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Vodohod Luxury 5 Star
Rostov-on-Don
Anapa
Rostov-on-Don
25 September 2020 - 01 October 2020
7 days
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Cruise route
Rostov-on-Don (2 days)
Yeysk
Temryuk
Anapa
Taganrog
Rostov-on-Don
Ship facilities
Private or french balconies
Full board
English speaking staff
Lift
Coffee point
SPA area
All cabins are equiped with fridges
Complementary Wi-Fi
TV in cabins
Gym
Additional restaurant information:
Catering package included:
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Lunch: salad and soup bar followed by main courses served at table
  • Dinner a la carte
  • Specialties of Russian regions as afternoon snack
  • Midnight soup
  • Water for excursions
  • Water in pitchers for all meals
  • Tea/coffee for all meals
  • 1 glass of wine/beer/juice/soda per person for dinner
Various drink packages available at booking.
  • Coffee station 24/7 which includes coffee, decaf, hot water, milk, cocoa, packed tea, sugar, sweetener and cookies
  • Mulled wine (during cold weather) / Ice tea (during hot weather) upon returning to ship after shore excursions
  • Any other drinks can be purchased additionally at the restaurant or at the bar onboard
Cruise price includes:
  • Welcome cocktail (after the start of the navigation)
  • Crew presentation with a cocktail
  • Captain’s farewell dinner with a special menu
  • Crew talent show
  • Farewell Captain cocktail
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Route
Daily route
Day 1
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Rostov-on-Don
Day 1 07.08 (Fri)
Date 07.08 (Fri)
The largest city in southern Russia, Rostov-on-Don is split between two continents: Europe (to the north) and Asia (to the south). It’s this unique location that makes it a centre for international trade. During the Great Patriotic War, large parts of the city were destroyed, resulting in its interesting mix of the contemporary and the traditional.
Arrive in Rostov-on-Don – we’ll meet you, and transfer you to your home for the next six nights, the luxurious MS Mustai Karim. Once you have boarded, checked in and are comfortable, it’s time for your first outing. Drink in the scenery en route to one of the region’s premier wineries, Elbuzd, at which you’ll enjoy a vineyard tour, followed by a tutored tasting. Whatever your depth of wine knowledge, a warm welcome awaits at this young winery. A mere decade old, Elbuzd winery produces chardonnays, rieslings and gewurztraminers under the expert aegis of Michel Rolland, one of the world’s best-known winemaking consultants. Enjoy learning about the process from grape to bottle – amongst the vines themselves if the weather allows – and raise a glass to your forthcoming cruise.
Day 2
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Rostov-on-Don
Day 2 07.08 (Fri)
Date 07.08 (Fri)
The largest city in southern Russia, Rostov-on-Don is split between two continents: Europe (to the north) and Asia (to the south). It’s this unique location that makes it a centre for international trade. During the Great Patriotic War, large parts of the city were destroyed, resulting in its interesting mix of the contemporary and the traditional.
Today you’ll get to know Rostov-on-Don. Known as simply ‘Rostov’ to the locals, the river Don doesn’t just wind its way through the heart of this southern Russian city; it is the city’s heart. Beautiful parks, historical and cultural landmarks and vibrant food and wine scene are among the lures of this riverside city.

Begin your time in Rostov with a stroll along the beautiful promenade; walk through the grand public squares; pass by the wooden mansions built for monied merchants; look up to see the lavish golden onion domes of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pay your respects at the town’s monuments to the Great Patriotic War. Learn a little about nationhood in Imperial Russia with a visit to Nakhichevan – the city’s Armenian Quarter. In the 1770s, several thousand Armenians were resettled from the Crimea to the area. They founded a new community, which quickly grew into ‘an important town with its own cathedral and seminary’. It was incorporated into Rostov-on-Don in 1928.

Opt then to either visit the Museum of North Caucasus Railway, the Museum of the Leib Guard of the Cossack Regiment, or the Rostov-on-Don Zoo.

For some, it’ll be full steam ahead to the Museum of North Caucasus Railway. Immerse yourself in this outdoor exhibition of iconic locomotives and learn the story of rail transport and its engineering at this exciting collection.

Others will enjoy visiting Rostov’s world-class zoo, one of the largest menageries in all of Russia. Founded as a pet enclosure for a local school in the 1920s, the zoo is now home to more than 5,000 animals from 400 species, including Amur tigers. Learn about its successful breeding programme on this animal-magic excursion.

Alternatively, personalise your itinerary with one of these three optional (not included) tours.

Option 1:

Wine lovers will enjoy continuing their Russian viticulture education with a trip to the Rostov Champagne Wine Factory. Go behind the label and learn all about the production process, meet the winery’s master winemakers, and with their guidance, swirl, sniff and sip your samples. You might find a new favourite fizz! If so, there will be an opportunity to stock up before you depart by bus for the ship.

