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M/S Konstantin Fedin Cruise
14 days 13 nights from £1,960
Cruise from Moscow to Astrakhan
The MS Fedin is an IntoRussia favourite and provides an ideal base for exploring Moscow, St Petersburg and other locations along the Volga River. 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.
Highlights of this wonderful cruise include a visit to the picturesque town of Kizhi with its stunning 22 domed Transfiguration Cathedral and of course the hustle and bustle of the mighty Kremlin grounds in Moscow.
The comfortable 4 deck vessel has 3 bars and a spacious conference hall where you can socialise with fellow passengers and share tales of your journey. Cabins on board the MS Tolstoy are all outside facing are fully air conditioned and have private en suite facilities. Enjoy the passing views of rural Russia from your large picture window. Relax with some fresh air on the sundeck or with a cocktail in one of the onboard bars.
- Cruise Introduction
- Your Itinerary
- Departures and Prices
- What's Included
- Booking Conditions
MOSCOW • Uglich • Yaroslavl • Kostroma • Nizhny Novgorod • Cheboksary • Kazan • Samara • Saratov • Volgograd • ASTRAKHAN
Welcome to the gorgeous capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. Dinner aboard (for late arrivals boxed lunch is provided instead).
Today you have a 4-hour panoramic bus city tour around the most interesting Moscow sights, including Leningradsky avenue, Tverskaya street, Theatralny passage, Lubyanka, KGB building, Manezh square, Red Square (free time): GUM, Historical museum, Resurrection gate, Kazan church, Intercession cathedral, Lower trade stalls, Kremlin Towers: Saviour, Tsar’s, St.Nicolas; Senate, Mausoleum, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. After lunch at the city restaurant you have a guided tour to the Kremlin - Palace of Congresses, Senate square: Arsenal, Senate buildings; residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar Bell and Tsar cannon, Cathedral Square ensemble: Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral with visit to one of them.Optional evening activity: Moscow by night city tour with a metro ride; National folk show “Kostroma” (The performance starts at 19:30) (from the middle of June till the middle of September only!)
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a Tretyakov Art gallery excursion. Enjoy lunch aboard the ship and some free time in the city before. At 17:30, set sail to Uglich! Presentation of the crew and of the staff and Captain’s Welcome Cocktail will take place in the evening. Enjoy some great Live music in the bar before retiring to your cabin for the first night on the River.
You can chose to wake up early for a morning exercise class before breakfast. Take part in great on-board entertainment (Souvenir Shop lecture about the Traditional Russian crafts, Russian language class, Bingo and many more). You will arrive in Uglich late afternoon; make sure to join the walking city tour when you will see such places as Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral. In the evening, the ship will set sail toward Yaroslavl!
After breakfast you depart for a bus tour of Yaroslavl: visit the local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), and Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery). Back on board; enjoy a Russian song class or an optional Master class of Russian Matryoshka doll painting while you travel towards Kostroma. Once there, you will join a Bus city tour to include such sights asIpatiev monastery and Trinity Cathedral. Set sail towards Nizhny Novgorod!
Nizhny Novgorod, founded in 1221, is the fifth largest city in Russia. Although it dates back to 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. During the bus city tour you will visit Kremlin grounds. Optional: Art Gallery after the city tour.
The capital of the Chuvash republic in the Volga region, Cheboksary was founded in the middle of the 15th century. The city is full of ancient churches and monasteries. You can join a morning bus city tour and chose more afternoon optional excursions such as visit to a Beer Museum with tasting and Ioshkar-Ola city tour. Set sail to 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 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. After a bus city tour, set sail to Samara. Enjoy some great on-board entertainment and a tour of Captain’s Bridge!
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 centre 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 theatres, museums and the public library. Optional: Stalin Bunker.
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. Optional: Master-class of matryoshka painting
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 70m (239-ft) statue of Russia the motherland wielding a sword. Optional: Panoramic museum Stalingrad battle.
Sit back and enjoy the on-board entertainment as you cruise towards the city if Astrakhan.
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 Caspiansea. Optional: art gallery, Volga Delta.
After breakfast you disembark your ship and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.
Moscow to St Petersburg River Cruise Accommodation
M/S NIKOLAY CHERNISHEVSKY
Motorship “Konstantin Fedin” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1980, refurbished in 2012, 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 - 2,7 m, Passenger capacity – 250 (triple cabins for double accommodation).
• Piano bar
• Conference hall
• Ironing room
• Souvenir store
• Medical room
• Coffee bar
M/S Fedin Cruise 2018 is available on enquiry basis - please get in touch with our Destination Managers to secure your holiday with an Early Booking Discount.
Moscow to Astrakhan, 14 days 13 nights, on board MS Fedin prices per person
All Packages Include:
• Guaranteed accommodation according to your reservation
• 1 transfer to the port and 1 transfer from the port only on embarkation/disembarkation days
• Luggage handling in river ports and on board the ship
• Full board catering (three times meal) including dinner upon arrival and breakfast on the departure day. Breakfast is buffet style, dinner and lunch are with fixed menu and preliminary order, BBQ outdoors in Mandrogui (instead on lunch on board, subject to weather conditions)
• Welcome “bread and salt” ceremony
• Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
• 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.
• Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)
• Captain’s Farewell dinner (special menu)
• Visa support letter
• Full visa support
• International flights
• Travel insurance
• Optional excursions (available on board)
• Personal spendings
• Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate