Volga Dream Grand Volga | 11-day Premium river cruises to Russia
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Volga Dream Grand Volga

Tour rating: 4.81 / 5, Based on 365 Reviews
Premium river cruises to Russia

Set sail on Lower Volga on board the Volga Dream cruise ship. In 11 days make your way from the capital-city Moscow and its must-see attractions to Volgograd, renown for its Mamayev Hill. Along the way make stops to discover brilliant Russian cities such as authentic Uglich, Yaroslavl and Samara, as well as exploring the hub of Tatar culture, Kazan.

Volga Dream Grand Volga

11 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Premium river cruises to Russia
From
$3,745
Tour rating: 4.81 / 5, Based on 365 Reviews

Set sail on Lower Volga on board the Volga Dream cruise ship. In 11 days make your way from the capital-city Moscow and its must-see attractions to Volgograd, renown for its Mamayev Hill. Along the way make stops to discover brilliant Russian cities such as authentic Uglich, Yaroslavl and Samara, as well as exploring the hub of Tatar culture, Kazan.

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Day-By-Day

Moscow

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer

Welcome to the brilliant capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport holding a Volga Dream sign and takes you to your 5-star hotel located in the very heart of Moscow.

After check-in you can meet your guide and fellow travelers during a welcome reception at the hotel lobby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rest of the evening is free, so you can either explore the fantastic center of Moscow on your own or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

  • Note: for the fall cruise (Sept 26 - Oct 7) - upon arrival, you are transferred to the deluxe MS Volga Dream and spend the rest of the day relaxing after the flight. Dinner aboard Volga Dream is included.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery
City tour
Museum

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the pier and start today's program with an orientation tour around the most famous Moscow attractions.

Then you explore one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations.

After lunch in a local restaurant you go to the real treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch included. (dinner is included for the fall cruise Sept 26 - Oct 7)

Note: in the 2020 tour itinerary major Moscow sights such as the Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior as well as the Novodevichy Monastery and the Tretyakov Gallery.

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Day 3
Visiting the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
City tour

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel. This day is devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. Today you go on a guided tour of this historical fortress, that includes a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Faberge eggs.

You finish your Kremlin tour with a visit to the famous Square of Four Cathedrals, where you go inside the gorgeous 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals decorated with magnificent frescoes.

After the tour and lunch in the city you are transferred to the river port to board your luxurious MS Volga Dream. Before accommodation in your cozy cabin you enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening you are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
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This 5-star hotel is part of the Hyatt family of hotels. Located near many of Moscow's metro stations and within five minutes walk to Tverskaya Street, the Ararat Park is yet another of Moscow's hotel gems.

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth, it is diverse and vibrant, an adventure waiting to happen!

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Moscow
Uglich
Begin your fascinating Volga River experience as you board your ship for the start of your journey. Cruising between the two Russian capitals on a well-equipped vessel is among the most favored modes of travel.

Uglich

second destination
8 days cruising
Detailed itinerary
8 nights on board the ship
Day 4
Exploring Uglich Highlights
City tour

Today you arrive to the small town of Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started.

During the walking city tour you visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-the-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591, and attend a fascinating concert of choral music in the St. John’s Church.

After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. This day entertainment program includes Russian cooking class.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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Day 5
Yaroslavl Sightseeing Tour
City tour

Today you explore one of the oldest Russian cities and the gem of the Volga River - Yaroslavl.

During your guided city tour you explore the Spassky Monastery where you see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the wonderful Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house.

After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. This day entertainment program includes Costumed Russian tea ceremony.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

Note: in the 2020 tour itinerary, there is 1 more additional sailing day before arrival to Nizhny Novgorod.

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Day 6
Nizhny Novgorod City Tour
City tour

Today you arrive in Nizhny Novgorod, once a wealthy commercial center nestled on the important trade routes to the East.

During the city tour you walk the ramparts of the spectacular 16th-century Kremlin, visit lavishly-decorated churches and attend a folk concert presented by a local children group.

