St. Petersburg - Moscow - Volgograd

18 days – 17 nights

Board the Ms Volga Dream for her new 2020 'Russian Odyssey' tour, a unique and extended 'North to South' view of Russia from St. Petersburg all the way to the Volga River Delta on the Caspian Sea. The trip includes two days in Moscow and 12 beautiful Russian towns each with their own architecture and traditions dating back over the centuries. Fall in love with Russia's unique and inspiring natural countryside.

Day by Day

Day 1 St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg

Airport transfer / Check-in aboard MS Volga Dream

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to the deluxe MS Volga Dream. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight or exploring St. Petersburg on your own.

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

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Svirstroy
Svirstroy

Svirstroy village / Local resident’s home / Local primary school

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident's home. Warm and welcoming villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhki” (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell you all about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After tea, hop on a bus to tour the nearby town, see a spectacular WWII memorial and visit a local primary school.

Volga dream experience: Dinner Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Kizhi
Kizhi

Kizhi Island / Lake Onega

Kareliya is a region that has to be seen to be believed, it spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, a vast wilderness of forest and water. Lake Onega is fed by 58 rivers and is home to 1,369 islands, our charming stop, Kizhi among them with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills including the famous and remarkable Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail being used!

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Goritsy
Goritsy

Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

In this tiny settlement, we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, now home to one of the world's finest collections of Russian icons. After a guided tour, we continue cruising toward the majestic Lake Onega.

Volga dream experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

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 and an impressive collection of mosaics. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor‟s house before embarking the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.

Volga dream experience: Barbeque on the Sun Deck

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 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 in St. John‟s Church.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Moscow
Moscow

Leisure day to explore Moscow on your own

Today we arrive in Moscow at noon. the rest of the day is at leisure.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Moscow
Moscow

City Tour / Novodevichy 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 9 Moscow
Moscow

Moscow Kremlin / Armory Museum 

This morning you will step inside the Kremlin and visit the Armory 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, back aboard the MS Volga Dream for a delicious buffet lunch as your breathtaking cruise along Russia's Waterways continues. The evening provides a chance to meet your crew and fellow travellers at the Captain's reception and dinner.

Volga dream experience: Captain's reception

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Uglich
Uglich

City tour / 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 in St. John‟s Church.

Volga dream experience: Russian Cooking Class

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 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 embarking the MS Volga Dream for lunch.

Volga dream experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Sailing Day
Sailing Day

Relaxing day aboard MS Volga Dream

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.

Volga dream experience: Guest speaker lectures

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Nizhniy Novgorod
Nizhniy Novgorod

City tour / XVIth-century Kremlin / Folk concert 

Nizhniy Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), once a wealthy commercial center 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 16th-century Kremlin with its spectacular views, and visit elaborately decorated churches. The evening's highlight is a Russian folk concert.

Volga dream experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Kazan
Kazan

City tour / Kazan Kremlin / Kul-Sherif mosque / Concert of traditional Tatar music

Today, you will notice that the now familiar Russian Orthodox Churches no longer dominate the banks of the 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, Tatarstan's capital 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 15 Samara
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 16 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 gallery outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 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 the Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Volga dream experience: Farewell dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Volgograd
Volgograd

Check-out / Airport transfer

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast

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