Option 2:

Choose to visit the city of Novocherkassk for a foray into the ferocious but friendly culture of the Cossacks. The town was founded in 1805 by the ataman of the Don Cossacks due to the flooding that lower-lying Starocherkasskaya, the former capital, suffered annually. Today you’ll discover Novocherkassk’s hidden gems of parks, fountain-strewn squares and numerous military-associated buildings and arches. You’ll enjoy a visit to the Ascension Cathedral. Be awed by the breath-taking structure, with its five golden onion domes. It’s an excellent example of Russian Neo-Byzantine architecture. Stroll around the vast cathedral square to view the monuments. There’s a bronze of Yermak Timofeyevich, a famed ataman and ‘conqueror of Siberia’; another bronze of the city’s founder, Matvei Platov; and a bronze-topped granite boulder depicting and dedicated to General Yakov Baklanov, the 19th-century lieutenant-general of the Don Host Oblast (a territory or province). Next, it’s off to the Museum of Don Cossacks – full of marvellous miscellany. It packs in a fascinating range of exhibitions and, as you’d expect, a lot of weapons.

Option 3: Starocherkasskaya (please note, there is another opportunity to visit Starocherkasskaya on Day 7)

Immerse yourself in Starocherkasskaya and the Cossack culture. This historical rural village is the ancestral home of the Don Cossacks, and was the capital of Don Host Oblast from the 16th to the 18th century. Explore the Ataman Estate Museum – a Classical-style mansion once owned by Cossack chiefs, the Efremovs – and its displays of Cossack collectables for a glimpse into the past of these people. Visit the Church of Peter and Paul, and the Resurrection Cathedral to gaze at the glittering glory of its famed iconostasis.
Day 3
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Yeysk
Day 3 07.08 (Fri)
Date 07.08 (Fri)
Yeysk was founded in 1848 as a port city. However, after 7 years it was badly destroyed - the shelling of the British during the Crimean War became the reason for this.

Because of its advantageous geographical position, Yeysk was able to recover and by the beginning of the twentieth century it became a major center of trade, and not only on the scale of Russia.

In the Soviet years, industry was actively developing here, and flying business flourished - the local school graduated more than 300 heroes of the country. Guests can learn more about the history of the city in the local museum of local lore - by the way, one of the oldest in the Kuban.

After the Great Patriotic War, Yeisk rapidly developed as a resort city. The dry climate, the shallow warm sea, the combination of sea and steppe air - all this vacationers appreciated very quickly.

As a resort, the city continues to live now, and by the way, it can quite confidently compete even with the Sochi region.
Disembark to spend the day in the spa-resort town of Yeysk, located on the south side of the Taganrog Gulf on the Sea of Azov. Your tour begins as you pay homage to Yeysk’s founder – Prince Vorontsov. An impressive equestrian statue portrays the Napoleonic-war hero, who spent his childhood in London and went on to establish the town by order of the Tsar in 1848. You’ll then enjoy a trip to the Memorial Museum of Poddubny. This local landmark commemorates the late 19th- and early 20th-century Greco-Roman champion wrestler Ivan Poddubny – variously nicknamed ‘Ivan the Terrible’ and ‘The Russian Hercules’. Poddubny – who retired to and died in Yeysk – was awarded numerous honorary titles by the Soviet government and was famous for his patriotism. Flex your muscles and strike a strongman-worthy pose at his much-photographed statue. Stretch your legs on the Kamenka beachfront, followed by a stroll along another of Yeysk’s golden beaches. Soak up the atmosphere on the Yeysk Spit, which separates the bay and the estuary. Enjoy a tour of the city centre. Delve into Soviet film history and meet its stars. In the town, there is a statue dedicated to Nonna Mordyukova, one of the Soviet era’s most famous actresses and another representing Sergei Bondarchuk, a leading light of Russian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. End your time in Yeysk with a look around the Museum of History and Local Lore.
Day 4
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Temryuk
Day 4 07.08 (Fri)
Date 07.08 (Fri)
Temryuk was founded in the middle of the XVI century and, like most other sea cities, quickly began to trade.

Now Temryuk has also gained tourist fame. First of all, wine tourism flourishes here - this is facilitated only by the geographical location. Temryuk district is located on the same parallel with such famous wine regions as Bordeaux and Turin. Here you will drive through the picturesque vineyards, find out how the local climate favors winemaking. Well, of course, you will conduct several tastings in a variety of formats.

Temryuk district is also famous for its fish farms, including sturgeon factories and nurseries. Here tourists are offered interesting excursions with fishing and the freshest ear.

