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M/S Tikhy Don 4* Cruise
20 days, 19 nights from £6,010
Cruise from Rostov-on-Don to St Petersburg
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ROSTOV-ON-DON • Volgograd • Astrakhan • Volgograd • Saratov • Samara • Ulyanovsk • Kazan • Niznhy Novgorod • Plyos • Kostroma • Yaroslavl • Goritsy • Kizhi • Mandrogi • ST PETERSBURG
Welcome to Russia! Today you board your cruise ship. Dinner is served onboard.
Rostov-on-Don is one of the largest cities of Russian federation with population over one million people. Area of the city is 354 sq. Km., the distance from Moscow — 1226 km. It is also the most heavily industrialised city of southern Russia; cultural center with large number of universities, colleges, architectural monuments and museums; and an important river port in both passenger-oriented and industrial shipping. Rostov-on-don has a very nice city center. It will be visited during the city-tour today.
Today we are passing though the tremendous artificial waterways named the Volga–Don–Canal. It is a part of the United Deep-Water System of Waterways. This canal connects the Volga and the Don rivers.
Formerly named Stalingrad, is the site of one of the most important battles of the WWII. Certainly, the two main monuments of the city are related to the war: the giant “motherland” sculpture and the panoramic museum dedicated to the famous battle of Stalingrad. There are other monuments in the city as well, including the Kazan cathedral, the “Old Sarepta” – the museum of former religious colony. We are having city-tour today. A lot of time will be spent on enormous memorial complex Mamaev kurgan. The word ‘kurgan’ means ‘hill’. During the battle of Stalingrad Mamaev kurgan saw particularly fierce fighting, because the control over this hill became vitally important.
The journey to our next stop provides you with opportunities to enjoy the fresh air on outer decks and the passing by sceneries. It will be a nice day to recall what had already been seen, to have a bit of relaxation, to socialize with other travelers and to take part in daily activities of the cruise.
Southern Venice, astrakhan is sometimes called so, for its numerous canals and channels connected with the Volga. The city is situated on 11 islands. Astrakhan may be also called the city of bridges: there are about 50 of them! Modern industrial bridges and small foot bridges, standard bridges and bridges with elaborated old-fashioned cast-iron lace — they all remain the main feature of "the city on the water". Astrakhan offers stunning examples of architecture and its history had its moments too. While on city-tour, you will have a chance to see the main cultural and historical landmarks of the city, to feel the atmosphere of this most southern city in Russia and to take in the stunning panoramic view from the summit of the bridge between left and right part of the old town. Astrakhan Kremlin with its magnificent tower-clock is also on the list. Optional tours are offered, and tour to Volga delta is one of them.
We are back to Volgograd. This day offers free time on your own and optional tours to Panorama Museum or military cemetery Rossoshki
The city was initially founded in the 16th century as a fortress to protect the southern districts of the Russian Empire. Saratov is the place where Yuri Gagarin the first man in space, has started his career, and has done his first air-flight. In Saratov there will be a city tour. There is a museum dedicated to Gagarin and his life. Saratov has a rich cultural life. Among its most famous sites are: the Conservatoire designed in a Neo-Gothic style; the Drama Theatre that is one of the oldest theatres in Russia; the Radischev Art Museum with more than 20,000 exhibits.
The city is large and very important port with deep historical background. Just as several ports of such significance that are included into our itinerary, Samara is located at the confluence of two rivers: here the Samara River flows into the Volga River. Well-developed cities of the past were often built where rivers merge, because it was easier to protect them and to trade successfully. Samara is a fusion of old trade town with well-preserved buildings, the features of Soviet period and the ones of present time. Historical center of Samara has remarkable architecture: Samara's Gorky Drama Theater is a unique teremok-building in Russian style; the House of merchant Kurlina is an example of Samara’s art nouveau; Lutheran Church of St. George and Roman Catholic Church are of gothic style. The city-tour will offer to you more great sights.
Ask any Russian what Ulyanovsk’s claim to fame is, and the most likely reply will be: “Lenin was born there.” The city was a Soviet shrine for almost 70 years. The Lenin Memorial Complex includes the house in which he was born and other buildings associated with his life. The city of Ulyanovsk is also home to SUV maker UAZ and aircraft producer Aviastar. The city-tour is going to be quite extraordinary. In fact, Ulyanovsk is one of a handful of cities that has managed to preserve the atmosphere of an old Russian province. That is why the city’s wooden architecture is the first thing that catches a visitor’s eye. Visiting the Lenin Museum is on the list.
