Moscow – Kazan – Moscow

Departure:
Moscow
14 Aug. 2021
Saturday, 04:00
10 days | 9 nights
9 nights
Arrival:
Moscow
23 Aug. 2021
Monday, 11:00
Moscow - Uglich - Kostroma - Ples - Nizhny Novgorod - Sviyazhsk - Kazan - Cheboksary - Kozmodemyansk - Nizhny Novgorod - Chkalovsk - Yaroslavl - Kalyazin - Moscow

from 1 557 €

in cabin of Twin Main d. A2 category

Cruise schedule

Day 1

14 August (Saturday)

Moscow

Departure at 16:00
Moscow, Northern River Station: Leningradskoye hwy, 51

Day 2

15 August (Sunday)

Uglich

15:00 - 18:00
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Uglić is a picturesque city based on the bank of the Volga. It attracts tourists not only beautiful landscapes and monuments of architecture, but also museums. Among them are many original, for example, the Museum of History of Russian Vodka.

It is not by chance founded in Uglich: many years ago here worked as a waiter in the buffet PetyaSmyrnov - the future vodka king. Later, his spirits won medals at international exhibitions, and were supplied to the court of the Russian Emperor and to the royal courts of Italy and Norway. The brand founded by him flourishes to this day and is familiar, probably, to everyone.

In the museum you will learn its history, you will see dozens of different exhibits related to the production of this drink: self-driving machines, ancient labels, dishes used to drink vodka, as well as an impressive collection of bottles.

There are also other exhibits, the number of which is constantly growing - guests bring vodka from different countries of the world to the museum. By the way, everyone can purchase the products of the most famous liquor plants of Russia in a separate hall.

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Uglich is an ancient town on the bank of the Volga. Nowadays it is difficult to tell why it got such a name. Some researchers claim that it is about the coal mines here, others - in the Volga, which in this place changes direction, forming an angle.

But, whatever the case, Uglich remains one of the most beloved cities, and since 2017 he has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia. Travellers are attracted to the atmosphere of comfort, silence and peace, picturesque streets, beautiful architectural monuments and unusual museums.

This excursion will allow you to get acquainted with Uglich 's centuries-old history in its development. To see ancient churches located on the territory of the Kremlin and to visit the Museum of Hydropower opened in 2006. Together with the tour guide tourists will study exhibits of 11 halls. Here you can learn about the history of hydropower in the USSR and Russia, study the types of hydropower plants, and see how the water mill works. This museum is a real interactive complex, the motto of which is "Touching with hands is allowed!." Therefore, it will be interesting for both adults and young travellers.

The card game originated in Asia about a thousand years ago and quickly became one of humanity 's most popular entertainment. In different epochs the attitude towards her was different: she was considered both a great-light hobby, a magical practice, and a sinful occupation. Today, maps are played in almost every corner of the Earth.

There are two museums dedicated to maps in Russia. You can visit one of them in the center of ancient Uglich.

The Uglić Museum of Playing Cards is a very young exhibition platform: the opening took place in April 2019. Everyone will tell you about the maps here. How they appeared, what they were at the beginning and how they changed over the centuries, how the maps from different countries differ, what decks exist and what legendary personality each figure symbolizes.

You will learn the mysteries of Maya and Madame Lenorman 's gadget maps, and you will also see many unusual copies. Tiny maps and giant, maps for visually impaired and blind, right and left, even maps of unusual materials, such as clay and bread.

Part of the excursion will be devoted to the role of playing cards in the fate of great people, literature and cinema. You will also be able to purchase one of the decks in the shop that works at the museum.

You will get acquainted with the city of Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history.

The walk will begin with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga. On its territory the princely chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest samples of residential architecture in Russia are preserved. Here is also the Cathedral of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy, built in the 18th century and painted by a group of artists headed by the fortress peasant Timothy Medvedev. Travellersare invariably admired by biblical stories that decorate walls and resemble the works of famous Italian Renaissance artists. The six-tier iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention.

Getting to know with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries.

This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, which has been enjoying the love of tourists for a year. Many of them return to Uglićover and over again. What is the secret to his attraction? We invite you to answer this question yourself after the excursion.

