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 Ararat Park Hyatt (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 Ararat Park Hyatt (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 Scenic Cruising
A relaxing day of leisure as the Volga Dream continues its gentle voyage along the picturesque Volga. The Sun Deck provides a glorious and ever-changing view as we pass small villages, provincial towns, churches, and monasteries. This is an area that flourished for centuries thanks to the volume of trade along the Volga.
Our guest speaker presents an entertaining and informative lecture on the history and traditions of the places we pass. BLD

DAY 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 Samara
This morning relax on the Sun Deck as you cruise passed 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 10 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 11 Volgorod
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 12 Astrakhan
After a full day cruise the MS Volga Dream will arrive in the city of Astrakhan. This city, at the mouth of River Volga on the Caspian Sea, is the world’s caviar capital and fishing capital of Western Russia. BLD

DAY 13 Astrakhan
In the morning embark on a tour of the local fortress built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible and then after lunch you can attend an optional and fascinating lecture on the famed and much coveted black caviar, followed by a private tasting of this most precious delicacy. BLD

DAY 14 Astrakhan
Your Lower 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
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • Luggage handling
  • 2 nights in a deluxe 5 star, centrally located, hotel in Moscow
  • 11 night cruise in a river view cabin
  • Caviar tasting
  • Russian classical music concert, Russian cooking classes, Russian tea ceremony and Matryoshka painting classes
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 12 lunches – including on-deck BBQ
  • 11 dinners – including Russian dinner and vodka tasting
  • House wines, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails

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

Moscow

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

Cruise

  • 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
  • Astrakhan Fortress

 

 

Pricing

 
29 Sep 2021MS Volga Dream
Sun
Deck
View
Sun Deck
DoubleTwinSingle
Deluxe Junior Suite
402 - 404
Junior Suite
405
Deluxe Stateroom
406 - 409, 411, 412
Deluxe Single
410
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$8,995$8,095$7,195$8,995
Promenade
Deck
View
Promenade Deck
DoubleSingle
Owner's Suite
300
Junior Suite
316
Deluxe Stateroom
301 - 315, 317 - 324
Standard Single
325, 326
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$11,295$8,095$6,995$8,095
Main
Deck
View
Main Deck
Twin
Superior Cabin
201 - 210
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$6,395
Cabin
Deck
View
Cabin Deck
Twin
Standard Cabin
101 - 108
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$5,595

Single cabins are available on the Sun and Promenade decks. Any cabins can be reserved for single occupancy at 65% surcharge.
All cabins are subject to confirmation until deposit is paid.

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
DECK CABIN BEDDING SIZE WINDOW TO OPEN
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

Amenities

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