From  £2595
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Sail upon the impeccable Volga Dream with only 56 cabins
  • Family owned and operated, the staff are handpicked by the owner and provide the very best of Russian hospitality
  • Delve into all things Russian with Russian language lessons, Russian tea ceremony, cooking classes, Russian classical music recitals and of course a vodka tasting party.
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The Grand Volga Dream from Moscow to Volgograd 2020

12 Day Tour, from £2595 per person
Itinerary Dates
2020
07 May  -  18 May
06 Oct  -  17 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 Volgograd. 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 .

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW

Arrive Moscow and transfer to the deluxe Marriot Aurora. Check in for 2 nights.—meet with your Guide and fellow travellers for a welcome drink  and spend the evening relaxing or exploring Moscow.

 

 

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.  (B,L)

 

 

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. Transfer the Volga Dream and experience  the  ‘Bread, Salt, & Vodka welcome ceremony aboard. Tuck in to a delicious buffet lunch onboard before setting sail along Russia’s waterways. In the evening meet your crew and Captain at the Captain’s Welcome reception and dinner. (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 Yaroslavl 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
SAILING
SAILING

Today is spent relaxing on board the M/S Volga Dream sailing between Yaroslavl and Nizhny Novgorod.

DAY 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
VOLGOGRAD
VOLGOGRAD

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 12
FLY TO THE UK
FLY TO THE UK

After breakfast,  transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

 

 

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £2595 per person

Price Includes


  • Twin air-conditioned superior staterooms on main deck with private facilities
  • Return airport transfers
  • Three meals per day (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) commencing with dinner on day of embarkation and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • House wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Captain's Welcome/Farewell cocktail reception
  • Welcome Russian Vodka, Bread and Salt Ceremony
  • Full sightseeing programme in each port of call with transfers, entrance fees and English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • All onboard entertainment programmes and Port taxes

 



 


Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Russian visa
  • Insurance
  • Optional excursions

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

Please speak to us about upgrading your cabin to Superior, Deluxe Staterooms. 


Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
07 May 2020
-
18 May 2020
£2595 £1625
06 Oct 2020
-
17 Oct 2020
£2595 £1625

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

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Reviews

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
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