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19-08-2009, 16:06
Hi everyone! I just wanted to share my impressions till they are fresh)

I’ve just returned from the Volga river cruise. That was gorgeous! I mean it. OK, I guess that gonna be better if I go from the very beginning.

So, it all started when I found myself sitting in Samara, Russia miserable, tired from work and dreadfully bored. I was overcome by self-pity when my friend suggested we should try some cruise or smth of the kind (why, why didn’t she do that earlier?). Well, at first I found the idea far from being brilliant: I’ve never done that before, at any hand for several days. Plus Waugh’s “Bridshead revisited” I was reading didn’t add optimism (if you remember most of the characters suffered from rolling during the trip and I can’t say I’m a good sailor). But sitting at work or home all thro' the day was a creepy alternative, so I gave it green light (after certain hesitation) to avoid turning into some peevish bluestocking)

Well, I like going the whole hog, so I (my friend never helped! lazy) googled, found a good tour-operator, chose the variant I liked most, packed my case, checked my face and… started my tiny adventure.

It’s worth saying I chose four-decker “Tikhij Don” as it was proclaimed one of the safest and most convenient boats. Oh, and the biggest one in Samara, Russia. And I do love comfort, I hate when for e.g. broken air-conditioner spoils my trip).

I chose the biggest boat and one of the longest trips (imagine, 7 days!), so to say decided to have a blast. I don’t regret.

In an hour, after unpacking a trunk I felt like farewell business suit and bikini you’re welcome. Oh, btw, there was a huge wardrobe in my Luxe, which’s great as I always take an inevitable number of clothing. The room was really cozy and nice – 2 big beds, air conditioner (!), WC and a shower unit and other things to make me happy, and a safe (it’s a pity I had nothing to put in it ((( ).

All in all, I would strongly advise everyone give Volga cruise a go, that’s unforgettable.

It looks like my first Volga river cruise experience was a success. Did I miss something? Hey guys, drop me a line if you’ve been on any other Volga cruise just to compare impressions.

20-08-2009, 04:22

i'm glad you had a good time. I really am, but now you've informed us the cabin was 'up to scratch' what about the rest of the cruise?
Like service, scenery, prices, who were the other passengers, entertainment on board where does it stop and for how long etc. etc..........

I'm happy the wardrobe was big enough. :)

21-08-2009, 13:33
Let's see what I can add...The food. Well, I love eating (who says he does not lies ))) ). And I was not disappointed. The dishes were fresh and well cooked (there were 3 at a choice), and my friend was pleased to find vegetarian menu. I’m a candy hound, so desserts served held me in good mood. That was not the only thing that made me cheerful – every evening discos and what not, I felt the party animal.

21-08-2009, 13:35
Oh, me stupid. Forgot about the route. It was: Samara-Usovka-Volgograd (StalinGrad)-Astrakhan-Volgograd (StalinGrad)-Saratov-Samara. Every city is different and worth seeing. And of cource the Volga. Mighty, magnificent………. superb!
It was for 7 days and it stopped back in Samara.

Is there anything else you want to know?

21-08-2009, 13:58
enough for your good times. how the frigging much does that thing cost how much did you spent.

21-08-2009, 17:15
and pictures? you got any? can you post some?

24-08-2009, 17:49
Sure. But we didn't have any have a camera, mine is still being in service! Hate that.

24-08-2009, 17:54
Just a sec

24-08-2009, 17:54
So here are the prices and may be pics (obviously ot that awsome as the one I could take:doh:)

Volga River Cruises from Samara Russia Tikhiy Don cuise ship timetable and rates (http://www.samaratour.com/cgi-bin/new/st.cgi?act=sp;C=01;l=e;ID=424828779)

24-08-2009, 19:35
Sounds like a fantastic, if expensive, experience.... :ok: