Moscow - Volgograd / Astrakhan

11 days – 10 nights

Your River Cruise on the luxurious MS Volga Dream takes you from Moscow along Russia’s grand Volga River to the legend that is Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad). Along the way, you’ll discover the treasures of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, medieval Nizhniy Novgorod and beautiful Kazan, the ancient Tatar capital. We plan our tour carefully to combine the very best of Moscow with a world-class Volga River cruise.

Day by Day

Day 1 Moscow

Airport transfer / Check-in

Upon arrival in Moscow, check-in at the five-star Marriott Grand *****. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: -

Day 2 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.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we go to the Old Tretyakov gallery to view its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from XIX-century icons to XX-century masterpieces. Explore Moscow’s Metro, famed for its architectural splendour.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Moscow

Moscow Kremlin / Armory Museum 

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

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 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 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 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 poised on the 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 XVIth-century Kremlin with its spectacular views and visit elaborately painted 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 7 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 8 Samara

City tour / Space Museum / Samara State Art Museum

A great opportunity to relax on the Sun Deck as we sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains towards the city of Samara.

We begin with a city tour, which includes a visit to the space museum, then stroll along the Volga esplanade to the Samara State Art Museum.

Volga dream experience: Barbeque on the open deck

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 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 10 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 defence of the city during World War II was destined to become the decisive battle of the conflict 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 11 Volgograd

Check-out / Airport transfer

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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Meals: Breakfast


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