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Luxury Cruise - Along the Volga: Rostov - Volgograd - Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow - 13 Days (CR-62)

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2 people
13 days
Moscow, Kazan, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Volgograd, Uglich, Saratov, Cheboksary, Romanovskaya, Ilyevka
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This 13-day cruise will transport you on a voyage of discovery beginning in Rostov-on-Don and ending in the Russian capital. Along the way, you'll be treated to a comprehensive sightseeing program which will allow you to engage with the cities visited en route, with knowledgeable guides that will reveal their secrets. You'll learn about the Cossacks, the battle conquests that gave Ivan the Terrible such a fearsome reputation and what kept visitors out of some of our ports of call during the Soviet era.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the ship
We begin our journey in Rostov-on-Don, where our reliable driver will be awaiting your arrival ready to transfer you to our comfortable ship.
Day 2
City Tour around Rostov
Present day Rostov-on-Don has a history dating back to December 15th, 1749. On that date, a customs house was created to manage trade with Turkey. These days, following the construction of the Volga-Don Shipping Canal, the city serves as a port for no fewer than five seas: the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, the Caspian Sea, the White Sea and the Baltic Sea.
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Day 3
Tour around a Cossack village
We will visit one of the oldest Cossack settlements on the banks of the Don river. The village was founded in XVII century by the Cossack military chief Smaga Chershensky. You will enjoy the home environment of Cossack life as it was hundreds years ago.
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Day 4
Visit to the Volga-Don Canal Museum
Today we will visit the museum of the history of the construction of the canal, which connects the Volga and the Don. The museum also has many exhibits that will introduce to you the life of the Cossacks of this region.
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City Tour around Volgograd
Visit to Mamaev Kurgan
Volgograd is what's termed a "Hero City", an accolade reserved for only a handful of places. This was the place once known as Tsaritsyn and then, most famously, Stalingrad. As Stalingrad, it endured a 200 day battle during World War Two during which it was shelled relentlessly by the Nazis, causing immense suffering and loss of life on both sides. We'll explore the present-day city on a guided tour.
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Day 6
City Tour around Saratov
A couple of hundred years so, you'd have heard German being spoken here in Saratov. The Volga Germans as they were known settled here and had autonomous status. However, this was not to last. At the outbreak of hostilities in World War Two, they were exiled by the Soviet authorities to Kazakhstan and to Siberia. Most didn't return. After the war, Saratov became a closed city, a major military manufacturing base, meaning it was closed to visitors. Fortunately, this is no longer the case and we can visit to learn more about this city, the home of Yuri Gagarin, first man in space.
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Day 7
City Tour around Samara
Visit to the Art Gallery
Like Saratov, Samara's defense industry focus meant it too was a closed city for years. It was known as Kuybyshev, named for the Bolshevik leader Valerion Kuybyshev. The city held great status during the Second World War as it was allotted the role of alternative capital, ready to takeover the reins from Moscow which, it was feared, would fall to the Germans.
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Day 8
City Tour around Kazan
Visit to the Kazan Kremlin
Kazan is one of the richest Russian cities in terms of cultural heritage and to understand why we need to look to the past. Founded by the Mongols, later the seat of the Golden Horde and later still the capital of the Khanate of Kazan, eventually the city fell to Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. These days, its blend of Russian and Tatar culture, Muslim and Christian religion, makes this an intriguing place to tour. We'll explore the city's impressive Kremlin before returning to the ship.
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Day 9
City Tour around Cheboksary
We reach the Chuvash republic today and enjoy a city tour in historic Cheboksary. The fortress dates from 1555 but the place remained a sleepy backwater until the coming of the railway in 1939. During our visit you will enjoy a number of ancient churches and monasteries (among them Vvedensky cathedral (1657) and Saint-Trinity monastery (1566), as well as a view of a lovely bay beautifully situated in the middle of the city which has become a very popular gathering place for local residents.
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Nizhny Novgorod
Day 10
City Tour around Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod, located in an excellent position commanding views of both the Volga and Oka rivers, is Russia's fifth largest city after its illustrious siblings Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg. It has an interesting Kremlin which we shall visit. You'll also see the promenade known as Pokrovka which is popular with both locals and tourists alike.
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Day 11
City Tour around Yaroslavl
Today's port of call is charming Yaroslavl. An important port with a history dating back to the eleventh century, there are a number of exciting historic buildings to explore. These include the 13th century Spassky Monastery complex and several beautiful 17th century cathedrals. We'll visit the Church of the Prophet Elijah as well as the city's other cultural highlights as we go ashore.
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Day 12
City Tour around Uglich
Despite its name, this town is anything but ugly and in fact provides us with one of the most beautiful views in this river cruise itinerary. You'll see the town's skyline dominated by the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St John's Church as we approach. Our guided tour will let us see them close up, as well as the Kremlin where the seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible lived in exile in the 16th century.
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Moscow City Tour by CarA city as great as the Russian capital requires your undivided attention. Our guided city tour by car affords the opportunity for you to sightsee without concerning yourself with getting around, as well as enabling you to cover sufficient ground to get a sense of place. Here in Moscow, more than anywhere else in Russia, you’ll sense the presence of the Russian Renaissance; the city, like the country as a whole, has altered immensely over the past two decades. 
5 hours | $115 per person
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided TourGuided tour to the Red Square arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. It's got its name from the Russian word for "red", which many centuries ago meant "beautiful". Each building here is a legend: you will see brightly-domed St. Basil's cathedral, the world - renowned Lenin Mausoleum, expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and Kremlin towers. Today, Red Square is a popular tourist attraction and it is often used for rock and pop concerts including high-profile participants like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and others.
4 hours | $85 per person
Tretiakov Gallery Guided TourA guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.
4 hours | $100 per person
Moscow by Night City Tour by CarMoscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.
3 hours | $95 per person
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided TourYou will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Kremlin’s beautiful orthodox cathedrals. The Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. We will also visit the Armoury to see a unique collection of ancient state regalia: the ceremonial vestments and coronation dress of the Tsars, gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, and ceremonial weapons and arms (optional).
5 hours | $110 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox ReligionThe town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.
7 hours | $145 per person

Day 13
Transfer from the ship to the airport
It's time to disembark and so our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the ship entrance ready to transfer you safely to the airport.

Upon request, we can extend your stay in Moscow and arrange a sightseeing program.
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