From  £3380
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a city tour of Moscow
  • Sample beer at a local brewery in Samara
  • Visit the Chapel of St. Dmitry of the Blood
  • Experience a local folk concert
  • Taste Russian vodka
  • Discover the Stalingrad Museum
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The Grand Volga Dream from Moscow to the Caspian Sea

13 Day Tour, from £3380 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
24 Jun  -  06 Jul
05 Oct  -  18 Oct

From the Golden Horde  to the Soviet era, the scenic cities of Russia’s grand Volga River have been witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. On a journey aboard the deluxe M/S Volga Dream, cruise from Moscow to the Volga River Delta on the Caspian Sea. Discover iconic onion-domed churches; stroll through gems such as medieval Nizhny Novgorod; and explore the treasures of Yaroslavl, the Volga’s oldest city.

Visit magnificent Red Square and the Kremlin, and examine the collection at the Kremlin's State Armory. Enjoy lectures by an on board guest speaker about the history and culture of local communities and famous Russians who were born and lived on the banks of the Volga River. Experience Russia's diverse musical traditions at lively folk music performances, explore Volgograd - the site of the decisive battle of World War II's eastern front and visit the world capital of caviar and taste this delicacy in the city of Astrakhan.

This journey also operates from Astrakhan to Moscow. Please click here for an itinerary for this route or contact one of our Russia Travel Specialists for more information.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW
Arrive Moscow and transfer to the deluxe M/S Volga Dream. Spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing or exploring Moscow. (D)
DAY 2
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
Awake in Moscow and embark on a half day tour of the Russian capital, including a ride in the ornate Moscow metro. After lunch visit the Old Tretyakov gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art and view its extraordinary collection ranging from 12th century icons to 20th century paintings. In the evening enjoy dinner onboard of the M/S Volga Dream. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
MOSCOW
MOSCOW
In the morning visit the Kremlin and Armoury Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and dazzling Faberge eggs. After lunch return to the M/S Volga Dream and experience the ‘Bread, Salt, & Vodka welcome ceremony aboard. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
UGLICH
UGLICH
Arrive in Uglich, one of Russia’s most picturesque towns, and enjoy the beautiful view of the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. Start a walking tour of this Golden Ring city and visit the Chapel of St. Dmitry of the Blood, a 17th-century architectural treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's young son met his death. Continue to the five-domed Church of the Transfiguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis, and enjoy a concert of choral music. (B, L, D)
DAY 5
YAROSLAVL
YAROSLAVL
Today uncover the city of Yaroslavl. Founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is the oldest city on the Volga. The city was undamaged during World War II and many of Yaroslavl's churches from the 13th-17th centuries are intact. Visit the Saviour Transfiguration Monastery, adorned with murals depicting Saint John's apocalyptic visions. Continue to the 17th-century Church of EIljah the Prophet with its most prized asset- frescoes painted by renowned artists of ancient Russia and experience a costumed Russian tea ceremony at the governor’s house. Re-board the M/S Volga Dream for lunch. (B, L, D)
DAY 6
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
NIZHNY NOVGOROD
Sail to Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), also known as the ’third capital’ of Russia. Founded in 1221, the city has long been an important trading centre until it became closed to foreigners due to military activity during the Soviet era. Learn about the city's history as a place of exile for political prisoners, enjoy a walk on the ramparts of the 16th-century Kremlin and visit elaborately painted churches. In the evening enjoy a concert by a local children folk group. (B, L, D)
DAY 7
KAZAN
KAZAN
This morning enter the Republic of Tatarstan and enjoy the view of charming mosques. In the afternoon, reach Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and visit the ‘citadel’ - a white-walled Kremlin where the famous mosque Kul-Sherif neighbours the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. In the late afternoon, enjoy a concert by a local Tatar folk ensemble before returning to the M/S Volga Dream. (B, L, D)
DAY 8
SAMARA
SAMARA
Continue sailing by the Zhigulevskie mountains and reach the city of Samara. Visit the space museum, stroll along the Volga esplanade to the Samara State Art Museum. In the afternoon, transfer back to your ship and enjoy a barbeque on the decks of the Volga Dream. (B, L, D)
DAY 9
SARATOV
SARATOV
Founded in 1590, Saratov was initially a fortress forming a line of defence for the trade route along the Volga. Today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied here. Embark on a full day city tour and visit Radishev State Art Museum who displays a fine selection of art from the 18th to the 20th centuries. (B, L, D)
DAY 10
VOLGOGRAD
VOLGOGRAD
Arrive Volgograd and learn about its tumultuous history. Originally called Tsaritsyn it was renamed Stalingrad during the Soviet era and today dramatically known for the most triumphant and tragic event in Soviet history, the Battle of Stalingrad. Visit the memorial on Mamayev Hill and Stalingrad battle panorama museum, who displays a dozens of exhibits on the Battle of Stalingrad and the soldiers who fought in it. In the evening transfer back to the M/S Volga Dream and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 11
ASTRAKHAN
ASTRAKHAN
Spend the whole day sailing and in the evening reach the upper end of the Volga river delta - about 100 Km from the Caspian Sea - and arrive Astrakhan, the world’s caviar capital. (B, L, D)
DAY 12
ASTRAKHAN
Awake in Astrakhan and start a morning tour of the city. Visit a local fortress built in the reign of Ivan the Terrible and after lunch attend a lecture about famous black caviar and take an optional private testing of this precious delicacy. (B, L, D)
DAY 13
FLY BACK TO THE UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

