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. This evening, enjoy dinner and a folk show at Nikolaevsky Palace. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 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 4 St. Petersburg > Moscow
Take a high speed train to Moscow where you’ll embark your cruise on board the boutique Scenic Tsar. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 Moscow
Start your day with an introduction to the city’s finest sights, followed by a ride on Moscow’s Metro, andthen explore the spectacular St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Moscow
Visit the magnificent Kremlin and the State Armoury. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Uglich
Freechoice: Visit the Church of St. Dmitry or take a guided tour of the Penny Whistle Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Yaroslavl > Kostroma
Acquaint yourself with Yaroslavl’s long history during a guided tour. Later, continue towards the historic city of Kostroma, part of the Golden Ring of Russia and the cradle of the Romanovs.
Visit the Choreographic College of National Ballet and enjoy a musical concert in the Noble Assembly House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Kostroma > Plyos
After a guided city tour of Kostroma, arrive in Plyos, a town more than 800 years old. (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, discover Maxim Gorky’s Museum House, and take a cable car ride over the city for magnificent views. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Nizhny Novgorod > Kazan
Relax and enjoy the scenery as your boutique ship sails towards the city of Kazan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Kazan
See Kazan’s finest sights, visit the Kazan Kremlin and the Tatar village of Tugan Avylym. Later, enjoy a traditional Tatar folklore performance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Ulyanovsk
Ulyanovsk is known for its most famous citizen, Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Empire of Communists. During a guided tour, visit the Lenin memorial complex. Afterwards, visit Simbirsk Classic gymnasium museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Samara
Arrive in Samara, situated at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, and take a guided city tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Saratov
Explore the 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)
Arrive at your final cruise destination, Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. Infamous for the WWII Battle of Stalingrad, the city’s history is commemorated by the world’s tallest statue of a woman, The Motherland Calls. Acquaint yourself with this historic city during an orientation walk with your Program Director, followed by time at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 Stalingrad (Volgograd)
Start your day with a guided city tour, including a visit to the truly spectacular 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.