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Cruise - Along The Volga: Astrakhan - Moscow 14 Days (CR-33)

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Cruise - Along The Volga: Astrakhan - Moscow 14 Days (CR-33)

If a leisurely cruise through some of Russia's lesser known landscapes and ancient towns appeals, then this itinerary is made for you. This 14 day meander along the Volga and Don rivers gives you plenty of time to appreciate the attraction of the historical and architectural gems found in some of Russia's most exotic places: Astrakhan, Samara, Kazan to name but a few. This tour ends in Moscow, the buzzing capital.


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Day 1
Astrakhan
Arrival Transfer to the Ship
On arrival, our driver will be waiting to collect you to take you to the ship where you'll be welcomed with a social cocktail reception.
Day 2
Astrakhan
City Tour around Astrakhan. Visit to the Kremlin
Astrakhan, situated about 100km from the Caspian Sea and the closest gateway to the Volga Delta, dates from the 13th century. Once the capital of the Astrakhan Khanate, it fell to Ivan the Terrible who destroyed this Tatar city and rebuilt it as the modern city of Astrakhan. Historically an important trading centre for Eurasian trade, its economy today is based around sturgeon and the production of caviar. We'll enjoy a guided visit to its Kremlin as part of our shore excursion.
Day 3
Along the Volga
Entertainment on Board
Today, sit back and relax as we cruise past the scenery en-route to Volgograd or participate in the on board entertainment provided by the friendly crew.
Day 4
Volgograd
City Tour around Volgograd. Visit to Mamaev Kurgan
Once Tsaritsyn and later Stalingrad, the city of Volgograd's name reflects its heroism during World War Two. A fierce 200 day battle besieging the city became a pivotal turning point for the war on the Russian Front. Estimates put the number of casualties on both sides at between one and two million. The ruined city was awarded the honour of Hero City in 1945 and renamed after Russia's most important river. We'll make a guided visit to Mamaev Kurgan and the statue of The Motherland Calls.
Day 5
Saratov
City Tour around Saratov
The name Saratov is thought to have originated from "Sary Tau" which means yellow mountain in the Tatar language, a reference to the sandy hills around the city. Once the home to the Volga Germans, exiled to Siberia in the war, it became a closed city during the Soviet era as a consequence of its role in military aircraft manufacturing. The city was also the home of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and a vital part of the Soviet space programme.
Day 6
Samara
City Tour around Samara. Art Gallery Visit
Samara dates from the 14th century and is one of the largest cities in Russia. Renamed Kuybyshev in honour of the Bolshevik leader Valerian Kuybyshev in 1935, it was chosen to be the capital of the USSR during the Second World War. Once it became clear that Moscow wouldn't fall to the Nazis, government functions were transferred back. Kuybyshev became an important city for the defence industry and like Saratov, a closed city during Soviet times. We'll visit its art gallery as part of our organised tour.
Day 7
Kazan
City Tour around Kazan. Visit to the Kremlin
The boat docks in Kazan today, the capital of the Tatarstan republic. Founded in the 13th century by the Mongols, it served as the seat of the mighty Golden Horde. Later, it became the capital of the powerful Khanate of Kazan before falling to Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. This chequered history results in present day Kazan being a curious mix of Muslim and Christian cultures. Its Kremlin makes for a fascinating excursion.
Day 8
Cheboksary
City Tour around Cheboksary
We reach the Chuvash republic today and enjoy a city tour in historic Cheboksary. The fortress dates from 1555 but the place remained a sleepy backwater until the coming of the railway in 1939. During our visit you will enjoy a number of ancient churches and monasteries (among them Vvedensky cathedral (1657) and Saint-Trinity monastery (1566), as well as a view of a lovely bay beautifully situated in the middle of the city which has become a very popular gathering place for local residents.
Day 9
Nizhny Novgorod
City Tour around Nizhny Novgorod. Visit to the Kremlin
Colloquially known as Nizhny, the fifth largest city in Russia is today's destination. It occupies a commanding position with views of both the Volga and the Oka Rivers. We'll tour its ancient Kremlin and take a stroll along the pleasant pedestrian promenade before reboarding the ship.
Day 10
Kostroma - Yaroslavl
City Tour around Kostroma. Visit to Ipatievsky Monastery. City Tour around Yaroslavl
Historic Kostroma is located where the Kostroma River joins the Volga, part of the famous Golden Ring around Moscow. It's the site of the Ipatievskiy Monastery where we will visit today, founded in the latter part of the 18th Century. We'll also go and see its interesting open air museum featuring myriad forms of wooden architecture from windmills to bath houses, churches to watermills brought from around the region.

Later we reach the port of Yaroslavl, strung out along both banks of the Volga. It takes its name from its founder, Prince Yaroslav the Wise who based himself here in the 11th Century. An undisputed highlight of the city is its 13th Century Spassky Monastery. Hosting several cathedrals, a rotunda and the remains of an ancient trading centre, this is a fascinating complex to explore. Our tour takes in the Church of the Prophet Elijah and many other cultural highlights.
Day 11
Uglich
Walking City Tour. Visit to the Kremlin
The approach to Uglich from the Volga River is one of the most beautiful we'll see on this cruise. Founded in 1148, this pretty provincial town is dominated by the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church. We'll also visit the Kremlin, amongst the oldest buildings in town and the place where the seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible lived in exile in the 16th century.
Day 12
Moscow
City Tour around Moscow. Red Square
Today we reach the Russian capital, a city of leafy boulevards and majestic squares, its streets and gardens bisected by the Moscow River with towering granite embankments. Our bus tour takes us to a variety of sites including the Sparrow Hills observation platform, the Bolshoi Theatre and of course iconic Red Square, the setting for the colourful domes of the glorious St Basil's Cathedral.
Day 13
Moscow
Kremlin Territory with Cathedrals. Tretyakov Gallery
There's too much to see in Moscow to be able to fit it all into just one day, so we continue our sightseeing today. We return to Red Square where alongside St Basil's you'll find GUM department store and Lenin's Mausoleum. In the Kremlin, we admire the beautiful Orthodox cathedrals. You could also delve inside the Armoury Museum (optional excursion) which houses the treasures of the Tsars. We will also visit the Tretyakov Gallery to admire the magnificent collection of russian paintings.
Day 14
Moscow
Departure Transfer from the Ship
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Accommodation on the boat is offered on three decks: main, middle and boat. The major difference is the location on the ship with the boat deck being on the top. You are likely to have better views from cabins located on top decks where it is also quieter as ship entrance and reception are located on the main deck.

All standard cabins are the same regardless of the location and equipped with private facilities and a shower, wardrobe, radio, refrigerator and air conditioning. There is a large picture window in each cabin. Standard cabins are on a twin basis. If you prefer more comfort and space during your voyage please choose among our Junior Suite and Suite packages.

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Motor Ship Nikolay Chernyshevsky - 4* Vessel
MS "Nikolay Chernyshevsky" is a four deck vessel built in Germany in 1981 (project 301), completely refurbished in 2018. It is equipped with modern navigation devices and can reach the speed up to 26 km per hour (around 17 MpH). Its length is 125 meters, width is 16.7 meters, and immersion is 2.9 meters. The boat can accommodate up to 218 passengers. Learn more
Motor Ship Nizhny Novgorod - 4* Vessel
MS "Nizhny Novgorod" is a four-deck vessel built in Germany in 1977 (project 301), completelty refurbished in 2019. The motor ship is equipped with modern navigation devices and can reach the speed up to 26 km per hour (around 17 MpH). Its length is 125 metres, width is 16.7 metres, and immersion is 2.8 metres. The boat can accommodate up to 216 passengers.Learn more
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21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,045 £2,495 - 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2019 - 04/10/2019 £2,095 £2,545 £295 4*+ Nizhny Novgorod book now
21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,445 £2,895 £245 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,495 £2,945 £245 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,645 £3,095 - 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2019 - 04/10/2019 £2,445 £2,895 - 4*+ Nizhny Novgorod book now
21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,795 £3,245 - 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,795 £3,245 - 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,895 £3,345 - 4* Chernyshevsky book now
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21/09/2019 - 04/10/2019 £2,645 £3,095 - 4*+ Nizhny Novgorod book now
21/09/2020 - 04/10/2020 £2,995 £3,445 - 4* Chernyshevsky book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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We have recently returned from our trip to Russia and I thought perhaps you would like some feedback. We were so lucky with the weather as it was hot and sunny throughout apart from St. Petersburg. The staff on the boat were superb as was the food and the entertainment. We really did enjoy our holiday with Go Russia and would like to thank you for arranging it for us.
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Moscow City Tour by Car A city as great as the Russian capital requires your undivided attention. Our guided city tour by car affords the opportunity for you to sightsee without concerning yourself with getting around, as well as enabling you to cover sufficient ground to get a sense of place. Here in Moscow, more than anywhere else in Russia, you’ll sense the presence of the Russian Renaissance; the city, like the country as a whole, has altered immensely over the past two decades.

