Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Moscow
Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to your deluxe hotel located in the historic city centre close to the Bolshoi Theatre. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing after the flight or explore Moscow on your own. Please note that between 18.00-21.00hrs you have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader in the hotel lobby.
Stay at Marriott Grand Hotel (5 star)

DAY 2 Moscow
Begin the day with an orientation tour of Moscow visiting the magnificent Red Square and its famous landmarks. Continue to the famous Novodevichy Cemetery, where well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.
After lunch in a local restaurant, proceed to the renowned Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings. Then explore Moscow's Metro, famed for its architectural splendour. BL
Stay at Marriott Grand Hotel (5 star)

DAY 3 Moscow
This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum, with its collection of Czarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and gifts of state. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. After transfer to the luxurious MS Volga Dream for lunch as you begin your cruise along the Russian Waterways. Enjoy a Captain's welcome dinner as you begin your cruise. BLD

DAY 4 Uglich
Arrive this afternoon in Uglich, which dates back to the 10th century. A walking tour includes the Chapel of Dmitri, a 17th-century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year old son met his death.
Visit the 17th-century St John's Church, and attend a concert of choral music. BLD

DAY 5 Yaroslavl
This morning visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Saviour, adorned with murals depicting St. John's apocalyptic visions, and the richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet. Participate in a costumed reception at the Governor's House before reboarding the Volga Dream in time for lunch. BLD

DAY 6 Nizhniy Novgorod
Nizhniy Novgorod, formerly Gorkiy, was once a wealthy centre poised on the trade routes to the East. During the Soviet era the city was closed to outsiders due to military activity, but today it is open for tourists. On a city tour learn of the city’s history as a place of exile for political prisoners, walk the ramparts of the 16th-century Kremlin for spectacular views, and visit elaborately painted churches. This evening attend a concert by a local children’s folk group before dinner with vodka tasting. BLD

DAY 7 Kazan
This morning you will notice that Russian Orthodox Churches no longer dominate the banks of the Volga River. Instead, beautiful Muslim mosques appear from time to time as you cruise down river and enter the Republic of Tatarstan. In the afternoon, explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and centre of Tatar culture of Russia. Visit the white-walled Kremlin where the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque is neighbour to the old Peter & Paul Cathedral. In the late afternoon enjoy a concert of traditional Tatar music by a local group. BLD

DAY 8 Samara
This morning relax on the Sun Deck as your cruise passes the Zhigulevskie Mountains on the approach to the city of Samara. Your afternoon will start with a city tour of Samara and includes a visit to the space museum, followed by a stroll along the Volga esplanade to the Samara State Art Museum, which contains a large collection of 17th-20th century Russian art and a unique collection of 20th-century Russian Avantgard and Soviet and Post-Soviet art. BLD

DAY 9 Saratov
Once home to a large German community, today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia’s first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied here. Take a city tour and visit Radishev State Art Museum, the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow. BLD

DAY 10 Volgograd
Originally called Tsaritsyn, this remarkable city has had three name changes in its tumultuous history. The site of epic battles during the Russian Revolution, it was known as Stalingrad from 1925 until 1961 and the city’s heroic defence against the German’s during World War II became the decisive battle of the Eastern Front. Visit the memorial on Mamayev Hill, where the struggle saw its bloodiest fighting and the Battle of Stalingrad panorama museum. BLD

DAY 11 Volgograd
Your Grand Volga cruise concludes after breakfast with a departure transfer for your onward journey. B

  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Welcome meeting
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • Daily Supply of Bottled Water
  • Free Tea & Coffee Station
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • 2 nights in a deluxe 5 star, centrally located, hotel in Moscow
  • 8 night cruise in a river view cabin
  • Russian cultural experience aboard the Volga Dream including
    • 5 Fascinating Talks by the Russian Professor
    • Piano Concert of Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov
    • Russian Dinner and Vodka Tasting
    • Matryoshka (nesting doll) Painting
    • Russian Language Classes
    • Russian Cooking Classes
    • Tea from the Samovar
    • Welcome Bread and Salt
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches – including on-deck BBQ
  • 8 dinners – including Russian dinner and vodka tasting
  • House wines and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner (cruise only)
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails
  • Daily supply of bottled water

Daily small group sightseeing in groups of no more than 25 guests (wireless headsets)


  • City Tour
  • Red Square Walk
  • GUM Department Store
  • Kremlin and Armory Chamber
  • State Tretyakov Gallery
  • Novodevichy Cemetery visit
  • Metro Introduction Tour


  • Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, Uglich
  • Spassky Monastery, Yaroslavl
  • Nizhniy Novgorod City Tour
  • Nizhniy Novgorod folk concert performed by a local children’s group
  • Kazan City Tour
  • Kazan local ensemble performing traditional Tatar music
  • Samara City Tour
  • Samara Space Museum & State Art Museum
  • Saratov City Tour & Radishev State Art Museum
  • Volgograd City Tour & Mamayev Hill


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Ship Information

Boat 1: MS Volga Dream

  • Launched: 2007
  • Length: 96m
  • Breadth: 14.5m
  • Speed: 25km/h
  • Passenger: 100
  • Cabins: 60
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun Deck with deck chairs
  • Fine restaurant with single seating dinning
  • Neva Lounge and Bar
  • Library
  • Tea and Coffee Station (24 hrs)
  • Reception
  • Boutique / Gift Shop
  • Hairdresser
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sauna & Massage
Sun Deluxe Junior Suite Double 15.8 sqm Window YES
Junior Suite Double 13.1 sqm Window YES
Deluxe Stateroom Twin 11.7 sqm Window YES
Deluxe Single Single 7.5 sqm Window YES
Promenade Owner’s Suite Double 24.2 sqm Window YES
Junior Suite Double 14.7 sqm Window NO
Deluxe Stateroom Double 11.3 sqm Window YES
Standard Single Single 6.4 sqm Window NO
Main Superior Stateroom Twin 10.6 sqm Window YES
Cabin Standard Twin 9.4 sqm Porthole NO


  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Welcome Fruit Basket
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe