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Cruise on the Volga river

Croisière sur la Volga

Nizhny Novgorod

The ship includes:

  • 2 restaurants: The Volga and the Neva
  • A panoramic lounge in front of the ship
  • A small lounge
  • A sun deck
  • Sauna
  • Infirmary with doctor on duty
  • A Gift Shop
  • A activity room with bar
  • A ironing room

In addition, All cabins includes:

  • Private bath sales
  • Air-conditioning
  • Safety cabinets and Free TV and WIFI

Nizhny Novgorod 4.5*

The Nizhny Novgorod’ is a comfortable four-deck river cruise ship Built in Germany in 1977 and completely renovated in 2019, the same boat on which we sailed last May.

  • Length – 125 m
  • Width – 16.7 m
  • Passenger capacity – 216 people
  • 6 suites
  • 40 deluxe cabins
  • 8 single cabins
  • 48 double rooms
  • 10 double rooms (2 lower beds and 1 upper bed)

Suite

Double bed
Rest area

Cabines

Single
Twin

Deluxe Middle/Boat Deck

This cabine category is located on the second deck.

The Volga restaurant

Your package includes:

3 meals a day and a glass of wine at dinner.

  • Table already assigned
  • Buffet for breakfast and at lunch time
  • Your choice for the menu is chosen a day in advance

Restaurant Neva

The lounges

The Panoramic lounge

The small lounge

The small gift shop
The ironing room

Sun deck

Moscow

Day 1

When you arrive at Moscow airport, a well-identified guide is waiting for you to take you to the bus that will take you to the ship.

Note that the transfer from the airport to the ship is included in the price for groups of 20 or more people. The journey lasts around 1.5 hrs.

Your arrival on the ship is usually before dinner. This gives you time to register at the reception and cool off before a good meal.

If you arrive after the meal, a lunch box will be made available for you.

Day 2

Moscow; political, economic and cultural capital of this huge country that is Russia.

Here are the medieval roots of this beautiful country.

During this day, you will visit the city’s most beautiful attractions by bus. You will be able to walk in Red Square, visit the famous Goun store and enter the history of the Kremlin.

The city offers an exceptional range of monuments and architectural discoveries (from 19th century buildings to Stalinist buildings and to art deco buildings of the 1920s).

Master piece for the people

It has the reputation of being the most beautiful in the world. Following Joseph Stalin’s will to build a “palace for the people”.

Some of its stations are true masterpieces where 8.5 million Muscovites and tourists flock every day

The Moscow Metropolitan is incredibly beautiful. In reality, its architecture is so stunning that it is easy to believe you are in a museum or inside a palace.

Day 3:

This day is entirely yours.

You have the choice of several optional excursions such as:

  • The Sergiev Possad
  • The Tretyakov Gallery
  • The Cosmonauts museum
  • The Novodevichy Convent.

You can also choose to see other attractions such as the Moscow World’s Fair which is directly in front of the Cosmonaut Museum or stroll the streets of downtown Moscow and enjoy the many shops and other museums.

But beware of the time, the ship leaves Moscow at 17:00.

The VDNKn Park

The VDNKh  Park , also known as the Pan-Russian Exhibition Centre, is a sight to behold!

Created in 1939 on Stalin’s orders, it was dedicated to agricultural exhibitions of the time.

Twenty years later it was transformed into a place dedicated to the economic, scientific and technological achievements of the USSR.

The Volga river

The mother of all russian rivers

Your itinerary

Throughout your journey on this great river, you will witness strange landscapes as mysterious as they are grandiose.  As soon as you start sailing, prepare yourself for spectacular sights.

The Rybinsk lock

On this 1321 km route, 19 locks (formerly made of wood) help the boats to cross a vertical drop of more than 160m (the one in Rybinsk is a work of art).

Their gigantic dimensions allow the passage of 5000 t ships, dedicated to river tourism, and the transport of wood and oil. In 1964, the 360-kilometre Volga-Baltic Canal was inaugurated halfway between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

A statue of Mother Volga greets the ships at the entrance to the Rybinsk Lock.

