Experience Russia on an 18 day luxury river cruise from Stalingrad to St Petersburg. Enjoy guided tours, museum visits & traditional folklore performances.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.
Welcome to Stalingrad where you’ll embark your cruise on board the boutique Scenic Tsar. Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, is the start of your cruise. Infamous for the WWII battle of Stalingrad, the city’s history is commemorated by the world’s tallest statue of a women, The Motherland Calls.
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.
Stalingrad (Volgograd) > Saratov
After a final flourish in Stalingrad, your ship sails out towards 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.
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.
Ulyanovsk is known for its most famous citizen, Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Empire of Communists. During a guided coach tour, visit the Lenin memorial complex. Afterwards, visit Simbirsk Classic Gymnasium Museum.
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.
As you cruise the mighty Volga relax and enjoy the scenery while your boutique ship sails towards the historic city of 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 river for magnificent city views.
Plyos > Kostroma
Enjoy a tour of Pylos, a town more than 800 years old, 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.
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.
Join an exploration of Uglich, including a visit to the Church of St. Dmitry.
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.
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. See magnificent golden dome cathedrals and ancient palaces before a visit to the State Armory where 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.
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.
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.
Freechoice: Explore Peterhof’s Upper and Lower Gardens, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace.
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.
This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions