Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Rostov-on-Don
Prepare for your Russian adventure with embarkation aboard your vessel. Enjoy dinner on board as you settle in. D

DAY 2 Rostov-on-Don
Rostov-on-Don was the southernmost part of Russia's Steppes and was an 18th century Cossack outpost and trading centre. Today, this 'Gateway to the Caucasus' leads to the Ukraine and is an industrial and agricultural centre. On arrival into Rostov-on-Don embark on a city tour and discover its magnificent parks and beaches, theatres and museums, and unusual botanic gardens with vast collections of rare and beautiful plants. BLD

DAY 3 Scenic Cruising
Today will be spent cruising towards your next destination. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you journey through the Volga-Don Canal. BLD

DAY 4 Volgograd
Volgograd is an important industrial city and the administrative centre of Volgograd Oblast. The city became famous for its residence during the Battle of Stalingrad against the German army in World War II, often regarded as the longest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare. Embark on a city tour and visit the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex which is a symbol of heroism and patriotism of the Soviet nation and a tribute to the memory of those who died in the great battle of the Volga river, the most significant land battle in the human history which became a turning point in the war. BLD

DAY 5 Scenic Cruising
Today will be spent cruising towards your next destination. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. BLD

DAY 6 Astrakhan
Astrakhan is a city in southern Russia and the administrative centre of Astrakhan Oblast. The city lies on two banks of the Volga River and is the oldest economic and cultural centre of the Lower Volga. Its population is diverse and includes 100 ethnicities and 14 religious denominations. BLD

DAY 7 Scenic Cruising
Today will be spent cruising back towards Volgograd. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. BLD

DAY 8 Volgograd
Today, you return to Volgograd and are free to explore more of this city or perhaps join an optional tour to the Panorama Museum, located on the Volga containing artefacts from World War II or visit Rossoshka, the location of many fierce battles between the Soviets and Germans. BLD

DAY 9 Saratov
Saratov combines the architecture of an old merchant town and a modern city, a city of universities, theatres and museums. On the famous Cosmonauts Embankment of Saratov, you can enjoy the beauty of the Volga River and walk over the bridge "Saratov-Engels". BLD

DAY 10 Samara
Samara is a large city and the centre of the Volga economic region, standing high on the left bank of the Volga River. There are various historic buildings which make the city precious from an architectural point of view. See Samara Embankment, the longest in Russia, one of the main sights in the city. BLD

DAY 11 Ulyanovsk
Ulyanovsk is a city in the European part of Russia, standing on the Privolzhsky hill, on the banks of the Volga River and Sviyaga River. Known as a city of museums, numerous museums offer exhibitions about the city's history, culture and architecture. Your sightseeing tour will take you to see Lenin Museum, Ulyanovsk’s most famous son. BLD

DAY 12 Kazan
Today arrive in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan Republic and enjoy a city tour. It is one of the most important economic, scientific and cultural centres of Russia. It is said to have been founded no less than 1000 years ago as an outpost on the northern borders of the Volzhkaya Bulgaria. In the 13th to 14th centuries, Kazan rapidly developed and became an important centre of the Golden Horde and in 1438, Kazan was declared the capital of the Kazan Khanate. After several conflicts with Moscow state and as a result the town was conquered by Ivan the Terrible. BLD

DAY 13 Nizhniy Novgorod
Founded in 1221, this city was a famous meeting place where people from the Orient, Siberia and Turkistan came to barter and trade. It was later home to political exiles and therefore closed to the outsiders for many years. Embark on a city tour and discover the many well preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th centuries as well as the ancient Kremlin cathedrals, convents and the palace of the early ruling family. BLD

DAY 14 Plyos
Unknown corner of the Russian Golden Ring Ancient Plios, with 2514 inhabitants, is the smallest and perhaps the most picturesque historic town of the Russian Golden Ring, famous for breathtaking riverside vistas, tastefully restored period Chekhov-style dachas (cottages) and inimitable atmosphere of relaxed but sophisticated country living. BLD

DAY 15 Yaroslavl
Situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers, Yaroslavl is renowned for its numerous 17th century churches and is an outstanding example of the urban planning reform Empress Catherine the Great ordered for the whole of Russia in 1763. While keeping some of its historical structures, the town was renovated in the neoclassical style on a radial urban master plan. Discover the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and the Church of Elijah the Prophet on a city tour. BLD

DAY 16 Uglich
Today, you begin your river cruise to Uglich, founded in 1148 and one of the most beloved towns in Russia. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Uglich where you will visit the Cathedral of Resurrection and Dmitry Blood's Church. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that Tsarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. BLD

DAY 17 Moscow
Today, go on a guided sightseeing city tour of Moscow where you will see many interesting sights: the Bolshoi Stone Bridge; stops at St. Sofia Embankment, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; the new monument to Peter the Great; observation platform of Sparrow (Lenin) Hills; Victory Park and Poklonnaya Hill with its World War II Memorial; Kutuzov Avenue; White House. BLD

DAY 18 Moscow
Today, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour to explore Moscow's famous Kremlin and Cathedral Square. The Kremlin, the former residence of Russian czars, is an architectural ensemble of unique beauty, which took shape between the 15th and 20th centuries. Visit Cathedral Square, the centre of the Kremlin, where you'll see the 15th century Assumption Cathedral; the 15th century Annunciation Cathedral and the 16th century Cathedral of Archangel. On the ground of the Kremlin there is the famous Czar Cannon of the 16th century and Czar Bell of the 18th century. BLD

DAY 19 Moscow
This morning, say farewell to your Captain, crew and fellow travellers as you disembark. B

  • Welcome meeting
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • Luggage handling
  • 19 day cruise in a river view cabin
  • 18 breakfasts
  • 17 lunches
  • 18 dinners – including gala farewell dinner
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception

Guided tours of:

  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Saratov
  • Samara
  • Ulyanovsk
  • Kazan
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Yaroslavl
  • Uglich
  • Moscow


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Ship Information

Boat 1: MS Vasiliy Kandinski

  • Launched: 1991 (refurbished in 2014)
  • Country Built: Germany
  • Length: 129.1m
  • Breadth: 16.7m
  • Speed: 25.5km/h
  • Passengers: 204
  • Cabins: 106
  • Dining room offering continental and Russian cuisine
  • 3 bars
  • Souvenir shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Laundry service
  • Sauna


  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe