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Astrakhan adventures

Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Astrakhan
Moscow
Nikolay Chernishevsky
21 September 2020 - 04 October 2020
14 days
from €1,950 p.p.
Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Nikolay Chernishevsky
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from €1,950 p.p.
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Description
Cruise route
Astrakhan
Day on board
Volgograd
Saratov
Samara
Kazan
Cheboksary
Nizhny Novgorod
Kostroma
Yaroslavl
Uglich
Moscow
Ship facilities
Full board
English speaking staff
Coffee point
All cabins are equiped with fridges
Complementary Wi-Fi
TV in cabins
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:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Excursion program detailed in the cruise itinerary (optional tours are available onboard)
  • Included excursion program (in Moscow and St. Petersburg all tour buses are air-conditioned)
  • Visa support letter
    *NOTE: In case of a reservation cancellation, errors or change of names, a penalty charge of 10 euro will apply
Cruise price doesn't include:
  • Additional drinks and water in ship restaurant and drinks in on-board bars
  • Optional tours
  • Tips for the crew and ship staff
  • Travel insurances
Additional information
Additional information
Route
Astrakhan
Day 1
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 Caspian Sea.
Transfer from the airport (according to the prior request)
Information briefing & optional tour sales
Music in the bar
Piano music in the bar
Dinner aboard
Live music in the bar
Astrakhan
Day 2
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 Caspian Sea.
Wake up call
Breakfast aboard
ASTRAKHAN
Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds
Lunch aboard
Free time
Presentation of the crew and of the staff
Captain’s Welcome Cocktail.
You are expected to be elegantly dressed.
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
MS Motorship leaves Astrakhan for Volgograd
Safety Drill
Music in the bar
Piano music in the bar
Dinner aboard
Onboard musicians’ concert “Let’s make friends”!
Musical evening in the bar
Classical music in the bar
Movie

OPTIONAL: Art Gallery after the city tour
Day on board
Day 3
Day on board
Wake up call
Morning exercises
Breakfast aboard
Route information “Astrakhan”
Meeting about our itinerary
Souvenir Shop lecture (The most interesting about the Traditional Russian crafts
Russian songs class
Lunch aboard
Documentary about History of Russia
Russian language class
Live music in the bar
Classical music in the bar
Dinner aboard
Concert of folk music
Dancing music in the bar
Movie
Volgograd
Day 4
Volgograd
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 70-m (239-ft) statue of Russia the Motherland wielding a sword.
Wake up call Morning exercises Breakfast aboard VOLGOGRAD Bus city tour, Mamayev Mound All aboard! You are kindly asked to be onboard in time Departure Motorship leaves Volgograd for Saratov Remembrance ceremony devoted to the soldiers of the World War II Lunch aboard Route information Volgograd region Russian dances class The cruise director is waiting for you at the reception desk to answer your questions Classical music in the bar Live music in the bar Dinner aboard Dance QUIZ Dancing music in the bar Classical music in the bar Movie OPTIONAL: Master-class of matryoshka painting
Saratov
Day 5
Saratov
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.
Wake up call Morning exercises Breakfast aboard SARATOV Bus city tour All aboard! You are kindly asked to be onboard in time Documentary about History of Russia Departure Motorship leaves Saratov for Samara Route information “Saratov” Lunch aboard Russian songs class Presentation of Russian fairy-tales Russian Tea Ceremony – Enjoy the Russian tea culture and learn its history Russian quiz Classical music in the bar Live music in the bar Dinner aboard Concert of instrumental music Dancing music in the bar Movie
Samara
Day 6
Samara
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 center 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 theaters, museums and the public library.
Wake up call
Morning exercises
Breakfast aboard
Route information “Samara”
Russian language class
Documentary about History of Russia
Lunch aboard
SAMARA
Bus city tour, Art gallery
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
Motorship leaves Samara for Kazan
Russian dances lesson
Classical music in the bar
Live music in the bar
Russian Dinner aboard
Onboard musicians’ concert
Dancing music in the bar
Movie

