Nizhny Novgorod – Astrakhan – Nizhny Novgorod

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Cruise schedule

Day 1

28 July (Wednesday)

Nizhny Novgorod

Departure at 18:00

Day 2

29 July (Thursday)

Sviyazhsk

12:30 - 15:00
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The history of Sviazhsk goes back to the distant past, in the time of Ivan the Terrible. In 1551 the fortress was assembled in only 4 weeks, and already in 1552 it became a base of troops at the siege of Kazan. As we know, Sviyazhsk fully justified his purpose: Kazan fell. Thetownbuiltontheislandcontinuedtogrow.

After 3 years, the Virgin-Assumption Monastery was founded. For several centuries, until the 18th century, it was the center of the spiritual and cultural life of the region. Thus, at the monastery the printing house appeared before Ivan Fyodorov started his business in Moscow.

Nowadays this monastery is an architectural monument, which has no analogues in the Middle Volga region. He is interested in both specialists and tourists. Especially valuable for researchers Assumption Cathedral, erected and painted by masters in 1561.

Kazan

16:30 - 20:00
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Kazan is a city that combines two different cultural traditions. Mosques and Orthodox churches not only rise on neighboring streets, they are adjacent even on the territory of the ancient white-faced Kremlin. It is from it that a tour of the beauty of Kazan will begin. You 'll see the famous Kul Sharif. It stands in the place where the legendary multi-diamond mosque was once located, which was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible when he took the city.

What is important, the capital of Tatarstan not only carefully stores its history and protects monuments of architecture. It is constantly developing and remains a modern city. Therefore after visiting the Kremlin tourists will go to objects specially erected for University games of 2013. Let s remind, the Kazan University games was recognized as the best in history student and youth competitions. At the same time "Cultural University games" was held. Also at this time there was a national Tatars holiday Sabantui, international festivals of opera and ballet.

After the guests of the city will examine objects built for the World Aquatics Championships 2015. This event also had a huge scale: a record number of countries took part in competitions. Theywere 190.

How successfully Kazan manages to combine old and modern, slender minarets and glitter of gold crosses, respect for folk traditions and interest in the development of culture - everyone draws conclusions himself. But before it is worth visiting this picturesque city at least once!

Kazan is one of the most beautiful capitals of the Volga region, officially having the status of the third capital of Russia. It is an ancient city in which several cultural traditions are adjacent to each other. Thus, on the territory of the Kremlin you will see both restored Orthodox churches and the Kul-Sharif Mosque, one of the symbols of Kazan.

While walking through the Kremlin, it is also worth paying attention to the fact that it has been built up for many centuries. Therefore, there are buildings of the 20th century and monuments of architecture, among them the falling tower of Xümbike of the 18th century and the Annunciation Cathedral, which began to be built in 1555.

TuganAvylyom 's door will also open in front of you. From the Tatars these words are translated as "native village." This place, located in the middle of the city, fully corresponds to its name: cozy village, wooden houses and pond.

The tour of the capital of Tatarstan will be similar to a bizarre mosaic. You will be able to see with your own eyes the richly decorated cathedral of Peter and Pavel and the oldest mosque of Marjan, built with the permission of Catherine II. This mosque became the first in the territory of Kazan after Ivan the Terrible captured the city. You love Lake Kaban, on the bottom of which, according to legends, lie the innumerable treasures of the Tatars khans. Kamala Theatre, founded in 1906, and Kazan University, one of the oldest in Russia!

Day 3

30 July (Friday)

Tolyatti

14:00 - 17:00
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Day 4

31 July (Saturday)

Khvalynsk

08:30 - 12:00
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The bus tour will introduce you to the main attractions of Khvalynsk, located near the mountains of the same name.

You visit the museum of local history, where the national suits of the Volga region, weapons and household objects of different epochs are presented. Visit the art gallery, whose history is closely related to the famous painter Petrov-Vodkin. This is not surprising: the artist was born in Khvandynsk, and here a lot reminds about him. For example, in the city there is a house, which he gave to his parents, now under his roof there is a museum where visitors are told about the dynasty of Petro-Vodkin.

Bright impressions will be given by a visit to the Kvalynsky National Park. The trip here is an opportunity to admire the unique nature of the Khravyn Mountains and to walk along one of the ecological paths. One will take you to the mysterious cave of the monk, the other to the birch grove, the third to the age-old oak. In total there are 10 similar paths, so there will be a route for any taste.

You will also have the opportunity to drink fragrant herbal tea in the tourist complex "Sunny Polyana" and look into the Museum of Bees located on its territory.

Balakovo

15:30 - 19:30
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Day 5

01 August (Sunday)

Saratov

08:00 - 12:00
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Saratov is a large city on the Volga. It is almost unrealistic to see it during the walk, so we offer to go on a bus tour - so you will see the most famous sights of the city in a few hours.