"This city, no doubt, is the first in Russia after Moscow, - wrote Catherine the Great in 1763, - clearly, Kazan is the capital of a big kingdom". Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan Republic, it is very diverse, modern and ancient at the same time. It is among the seven largest cities of Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the "sports capital of Russia". During the city panoramic tour along the historical parts and places of interest in Kazan the main sights are visited: Kazan Kremlin that is the heart of the city, and mosque Kul-Sharif.
Ples (Plyos) is a town and the administrative center of Privolzhsky district of Ivanovo oblast, Russia, situated on the right bank of the Volga river some 70 kilometers (43 mi) north-east of Ivanovo. The town was founded in 1410 by Vasili i as a border post of Muscovy. You have the time on your own. Take a walk along the cobbled streets of this hospitable place; go up the cathedral hill, breathe the fresh air and take a look around… you will understand why famous artists have been coming here in search of inspiration that further led to masterpieces. Today it is also possible to take optional tour to Suzdal – beautiful and ancient city with reach history.
During a city tour today we’ll visit Ipatyevsky Monastery; and other wonders of the city as well. Optional tour to Museum of Wooden Architecture is offered. And there also is an optional tour to another great historical city: Rostov Veliky.
Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga river, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11th century by prince Yaroslav the wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the church of Elijah the prophet, situated in the town’s central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church make it really a museum of old Russian painting.
Uglitch is one of the oldest, and, probably, one of the most beloved Russian towns, and a place of a pilgrimage of Russian Czars. According to a local legend its origin goes back to back to 937. During the guided walking tour there will be a visit to magnificent five domed Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of Tsarevich Dmitry on the Blood. This church was built to commemorate the most famous event in the town's history – a mysterious death of the 7-year old Tsarevich Dmitry, the last scion of Dimitri Rurik dynasty. Uglitch Kremlin is also on the list. Those who wish will have the opportunity to explore the Flea Market.
One of the highlights of the day might be a visit to one of the oldest and the most famous Russian monasteries – the monastery of St. Cyril of the white lake. Dating back to the 14th century, it is a home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world.
Enjoy the magnificent Northern Russian nature and scenery while cruising through Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. Having landed on Kizhi we’ll spend several great hours visiting what is called an Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture: altogether it is a beautiful ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and houses.
Visit to Mandrogi is probably alike to setting a foot into parallel world somewhere on the border between dreams and reality. This toy-like village offers the insight into old national epic. Travellers are getting to learn about old craftsmanship and have to be prepared for something special on behalf of local dwellers! Museum of Russian vodka also is a highlight. Farewell dinner is on the list.
This morning after arrival in St. Petersburg, enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Your guided tour highlights will also include the Admiralty Building, Peter and Paul Fortress, the treasure chest of the world world-famous art – the Hermitage Museum. You are also free to explore this magnificent and romantic city on your own, or purchase optional tours to Pushkin and see beautiful and fascinating Catherine's Palace and visit to the magnificent gardens and spectacular fountains of opulent Peterhof, czars' Summer Palace located on the coast of the Finland Gulf. Your evening schedule is free, and you are welcome to join the optional Gala Folklore show excursion, or a ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, once the private theatre of the Czars.
Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the elegant city of St. Petersburg. Disembarkation.
Moscow to St Petersburg River Cruise Accommodation
M/S TIKHY DON
MS Tikhi Don is a very well-maintained ship that has undergone complete general reconstruction to meet the demands and requirements particularly of the North American market. Now she has elevator, better arrangements of internal premises and Western decor with portraits of Russian tsars and famous nobles of Russian Empire. All cabins are furnished identically in a very nice traditional style. Continental cuisine and Russian Dishes.
• 4 passenger decks
• sun deck
• panorama lounge
• conference hall
• restaurant & 3 bars
• souvenir boutique
• beauty salon
M/S Tikhy Don Cruise 2018 is available on enquiry basis - please get in touch with our Destination Managers to secure your holiday with an Early Booking Discount.
All Packages Include:
• Accommodations in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window
• Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship's restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation
• Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception
• Gala farewell dinner aboard
• Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers upon arrival/departure
• Luggage handling to/from the ship
• Lectures, provided by our guides
• Russian language and songs lectures
• Nightly entertainment and dancing
• Daily aerobics
• Tour of the ship’s bridge
• Private transfers
• Our cruise director and professional staff
• Full visa support
• Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/souvenirs
• Luggage handling in the airport
• Visa fees paid directly to the Consulate
• Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion
• Miscellaneous: Items of a personnel nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included