Moscow - Volgograd

11 days – 10 nights

From the Golden Horde to the Soviet era, the scenic cities along Russia’s grand Volga River have witnessed some of the most significant events in Russian history. On a river journey aboard the luxurious MS Volga Dream, cruise from Moscow to the legendary Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad). Explore the treasures of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, discover medieval Nizhniy Novgorod and stop at the ancient Tatar capital, Kazan.

Day by Day

Day 1 Moscow
Moscow

Airport transfer / Check-in

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe MS Volga Dream. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Moscow
Moscow

City Tour / Red Square / Novodevichiy Cemetery

The day begins with an orientation tour of the city.

Visit the magnificent Red Square and its famous landmarks: Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's cathedral, drive by the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, one of Russia's most important cathedrals, completely destroyed in Stalin's time and restored in 1990. Then we head for the famous Novodevichi Cemetery, where many noted Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Moscow
Moscow

Moscow Kremlin / Armory Museum 

This morning will take you inside the Kremlin to visit the Armoury Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and extravagant gifts of state, the excursion also visits the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. Then, we're back aboard the MS Volga Dream for a delicious buffet lunch as your breathtaking cruise along the Russia’s Waterways begins. The evening provides a chance to meet your crew and fellow travellers at the Captain's welcome reception and dinner.

Volga dream experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Uglich
Uglich

Town of Uglich / Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood

After a full day of cruising through idyllic forested countryside, we tie up in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia’s renowned ‘Golden Ring’. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591. Then an enchanting concert of choral music performed in St. John’s Church.

Volga dream experience: Russian Cooking Class

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl City Tour / Governor’s house 

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port. There is much to see: the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, an impressive collection of mosaics. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house before re-boarding the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.

Volga dream experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Sailing Day
Sailing Day

Relaxing day of leisure

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.

Volga dream experience: Lectures by a guest speaker

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Nizhniy Novgorod
Nizhniy Novgorod

City tour / XVIth-century Kremlin / Folk concert by a local children’s group

Nizhniy Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), once a wealthy commercial centre straddling important trade routes to the East, became a closed city due to military activity during the Soviet era. You will hear more about the city’s history as a place of exile for political prisoners. Walk the ramparts of the 16th century Kremlin (meaning castle) with its spectacular views, and visit elaborately decorated churches. The evening’s highlight is a folk concert presented by a local children’s group.

Volga dream experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Kazan
Kazan

City tour / Kazan Kremlin / Concert of traditional Tatar music

Today, you will notice that the now familiar Russian Orthodox Churches no longer dominate the banks of the River Volga. Instead, beautiful Muslim mosques begin to appear as you cruise across the border into the Republic of Tatarstan.

We will leave the Volga Dream for a while to explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and very center of Russia’s Tatar culture. The white-walled Kazan Kremlin or citadel is where the famous Kul-Sherif mosque stands side by side with the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. Later in the day, a local ensemble will delight us with a concert of traditional Tatar music.

Volga dream experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Samara
Samara

City tour / Space Museum / Samara State Art Museum

This part of the cruise is a great opportunity to relax on the Sun Deck as we sail past the Zhigulevskie Mountains towards exotic Samara where
we begin with a city tour, which includes a visit to the space museum, then a stroll along the Volga esplanade to the Samara State Art Museum.

Volga dream experience: Sun deck Barbeque

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Saratov
Saratov

City tour / Radishev State Art Museum

Once home to a large German community, Saratov is better known today for its connection to the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied in the city. Our city tour, takes us to the Radishev State Art Museum, the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Volgograd
Volgograd

Mamayev Hill / Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum

Originally named Tsaritsyn, this remarkable city has had three name changes in its tumultuous history. The site of epic battles during the Russian Revolution, between 1925 and 1961 it was known as Stalingrad. The people’s heroic defense of the city during World War II was destined to become the decisive battle on the eastern front.
We will then visit the imposing memorial on Mamayev Hill, which saw the bloodiest fighting of the war, and Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Volga dream experience: Farewell dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Volgograd
Volgograd

Check-out / Airport transfer

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast

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