You will be able to photograph the legendary bridge that connects Saratov and Engels, and climb the Sokolova Mountain to admire the picturesque view. You will see the stela "Zhuravli," a symbol of the city, you visit the park with combat equipment, garden with exotic fruits or in the "National Village." Under the open air there were Russian and Armenian houses, Kazakh yurt, Ukrainian and Belarusian khats, Dagestan stone fortress and even Korean pagoda with a garden of stones. Some people will even buy you national cuisine.

The historical center of Saratov will also be remembered for you. There you are waiting for the local Arbat, so called Kirov Avenue, decorated with the colonnade Opera and Ballet Theater and the Art Museum named after Radishchev - in 1885 it was the first to open doors for visitors of all classes.

By the way, we advise to photograph for memory an ancient market and an unusual building resembling a Gothic palace. In fact, it is a conservatory, one of the oldest in Russia.

Founded more than 500 years ago, Saratov has remained one of the centers of Russian trade for centuries. Therefore, one of the most interesting excursions around the city is connected with the history of influential merchant families, which changed the life of the native city and the whole country.

You visit the main street of Saratov, Kirov Avenue, where life boiled back in the time of Catherine II. Nowadays "Saratov Arbat," as the citizens respectfully call it, became completely pedestrian. Locals like to meet here for a cup of coffee in cosy cafes.

Along the avenue the magnificent buildings - witnesses of the old times - stretch in succession. In one once lived a Catholic bishop. The other was a famous hotel. The third erected for the family Petr Nikitin (it is to him and his brothers we owe to the fact that in Russia the first stationary circus arose).

Another landmark of Saratov, located on Kirov Avenue, is the Indoor Market, built in 1916 according to unique technology for the time. According to legend, when laying the foundation, citizens lowered money and jewels into the concrete solution to thus tame the spirits of the trade.

The market is an architectural symbol of old Saratov. The snow-white building is decorated with elegant stony details: the coat of arms of the city, the head of the bull, the horn of abundance, the image of the god of the trade of Mercury. In the inner yard there is a fountain: two slender girl peasants surrounded by water jets.

The famous market has been operating for more than 100 years, here and today you can buy fresh products.

Day 6

02 August (Monday)

Volgograd

09:00 - 11:00
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Volgograd is a symbol city that in our consciousness is connected with the feats of its defenders during the Great Patriotic War.

Founded in the 16th century, it has changed its name more than once. Before the revolution he was Tsaritsin, then - Stalingrad, and in the 1960s became Volgograd.

Travellers will begin to get acquainted with the hero city from the visit to the Central Embankment. Nowadays it is a place to which Volgograd citizens are proud and call it the most beautiful park on the bank of the Volga. It was broken in memory of the battles that took place here during the Battle of Stalin.

Then you are waiting for the Alley of Heroes and the square of Fallen Wrestlers, the ancient square in the center of the city where the Eternal Fire burns. You will also see the local planetarium, one of the largest in Russia, and Mira Street, one of the first restored streets in the post-war city.

The culmination, of course, will be a visit to the memorial complex on Mamayev mound. From its foot to the top lead 200 steps: this is how long the Battle of Stalin lasted. The mound crowns the tallest statue in Europe, the sculpture "The Motherland Calls!."

Volgograd is a city familiar to everyone in many photos in school textbooks. This tour is an opportunity to see the sights you used to read about and to feel the atmosphere of a city whose name has become synonymous with selfless courage.

Day 7

03 August (Tuesday)

Astrakhan

09:30 - 19:00
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Ancient Astrakhan (the first written references to it date from the 13 century) - a place of "meeting" of the Volga and the Caspian Sea, a place of interweaving of two cultures: Asian and European. In this city, which has spread on the territory of more than 200 square kilometers, there are many interesting excursion objects, and the most significant among them - the Astrakhan Kremlin, the "business card of the capital of the Lower Volga region." Here the bus will make a stop, and tourists will visit this monument of medieval architecture of the 16 century, will hear a story about the history of the Astrakhan khanate, its entry into the Russian state in 1557. Another stop is in the main square of Astrakhan, which once bore the name Alexander II, and now - the leader of the world proletariat. Lenin Square is the center of cultural life of the region, where the main festive events take place, it has long become a favorite place of recreation of citizens. And of course, tourists will be brought to the famous Astrakhan fish market, where you can buy everything - from inexpensive wobble to delicate sturgeon, black caviar, etc.

Excursion "Crossroads of Religions" with visit to Orthodox churches, Muslim mosque, Catholic church.

In Astrakhan there are harmoniously different religions and nationalities. So, the cathedral of St. Prince Vladimir seems to have been moved to Russia from ancient Byzantium. According to legend, the temple in the years of "lush" saved the Mother of God himself, falling from heaven to the dome, and on the ground behind it there were Tatars. The main mosque is also famous for the cohesion of believers. This place is so revered that Muslims from all over the country flock to it, and Christians come to admire Islamic architecture. The whole world also opened the Armenian Church in the city. Experts of different faiths rightly consider it the successor of five Armenian temples standing here before the revolution.