A grand evening

Meeting the Captain and crew
White gloves service

Day 4:  Ouglitch

There are several activities on the ship during this day of sailing.

After breakfast, you can attend a reading on traditional Russian crafts, attend dance or Russian language classes given by the tour guides or simply enjoy the outdoors on the sun deck.

We arrive in Uglitch around 16:30, you can enjoy the guided tour of the cathedral and its surrounding.

Interesting note: To get to the church from the ship, we go through a small open-air market where it is possible to buy various handicrafts for a very reasonable price.

Day 5:  Yaroslavl

After Breakfast, a bus is waiting to take you to the city center  of Yaroslavl.

You will walk through this city that was once an important industrial center, and visit the residence of the last governor of the Tsar, the exterior of the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet and also the interior of the Yaroslavl. Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin.

All this then ends with a visit to the local market.

The departure for the next destination is around 12:00.  For the rest of the day, several activities will be offered to you….The choice is yours…

Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin

Day 6:  The Goritsy Monastery

A walk back in time

Founded in 1544 by Princess Euphrosyne Staritskaya, the monastery served as a place of prayer until the beginning of the 20th century.

It was closed by the Bolsheviks in 1920. In 1970, it was placed on the list of the protected natural area (zapovednik) of the historical-cultural complex of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and its surroundings.

In the early 1990s, a small community of nuns re-established itself in the convent.

To walk on this site is to walk back in time.

Remaining of day 6

Your visit to the Monastery only lasts 2 and half hours, the rest of the day takes place according to your fancy for the following choices:

  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Roundtable: Questions about Russia
  • Presentation of Russian Fairy Tales.
  • Dinner on board and evening dance with the ship’s party committee.

And of course, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset on the Volga.

Day 7:  the Island of Kizhi

The Church of the Transfiguration

The island of Kiji is unique in its variety and distinction, ranging from simple barns to the imposing log church built without a single nail, adorned with more than 22 domes and covered with wooden tiles.

The sobriety of these monuments is matched only by the natural and wild beauty of the island.

New elements were added during the 1950s and 1960s and in 1966, Kiji Island became a National Museum of History and Architecture; it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990

Day 8:  Mandrogui

A former fishing village rebuilt in the 1990s in the purest Russian tradition, Mandrogui is a small open-air museum depicting 19th century rural life in traditional isbas with jagged wooden windows.

There are matriochka painters and other artisan shops. This is the perfect setting for a “chachliks” picnic (typical Russian skewers).

Day 9, 10 and 11:  St-Petersbourg

Peter and Paul fortress

Maritime highways

Peter the Great wanted Russia to have a strong navy and wanted to turn the Russians into a nation of sailors. Peter had studied shipbuilding in the Netherlands, and wanted to build St-Petersburg as a city of canals in the image of Amsterdam — with many rivers and canals, where the main means of transport were all types of boats and Ships.

Currently St. Petersbourg spans 42 islands, there are 90 rivers and canals and the historic center is impossible to imagine without its bridges: there are more than 300 of them.

The palaces

Peterhof

Built on the shores of the Baltic, its gardens dotted with fountains and sculptures make it the Versailles of Russia.

If Versailles celebrates Apollo, Peterhof is an evocation of Neptune.

Work began in 1714 under the direction of the French architect Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Le Blond in Peterhof Park.

Peter himself supervised the construction of his palace and lived during this time in the Monplaisir house, still visible today.

Tsarskoye Selo

The Hermitage museum

Founded in 1764, it is the largest museum in the world in terms of exhibits (more than sixty thousand pieces in nearly a thousand rooms while nearly three million objects are kept in the reserves).

The time booked for this visit will never be long enough, which is why you will have no choice but to return to St. Petersburg in order to appreciate its full beauty…

Night in Saint-Petersburg

St. Petersburg is experiencing a magical phenomenon, sleepless nights, or Nuits Blanches.  The city is located at a high latitude (around the 60th parallel north), the days lengthen from May to July, with a climax to the summer solstice (June 21/22):

at this time, the day lasts 6pm and the night seems to no longer exist because the sun is not very far under the ho rice and lights up the night sky.

Outside this period, thousands of lights brighten the city during the night.