Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Volgograd
Upon arrival in Volgograd, transfer to the deluxe MS Volga Dream. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing after the flight or explore Volgograd on your own. D

DAY 2 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 3 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 art gallery outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow. BLD

DAY 4 Samara
This morning relax on the Sun Deck as you cruise past 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, a stroll along the Volga esplanade and visit to Samara State Art Museum. BLD

DAY 5 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 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 Scenic Cruising
Spend the day at leisure as Volga Dream sails along the picturesque Volga River. Be on the Sun Deck as you pass by small villages, provincial towns, churches and monasteries. Afterwards, attend a lecture by our guest speaker about the history and traditions of these places. BLD

DAY 8 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 9 Uglich
Arrive this afternoon in Uglich, which dates back to the 10th Century. A walking tour includes the Chapel of Dmitry, a 17th Century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s 10 year old son met his death. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis, and attend a concert of choral music. BLD

DAY 10 Moscow
This afternoon arrive in Moscow. After lunch enjoy an orientation tour of the city which includes magnificent Red Square and its landmarks - Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's Cathedral. Visit Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, poets, political leader, scientists and famous actors. After a full day of touring, you will check-in at your hotel. BL
Stay at Marriott Grand Hotel (5 star)

DAY 11 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 lunch in a local restaurant, proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th Century icons to 20th Century paintings. Explore Moscow Metro, known for its architectural splendour. BL
Stay at Marriott Grand Hotel (5 star)

DAY 12 Moscow
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
  • 9 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
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 10 lunches – including on-deck BBQ
  • 11 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)

Cruise

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

Moscow

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

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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
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