The nature of the region is also mesmerizing - a lake with red book cypresses alone is worth it.
Today, enjoy an excursion to the wine-producing region of Temryuk to visit the three Kuban-Vino winery properties on the Taman peninsula. By happy coincidence, wine country is very often located in holidaying sweet spots: places where the climate is warm and agreeable and the rolling terrain offers excellent views. Located on the same latitude as Bordeaux and Turin, these vineyards would not look out of place in Napa Valley. Improve your understanding and appreciation for wine and the people that make it. Kuban-Vino produces some 56 million bottles of wine annually, so who better to learn from than the oenophiles at this vineyard.

Or opt for something a little more riverine (recommended for families). While for some wine production might not be immediately associated with Russia, something that is synonymous with the country is caviar. Visit a sturgeon farm on a Kuban River outing to learn about this valuable fish, whose eggs are consumed as caviar. Be lulled by Kuban’s gentle waves. It’s distinct from both the Don and the Sea of Azov in topography, flora and fauna. Go fishing, see a mud lake, visit a wildlife park to see the resident peacocks and, sample traditional Cossack and Caucasian dishes at a local café.
Day 5
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Anapa
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Date 07.08 (Fri)
The largest resort city in Russia. Quartz sand, mild climate, healing water of salty estuaries and many attractions - from modern sculptures to historical antiquities and archaeological sites of federal significance.
Having passed from the Sea of Azov into the Black Sea via Kerch Strait, it’s time to visit Anapa – a sunny seaside city that’s been a holiday hotspot since the Romanovs ruled. This city’s history goes back a lot further than that though: the colony of Gorgippia was built on the site of an earlier seaport here by Pontic Greeks in the 6th century BCE.

Opt to tour Anapa, and your guide will conjure the city’s Hellenistic past for you – see below current street level on an included tour of the Archaeological Museum.

Those interested in naval history might prefer to journey to the nearby port city of Novorossiysk to visit the decommissioned Mikhail Kutuzov – a museum ship, affiliated with the Central Naval Museum.

Today’s third and final option is to visit the Abrau-Durso winery, on the shores of Lake Abrau, some 15 kilometres west of Novorossiysk. Russia’s most important wine-growing enclave, a vineyard was established here in the 1870s by Prince Golitsyn to sate Tsar Alexander II and his court’s taste for French Champagne. Until 1917, Russia’s royalty were the only ones who sipped on fizz from Abrau-Durso, and in the Soviet Union, the winery was the exclusive supplier for the Kremlin. Visit the stores and sample the sparkle.
Day 6
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Taganrog
Day 6 07.08 (Fri)
Date 07.08 (Fri)
The city of Taganrog was founded by Peter I in 1698 - this was the result of a victory in the second Azov campaign. Now it is one of the largest southern seaports, as well as a famous resort city with a rich history and culture.
Spend the morning and early afternoon cruising northwards once again.

Later this afternoon, disembark to discover Taganrog, a city located several miles west of the mouth of the Don. Taganrog roots are well established in antiquity – Herodotus mentioned the town in his Histories – and it went on to have a prestigious naval military association. It is famed today as the birthplace of Anton Chekhov, but the author isn’t the only celebrity associated with Taganrog. On your visit to this city, you can’t ignore the legacy left by the glitterati. Visit the house in which Chekhov was born, his former school and Literary Museum. Learn about Faina Ranevskaya, the acclaimed stage and screen actress born here in 1896; and Mikhail Tanich, poet and song lyricist, another of the city’s famed sons, at their monuments. Other sights on this tour include the statue of Peter the Great and the Pushkin Embankment.

Or those interested in ancient history can opt to visit Tanais, a 26-hectare archaeological site located about halfway between Taganrog and Rostov. Greek colonists founded Tanais in the first quarter of the 3rd century BCE, and it quickly became a significant settlement, facilitating trade between the Greeks and the nomads fr om the steppes, mentioned by Strabo in his Geographica. Enjoy hearing the story of the city en route by bus to Tanais, while there, explore the excavations at the vast Museum-Reserve.

Alternatively, personalise your itinerary with one of these optional (not included) excursions:

Option 1:

The Sambian Heights Memorial and Military History Museum commemorate how, after 1941, the Soviet Union bore the brunt of the Nazi war machine. It especially remembers those who died fighting the invasion on the Mius-Front – a heavily fortified German defensive line that ran through here – in World War II. Hear about the Great Patriotic War from another perspective when you visit this impressive monumental outdoor sculpture. The Red Army history lesson will continue in the newly opened, 3,000-square-metre museum, wh ere interactive technology will help showcase the experience and equipment of the conflict.