OPTIONAL: Vodka and blini tasting Party
Kazan
Day 7
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.
Wake up call Morning exercises Breakfast aboard Route information “Kazan” Documentary about History of Russia Russian songs class QUIZ Lunch aboard KAZAN Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds Classical music in the bar Live music in the bar All aboard! You are kindly asked to be onboard in time Dinner aboard Departure Motorship leaves Kazan for Cheboksary Evening of Russian Poetry Dancing music in the bar Movie
Cheboksary
Day 8
Cheboksary
Wake up call
Morning exercises
Breakfast onboard
CHEBOKSARY
Bus city tour
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
Motorship leaves Cheboksary for Nizhny Novgorod
Lunch aboard
Documentary about History of Russia
Russian language class
Meeting about our itinerary
Classical music in the bar
Live music in the bar
Pirate’s dinner aboard
Pirate’s game “Seeking for treasure”
Dancing music in the bar
Movie
Nizhny Novgorod
Day 9
Nizhny Novgorod
At the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly named Gorky), founded in 1221, is the 3rd largest city of Russia is located. Although it dates back to the 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.
Wake up call
Breakfast aboard
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
Bus city tour, Kremlin grounds
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
Motorship leaves Nizhny Novgorod for Kostroma
Route information Nizhny Novgorod and Yaroslavl and Kostroma
Documentary about History of Russia
Lunch aboard
QUIZ
Round Table
Board guides are glad to answer every question you have about the Russian Reality
Russian dances lesson
Classical music in the bar
Live music in the bar
Dinner
Evening of Russian Poetry
Dancing music in the bar
Movie
Kostroma
Day 10
Kostroma
Everything is unusual in Kostroma that is the central square is called "The Frying-pan" by the locals and the fire observation tower looks more like a church or palace in empire style. The city is justly considered to be the home of the Romanov royal family and the Ipatyev Monastery became the family's sacred place: it was from there that Mikhail Romanov was called to take the Russian throne.
Wake up call
Breakfast aboard
KOSTROMA
Bus city tour, Ipatiev monastery, Trinity Cathedral
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
Motorship leaves Kostroma for Yaroslavl
Lunch aboard
Russian language class
Documentary about History of Russia
YAROSLAVL
Bus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)
Classical music in the bar
Live music in the bar
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
Motorship leaves Yaroslavl for Uglich
Dinner aboard
Live music in the bar
Dancing music in the bar
Movie
Uglich
Day 11
Uglich
Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the Church of St Dmitry on the spilt Blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga.
Wake up call
Morning exercises
Breakfast aboard
UGLICH
Walking city tour, Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral
All aboard!
You are kindly asked to be onboard in time
Departure
Motorship leaves Uglich for Moscow
Route information “Uglich, Moscow canal”
Lunch aboard
Rehearsal of Russian songs
Rehearsal of Russian dances
The dress rehearsal of the Talent Show. All performers are welcome!
Live music in the bar
Classical music in the bar
Farewell dinner
Captain’s Dinner
You may prefer a dressier outfit
Talent show - pleasant party performed by our guests and for our guests
Dancing music in the bar
Moscow
Day 12
Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.
Wake up call
Breakfast aboard
Film about the cruise
Meeting on disembarkation
Lunch aboard
Arrival in Moscow.
Bus city tour (Leningradskaya street, Tverskaya street, Novodevichy convent (passing by from the embankment side), KGB (passing by), Red square (free time), GUM (interior visit), Cathedral of Christ the Savior (passing by),Sparrow hills (photo-stop)
Visit to Tretyakov Gallery
Return on board
Dinner aboard
Live music in the bar
Classical music in the bar
Return on board after optional night tour without observation deck
Return on board after optional night tour with observation deck

OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro + visit to the observation deck
OPTIONAL: Moscow by night & metro
Moscow
Day 13
Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.
Wake up call Breakfast aboard Departure for Kremlin grouds Kremlin tour - 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. Lunch-box for the clients with optional excursion to Sergiev Possad Return on board after included program Lunch aboard Live music in the bar Classical music in the bar Return on board after the optionals Free time in the city / Cathedral of the Christ the Savior with observation decks / Moskva River Boat Trip with drop off for OPTIONAL: National folk show “Golden Ring” (The performance starts at 19:30) Return on board after the optional tour to Sergiev Possad Dinner aboard for passengers without evening optional excursions Return on board after the optional “Zlatoust” concert in Glazunov Gallery Live music in the bar Classical music in the bar Return on board after National folk show “Golden Ring”. Dinner aboard OPTIONAL (departure from the city center) : Sergiev Possad OPTIONAL (departure from the pier) : Free time in the city OPTIONAL (departure from the pier) : Cathedral of the Christ the Savior with observation decks OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): Moskva River Boat Trip OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): “Zlatoust” concert in Glazunov Gallery (The performance starts at 18:30) OPTIONAL (departure from the pier): National folk show “Golden Ring” (The performance starts at 19:30)
Moscow
Day 14
Moscow
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.
Wake up call
Breakfast aboard (for early departures boxed lunch is provided instead)
Transfer ship – airport (upon the prior request)
Ship
Motorship “Nikolay Chernishevsky” is a comfortable four-deck vessel (type 301). Built in Germany in 1981, refurbished in 2018, 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, 9 m, Passenger capacity – 218 (triple cabins for double accommodation).
Vodohod Premium 4 Star
Full board English speaking staff Coffee point All cabins are equiped with fridges Complementary Wi-Fi TV in cabins
Cabin types
Single
One-bed outside cabin with a large opening scenic window, private facilities,ventilation system. Equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Bathroom of standard size. Size of cabins is around 1.6-4.0. sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Twin
Two-bed outside single-staged cabin with a large opening scenic window. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style.
Two-bed, large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Triple
Three-bed two-tiered cabin with two non-opening portholes, equipped with private facilities. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Can be used for double accommodation. Size of cabins is around 2.2*5.0 sq.m.
Three-bed, two non-opening portholes, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Deluxe ("L"shaped twins)
Spacious twin cabin with a large opening scenic window. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting; decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 3.3*4.0 sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Deluxe
Spacious double cabin with a large opening scenic window. Cabin is equipped with new furniture and lighting, decorated in modern style. Size of cabins is around 3.3 *4.7 sq.m.
Large opening scenic window, heating and ventilation system, wardrobe, 220 volt socket, radio.
Junior Suite
Spacious double cabin with 3 large opening scenic windows, equipped with private facilities. Cabin is furnished in a practical style. Junior Suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Size of cabins is around 5.0*4.7 sq.m.
3 large opening scenic windows, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, refrigerator, 220 volt socket, radio, TV/video. Double bed, a wardrobe, occasional table, cushioned furniture. Extra bed type - folding-bed.
Suite
2 room cabin with separate bedroom and lounge area, around 30 square meters, equipped with private facilities, heating and ventilation system. Suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Size of bedroom is around 13.04 sq.m, size of lounge room is around 13.04 sq.m.
Separate bedroom and lounge area, private facilities, heating and ventilation system, 220 volt sockets, radio, 4 large opening scenic windows. Lounge area - roomy wardrobe, occasional table, cushioned furniture, TV/video, refrigerator. Bedroom - king-size bed, wardrobe and console-mirror. Extra bed type - folding-bed.
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