13 day tour, from £3380 per person

Price Includes


  • Return flights in economy class with British Airways from London Heathrow 
  • One-way flight from Astrakhan to Moscow 
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Twin air-conditioned cabins with private facilities
  • Transfers on arrival/departure
  • Meals as specified on itinerary (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner) 
  • Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide
  • Russian visa support documents
 


 


Price Excludes

  • Russian visa
  • Insurance
  • Optional excursions

Price Notes

Please contact us for prices for the cruise departing 24 Jun as this cruise departs during the FIFA World Cup.
Also be advised that this itinerary has an extra day sailing on day 5, 9th October.
Itinerary Dates  
24 Jun 2018
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06 Jul 2018
05 Oct 2018
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18 Oct 2018

M/S Volga Dream

Newly rebuilt in 2007, M/S Volga Dream is the first luxury cruise ship of its kind on the Russian waterways. The ship carries 109 passengers and approximately 60 staff to cater to your needs.

Facilities on board include a dining room serving Continental and Russian cuisine, Neva Lounge and bar with live music, Ladoga Bar, souvenir boutique, library with internet access, 24 hour tea and coffee station, laundry service (no dry cleaning). There is also a sauna and fitness centre on board.
 
The ship has 56 comfortable cabins. Each stateroom has either a window (Sun Deck, Promenade Deck, Main Deck) or porthole (standard staterooms on Cabin Deck). Cabins are equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, safe, telephone and flat screen satellite television.
 

Tour Route Map


  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Russia, Uglich
  3. Russia, Yaroslavl
  4. Russia, Nizhny Novgorod
  5. Russia, Kazan
  6. Russia, Samara
  7. Russia, Saratov
  8. Russia, Volgograd
  9. Russia, Astrakhan

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Reviews

I would like to thank you very much for a lovely well organised holiday, especially to our guides Sergei and Svetlana. Our only comment was the arrival into St Petersburg was early and our room was not available until later. Otherwise we had a great time and would recommend the trip to other would be travellers.

The Girlings

Hotel Asteria - clean, good location, did the job! Itinerary documentation clear and well presented. Office staff helpful and quick responding to email queries.

Mr A Townsend

Let me say a big Thank You to Christina for enabling me to have a wonderful Trans-Siberian experience this summer. I guess it must have been you who informed the company that I was celebrating my birthday when I arrived in Vladivostok...where to my surprise and delight was presented with a bottle champagne and birthcard by the hotel reception. Thank you...The vastness of Russia becomes more and more apparent as days go by on the train. I was amazed at how the scenery barely changes all the way from Moscow to Khabarovsk (except Lake Baikal). I began to think that the train was stationary and the scenery was being moved around. I am sure I saw the same forest a thousand times over! I would recommend Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and especially Ulan Ude!

T Watkins

The Ambassador Hotel - excellent service, room and location. Regent Holidays were very respondent to our needs as individual travellers and able to respond to last minute changes and additions. Driver and guide first class. We plan to use Regent Holidays ahain. The whole trip lived up to and went beyond our expectations. Thank you.

Mr G Hawksford

We stayed in the National in Moscow and the Angleterre in St Petersburg -  both good, the National was particularly friendly! We felt we were exceptionally well cared for in Russia. The local guides were particularly punctual and reliable.