Option 2:

What would a trip to the area that birthed Chekhov be without experiencing a production of one of his plays? It’s curtains up on a trip to the theatre to see something by Chekhov – perhaps one of the so-called ‘major plays’, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, or The Cherry Orchard.
Day 7
Date 07.08.2020, Friday
Rostov-on-Don
Day 7 07.08 (Fri)
Date 07.08 (Fri)
The largest city in southern Russia, Rostov-on-Don is split between two continents: Europe (to the north) and Asia (to the south). It’s this unique location that makes it a centre for international trade. During the Great Patriotic War, large parts of the city were destroyed, resulting in its interesting mix of the contemporary and the traditional.
Disembark today in Rostov-on-Don once more for your final excursion of this North Caucasus cruise.

Opt to visit the Powder Cellar Museum in Azov. This fascinating institution occupies an original wooden building fr om 1770 when Catherine the Great reigned the tsardom. Take a trip back in time and discover the role the area played in various wars – from the Russo-Turkish War to WWII. Having delved into the history of the former and learnt about the Azov campaigns, led by Peter the Great, you’ll enjoy ascending to the top of the Alekseevsky Gate. This gate was the main entrance to the Azov Fortress, founded by the Ottoman Empire in 1475. Go even further into the past – marvel at the renowned Trogontherium mammoth at the Azov History Archaeology and Paleontology Museum-Reserve, wh ere the most extensive collection of fossils in the region is kept.

Alternatively, for those who didn’t take this option on Day 2, immerse yourself in Starocherkasskaya and the Cossack culture. This historical rural village is the ancestral home of the Don Cossacks, and was the capital of Don Host Oblast from the 16th to the 18th century. Explore the Ataman Estate Museum – a Classical-style mansion once owned by Cossack chiefs, the Efremovs – and its displays of Cossack collectables for a glimpse into the past of these people. Visit the Church of Peter and Paul, and the Resurrection Cathedral to gaze at the glittering glory of its famed iconostasis.
Ship
Mustai Karim is the latest addition to the Vodohod fleet, and what an amazing addition it is. This spectacular ship, which was built in Russia, combines advanced cruising technology with 5* hotel luxury to create a rivercruising experience like nothing else. And with four beautiful decks to explore, you’ll find something to fill every moment on board.



Food and beverage

All day dining

Our all-inclusive restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegetarians and vegans are catered for with utmost attention, as well as other dietary needs

Table D’hote

Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and the flavours of the Mediterranean at our speciality restaurant, Table D'hote – where delectable dining is accompanied by a wine selection from our sommelier

Wine Library

Unwind with a glass of wine from our distinguished local menu (or indulge in one of our premium options) as you flip through classical Russian literature in the grand onboard library

Beer bar 

Sample a wide variety of exceptional and exclusive beers that true connoisseurs can enjoy – along with a delicious grilled meal, appetisers and snacks

Panorama bar

Soak in spectacular 270-degree views with floor-to-ceiling windows as you’re entertained by fascinating daily shows, live music, cooking classes, tastings with sommeliers and beautifully presented cocktails


SPA & Entertainment

The Gym

Whether you want to keep up your fitness routine or start a new one, you can train at Mustai Karim’s onboard gym. It’s equipped with all the latest gym machines and accessories, so you’ll have everything you need to work up a sweat.

Evening performance

Beautiful evening atmosphere is accompanied by exquisite live classical and jazz music, Enthralling theatrical Performances

Wellness 

Holidays are as much about relaxing as they are about exploring. Which is why Mustai Karim has a both a spa and solarium, giving you two perfect places to relax. Unwind with a book at the top-deck solarium or book a restorative treatment

Vodohod Luxury 5 Star
Private or french balconies Full board English speaking staff Lift Coffee point SPA area All cabins are equiped with fridges Complementary Wi-Fi TV in cabins Gym
Cabin types
Standard
Twin/double cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabin is around 18.4sqm.
Twin/double cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, wardrobe, occasional table and 2 arm-chairs, 220 volt socket, TV, radio, safe, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, vanity table.
Deluxe
Spacious twin/double cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 20.2sqm.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, wardrobe, occasional table and 2 arm-chairs, 220 volt socket, TV, radio, safe, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, vanity table.
Junior Suite
Spacious twin/double cabin with lounge area, floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style.
Lounge area, floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, wardrobe, occasional table and 2 armchairs, 220 volt socket, TV, safe, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, vanity table.
Suite
Suite cabins with with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 29.88sqm - 36.59sqm.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, AC, 220 volt sockets, radio, occasional table, TV, minibar, safe, telephone, double bed, wardrobe, vanity table, hair dryer.
Owner’s Suite
Two-room cavernous stateroom with separate bedroom and lounge area, step-out balcony. Cabin is equipped with comfortable furniture, spacious bathroom and decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 44.34sqm.
Separate bedroom and lounge area, step-out balcony, AC, 220 volt sockets, radio. Cushioned furniture, occasional table, TV, minibar, safe, telephone, double bed, wardrobe, vanity table, hair dryer.
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