Rostov-on-Don-Astrakhan-St. Petersburg, 20 days (m/s Tikhi Don)

Day 1 - Rostov-on-Don : Arrival and embarkation. Rostov-on-Don is: one of the largest cities of Russia with a population of over a million people; industrial hub of Southern Russia; cultural center with a large number of universities, colleges, architectural monuments and museums; agricultural center; important river port and 'Gateway to the Caucasus'. It was a Cossack outpost in the 18th century, and is famous for its magnificent parks and beaches. The distance from Moscow is 1226 kilometers or a bit over 760 miles.

Day 2 - Rostov-on-Don : The place has a very nice city center. It will be visited during the city-tour today during first half of the day. Places of interest in Rostov-on-Don include Bolshaya Sadovaya Street the focal point of administrative, business and cultural life of the city; the beautiful park named after Maksim Gorky; very old site where fortress of St. Dimitry Rostovsky was situated in the 2nd half of the 18th century. Also one of the sights is the city's picturesque quay of the River Don.

Day 3 - Volga-Don Canal : 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.

Day 4 - Volgograd : Former Stalingrad, is the site of one of the toughest battles of the WWII. Certainly, main monuments here are related to the war and soldiers' glory: the giant 'Motherland' sculpture; panoramic museum of the Battle of Stalingrad; Pavlov's house - legendary Soviet bastion, marked as fortress on personal map of German general Paulus; Mamaev Kurgan (hill) that saw particularly fierce fighting. Certainly, Mamaev Kurgan is visited during city tour.

Optional for today:

  • Panorama Museum "The Battle of Stalingrad" has vast collection of World War II artifacts. Among there is a rifle of famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev - he's been popularized by Western media and in the film "Enemy at the Gates". Museum hosts the artistic panorama "The Defeat of Fascists Armies at Stalingrad" - the biggest pictorial canvas of Russia, its size is really enormous!
  • Visiting military cemetery of Rossoshka. Thousands of Soviet and German soldiers died in fierce battles of 1942-43 near the village of Bid Rossoshka. All of them are now buried at cemeteries facing each other as a sign of reconciliation. Soviet memorial was opened in 1998 and German fraternal cemetery appeared a year later.


Day 5 - Cruising : The day at leisure.

Day 6 - Astrakhan : the Caviar Capital or Southern Venice as it is called sometimes is really situated on 11 islands. Astrakhan may also be called the city of bridges: there are about 50 of them! You will see stunning examples of architecture. Astrakhan Kremlin with its magnificent tower clock is one of the best attractions during the city-tour.

Optional for today: tour to Volga River Delta that is the largest inland delta in Europe. Its area is a natural reserve that is home to a unique mix of species associated with European, Caucasian and Asian ecosystems. The lotus growing in the Delta has been singled out into separate specie - Caspian Lotus. It is the only place in Russia where pelicans and flamingoes may be found.

Day 7 - Cruising : 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.

Day 8 - Volgograd : We are back to Volgograd. This day offers quite a lot of free time on your own.

Optional for today:

  • Panorama Museum "The Battle of Stalingrad" has vast collection of World War II artifacts. Among there is a rifle of famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev - he's been popularized by Western media and in the film "Enemy at the Gates". Museum hosts the artistic panorama "The Defeat of Fascists Armies at Stalingrad" - the biggest pictorial canvas of Russia, its size is really enormous!
  • Visiting military cemetery of Rossoshka. Thousands of Soviet and German soldiers died in fierce battles of 1942-43 near the village of Bid Rossoshka. All of them are now buried at cemeteries facing each other as a sign of reconciliation. Soviet memorial was opened in 1998 and German fraternal cemetery appeared a year later.


Day 9 - Saratov : Founded in the 16th century as a fortress to protect southern districts of Russian Empire. Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, began his career here and did his first air-flight. Visit the museum dedicated to Gagarin and his life. Don't miss the Conservatoire designed in a Neo-Gothic style, historical Drama Theatre, and Radischev Art Museum with more than 20,000 exhibits. In Saratov there will be a city tour.

Day 10 - Samara : Samara is a large and important historical port. Just as many well-developed cities of the past, Samara was built where two rivers merge, in order to protect inhabitants and to ensure successful trade. Modern Samara is a fusion of old trade town with well-preserved houses, the features of Soviet period and modern times featuring the Old-Russian teremok-buildings, art nouveau and gothic temples. The city-tour offers more great sights.

Day 11 - Simbirsk (Ulianovsk) : Lenin was born here. 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, however, is one of a handful of cities that has managed to preserve the atmosphere of an old Russian province. The city-tour is going to be quite extraordinary.

Day 12 - Kazan : "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. Famous for its Kremlin and the mosque Kul-Sharif Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers. Kazan Kremlin is also visited on city-tour.

Day 13 - Nizhni Novgorod : Some call it a 'third Russian capital'; but Kazan that is also in our itinerary claims this title as well. The city has great picturesque location at the confluence of Volga and Oka rivers. Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod is among its most famous sites. This impregnable fortress has turned into historical monument over time, but one of the surrounding streets still strongly resembles fortification moat. Visit to beautiful local Kremlin is a part of a city-tour.

Day 14 - Plyos and Kostroma : It seems that time has no power over Plyos, the small chamber town. The layout of the place did not have major changes since 18th century. The place is cozy and quiet, and people here lead calm and steady life of Russian province, just like century ago. The town is located on higher hills; views are just fascinating - famous artists of the past often found inspiration here that further led to masterpieces. Quite a lot of time is spent on your own today. Take a walk along the cobbled streets of this hospitable place; go up the Cathedral Hill, breathe the fresh air and take a look aroundâ?¦ Maybe you'll create great painting of your own afterwards? Who knowsâ?¦

Kostroma is one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring. The pride of Kostroma is Ipatyevsky Monastery founded in the 14th century. The crypt of the Monastery became the Godunovs' Dynasty burial vault. Kostroma is one of the few Russian cities retaining the classical layout of the 18th/19th centuries, with streets and boulevards fanning out like the spokes of a wheel from a central square. During a city tour today there will be a visit to Ipatyevsky Monastery; other wonders of this lovely place are seen as well.

Optional for today: visit to Museum of Wooden Architecture. This is an open air museum with wooden churches, mills, huts and other ancient wooden constructions - all of them are real, and some date back to 1552. Museum was launched in 1958: historic buildings were carefully brought here from villages of Kostroma region.

Day 15 - Yaroslavl : Yaroslavl today is an important Volga River port with a population of 600,000 that stretches for 18 miles on both its banks. The city was founded in the 11th century by legendary Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The magnificent 13th century Spassky Monastery Ensemble and the Church of Elijah the Prophet are of special interest there. The frescoes on the walls inside the church make it a museum of old Russian painting. There will be a city-tour.

Optional for today: tour to city of Rostov Velikiy that once was one of spiritual and cultural centers of ancient Russia. Do not miss the fabulous view of the city from one of the banks of picturesque Nero Lake.

Day 16 - Goritsy : While touring here, visitors seem to forget reality under the influence of the medieval atmosphere of this town. It is the place of deep spiritual life of monks and of numerous ancient monasteries. The highlight of the day is a visit to one of the oldest and the most revered Russian monasteries - the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake. It dates back to the 14th century, and is a home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world.

Day 17 - Kizhi : The island of Kizhi is an architectural gem within Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. It is famous for its splendid Northern nature and for 18th century wooden buildings, restored to their original state. The magnificent Church of Transfiguration is among them. It has 22 onion domes and was built entirely without a single nail. Kizhi is one of the real Russian wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy several great hours of your walking tour around this remarkable place.

Day 18 - Mandrogi : A small river village with ginger-bread houses is a living fairy tale. Destroyed during WWII, Mandrogi was restored to its former glory at the end of the 20th century. Today this cozy little toy-like village is a pearl! The buildings in the village are made in Russian traditional village style. Travelers will get an upclose look at old craftsmanship here. The Museum of Russian Vodka is also a highlight. Visit to Mandrogi is probably alike to setting a foot into parallel world somewhere on the border between dreams and reality - follow instructions of your ship guides and enjoy lots of time on your own.

Day 19 - St. Petersburg : This extraordinary city, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, is the highlight of your Russian River adventure. It is possible to have some time on your own in the city center on today's eve. City-tour: Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Your guided tour also includes the Admiralty Building, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the treasure chest of world-famous art, the Hermitage Museum. Great choice of optional tours is offered in St.Petersburg, so there is always a lot to do after the city-tour.

Day 20 - St. Petersburg : Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the elegant city of St. Petersburg. Disembarkation.

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Cruise Line
Imperial River Cruises
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2018
Duration
20 Days
Cruise Ship
m/s Tikhi Don

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DayPortArriveDepart
Day 1Rostov-on-Don  
Day 2Rostov-on-Don  
Day 3Volga-Don Canal  
Day 4Volgograd  
Day 5At Sea  
Day 6Astrakhan  
Day 7At Sea  
Day 8Volgograd  
Day 9Saratov  
Day 10Samara  
Day 11Simbirsk  
Day 12Kazan  
Day 13Nizhni Novgorod  
Day 14Plyos  
Day 15Yaroslavl  
Day 16Goritsy  
Day 17Kizhi  
Day 18Mandrogi  
Day 19St. Petersburg  
Day 20St. Petersburg  
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