W. Peake

Many thanks for interesting, caring holiday. The Hotel Cosmos in Moscow was basic but OK and the restaurants at both hotels needed prompting about gluten free meals but did provide lovely meals immediately.

Ms G Milanne

Flexible and extremely well organised - the hotel Vega in Moscow and the home-stay in Mongolia were OK. Terelj Ger Camp was beautiful.

Mr M Wakefield

We had a wonderful holiday. Our guide Sergei was helpful in the extreme. He was very interesting and informative. We really enjoyed his company. Our driver Alexei was courteous and helpful. As a result we were able to relax and enjoy the wonders of St Petersburg.

S. Mcully

Carl Meadows was excellent. Your local partners in Mongolia were fantastic - we had a great time! Hotel Vega in Moscow and Ulanbataar Hotel both good and did the job!

Mr E Whittle

The tour guides were excellent - also the travelling and tour arrangements. We added a couple of visits plus 2 shows. The Sovietsky was OK - just a little far out and the Angleterre was excellent.

S.Rovall

We would thoroughly recommend Regent Holidays as this was our first visit to Russia - everything was very well organised and the tour guides very informative and helpful. The Grand Express was a wonderful experience and an enjoyable way to get from Moscow to St Petersburg. The National Hotel in Moscow and the Astoria in St Petersburg was excellent.

Mr M Hewitt

We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Dostoevsky in St Petersburg. We were very impressed by the service provided by our Tour Guide Tanya. Her knowledge and organisational skills made our holiday completely stressfree. The taxi drivers Regent Holidays provided were also very polite and helpful. Thank you for a wonderful holiday which I will always remember.

Mrs J Schubert

The Hotel Angleterre was a great hotel, very helpful staff and brilliant location.

Mrs E Folwell

We so enjoyed our recent cruise on 31 May to 9 June and so did our travelling companions. We have told everybody. The boat was superb, the guides excellent and the food so tasty. The upgrade to a junior suite made the cruise!

S. Searle

The holiday was perfect from the start. Our Driver and Guide were excellent, very informative and knowledgeable - we could not have wished for more.

Mr & Mrs Radley
April 24, 2013

The independent guided tour was excellent and worth paying the money for – highly recommended! Every meeting was on time and the guides very pleasant and helpful. We were met at the station and escorted to the train which was good as the station was very crowded and confusing.

The organisation of everything worked perfectly and made out holiday extremely enjoyable. 

The Groves'
July 9, 2013

I was very impressed by the very high level of service and excellent advice on Russia by Andrei Kashkin. When we book our next holiday it will be through Regent Holidays.

The Crawford's
August 6, 2013

The tour of the Kremlin and the Diamond Fund was excellent – the guide most informative and my wife loved the jewels. All of our guides were super, and this was one of the best holidays we have had – absolutely fascinating!!

Mr & Mrs Hewitt-Jones
August 29, 2013

Our trip to St Petersburg was timed to coincide with a 70th Birthday. We advised Christina Gibbons of this fact and she obviously passed this information to the Astoria Hotel. We were overwhelmed by the upgraded service we received fro the Astoria. Russian champagne, large box of chocolates and a birthday card on the relevant day. Well done to all concerned. 

Mr & Mrs Foley
September 24, 2013

My trip on the Trans Mongolian Express far exceeded my expectation, and this was mainly due to the expert and professionalism of support that I received from Carl Meadows and his team.

This was my first trip that I had booked through Regent Holidays, and on the basis of how much I enjoyed it, I will definitely be booking my next trip for 2014 through yourselves.

An excellent job well done – thank you. 

Mr N Young
November 29, 2013

I would like to say this has been the best holiday I have had for many years. A wonderful experience. The local guide Mikhail was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful. Extremely knowledgeable. Never flinched answering any questions even personal ones. I will definitely be considering travelling with Regent Holidays again and would like to thank everyone concerned for doing such a great job.

Mr A Graham
October 10, 2014

My holiday arranged by yourselves on the Transiberian Express from 20th August until 4th September was one of the most spectacular I have ever had. It exceeded all my expectations.

The organisation, accommodation, staff and extra care taken by all concerned was second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.

Of course all the help and assistance you gave to me as well all helped make the whole experience a delight.

I met some delightful people and saw some amazing places.

I am so glad I travelled with you.

Ms Hilary Fryer
September 19, 2016
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