Day 1 St. Petersburg
Welcome to St. Petersburg for your three night stay.
Day 2 St. Petersburg
Start the day with a guided city tour before visiting the magnificent Hermitage. Later this evening, enjoy a dinner and the folk show at Nikolaevsky Palace. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Explore Catherine’s Block at Peterhof, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace. (Breakfast)
Day 4 St. Petersburg > Moscow
Take a high speed train to Moscow where you’ll embark your Scenic Tsar boutique ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 Moscow
Start your day with an introduction to the city’s finest sights, followed by an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro. Then, explore the spectacular Saint Basil’s Cathedral.
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Moscow
Today visit the Kremlin, including the State Armory. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 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 8 Yaroslavl > Kostroma
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. After lunch set sail towards 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 9 Kostroma > Pylos
This morning enjoy a guided city tour of Kostroma.
Arrive in Pylos, and learn about the rural life in Russia. This historic town is more than 800 years old, and it is associated with Isaac Levitan, one of the most favoured and recognised 19th century Russian landscapists. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Nizhny Novgorod
Tour this historic city, which is also referenced as the unofficial third capital of Russia, founded in 1221.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit Nizhny Novgorod’s Kremlin and discover Maxim Gorky’s Museum House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Nizhny Novgorod > Kazan
As you cruise the mighty Volga relax and enjoy the scenery while your boutique ship sails towards the historic city of Kazan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 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 13 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. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the house where Lenin’s family resided. Afterwards, visit Simbirsk classical gymnasium museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Samara
This morning your ship arrives 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 15 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 16 Stalingrad (Volgograd)
Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, is the final destination of your cruise. Famous for the Battle of Stalingrad, the city’s history is commemorated by the tallest statue of a woman in the world, The Motherland Calls. Acquaint yourself with this historic city during your orientation walk with your Cruise Director, followed by some leisure time. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 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 18 Stalingrad (Volgograd)
Depart after breakfast this morning. Volgograd is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)
Explore St. Petersburg before boarding Scenic Tsar in Moscow for a luxurious river cruise along the Volga. Enjoy guided tours and grand sights of Russia.
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 with a three night stay in St. Petersburg. Travel by train to Moscow where a world of wonder awaits as you embark your cruise of these great waterways. To travel along the Volga River between the two great cities of Moscow and Stalingrad is a step back in time. However, Russia offers up many additional surprises, with culinary delights, welcoming locals and spectacular scenery to enjoy. We welcome you aboard Scenic Tsar, and the beating heart of this captivating country.
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.