The Symposium will be held from June 24 to June 30 on board of a ship traveling along the longest river in Europe — the Volga, departing from Nizhny Novgorod and visiting old Russian cities of Kazan, Saratov and Samara where the Symposium will be closed. The Opening plenary session will be held in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia's third largest city famous for its 16–17th-century Kremlin that stands along the steep bank of the Volga. Nizhny Novgorod is on UNESCO's list as one of 100 cities of the world of utmost cultural importance. Then the route of our comfortable cruiser Fyodor Shalyapin lies to the southward. We will make a stop in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, an example of religious tolerance and inter-confessional harmony with its impressive kremlin, old mosques and churches, one of the major economic and scientific centers of Russia, pass the city of Samara and proceed to Saratov with its 19th century neo-Gothic Conservatory, then make a U-turn and return to Samara with its beautiful national park of pine forests, stony steppes and misty meadows and gorgeous Samara Academic Drama Theatre.

The schedule of the ship
Sunday, June 24N. Novgorod 12:00–24:00
Monday, June 25N. Novgorod00:00–15:0015:00 — ship departure
Tuesday, June 26Kazan 14:00–20:00 14:00 — ship arrival
20:00 — departure
Thursday, June 28 Saratov16:00–21:0016:00 — ship arrival
21:00 — ship departure
Friday, June 29Samara 19:00–24:00 19:00 — ship arrival
Saturday, June 30Samara00:00–09:30 09:30 — check-out from the boat


Adresses of river ports and where plenary sessions will be held | in Russian | in English |.

Symposium route

Nizhny Novgorod Kazan Samara Saratov

Feodor Chaliapin motor-ship

Comfortable design-92-016 four-deck motor ship were built in Czech Republic.

Sun deck.


Upper deck.

Main deck.


The average temperature in June is about 20 °C above zero. The rain is possible.

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