Table of contents:
- How to get there?
- Description of routes
- 7 days trip
- Weekend cruise
- In conclusion
A cruise along the Volga from Samara is a great opportunity to have a great vacation and admire all the beauties of the Volga region. Basically, this type of tourism is popular with those who are tired of constant trips to the sea and are looking for some alternative.
An undoubted plus is the program of a one-day cruise along the Volga from Samara. Thanks to her, many people can just arrange a small mini-trip on the weekend, in which you don’t have to climb mountains or wander along various trails - everything takes place on a large and comfortable boat in a pleasant environment.
Also, the advantages of river cruises along the Volga from Samara include a variety of routes. A person can independently familiarize himself with all the options, find out all the details of the trip and choose what he liked best. At the same time, prices are quite reasonable, and discounts are given for pensioners and children. However, it is worth telling about everything in more detail.
How to get there?
For a person who does not live in Samara, but who wants to get on a cruise, information on how to get to the place will notsuperfluous. Of course, there are several ways: bus, plane and train. Now a couple of words about each.
The first one is the bus. On it, you can get to Samara from Moscow in about 17 hours, which is not so little. The ticket price per person is about 1700 rubles and more. The main disadvantage of this method is not even the travel time, but the fact that such flights are infrequent and you need to constantly monitor the schedule.
The second way is by train. By train from Moscow to Samara can be reached at different times. Some flights take only 13 hours, some 15-16, and there are those whose travel time reaches 22 hours (almost a day). Branded trains usually arrive in 13-16 hours, however, there are often regular ones among them. The ticket price for 1 passenger is from 1600 to 2500 rubles for a reserved seat. A compartment or a sleeping car, of course, will cost an order of magnitude more expensive, but what's the point of overpaying for a trip at 13 o'clock? Except perhaps only for a coupe, the cost of which starts from 2200 rubles.
Well, the third way, which is also the fastest and most efficient, is the plane. Basically, the flight time from Moscow to Samara is 1 hour 35 minutes, but sometimes it can reach 1 hour 45 - 50 minutes. It all depends on the air carrier.
The cost of tickets is also pleasantly pleasing. For the economy class, the price tag starts at a ridiculous 1,200 rubles and, as a rule, does not exceed 3,000 rubles. There are exceptions, of course, but again, it all depends.from the carrier. Thus, a return ticket in economy class and without luggage will cost about 3200-3500 rubles (this is the average price), which, in general, is quite good.
Description of routes
One of the most popular routes is, of course, Samara - Kazan - Samara. The duration of such a trip is no more than 3 days (2 nights), thanks to which this route has long become part of the weekend program, but we will talk about it separately.
There are also longer cruises all along the same route Samara - Kazan - Samara. Here is an example of a 5 day trip. During this period, all vacationers travel by boat from Samara, through Togliatti, Tetyushi, Bolgars, Kazan, Sviyazhsk, Ulyanovsk, Volzhsky Utes, and at the end return back to Samara.
Besides 5-day trips, there are programs for 6, 7, 8, 9, etc. up to 20 days! The cost of such routes, of course, is quite high, but you can get much more impressions.
One way or another, the most running at the moment are weekend and 7-day routes. It is them that we will consider.
7 days trip
Cruise along the Volga by boat from Samara lasts only 7 days (6 nights). During this period, vacationers will visit 7 cities and this is not counting Samara. Kazan will be the first on the route after the port of departure. Here, everyone will be invited to take one excursion, which is prescribed in the program, as well as to get acquainted with others for an additional fee.places of interest.
In the excursion planned according to the program, tourists will be shown the Kazan Kremlin, as well as the Spasskaya Tower, the Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Annunciation Cathedral. Muslims will have the opportunity to visit the Kul-Sharif Mosque and the Marjani Mosque.
Further after Kazan there will be a stop in Cheboksary. There, everyone can visit the Vvedensky Cathedral, the Trinity Monastery and the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God. In addition, for a fee, there will be a tour of one of the museums, of which there are four in the city.
On the same day, the ship departs from Cheboksary and follows to the port of Kozmodemyansk. There you can freely walk around the neighborhood and admire local sights: visit the Trinity Church, Smolensky Cathedral and the Tikhvin Church. Well, in the old part of the city, vacationers will be able to see old houses, the facades of which are decorated with various panoramic carvings. By the way, it was Kozmodemyansk that at one time became the very prototype of Vasyukov - the city from the famous novel by Ilf and Petrov "12 chairs".
From Kozmodemyansk the ship will proceed to the great city of Nizhny Novgorod. There will be a mandatory tour of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, where the Blagoveshchensky and Pechersky monasteries are also located, and, of course, the famous Archangel Cathedral. For a fee it will be possiblevisit other significant architectural places and monuments of the city, which, by the way, are many here.
The next point on the way of the cruise route to be visited is Makaryevo. A small village in which the famous Makaryevsky Zheltovodsky Monastery is located, the year of foundation of which is 1435. Today this monastery is the spiritual center for the entire Nizhny Novgorod and the Nizhny Novgorod Volga region. Here the guide will tell in detail the whole history of these places, which terrifies and shocks at the same time.
After Makaryevo, the journey begins in the opposite direction, towards Samara. On the penultimate day of the cruise, 2 stops will be made at once. The first one is in Bolgars, and the second one is in Tetyushi. Both places have a rich history and their own local attractions. There are no tours here. Tourists are given the opportunity to see everything on their own.
Well, the last day of the trip is the return to the port of Samara. This is where the cruise ends.
After we got acquainted with one of the long routes, we can move on to a weekend cruise along the Volga from Samara. It is important to understand that a weekend trip differs from a one-day trip in that its duration is 3 days (2 nights).
Actually, the program here is standard. After sailing from Samara, the ship enters the port of Kazan. There is helda mandatory tour of all the places described above, i.e. the Kremlin, the Spasskaya Tower, the Peter and Paul Cathedral, etc. In addition, for an additional fee, you can choose another tour, and in the end, everyone can easily walk around the city and explore local attractions on your own.
Actually, after Kazan, the finish line is the port of Samara. This is where the journey ends.
Prices for cruises along the Volga from Samara are very different and directly depend on the duration of the trip, the class of the ship and the route itself. For example, for a trip lasting 7 days, which was written above, you will have to pay 27,000 rubles - this is the cheapest ticket. For this money, a person gets everything you need: breakfast (buffet), lunch and dinner, a cabin with drinking water. Aerobics classes, massages and more are also available. There is also a system of discounts. Photo attached.
As for the weekend cruise, its price is 9600 rubles. All accommodation conditions are exactly the same as above.
Reviews of cruises along the Volga from Samara are very diverse. There are, of course, those who did not like something, but the number of completely satisfied people still outweighs. Especially people praise the guides, who are great at talking about various historical places. Well, and, of course, everyone really likes the unforgettable landscapes that open their eyes along the way.route.
A cruise along the Volga from Samara is a great option to have a good vacation, not only on your own, but also with family or friends. Prices are quite reasonable, and the travel program provides a large selection for every taste.