After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. This day's entertainment program includes Russian dinner and Vodka tasting party.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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Day 7
Exploring Kazan Heritage
City tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

During your guided tour you visit the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you see the famous Qol Sharif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. Later this day you enjoy a music concert by a local Tatar folk group.

After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. This day entertainment program includes the piano concert consisting of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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Day 8
Samara City Tour
City tour
Museum

Relax on the Sun Deck as you sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains, as today you arrive in Samara and enjoy a guided city tour, which includes a visit to the Space Museum and the walk along the beautiful Volga River embankment to the Samara State Art Museum.

After the tour you return on board and enjoy a barbecue on the open deck

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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Day 9
Visiting Radishev State Art Museum in Saratov
City tour
Museum

Today you arrive in Saratov that is mostly famous for its connection to Yuri Gagarin, the Russia's first cosmonaut, who lived and studied in this city.

The highlight of Saratov guided city tour is a visit to the Radishev State Art Museum - the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

After the tour you return on board and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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Volga Dream Cruise Ship
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Looking for a little luxury in your life? The Russian luxury cruise ship Volga Dream is the 5-star wonderland of cruising bliss. See Russia in style as you float along the most popular route from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

Welcome to Uglich

The gorgeous Volga River winds many unique and impressive towns situated on its great bends, and Uglich is, indeed, one of them. In case you've always wanted to get truly authentic Russia experience, you should definitely explore this ancient town as it is just the perfect location with an exceptional vibe.

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Uglich
Volgograd
Continue your exploration of the Volga River and enjoy stops in petite historic Russian towns in which your ship makes stops en route.

Volgograd

third destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights on board the ship
Day 10
Tour of Mamyev Hill & Stalingrad Battle Panorama Museum in Volgograd
City tour
Museum

Today you arrive in the historically important city of Volgograd famous for the decisive battle of Stalingrad held there during the World War II.

Your guided city tour around the most interesting Volgograd attractions includes a visit to the Stalingrad Battle Panorama Museum and to the famous war complex Mamyev Hill famous for its iconic monument The Motherland Calls.

After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your fellow travelers.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

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Day 11
Departure from Volgograd
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - Volgograd cruise. After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you've enjoyed magnificent Russian cities and its charming countryside and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Breakfast is included.

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Volga Dream Cruise Ship
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Looking for a little luxury in your life? The Russian luxury cruise ship Volga Dream is the 5-star wonderland of cruising bliss. See Russia in style as you float along the most popular route from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

Welcome to Volgograd

Founded in the late 16th century, Volgograd has been known by many names. Originally Tsaritsyn, then Stalingrad, then back to Volgograd, it has a history as turbulent as its name changes.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Moscow (Marriott Aurora*);
  • Accommodation in all outside cabins onboard MS Volga Dream, each with private bathroom facilities, individual climate control and large picture window;
  • 2 gourmet lunches at a high-quality restaurants in Moscow;
  • Three meals daily on board the MS Volga Dream;
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks served with all lunches and dinners on board;
  • 24-hour coffee station with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks and daily bottled water supply;
  • English-speaking professional guides;
  • Rich sightseeing programs in a group of max. 25 people;
  • All entrance fees according to the program
  • 6 educational lectures by respected Russian professors about Russian history and politics;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including classes, concerts, dances and performances;
  • Group airport transfers;
  • Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

*Note: a complimentary Russian visa invitation is included for the 2020 departures. Plus, all accommodation is onboard the ship for the 2020 departures.

Not included: airfares, visas*, personal medical insurance, optional tours and all personal expenses. *NOTE: We provide a full visa processing service for US, CA, AU, NZ customers ($350 per person) and application assistance for customers from all other countries ($75 per person).

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Tour Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing tours of Moscow and Volga towns
  • Delicious meals and tastings on board the ship
  • Tour group of no more than 25 people
  • Educational lectures on the Volga Dream
  • Entertaining activities, including traditional tea ceremonies, cooking classes, folk shows, and more

What To Know

  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Although debit cards are widely accepted, it is good to have some cash on you for minor purchases.
  • Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as you'll spend many hours exploring major sights on foot.
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