Uglić is a well-known tourist center that has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia since 2017. Every year it is visited by connoisseurs of Russian architecture and culture who want to learn more about their native country.

In Uglich there is something to look at: there are monuments of different epochs, elegant churches, ancient buildings, once former residential, museums, galleries and exhibition halls. A trip to this city is a real gift for fans of Russian art.

We offer to look at Uglich from the new side and to move away from the classic excursion program. To begin with, you visit a pottery workshop that both residents of the city and its guests like. During the master class here you can lick and paint your own clay vessel. And after - to admire on works of Basil Kurtmulayev, known in Uglich master.

Day 3

16 August (Monday)

Kostroma

10:00 - 13:45
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Kostroma is one of the cities of the Golden Ring that surprise with its diversity. We invite you to open your own Kostroma, visiting excursions during which you will see the main attractions of the city.

You will be able to photograph the 35-meter fire kalanchu, one of the symbols of the city, and the drama theatre named after Ostrovsky, one of the oldest in Russia. You visit the walls of the medieval Ipatievsky Monastery, where Mikhail Romanov agreed to become the new Russian tsar. The route will include the Epiphany Monastery - behind its walls is stored the Feodorovsky Icon of the Mother of God, one of the most revered Kostroma images.

In the center of Kostroma you will walk through the busy Red Rows, spread for a whole quarter - here there is a bargaining for more than 200 years. Fans of Soviet cinema will seem familiar: the ranks "played" in the film "Cruel Romance."

Another place in Kostroma, where it is worth visiting a tourist, is the museum of wooden architecture under the open air. On the picturesque river cape lined age-old houses and small wooden churches, barns and stands. All the buildings are original - for them to survive, they were specially brought here.

Ancient Kostroma is one of the most popular cities of the Golden Ring of Russia. During the bus tour you will be able to photograph the famous Red Trade Ranks, which were "shot" in the film "Violent Romance," and the fire kalanchu, for a hundred years considered the most beautiful in the country. And you also visit the Epiphany-Anastasin Monastery, where the main Orthodox shrine of Kostroma is stored: the Feodorovsky icon of the Mother of God.

Another popular attraction Kostroma found very recently. The unusual Cheese Museum was opened only in 2017, and today is already considered one of the tourist symbols of the city.

The exhibition platform operates in an ancient merchant house. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the famous Kostroma variety, but it is not limited to them. Walking through the halls of the museum, you will hear a story about the history of cheese making in Russia and abroad, learn how cheeses were cooked in ancient times and how production differs these days, you will see special tools used by professionals.

By the way, the collection of cheeses in the Kostroma museum is constantly replenished - both cheese "classic" and unusual innovations. For an additional fee you will be able to participate in the tasting, after which you will have a chance to buy the favorite variety.

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In 2017, in the mansion of Reschikova on one of the ancient streets of Kostroma opened a museum of cheese, quickly winning the love of tourists and citizens.

The place for the museum was not chosen by chance: Kostroma is the homeland of the aromatic and delicious Kostroma variety, which is famous throughout the country and abroad. The recipe was developed more than 100 years ago on the local cheese shop owned by merchant Blandov - it is to him Russia is obliged to establish cheese production.

Guests of all ages come to the cheese museum every day. Having visited here, you will get acquainted with the history of the Kostroma variety, listen to an interesting story about the traditions of cheese making in other countries, learn the subtleties of the process and - who knows! - maybe even bring out a couple of professional secrets from Kostroma masters.

The excursion also includes tasting cheeses for an additional fee, and for the youngest visitors of the museum there is an entertainment quest "Mouselka."

After the excursion, remember to look into the shop operating at the museum. Here you can buy beautifully packed cheeses of different varieties, as well as original souvenirs with cheese themes - friends, loved ones, colleagues and, of course, yourself.

Plyos

17:00 - 20:00
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The beauty of the landscapes and the special calm atmosphere lead to the Plös of travellers at any time of the year.

The love of the residents of the city and its guests is enjoyed by the embankment of the Volga River. Slow walks allow you to enjoy clean air and picturesque views of the majestic river.

Interesting will be a visit to the bazaar square with its souvenir shops. Rising on the Cathedral Slide,it will be possible to enjoy the famous landscapes of Plös and see the monument to Vasily I, who built here in the 15th century a fortified gate.

After you visit the museum and exhibition complex "Perspective Places," where numerous objects of the archaeological collection and exhibits of the "Alabama Treasure" are presented: women 's decorations made in the 7th century A.D. On the second floor there are exhibitions of modern art.

The beauty of the landscapes and the special calm atmosphere lead to the Ples of travellers at any time of the year.

The love of the residents of the city and its guests is enjoyed by the embankment of the Volga River. Slow walks allow you to enjoy clean air and picturesque views of the majestic river.

Interesting will be a visit to the bazaar square with its souvenir shops. Rising on the Cathedral Slide,it will be possible to enjoy the famous landscapes of Ples and see the monument to Vasily I, who built here in the 15th century a fortified gate.

In the museum "Art Crafts of IvanovskyKrai" you can get acquainted with the main directions of art crafts of the region: linen and jacquard weaving, Ivanovsky embroidery, lacquer and jewelry business.

Day 4

17 August (Tuesday)

Nizhny Novgorod

15:00 - 18:00
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Nizhny Novgorod is a city that stands at the confluence of two rivers: Oki and Volga. One of its attractions is the Kremlin erected in the early 16th century. Nizhny Novgorod is proud of him and tells that these walls were not taken by any enemy. Moreover, in the 17th century Nizhny Novgorod became one of the centers of the people 's militia: it was here that the troops of KuzmaMinin and Prince Dmitry Pozharskiy gathered.

During the excursion the travellers will get to the territory of the Kremlin and will see Mikhail-Archangel Cathedral, the oldest stone temple in Nizhny Novgorod.

Tourists will also visit Greater Kolskaya Street. In the 19th century, it began to build stone buildings, houses of officials and representatives of princely genera, thanks to which it was often called "noble" in the people. Travellers also visit Christmas Street, a peer of Nizhny Novgorod, where there are more than 30 monuments of architecture! One of them is the carved and dressed cathedral of the Holy Virgin.

The tour of Nizhny Novgorod is good that you will be able to learn more about this city, find yourself in places where history has been done, as well as to admire the views of Volga, which open from the embankment of Fedorovsky and Chkalovsky stairs.

For centuries life has been boiling in Nizhny Novgorod monasteries: icons and books have been written, a record has been conducted, according to which we today learn about the events of distant years.

The oldest residence of Nizhny Novgorod is considered the Annunciation Monastery. Its first walls, at that time still wooden, ascended about 800 years ago near the place where Oka flows into the Volga. The main attraction of the monastery is the snow-white Annunciation Cathedral, where an amazing porcelain iconostasis is installed.

Equally popular is the Pomersky Monastery. Once there lived monks in dug caves. Today Pomerskoe abode is included in the lists of the most beautiful on the Volga, it has a museum dedicated to the history of the Novgorod Diocese.

Against the background of medieval monasteries, the next attraction seems quite young. The age of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, standing on the arrow of Volga and Oki, is slightly more than 150 years. However, it also ranks high in various ratings every year: the cathedral of an unusual sand shade is included ТОП-5 the list of the highest Orthodox churches in Russia.

Day 5

18 August (Wednesday)

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 - 23:00
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The history of the Raif male monastery dates back to the mid-17th century. That 's when hermit Filaret lived. His parents were rich people, after their deaths Filaret distributed all the property and accepted the cut. Wishing for a strict secluded life, he left Moscow, went down the Volga and built a cage on the shore of Raif Lake.

The glory of the holy man quickly spread around, and local residents began to come to him. Some stayed here, devoting themselves to the service of God. Soon on the shore of the lake there was a chapel, but construction of the monastery began after Filaret 's death. At first the abode was wooden, stone it became at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Nowadays it is one of the most famous houses in the Volga region. There are 5 temples on the territory of the monastery, which are quite different from each other. It is both the majestic Trinity Cathedral and Sofia Church, one of the smallest in Europe: at the same time there can be only 7 people! And Mikhail Church, located above the gates. The 60-meter bell tower makes the temple, called the "Raif candle," the most recognizable.

