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Great Mother Volga (15 days/19 days/20 days)

Travel along the magnificent waters of the Volga River, the largest river in Europe. Cruise aboard our ships from Caspian to Baltic Sea. Explore the rich culture and learn the history of the ancient Russian cities built on the Volga’s banks. Enjoy the splendor of the great Mother Volga River and the Don River; visit the capitals of the Russian states.

 

SHIP ABBREVIATIONS

LI–M/S Litvinov

LV–M/S Lavrinenkov

MS Litvinov

Description

Litvinov

The motor ships built in Germany and commissioned in 1990 are modern river vessels equipped with the latest navigational aids. They have been constructed to provide maximum comfort and safety on rivers, major lakes, waterways and reservoirs. Each ship features all outside staterooms with large picture windows and private facilities. Each cabin has individual temperature controls and air conditioning.

The dining rooms offer Russian and Continental cuisine. Ample deck spaces allow for unobstructed views. Aboard each ship you’ll find a small shop, pleasantly appointed bar, music salon, theater and beauty salon. The deck plan varies slightly with additional Sun Deck cabins.

 

 

 

M/S Lavrinenkov

 

Description

Lavrinenkov

The ship is designed for guests sharing similar tastes and interests in travel. The crew is specially trained to cater to the needs of Western tourists. The ship features outside staterooms affording majestic views of the passing countryside. All are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished and have refrigerators. The two dining rooms offer Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions, served in a warm shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a small souvenir shop, music salon, dance hall and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday. From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access and elevator. It does not have extensive soundproofing so you may hear noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at any time.

On every cruise there’s a government-licensed guide who will fill you in on the history, mythology and art of the ports you visit, so you’ll go home with more than just a tan – you’ll take with you a greater understanding of Russia.

ALL CABINS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SHOWER, TOILET, AIR-CONDITIONER, REFRIGERATOR.

 

 

DATES/ITINERARY/SUMMARY

 

Cruises 2013
St. Petersburg – Rostov Rostov – Moscow
Departure Days Ship
Oct 1 20 LI
Departure Days Ship
Apr 24 19 LI
Apr 29 15 LV

 

Cruise: St. Petersburg — Astrakhan — Rostov-on-Don (M/S Litvinov)

Day Location Excursion program Arrival Departure
1 St. Petersburg Embarkation.
2 City tour, Hermitage. 19:00
3 Mandrogi Green stop. 11:30 15:00
4 Cruising
5 Goritsy Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. 12:30 16:30
6 Yaroslavl City Tour, Church of Ilja the Prophet, Spaso-Preobragenski Monastery.
Afternoon optional tour to Kostroma City Tour + Ipatyevsky Monastery
14:00 22:30
7 Ples Free time.
Optional tours to Suzdal-Vladimir
8:00 21:00
8 Nizhni Novgorod City tour, Kremlin (by bus). 14:00 19:00
9 Kazan City tour (by bus), Kremlin. 15:00 21:00
10 Ulianovsk City tour, Lenin Museum. 15:00 19:00
11 Samara City tour (by bus).
Optional program: Stalin’s bunker
8:00 13:00
12 Saratov City tour (by bus). 11:00 14:00
13 Volgograd City tour, Mamaev Kurgan (by bus). 9:00 17:00
14 Cruising
15 Astrakhan City tour (by bus). 9:00 20:00
16 Cruising
17 Volgograd Optional program: Military Cemetery in Rossoshki (by bus). 9:00 13:30
18 Cruising
19 Starocherkassk Walking tour and Don Cossak Museum. 9:30 12:30
Rostov-on-Don City tour (by bus). 14:30
19 Disembarkation.
Cruise Summary
Ship Litvinov
Days 20
Nights 19
Categories USD *
Boat deck — Cat. A $4500
Upper deck — Cat. B $4300
Main deck — Cat. C $4100
Lower deck (3 pax) — Cat. D $3900
Suite Cabin $7900
Junior Suite $6600
Single Cabin $4800
Double cabin/sgl use +50%
Port taxes $220
Fuel surcharge $145

* All prices are per person based on double occupancy

Departure Days
Oct 1 20

 

Rostov-on-Don — Astrakhan — Moscow (M/S Litvinov)

Day Location Excursion program Arrival Departure
1 Rostov-on-Don Emabrkation.
2 City tour. Noon
Starocherkassk Walking tour. Don Cossacks’ museum 2:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M.
3 Cruising. Free time.
4 Volgograd City tour, Mamaev Kurgan. 11:30 A.M. 6:00 P.M.
5 Cruising. Free time.
6 Astrakhan City tour. 8:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M.
7 Cruising. Free time.
8 Volgograd Optional tour to military memorial “Rossoshki” (not included). 8:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M.
9 Saratov City tour. 9:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M.
10 Samara City tour. 1:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M.
11 Simbirsk (Ulyanovsk) City tour, Lenin’s museum. 10:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
12 Kazan City tour. 9:00 A.M. 9:00 P.M.
13 Nizhny Novgorod City tour. 7:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M.
14 Ples Free time. 8:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.
Optional tour to Suzdal and Vladimir. 1:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M.
15 Yaroslavl City tour. Spaso-Preobrazgenskiy monastery, Church of Ilja the Prophet.
Optional tour to Kostroma or Rostov the Great.
6:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
16 Uglich Walking city tour. Kremlin. 8:00 A.M. Noon
17 Moscow City tour. Kremlin and cathedral. 1:00 P.M.
18 Optional tour to Sergiev Possad (not included)
19 Disembarkation.
Cruise Summary
Ship Litvinov
Days 19
Nights 18
Categories USD *
Boat deck — Cat. A $4300
Upper deck — Cat. B $4100
Main deck — Cat. C $3900
Lower deck (3 pax) — Cat. D $3700
Suite Cabin $7600
Junior Suite $6400
Single Cabin $4500
Double cabin/sgl use +50%
Port taxes $200
Fuel surcharge $125

* All prices are per person based on double occupancy

Departure Days
Apr 24 19

 

Cruise: Rostov-on-Don — Moscow (M/S Lavrinenkov)

Day Location Excursion program Arrival Departure
1 Rostov-on-Don Emabrkation.
2 City tour. 12:00
Starocherkassk Visit of Starocherkassk Walking tour, Cossacks-Museum, Cathedral. 14:00 17:00
3 Cruising
4 Volgograd City tour, Mamaev Kurgan. 12:00 17:30
5 Saratov City tour. 13:00 17:00
6 Samara City tour. 14:00 20:00
7 Simbirsk (Ulyanovsk) City tour, Lenin Museum. 9:00 14:00
8 Kazan City tour, Kremlin, visit to the Mosque. 08:00 12:00
9 Nizhny Novgorod City tour, Kremlin. 08:00 10:00
10 Kostroma City Tour and Ipatyevsky Monastery. 15:00 20:00
11 Yaroslavl City tour. Spaso-Preobrazgenskiy Monastery, Church of Ilja the Prophet. 8:00 20:00
12 Uglich Walking city tour. Kremlin. 08:00 12:00
13 Moscow City tour. 13:00
14 Kremlin and Cathedral.
15 Disembarkation.
Cruise Summary
Ship M/S Lavrinenkov
Days 15
Nights 14
Categories USD *
Boat deck — Cat. A $3300
Upper deck — Cat. B $3100
Main deck — Cat. C $2900
Lower deck (3 pax) — Cat. D $2700
Suite Cabin $5400
Junior Suite $4500
Single Cabin $3600
Double cabin/sgl use +50%
Port taxes $165
Fuel surcharge $95

* All prices are per person based on double occupancy

Departure Days
Apr 29 15

 

ADDITIONAL INFO

 

The price includes:

– Accommodations in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window

– Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship’s restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation

– Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception

– Gala farewell dinner aboard

– Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers upon arrival/departure

– Luggage handling to/from the ship

– Lectures, provided by our guides

– Russian language and songs lectures

– Nightly entertainment and dancing

– Daily aerobics

– Tour of the ship’s bridge

– Our cruise director and professional staff

The price does NOT include:

– Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/souvenirs

– Luggage handling in the airport

– Insurance

– Visas

– Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion

– Private transfers

– Miscellaneous: Items of a personnel nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment Policy

  • $500 irrevocable deposit is required within 7 days after your booking request
  • The remaining balance must be paid in FULL 75 days prior to your cruise date
  • 75-61 days – 25%
  • 60-30 days – 50%
  • less than 30 days – NO REFUND

Conditions of cancellation

If you accept a refund, you waive all other rights and remedies under applicable law. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Unused Features – We regret not being able to issue refunds for voluntary absences from itinerary services including but not limited to meals and/or sightseeing. Once cruise or tour program has commenced, there will be no refund for unused features or services, or any portion of cruise or tour not taken due to passenger’s cancellation.

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