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Moscow City and Novodevichy Convent Tour by Car Start your discovery of Moscow with a guided city tour by car. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Sparrow Hills observation platform, visit Poklonnaya Hills a monument in honour of a Russian victory in the Great War (World War II), see the famous Red Square and the Bolshoi (Big) theatre or explore modern Moscow’s busy streets and discover the rich history of this magnificent city. Visit one of the oldest convents in Russia, the Novodevichy Convent.

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Moscow by Night City Tour by Car Moscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.

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Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour Guided tour to the Red Square arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. It's got its name from the Russian word for "red", which many centuries ago meant "beautiful". Each building here is a legend: you will see brightly-domed St. Basil's cathedral, the world - renowned Lenin Mausoleum, expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and Kremlin towers. Today, Red Square is a popular tourist attraction and it is often used for rock and pop concerts including high-profile participants like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and others.

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Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour You will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Kremlin’s beautiful orthodox cathedrals. The Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. We will also visit the Armoury to see a unique collection of ancient state regalia: the ceremonial vestments and coronation dress of the Tsars, gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, and ceremonial weapons and arms (optional).

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Diamond Fund Guided Tour The Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.

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Moscow Underground Guided Tour Explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. Moscow Metro with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures looks like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it’s still beating many other European underground system with its extremely reliable services. During our guided tour we will explore the most sensational underground stations where the guide will show architectural masterpieces and also explain the history of metro construction.

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Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.

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Old Arbat Street Guided Tour Your guide will take you to the Old Arbat street, famous for its architectural masterpieces and souvenirs. This street became a favorite place of walk of the Muscovites. You will see many improvised shows, poets and entertainers. After the guided tour you will have some free time to browse among the shops selling merchandise and enjoy various Arbat cafes or restaurants.

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Guided Tour This temple was originally constructed on a vow given when banners and keys from conquered cities were brought to the temple. The height of the temple was 103 meters. In December 1931, the temple was blown up. Subsequently, the foundation ditch was used for the construction of a swimming pool. In 1994, the pool was closed and in January 1995 the reconstruction of the temple took place. Today the construction is completed and features both a working church and a museum, where excursions are regularly held.

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Izmailovo Kremlin - Wooden Architecture Complex, Arts & Crafts Centre Kremlin in Izmailovo was created on the basis of the world famous “Vernisage in Izmailovo” souvenir market. Here you will have a unique opportunity to broaden your perception of Russian national traditions and artistic crafts and see unique examples of wooden architecture.  You can visit Museum of Bells, Russian Toys, Russian Costume and Way of Life, Museum of Russian Fairytales and Vodka History Museum (entrance fees are not included). You can also take part in various master-classes on Russian dolls painting, pottery, toy making, cooking and much more.

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Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided Tour Kolomenskoye is a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy. Kolomenskoye also hosts traditional festivals during all major holidays.

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Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox Religion The town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.

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Poklonnaya Hill and WWII Victory Park Guided Tour Poklonnaya Hill is the most significant monument constructed in honour of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The solemn opening of the Victory Memorial in Moscow was held on May, 9, 1995. On February 23, 1958 on this site, a memorable granite sign was established with the inscription: "Here there will be a monument to the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War." The Victory Park and the Square of Victors are important parts of the outdoor museum with many tanks and other vehicles used in the Second World War.

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Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command Centre We invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.