Even the Greeks contributed to the harmony of cultures - for the church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the main miraculous shrine was brought from far Athos. And the Assumption Cathedral, in the restoration of which art historians from different cities participated, is among the highest churches in the world. Only in it you can see a grandiose iconostasis, unusual in that instead of seven in it eight tiers.

Day 8

04 August (Wednesday)

Nikolskoye

10:00 - 13:00

Akhtuba

16:30 - 19:00

Day 9

05 August (Thursday)

Volgograd

08:00 - 13:30
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Volgograd is a symbol city that in our consciousness is connected with the feats of its defenders during the Great Patriotic War.

Founded in the 16th century, it has changed its name more than once. Before the revolution he was Tsaritsin, then - Stalingrad, and in the 1960s became Volgograd.

Travellers will begin to get acquainted with the hero city from the visit to the Central Embankment. Nowadays it is a place to which Volgograd citizens are proud and call it the most beautiful park on the bank of the Volga. It was broken in memory of the battles that took place here during the Battle of Stalin.

Then you are waiting for the Alley of Heroes and the square of Fallen Wrestlers, the ancient square in the center of the city where the Eternal Fire burns. You will also see the local planetarium, one of the largest in Russia, and Mira Street, one of the first restored streets in the post-war city.

The culmination, of course, will be a visit to the memorial complex on Mamayev mound. From its foot to the top lead 200 steps: this is how long the Battle of Stalin lasted. The mound crowns the tallest statue in Europe, the sculpture "The Motherland Calls!."

Volgograd is a city familiar to everyone in many photos in school textbooks. This tour is an opportunity to see the sights you used to read about and to feel the atmosphere of a city whose name has become synonymous with selfless courage.

Day 10

06 August (Friday)

Usovka

14:30 - 16:30

Day 11

07 August (Saturday)

Vinnovka

11:30 - 13:30

Samara

15:30 - 19:30
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We offer an original tour of Samara, which will help to understand the specifics of this beautiful southern city.

The settlement with the name Samar was noted on maps of Venetian seafarers as early as 1367. But officially the year of foundation is considered only 1586, when here the fortress was built.

The first official religion in these places, of course, was Orthodoxy. Therefore, it is not surprising that on the streets of the city the most Orthodox churches. During the excursion the travellers will visit the temple of Georgy the Victorious, which stands in a square on the bank of the Volga. The walls of the church outside are decorated with white marble, and inside with frescoes.

In the middle of the 19th century, many Germans came to Samara, who brought their faith with them. Soon, on donations from residents, a Lutheran kirchwas built. Its rise came in the pre-revolutionary years. It then reopened the doors to parishioners in 1991.

In the center of Samara there is another atypical building for Russia: a Catholic church with towers of 47 meters. Nowadays it attracts not only believers, but also art lovers. In the temple, in the altar part of it, there is a rather unusual fresco - a copy of the painting of Salvador Dali "Christ of St. John the Cross."

Tourists and a Muslim mosque will visit. The first mosque was built in the city in the 1940s. To date, of course, it has not reached. But Samara in modern times is decorated by the largest mosque in the Volga region, erected at the end of the last century, an object of pride of local Muslims.

Germans, Tatars, Slavs - Samara has long become a home for different peoples who live side by side and influence each other. To better understand this city, to feel its atmosphere, it is worth beginning to get acquainted with its traditions.

Day 12

08 August (Sunday)

Ulyanovsk

09:00 - 13:00
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Ulyanovsk is a city with rich historical and cultural heritage. A cruise around the Volga would be incomplete without visiting this city. In 2001 Ulyanovsk was awarded the title of "Cultural Capital of the Volga Region." The business card of the city of Ulyanovsk can rightly be considered one of the most beautiful places of the city - the Square of the 100th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin, where a unique historical and memorial complex - the Great Hall of the Lenin Memorial was erected. The Memorial Center collects the richest winter garden in the city, where 108 species of tropical and subtropical plants grow. The city of Ulyanovsk is represented by museums that reveal the original culture and history of the native region. Among them: Museum of Local History, Art Museum, Goncharov Museum, State Historical and Memorial Reserve "Homeland of V.I. Lenin." On the boulevard Novaya Venets rises the House - a monument to I.A. Goncharov.

