: • Length - 129 m. • Manga - 16.7 m. • Draft - 2.9. • Passenger capacity - 240 pax. • Voltage - 220 V. • Official currency on board - Russian Ruble. 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

The Volga River is one of the most important waterway of Russia and the longest river in Europe. Russians call it “Mother Volga”. Astrakhan City is located on eleven islands, which are connected by numerous bridges. The magnificent Kremlin with its white walls up to 8 meters high and a bell tower, which is seen from almost anywhere in the city. One of the major attractions in this region is the valley of lotuses in the Volga Delta. Lotus blooming in Astrakhan is so fascinating that having seen it once you will want to return again. The Don is one of the major rivers of Russia. The main city on the river is Rostov on Don. Ancient Greek geographers viewed the river as the border between Europe and Asia. During the times of the old Scythians, it was known in Greek as the Tanaïs and served as a major trading route. Tanaïs appears in ancient Greek sources as both the name of the river and city on it, situated in the Maeotian marshes. The Don Cossacks, who settled the fertile valley of the river in the 16th and 17th centuries, were named after the river. Representing military estate they served in the horse guards of the Russian Empire. Their everyday life and folklore are quite unique. You can learn more about it at a local Cossack village. The Don is a southern river. Due to fertile soil, this area is known for its rich harvest and good wines. Travelers can participate in wine testing cruising along the Don. Throughout the world, the river is associated with images of vibrant and colourful Don Cossacks – written in a famous series of novels by the 20th-century Russian writer Mikhail Sholokhov.

Day3
Day on board Entertainment program.>

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Day4
Volgograd - Bus city tour, Mamayev Kurgan.>

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 diversity of architectural styles and the elegance of shapes. It was then that Samara received its theatres, museums and the public library. The city, bearing the name of Kuibyshev at that time, owes its dynamic industrialization period to the 40s of the 20th century. Plants and factories, evacuated here from the frontline area of the fighting country, laid the foundation for 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 Fyodor Chaliapin and of the great ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Day8
Cheboksary - Bus city tour.>

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Cheboksary, also spelled Čeboksary, or Chuvash Shupashkar, city and capital, Chuvashia republic, Russia. It lies on the right bank of the middle Volga River, between Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. Although Cheboksary is known to have existed since the mid-15th century, and a fortress was built there in 1555, the town remained unimportant until the building of a rail link to Kanash in 1939. Thereafter it grew rapidly, with modern apartment blocks and factories spreading along the high river bluffs, though the old radial town plan was retained. A wide range of products is manufactured in Cheboksary, including cotton textiles and heavy tractors and earth-moving equipment. Its satellite town, Novocheboksarsk, the site of a large hydroelectric station, is a chemical centre. Chuvash University (1967) and teacher-training and agricultural institutes are located within the city.

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 centres 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), Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (inside visit), Savior Transfiguration Monastery.>

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

The city was founded in XI century by prince Yaroslavl the Wise on confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl. Main sightseeing is well known for its beauty temples of XVII century, saved since “golden century” of Yaroslavl in the period when skilful 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 Iconostasis 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 jewellers works of the XIV-XX centuries), ancient Russian literature. An International Festival of choral and bell music is held on the museum territory. Arts and historic museums of the town have rich collections of paintings and applied arts. Yaroslavl painters, sculptors and jewellers regularly present their works in Yaroslavl Exhibition halls.

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 is part of the Golden Ring. Now it is among the most popular stops for cruise ships on the upper Volga. The elegant shipping lock arch precedes the town, as you approach it sailing from Moscow. Then a breathtaking view of Uglich with all the onion domes of the churches opens from the Volga River. This place has a big number of historical monuments: Dmitry on the Blood Church, Princes’ Chambers, and Transfiguration Cathedral etc. Also there is a very interesting new interactive Museum of Hydro Power here. The main event in Uglich history occurred in the late XVI century, when Prince Dmitry, the last son of Ivan the Terrible, heir to the throne was killed in Uglich. That caused the Time of Troubles for Russia. Tourists in Uglich are offered a walking tour around the former Kremlin territory, visit to the Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral. The name of the town most likely derives from the Russian word “ugol” which means “corner” – the Volga River makes a sharp turn nearby. Perhaps this feature gave the city its name.

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

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Moscow is a capital of the largest country in the world, with its unique history, intricately combines the oldest monuments, buildings and modern architecture. It’s impossible to be in Moscow and not to see the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior, Arbat Street, Vorobyovy Gory as well as a lot of parks and gardens.

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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