Venue/Cruise Schedule

Cruise information

The Volga Neuroscience Meeting 2018 will be held on board a comfortable boat  cruising from Nizhny Novgorod to Samara and back along the Volga River.  “Mikhail Frunze” is a four-deck boat  built at the Komarno Shipyards (former  Czechoslovakia). At 4,050 tonnes,  “Mikhail Frunze” is one of Russia’s biggest river cruise ships currently in service with Vodohod company.

Facilities on board include:

  • Conference hall
  • Restaurant, bar-restaurant
  • Music lounge bar
  • Reading room
  • An open sun deck
  • Ironing room
  • Medical center
  • Wi-Fi Internet in one of the bars
  • Massage therapy room



  • 2 deluxe cabins
  • 8 semi-deluxe cabins
  • 18 single cabins
  • 37 twin cabins (one-tiered)
  • 54 twin cabins (two-tiered)
  • 30 triple cabins (two-tiered)


Each  cabin has a large scenic window, a WC/shower, a wardrobe, a 220 V mains socket, a radio, and an air conditioner.

The conference boat will depart on July 22 from  Nizhny Novgorod.  Departure details will be announced in the information letter before the trip. You will visit several great and ancient cities of the Volga region, rich in history and architecture. This fascinating route features many beautiful sights and gives the participants a unique opportunity to become familiar with Russia’s history and nature.  Our boat will make a round tour and return to Nizhny Novgorod on July 27. The format of the Meeting and the informal atmosphere of the river cruise will stimulate active discussions and links between scholars and will give a brilliant opportunity for the participants to get familiar with the Russian history and nature. In addition to sightseeing and tours on the cruise route, our social program for the participants and accompanying persons will include music concerts on board and the symposium dinner.


Cruise schedule

Place Date Arrival Departure
Nizhny Novgorod 22.07.2018 00:00 09.00
Makaryevo 22.07.2018 15:00 17:00
Bolgary 23.07.2018 16:00 20:00
Samara 24.07.2018 14:00 18:00
Kazan 25.07.2018 16:00 10:00 (26 July)
Sviyazhsk 26.07.2018 15:30 19:30
Nizhny Novgorod 27.07.2018 16:00 Disembarkation


Next, a night tour of Nizhny Novgorod   (from 21.00 to 23.00 on July 27)  will take you to the most scenic places of this ancient city.

After the tour, the participants will be transferred by bus to the airport or to the railway station. Those  who are going to extend their stay in Nizhny Novgorod for visiting Lobachevsky University can book accommodation at the Hotel Oka located at a walking distance from the University: