Arrival Transfer to the Ship
On arrival at Rostov-on-Don airport, our driver will be waiting with a Go Russia sign ready to transfer you to the ship.
Modern Rostov-on-Don was established in 1749 to regulate the trade with Turkey. Once the Volga-Don shipping canal was constructed in 1952, the city could handle trade from five seas: the Black Sea, Sea of Azoy, Caspian Sea, White Sea and finally the Baltic.
Along the Volga
We have a free day today enjoying the beautiful scenery from the ship as we cruise along the Volga River. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your surroundings.
City Tour around Volgograd. Visit to Mamaev Kurgan
The boat docks in Volgograd, an honorary title bestowed for outstanding heroism in World War Two from this city, formerly known as Tsaritsyn and then Stalingrad. This is the site of the Battle of Stalingrad. Heavy German bombardment over two hundred days reduced the city to rubble. The casualties on both sides are estimated to be between one and two million, illustrating the ferocity of fighting. During our city tour, we will make a guided visit to Mamaev Kurgan and the Statue of The Motherland Calls.
City Tour around Saratov
Today's destination on the banks of the River Volga is Saratov. Interestingly, Germans settled here in the 18th and 19th centuries but with the start of hostilities in World War Two, many were exiled to far flung Siberia and Kazakhstan, many choosing not to return. Thought to take its name from Sary Tau meaning Yellow Mountain in the Tatar language, it was a closed city until 1991, a military aircraft manufacturing site. It's other claim to fame is as the home of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
City Tour around Samara
Samara, where we'll enjoy a city tour today, is one of the largest cities in Russia and dates from the 14th Century. Renamed Kuybyshev in 1935, the city holds the distinction of being the place chosen to replace Moscow as the Soviet capital should the latter have fallen to the Nazis. Later, it became the base for the growing defense industry and as the number of such factories increased, so Kuybyshev became a closed city just like Saratov.
City Tour around Ulyanovsk
While most people have heard of Lenin, few know that he was born Vladimir Ulyanov in what was then Simbirsk. There was once an old wooden fort and a cluster of historic churches but few of what's now Ulyanovsk's heritage buildings remain. Fortunately the houses where Lenin grew up between 1870 and 1887 have been preserved. There's also a museum dedicated to Russia's great leader (optional visit).
City Tour around Kazan
Kazan is the stop on today's itinerary, the centre of Tatar culture. Referred to as the Pearl of the Central Volga region, it dates from the 13th Century when it was founded by the Mongols. Later, it became the capital of the Khanate of Kazan, falling to the Russians under Ivan the Terrible in the 16th Century. This chequered history gives Kazan a unique blend of Muslim and Christian culture. We shall have an excursion to the city's Kremlin.
City Tour around Nizhny Novgorod
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.
City Tour around Yaroslavl
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, including a visit to Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Monastery.
Visit to the Cathedral of the Resurrection and 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.
City Tour around Moscow
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 Poklonnaya Hills World War Two monument, the Bolshoi Theatre and of course iconic Red Square, the setting for the colourful domes of the glorious St Basil's Cathedral.
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Departure Transfer from the Ship
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the ship ready for your airport transfer.
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We took a Volga Riverboat Cruise from St. Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don. The Cruise was well organized and fascinating. The local tours were excellent. We were very pleased. We will recommend the Cruise to our family and friends.
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The local guides were good and knowledgeable. The food on board was varied and excellent without exception.
The staff on board were excellent, ship very clean and comfortable, food very good. On board everyone went out of their way to make sure everything was good for you, every day I saw something new and interesting.
Excellent introduction to Russia, its culture and history. Very professional crew. Boat clean and well maintained. Both local and on-board guides well informed and helpful.
The river cruise was superb, with excellent service all round from the tour guides and the cruise crew and with more or less enough time ”on shore” to see the essential sights. Can see oursevles making a return visit to Russia in not-too-distant future.