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Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia Guided Tour Guided visit to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia which contains 24 exhibition halls. The strength of the Museum’s historical collection is in its collection of banners of Soviet and Third Reich Army and personal belongings of Soviet and Nazi leaders (including the General Zhukov and Adolf Hitler). The Museum has a wide range of weapons, military uniforms and decorations. The outside exposition of the Museum presents many armoured vehicles, artillery, antiaircraft systems and battle aircrafts.

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Memorial Museum of Astronautics Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow is a unique museum devoted to space exploration and development of rocket science. It is located in the basement of the monument "Conquerors of Space" erected in honor of the launch of Sputnik by architects M. Barshch, A. Kolchin and sculptor A. Faydysh - Krandievskiy and opened on 4 November 1964. The monument is made of polished titanium, used in rocket production, its height is 110 meters, and the angle is 77 degrees.

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Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino Guided Tour Guided tour to the Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino - one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Russian aircraft. You will see the famous "Ilya Muromets", Soviet "Concorde" (Tupolev-144), Ivan Kozhedub’ s La-7 (during the WWII he brought down 62 German airplanes), Tupolev-95 Bomber (NATO classification - Bear), Tupolev-22Ě (Backfire) and other legendary aircraft... The museum also features collections of weapons, uniforms and air-related artwork.

£125

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Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.

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Volgograd
Volgograd City Tour and Visit to Mamayev Hill During this excursion you will see highlights of one of the largest and most famous cities in Russia. The tour starts with a walk along Peace Street, which was the first area of Volgograd to be restored after World War II. You will have a chance to see the old poplar in the memorial Square of Fallen Heroes, a silent witness of the battle of Stalingrad and a symbol of ever lasting life.
Down from the Square of Fallen Heroes on the way to Volga Embankment, you will pass the Alley of Heroes - a monumental example of Stalinist architecture - at the end of which you will reach the “River gates of the city” - the central embankment overlooking the mighty Volga River. The last visit point of this excursion will be the world famous Mamaev Hill, with its striking main sculpture “Motherland Calls” and a fascinating panoramic view over the city, the Volga river and its beautiful banks.
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Excursion to State Panorama Museum of Stalingrad Battle We will visit one of Volgograd’s world-famous sights of World War II. The Museum of Stalingrad Battle has 8 exhibition halls containing more than 3,500 exhibits, including the largest painted panorama in Russia, “The Defeat of Fascist Armies in Stalingrad”. The Museum also hosts an extraordinary collection of weapons, military equipment, documents, photographs, banners, and works of art. Next to the Museum building you will see more striking evidence of the horrors of war – the ruins of a mill. This five storey building was left undisturbed as a gruesome reminder to future generations, of what had happened in Volgograd in 1942.
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Excursion to Mamayev Hill War Memorial We will visit Mamayev Hill - a colossal memorial “To the Heroes of the Stalingrad Battle” crowned by the allegorical 85 metres tall statue of Motherland.which is by far the most fascinating sights in Volgograd. We will also visit the Square of Sorrow, Hall of Warrior Glory and a Military Cemetery all belonging to this unique Mamaev Hill War Memorial.
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3 hours

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Excursion to Ethnographic Open-air Museum of Ilovlya Cossacks This excursion will take you some 80 km outside Volgograd to the village of Ilovlya, a traditional Don Cossacks settlement. The museum itself represents a typical Cossacks estate beautifully set in the picturesque rural landscape. You will be greeted according to an old tradition with bread and salt and will have a tour around the village.
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Volga – Don Navigation Canal and Museum The idea of constructing a canal connecting Volga and Don, two mighty rivers in Western Russia, goes back to the Russian Emperor Peter the Great. However, due to various reasons his plans were abandoned. This waterway connects the Volga and Don rivers in their narrowest joining place; at a length of 101km it plays a vital part in cargo transportation, linking five Seas: the White, the Baltic, the Black, the Caspian and the Sea of Azov. We will visit the Volga side of the canal, situated in the suburbs of Volgograd. We will see the first lock and its gates, dominated by a beautiful arch. The Canal museum will reveal exciting facts about the building, history and work of the canal and its navigation.
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5 hours

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Starts Ends Astrakhan Moscow Departs Duration Wednesday 14 days
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