Stretching along the Volga River for 43 miles is Volgograd. This thriving center was built as a living monument to the valor and courage of the defenders of Stalingrad during World War II, whose steadfastness created a major turning point of the war.
A beautiful city surrounded by outlying villages, Saratov was settled by Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Chernyshevsky, the famous Russian writer and democrat was born here and Yuriy Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut was a member of the Saratov Flying Club.
Founded in the 16th century Samara is today an important industrial and cultural center of the region. Formerly known as Kuibyshev, the city played a big role in the Peasant Uprising of 1670 under Styepan Razin and again in 1773 under Yemelin Pugachev. Recently Stalin’s bunker was discovered here and opened to the public.
Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan which is often called the “Pearl of the Central Volga region”. Numerous masterpieces of architecture – the unique “Leaning Tower of Princess Suumbike” – an analog of the Pisa Tower, the Kremlin, Moslem Mosques and minarets, magnificent Orthodox churches and cathedrals make this city a special attraction for the tourists.
- Nizhny Novgorod
Founded in 1221, this city was a famous meeting place where people from the Orient, Siberia and Turkistan came to barter and trade. Formerly named Gorki, it was later home of political exiles and therefore closed to outsiders for many years. Nizhny Novgorod has only recently opened its doors for visitors, where many well preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th centuries are found. Of special interest is the ancient Kremlin cathedrals, convents and the palace of the early ruling family.
Cheboksary is the capital of Chuvashia. It is situated on the right bank of the Volga. It is a port has a railway, a carway and an airport. The population of the town is 444 thousand people. Cheboksary has been known since 1469. Since 1555 it has been a fortress of the Moscow state. In 1611-1612 the citizens took part in the home guard of Minin and Pozharsky. At the end of 17th and 18th centuries Cheboksary was a large trading city of Povolzhiya. Then it became a new industrial and cultural centre.
Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of Elijah the Prophet, situated in the town’s central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church constitute a veritable museum of old Russian paintings.
Founded in 1148, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the town as it is approached from the Volga River is especially lovely with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St.John’s Church looming on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile in the Kremlin at Uglich. It was here in her garden that the Tsarevich Dmitry met his death and where the Church of St.Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. Within the Kremlin is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry.
Spend two unforgettable days in the capital of Russia and admire numerous treasures of its history and present days and enjoy its beauty!
Day 1: Volgogard. Embarkation. Symphony Concert at the Concert hall from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Day 2: Volgograd. City tour, Mamaev Kurgan.
Day 3: Saratov. City tour. Symphony Concert at the Opera and Ballet Theater from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Day 4: Cruise. Green stop. Concert on board.
Day 5: Samara. City tour, Art Museum. Symphony Concert at the Philharmonic Hall from 19:00 – 21:00
Day 6: Kazan. City tour. Symphony Concert at the Grand Concert Hall from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Day 7: Tcheboksary. City tour. Concert on board.
Day 8: Nizhni Novgorod. Gorodetz. City tour (Bus tour). Symphony Concert at the Kremlin Concert hall from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Day 9: Yaroslavl. City tour, Spaso-Preobrazgenskiy Monastery, Church of Ilja the Prophet. Symphony Concert at the Philharmonic Hall from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Day 10: Uglich. Walking city tour, Kremlin.
11: Moscow. City tour.
12: Moscow. Kremlin & Cathedral (half day tour).
13: Moscow. Disembarkation.
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