St. Petersburg - Moscow - Volgograd

15 days – 14 nights

Board the Ms Volga Dream for her new 2021 '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, you will transfer to the docked deluxe MS Volga Dream. After settling into your cabin, spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight or exploring St. Petersburg on your own. Preceding an evening departure, a traditional Russian welcome aboard ceremony with Bread, Salt and Vodka, will officially welcome you to the start of your journey. This will be followed by a welcome cocktail with the captain, a great opportunity to meet the crew and fellow travellers.

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 start of your voyage will begin in the traditional and authentic town of Svirstroy. The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident’s home where warm and welcoming villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhki” (local pies). They will enthusiastically educate you on our Russian traditions, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village, while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After tea, hop on our 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

Karelia is a region that must be seen to be believed. Its vast and diverse wilderness of forest and water spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle. The famous Lake Onega is fed by an incredible 58 rivers and is home to 1,369 islands. Our tour will take you to perhaps one of the most visually stunning of these islands - Kizhi. This unique island is known for its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills. One of the more famous architectural sights of Kizhi Island is the remarkable Transfiguration church, that was built in 1714 without a single nail being used in its construction.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Goritsy
Goritsy

Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

In this authentic Russian settlement, we visit the unique Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and home to one of the world’s finest collections of Russian icons. After a guided tour of this important landmark, we continue cruising towards 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. With plenty to see, this town will intrigue and inspire. 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 re-boarding 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 anchor at the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia’s renowned ‘Golden Ring’. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dimitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site of Ivan The Terrible son's Dmitry murder. To end the day, attend an enchanting choral music concert performed in St. John’s Church.

Volga dream experience: Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Moscow
Moscow

1st day in Moscow. Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin embankment, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Cemetery, Novodevichy convent & Moscow Metro Tour. 

We begin day 7 in Russia’s capital - Moscow, home to a diverse population of nearly 12 million people. This ever evolving city is a must see for both first time and repeat visitors to Russia. After a filling lunch, we begin with an orientation tour of the city.

The orientation tour includes the magnificent Red Square and its famous landmarks. We drive by the Cathedral of Christ the Savior — one of Russia's most important cathedrals, demolished in the time of Stalin and fully restored in 1990.

Then we head for the famous Novodevichy Cemetery — the nation’s honored ground and final resting place for Russia's most renowned and influential people throughout history. Among them are noted Russian authors, musicians, playwrights and poets alongside famous actors, political leaders and scientists.

The tour continues in the spectacular Moscow Metro, famed for its architectural splendour. One of the USSR’s most pioneering projects – the Metro houses designs, statues and elements from Soviet Russia, and is truly akin to stepping back in time. A must-see during your visit to Moscow, and a tourist attraction in itself.

Late afternoon check-in at the five-star Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel ***** for two nights.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Moscow
Moscow

The Kremlin complex, visit to Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals, the Armory Chamber, Red Square walking tour, St. Basil’s Cathedral (photo stop w/o entrance), GUM Department Store  and Tretyakov gallery.

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

Day 9 Sergiev Posad
Sergiev Posad

Holy Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius at Sergiev Posad

After breakfast at the hotel, have your luggage packed for a comfortable and scenic bus transfer to Yaroslavl city, to board MS Volga Dream and continue the cruise.

On the journey, we will take a stop at the charming ancient town of Sergiev Posad to go on a special guided city tour. The excursion is provided by one of the local monks who serve in the famous city monastery. On the tour you will visit the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church - the Holy Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius and its many architectural wonders, including the majestic Trinity Cathedral and unique Dukhovskaya church. Being protected by UNESCO, the Holy Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius and its cathedrals will impress with their immaculate and carefully preserved decorations and fascinating history.

After completing the tour of Sergiev Posad, we will continue our bus journey to Yaroslavl to board MS Volga Dream. Once onboard, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch as we continue onward to our next destination.

Volga dream experience: Boarding MS Volga Dream

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 N. Novgorod
N. 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. Re-opened in 1991 for visiting, we can now discover this magnificent city - hearing more about its 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 adorned with gold onion domes and spectacular paintings. 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 11 Kazan
Kazan

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

Today we arrive in Kazan, the second biggest city on the Volga River. One can notice that familiar Christian churches no longer dominate on shore landscapes. Instead, beautiful Muslim mosques begin to appear as we 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 the cultural centre of Volga Tatars. The white-walled Kazan Kremlin is where the famous Kul-Sharif mosque stands side by side with the ancient 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 12 Samara
Samara

City tour / Space Museum / Samara State Art Museum

Enjoy relaxation on the Sun Deck as we sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains towards the city of Samara.This ancient city founded in 1586 is now the centre of the aviation and aerospace industry and is one of the oldest cities on the Volga river.

We begin our stop in Samara with a city tour, which includes a visit to the space museum. Then relax as we stroll along the Volga esplanade towards the Samara State Art Museum.

Volga dream experience: Barbeque on the open deck

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Saratov
Saratov

City tour / Radishev State Art Museum

Once home to a large German community, Saratov is better known today for its connections 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, at the time of its conception the first Russian art gallery outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

Volga dream experience: -

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Volgograd
Volgograd

Mamayev Hill / Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum

Presently known as Volgograd, this remarkable city has in fact had three name changes in its tumultuous history.

Originally named as Tsaritsyn, this fortified city was used to defend the unstable southern border of the Tsardom of Russia from 1589.

Becoming the site of many epic battles during the Russian Revolution, the city was later renamed Stalingrad and was known as such between 1925 and 1961. This was done to commemorate Stalin's role in the successful defence against the White Movement.

The city is however, most famous for the people’s heroic defence of the area during World War II - which was eventually destined to become the place of a decisive battle on the eastern front.

During our stop in Volgograd, we will visit the imposing memorial on Mamayev Hill - which saw the bloodiest fighting of the war, and also pay a visit to the Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Volga dream experience: Farewell dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Volgograd
Volgograd

Check-out / Airport transfer

To conclude your memorable 15-day Russian experience - after an inclusive breakfast, you will check-out from your cabin, and we will transfer you to the airport - ready for your flight to your next chosen destination.

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Meals: Breakfast

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