Ulyanovsk is a city with rich historical and cultural heritage. A cruise around the Volga would be incomplete without visiting this city. In 2001 Ulyanovsk was awarded the title of "Cultural Capital of the Volga Region." The business card of the city of Ulyanovsk can rightly be considered one of the most beautiful places of the city - the Square of the 100th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin, where a unique historical and memorial complex - the Great Hall of the Lenin Memorial was erected. The Memorial Center collects the richest winter garden in the city, where 108 species of tropical and subtropical plants grow. The city of Ulyanovsk is represented by museums that reveal the original culture and history of the native region. Among them: Museum of Local History, Art Museum, Goncharov Museum, State Historical and Memorial Reserve "Homeland of V.I. Lenin." On the boulevard Novaya Venets rises the House - a monument to I.A. Goncharov.

Ulyanovsk is a city with rich historical and cultural heritage. A cruise around the Volga would be incomplete without visiting this city. In 2001 Ulyanovsk was awarded the title of "Cultural Capital of the Volga Region." The business card of the city of Ulyanovsk can rightly be considered one of the most beautiful places of the city - the Square of the 100th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin, where a unique historical and memorial complex - the Great Hall of the Lenin Memorial was erected. The Memorial Center collects the richest winter garden in the city, where 108 species of tropical and subtropical plants grow. The city of Ulyanovsk is represented by museums that reveal the original culture and history of the native region. Among them: Museum of Local History, Art Museum, Goncharov Museum, State Historical and Memorial Reserve "Homeland of V.I. Lenin." On the boulevard Novaya Venets there is a House - a monument to I.A.Goncharovu.

Day 13

09 August (Monday)

Cheboksary

09:30 - 14:00
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This tour of Cheboxaram will allow you to enjoy its picturesque views, with clean streets and ancient churches. He will also introduce the traditions of the Chuvash people, who have lived on the banks of the Volga since ancient times.

The walk will begin in its historical part, where the Cathedral of Vedenskiy stands, the oldest building in the whole republic. The tourists will then descend to the Gulf and the Patron Mother rising above it, one of the symbols of the capital Chuvashia.

Also during the excursiontravellers will see monuments of Soviet time: Opera and Ballet Theater, House of Soviets and monument to legendary KomdivV.I.Chapayev who was born in these places. It is also interesting to visit the National Museum, whose exhibitions will help to learn more about the history and life of the Chuvash and other peoples with whom they were adjacent.

At the end of the walk tourists will be able to visit the local Arbat, where for a year you can admire handmade souvenirs and buy those that liked the most.

Cheboxary is very beautiful and one of the most well-equipped cities in Russia. Drowning in greens, he picturesque spread on the high bank of the Volga. Stunning beauty views, magnificent landscapes and many attractions born both of the gray old and of the present day. You will see the oversized church of FedorStratilat, Trinity Cathedral, Assumption Church with authentic frescoes of ancient letter, the church of Mikhail Archangel and Tolga Our Lady, as well as outstanding monuments of civil architecture - the house of merchant Soloviev and other luxurious merchant houses of the 18th - 19th century.

Kozmodemyansk

17:15 - 20:00
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Kozmodemyansk is a beautiful Mari city whose atmosphere is best felt during the walk.

Here you will learn why the coat of arms of Kozmodemyansk shows golden onions and arrows and what role Ivan Grozny played in the base of the city. You will see the red-and-white Cathedral of Smolensk, which resembles a dress-up children 's toy, and the snow-white Holy Trinity Church, as well as get an invitation to the museum of merchant life. It is located in a bright blue mansion, which was once built for the timber industry Shishokin. The collection presents outfits of the past centuries, books, utensils, furniture, paintings.

In addition to this you will be able to look into another museum Kozmodemyansk. For example, in historical and artistic, which is often called "Malaya Tretiakovka" - for a small city here collected an amazing collection of paintings and beautiful ancient porcelain.

The ethnographic museum (this is a whole village where visitors are introduced to Marian traditions and culture) and the Ostap Bender Museum of Satire and Humor are also interesting. Kozmodemyans are sure: it was their city that inspired the authors of "Twelve Chairs" to create New Vasyukov.

Kozmodemyansk was founded among thick forests, and this determined its future: even in the time of Peter, local timber was used for the construction of ships. By the early 19th century, the Marian city had become one of the main timber centers in Russia.

During the excursion you will see cozy low houses and ancient mansions decorated with various patterns. In one of them there is a museum of merchant life, in the other there is a unique exhibition "Treasure of the River." Here are collected objects from mortified oak - wood, for a long time lying underwater.

You will learn about the technology of production, as well as see a collection of original panels, vases and decorative things made of precious material.

Day 14

10 August (Tuesday)

Nizhny Novgorod

Arrival at 09:00

Schedules may be adjusted due to weather conditions, instructions from dispatch services, and other factors affecting the movement of the vessel. The cruise program shows Moscow time. All information provided is valid for 02/28/2021.

When pre-purchasing additional excursions, special prices apply (from 5% lower than the sale price of excursions on board the ship during the cruise). Members of the «Infoflot» Cruise Club will receive an additional 5% discount.

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