Day 1 Stalingrad (Volgograd)
Welcome to Stalingrad where you’ll embark your Scenic Tsar Boutique ship. Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, is the start of your cruise. (Dinner)
Day 2 Stalingrad (Volgograd)
Your day begins with a guided city tour, including a visit to a truly spectacular site, the Mamayev Hill WWII memorial, with ten monuments dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad. See the change of the guards and the Eternal Flame in the Hall of Warrior Glory. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Stalingrad (Volgograd) > Saratov
Take a walking tour with your Cruise Director and explore further this historic city, before your ship sails out towards Saratov. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Saratov
Discover the unique historic treasures of Saratov, including a visit to the Road to Space exposition dedicated to Yuri Gagarin’s early years of studies here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Samara
Arrive in Samara, situated in the south-eastern part of Russia, at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers. Discover Samara on a guided city tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Ulyanovsk
Ulyanovsk is known for its most famous citizen, Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Empire of Communists. Your day begins with a guided coach tour, and a visit to the Lenin memorial complex and house. Afterwards, visit Simbirsk classical gymnasium museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Kazan
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, and visiting the Kazan Kremlin and the Tatar village of Tugan Avylym. Later, enjoy a traditional Tatar folklore performance. Be serenaded by the soulful tune of the songs and swept up in the beauty and splendour of the Tatar dances, representing joy and the tender sadness of folklore stories. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Nizhny Novgorod
As you cruise the mighty Volga relax and enjoy the scenery while your boutique ship sails towards the historic city of Nizhny Novgorod. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Nizhny Novgorod’s Kremlin. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Nizhny Novgorod
Tour this historic city, which is also referenced as the unofficial third capital of Russia, founded in 1221, and discover Maxim Gorky’s Museum House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Pylos > Kostroma
Enjoy a tour of Pylos, and learn about the rural life in Russia. Then, arrive in the historic city of Kostroma, part of the Golden Ring of Russia, and the cradle of the Romanovs.
Take the opportunity to visit the Choreographic College of National Ballet and enjoy a musical concert in the Noble Assembly House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Kostroma > Yaroslavl
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Uglich
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided visit to the Church of St. Dmitry. Alternatively, take a guided visit to the Penny Whistle Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Moscow
Relax on board as you sail towards Russia’s mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Moscow
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes.
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Moscow > St. Petersburg
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end. Disembark your ship, and travel by the high-speed train to St. Petersburg, for your three night stay. (Breakfast)
Day 16 St. Petersburg
Start the day with a guided city tour before visiting the magnificent Hermitage. This evening, enjoy dinner and a folk show at Nikolaevsky Palace. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 17 St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Explore the Imperial Bath House and Lower Garden, at Peterhof, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. (Breakfast)
Day 18 St. Petersburg
Depart after breakfast this morning. St. Petersburg is the end of your journey, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)
Experience Russia on an 18 day luxury river cruise from Stalingrad to St Petersburg. Enjoy guided tours, museum visits & traditional folklore performances.
With a rich cultural history and an extraordinary military past, contemporary Russia is the confluence of centuries of influence.
Many wonders of Russia will be revealed on this epic journey, starting in Stalingrad (Volgograd) where you will board Scenic Tsar for your luxury Russian river cruise. To travel along the Volga River between the two great cities of Stalingrad and Moscow is a step back in time. However, Russia offers up many additional surprises, with culinary delights, welcoming locals and spectacular scenery to enjoy. Travel by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg where you will spend three nights in this wonderful city.
45 meals including 17 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 15 Dinners
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.