The main shrine of the monastery is the icon of the Georgian Mother of God, who is honored as miraculous. But not only pilgrims go to this monastery. The Raif abode is a very picturesque place. Her ensemble fits into a landscape that breathes rest: a deep lake and pine reserve forest.

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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 6

19 August (Thursday)

Cheboksary

09:00 - 13:30
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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

17:00 - 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 7

20 August (Friday)

Nizhny Novgorod

08:00 - 09:00

Chkalovsk

16:00 - 19:00
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Chkalovsk is a city in the Nizhny Novgorod region, which is located on the high right bank of the Volga, near the Gorkovsky reservoir. It used to bear another name - Vasilyovo - but was renamed after the Soviet test pilot V.P. Chkalov.

Tourists will have a fascinating walk around the city, albeit small, but very interesting. One of his most famous attractions is the V.P. Chkalov Museum, a memorial complex created in honor of the Hero of the Soviet Union. It includes the house where the pilot was born and a hangar with aircraft from the thirties of the last century.

You also visit the Speed Museum dedicated to ship and screen planning. Several halls house exhibits, including photographs, copies and original documents, personal effects, installations, ship models. The exposition covers the history of the city: from the period of formation of the Gorkovsky reservoir, which flooded then Vasilyovasloboda, to the present day.

Special attention in the museum is paid to the works of Rostov Alexey Alekseev, the creator of on-board planes and ships on underwater wings. He was a talented designer, yachtsman, and artist - his works you will find in the hall.

We advise you to bring a camera with you. This city is interesting not only by museums, but also by a profitable location. From the shore there are picturesque views of the "Gorkov Sea," as the reservoir is often called.

Day 8

21 August (Saturday)

Yaroslavl

13:30 - 18:30
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More than a thousand years worth Jaroslav l. According to legend, it was founded by Jaroslav Wise on the place where the bear won. Experts argue that this is just a beautiful legend. And the residents of the city point to the city coat of arms on which this wild beast is painted.

In modern timesYarovl is a city-museum, which has preserved a huge number of architectural monuments. Travellers visit the ancient Epiphany Square and learn the history of the oldest theatre in Russia. They are welcomed by the Assumption Cathedral, erected near the arrow of the Volga and Kourosli rivers, and will visit the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Monastery, the walls of which have repeatedly protected the city since the 12th century. Every tourist heard about this monastery in lessons not only of history, but also of literature: here in the 18th century found "Word about the regiment of Igorev."

Travellerswill certainly be struck by the church of John the Precursor, which is considered the most artistic Yaroslav temple. By the way, her outline will seem familiar even to those who have not been to Yaroslav: it is she who decorates the bill with the dignity of 1000 rubles.

Travellers will have a fascinating familiarity with the history and culture of one of the oldest cities in our country: Yarl, founded in the 11th century.

This city is rightly called an open-air museum: on its streets and squares there are buildings built in different years and epochs. For example, on Volkov Square almost opposite each other stand the theatre named after F. Volkov of the early 20th century with a facade in the style of modernism and monuments of architecture of the 17th century: the ancient Banner Tower with gates and the wonderful church of Epiphany made of red brick.

Yaroslav will surprise the beauty of the church of Ilia the Prophet of the 17th century, with its green domes and affective bell tower, and the power of the walls of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Monastery of the 12th century. Next to it is a monument to JararMudrom, who, according to legend, founded the city.

Walking along the picturesque embankment and visiting the complex of the Yarskaya Arrow, Eternal Fire and Assumption Cathedral, will end with a tour of the museum of hot enamel "Emalis." Here travellers will plunge into the history of development of enamel art, will see works of masters from Russia and Europe. And during the master class everyone will have a unique opportunity to produce a small souvenir on their own.

Day 9

22 August (Sunday)

Kalyazin

10:30 - 14:30

Day 10

23 August (Monday)

Moscow

Arrival at 11:00
Moscow, Northern River Station: Leningradskoye hwy, 51

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 03/02/2021.

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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