Overview - Moscow to Astrakhan

Day 1 - Moscow
Day 2 -  Moscow
Day 3 -  Moscow
Day 4 - Uglich
Day 5 - Yaroslavl
Day 6 - Nizhny Novgorod
Day 7 - Kazan
Day 8 - Samara
Day 9 - Saratov
Day 10- Volgograd
Day 11 - Astrakhan
Day 12 - Return flight

Overview - Astrakhan to Moscow 

Day 1 - Moscow
Day 2 -  Astrakhan
Day 3 -  Astrakhan
Day 4 - Volgograd 
Day 5 - Saratov 
Day 6 - Samara 
Day 7 - Kazan
Day 8 - Nizhny Novgorod
Day 9 - Nizhny Novgorod
Day 10 - Yaroslavl
Day 11 - Uglich
Day 12 - Moscow
Day 13 - Return flight

Secret Volga

Cruise a spectacular but less known stretch of Europe’s longest river to discover iconic onion domed churches and explore treasures on the trade route from Moscow to the Caspian Sea

For those who have already enjoyed the classic Russian Waterways cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg, we propose to head eastward to the Caspian Sea exploring from Tsarist Russia to medieval villages and the lands of the Tartars. 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 now possible to follow the trade route, from Moscow all the way to Astrakhan, the ancient capital of the Tartars.

Russia’s most significant settlements share one essential geographic detail – their connection to the Volga River, the cultural, agricultural and industrial lifeline for the country’s largest population centres. What better way to take in Russia’s beautiful rural landscapes, spectacular old-world architecture and picturesque historical townships than sailing the waters of the mighty Volga as local architecture changes from the cities of the Golden Ring to exotic Muslim mosques, entering the Republic of Tatarstan within the Russian Federation.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
New Cruise
Excursions Included
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 10 – 35

 

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Moscow. Transfer to MS Rossia for an 11-night cruise. (D)

Day 2 Tour of Moscow includes views of Peter the Great monument, Gorky Park and the Novodevichy Convent. Visit the Kremlin followed by optional visit to the Kremlin Armoury collections which include Fabergé Imperial eggs, state carriages, thrones and coronation dresses (£50). (B, L, D)

Day 3 Day at leisure to explore Moscow. Optional tour by metro and bus to see Red Square by night (bookable locally). (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise the Moscow/Volga Canal. Walking tour of Uglich includes the Kremlin, Church of St. Dimitrius on the Blood and the Cathedral of Transfiguration. Cruise to Yaroslavl. (B, L, D)

Day 5 A tour of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga which takes its name from its founder Prince Yaroslav the Wise, including the Transfiguration Monastery and Church of Elijah the Prophet. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning sailing. Tour of Nizhny Novgorod whose commanding position gives spectacular views of the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers from the ramparts of the 16th century Kremlin. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Morning sailing. Tour of historic Kazan, often called the ‘Pearl of the Central Volga Region’ and the capital of the Tatar Autonomous Republic. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains towards Samara, a closed city and shut away from the rest of the world during the Soviet era. Afternoon tour includes a visit to Stalin’s Bunker. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Cruise to Saratov, another former closed city and home of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut. Enjoy a tour including the 17th century Trinity Cathedral. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Morning sailing. Afternoon tour of Volgograd, formerly known as Tsaritsyn and later Stalingrad. The city acquired its sinister notoriety during World War II at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad (winter 1942). Visit Mamayev Hill memorial site including the Motherland Calls statue, the largest free-standing sculpture in the world. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Arrive in Astrakhan, a city spread across 11 islands. Cocktail and Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Return flight via Moscow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Armoury excursion (Day 2) is pre-bookable only and must be booked at least 50 days before departure.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Moscow. Transfer to 4-star Novotel Moscow Centre for overnight. ( D)

Day 2 Fly to Astrakhan and transfer to MS Rossia for an 11-night cruise.  (B, D)

Day 3 Tour of Astrakhan, a city spread across 11 islands. Cocktail and Crew Introduction (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning sailing. Afternoon tour of Volgograd, formerly known as Tsaritsyn and later Stalingrad. The city acquired its sinister notoriety during World War II at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad (winter 1942). Visit Mamayev Hill memorial site including the Motherland Calls statue, the largest free-standing sculpture in the world. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise to Saratov, another former closed city and home of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut. Enjoy a tour including the 17th century Trinity Cathedral. (B, L, D)

Day 6  Sail to Samara, a closed city and shut away from the rest of the world during the Soviet era. Afternoon tour includes a visit to Stalin’s Bunker. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Morning sailing. Tour of historic Kazan, often called the ‘Pearl of the Central Volga Region’ and the capital of the Tatar Autonomous Republic. (B, L, D)

Day 8  Morning sailing. Tour of Nizhny Novgorod whose commanding position gives spectacular views of the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers from the ramparts of the 16th century Kremlin. (B, L, D)

Day 9  Day at leisure to explore Nizhny Novgorod. (B, L, D)

Day 10 A tour of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga which takes its name from its founder Prince Yaroslav the Wise, including the Transfiguration Monastery and Church of Elijah the Prophet. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Walking tour of Uglich includes the Kremlin, Church of St. Dimitrius on the Blood and the Cathedral of Transfiguration. Cross the Moscow/Volga Canal. Cocktail and Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Tour of Moscow including views of Peter the Great Monument, Gorky Park, the Novodevichy Convent and Lenin Hills. Optional tour by metro and later by bus to see Red Square by night (bookable locally). (B, L, D)

Day 13 Visit the Kremlin, the oldest part of the city. Optional visit to the Kremlin Armoury collections which include Fabergé Imperial eggs, state carriages, thrones and coronation dresses (£50). Return flight. (B)

 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions. 

Armoury excursion (Day 13) is pre-bookable only and must be booked at least 50 days before departure.

2019

per person in a twin Comfort cabin
Aeroflot from Heathrow

Date Price
September 24 £2095
October 4 £1995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement (Main Deck Comfort cabin)
£925 (Oct £975)

Cabin Upgrades

Deluxe cabin, Upper Deck £95
Single supplement £1075 (Oct £1125)
Deluxe cabin, Boat Deck £145
Single supplement £1170 (Oct £1220)

Flight Options

Aeroflot Business Class from £1395

Optional Excursions

Armoury Visit £50

Extension Options

Extension - Moscow
Novotel Moscow Centre - 2 nights £215
Single supplement £125

Extension is pre tour on the Sep departure and post tour for the Oct departure.

Independent Arrival

Independent Arrival
Save £400

Astrakhan – Moscow
Arrival transfer add £70 
Departure transfer add £70

Moscow – Astrakhan
Arrival transfer add £70 
Departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 night cruise, 1-night hotel (Oct), full board on cruise, itinerary as described, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
24 Sep is an 11-night itinerary from Moscow to Astrakhan.
4 Oct is a 12-night itinerary from Astrakhan to Moscow.

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