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14 day - Cruise from Moscow to the Caspian Sea
From the Golden Horde to the Soviet era, the scenic cities of Russia’s grand Volga River have been witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. On a journey aboard the deluxe M.S. Volga Dream, cruise from Moscow to the Volga River Delta on the Caspian Sea. Discover iconic onion-domed churches; stroll through gems such as medieval Nizhniy Novgorod; and explore the treasures of Yaroslavl, the Volga’s oldest city.
- Visit magnificent Red Square and Kremlin and examine the collection at the Kremlin’s State Armory.
- Experience Russia’s diverse musical traditions at lively folk music performances
- Explore Volgograd, the site of the decisive battle of World War II’s eastern front
- Day 1
- Arrive Moscow
- Day 2
- Orientation tour of Moscow with the Old Tretyakov gallery.
- Day 3
- Visit the Kremlin and Armoury Museum
- Day 4
- Visit Uglich and the Chapel of Dmitry on a Spilled Blood.
- Day 5
- Visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site.
- Day 6
- Sailing Day
- Day 7
- Visit Nizhniy Novgorod & the 16th-century Kremlin.
- Day 8
- Cruise down the Volga River and enter the Republic of Tatarstan.
- Day 9
- Arrive in Samara and enjoy a BBQ on the deck.
- Day 10
- Saratov - visit Radishev State Art Museum - the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
- Day 11
- Volgograd (ex. Stalingrad)
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Discover Astrakhan and cavier tasting
- Day 14
- Depart Astrakhan
- Start Place
- Moscow, Russian tours
- End Place
- Astrakhan, Russian tours
- Country Visited
- Russian tours
- 14 Days
- Group Size
- 60 - 106
MS Volga Dream carries 109 passengers, with a crew of 60. The ship has 56 comfortable cabins and all feature either a window or a porthole and a bathroom with separate glass shower. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, safety deposit box, telephone, and flat screen television featuring international satellite programming and films as well as various radio and music channel options.
The highlight of this cruise for many travellers spending time on the Volga Dream was getting to meet the crew. They are gracious and talented hosts who really go out of their way to make sure everyone has a wonderful journey.
- Diverse range of cultural activities aboard MS Volga Dream, over 25 hours of Russian Workshop (Lectures, Discussions, Classes, Concerts, Films & Performances)
- Russian visa invitation letter
- Wines, beer and soft drinks included with all lunches and dinners
- Daily sightseeing in small groups of never more than 20-25 guests
- airport arrival / departure transfer in Moscow and Astrakhan
- accommodation on board MS Volga Dream
- 24-hour coffee station with complementary tea, coffee and snacks on board MS Volga Dream
- welcome fruit basket on board MS Volga Dream
- bottled water supply replenished daily
- all port charges and local taxes
- International flights
- Visa to Russia
- All services not mentioned in the program
- Tips and Gratuities
- personal medical insurance
- medical treatment
- personal expenses like gift shop purchases, hairdresser, massage, beverages on board MS Volga Dream other than wine and soft drinks during lunch and dinner
- drinks in the bar
- telephone and Internet connection
- other items not specifically mentioned as inclusions above
Day 1 - Arrive Moscow
Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel in the historic city centre near the Bolshoi Theatre and Moscow Kremlin. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight.
AccommodationArarat Park Hyatt Hotel
Day 2 - Orientation tour of Moscow with the Old Tretyakov gallery.
Begin your day with orientation tour of Moscow followed by a ride in the ornate Moscow metro. After lunch in a local restaurant proceed to the Old Tretyakov gallery to view its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th century icons to 20th century paintings.
City tour includes: Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin embankment, Cathedral of Christ the Savior (entrance if time and availability allows), Novodevichy Cemetery (entrance), Novodevichy convent (photo stop).
Day 3 - Visit the Kremlin and Armoury Museum
This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armory Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and gifts of state. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. After lunch transfer to the MS Volga Dream and begin your sailing along the Russian Waterways.
Gather for Captain's welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise. Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony
Day 4 - Visit Uglich and the Chapel of Dmitry on a Spilled Blood.
We arrive this afternoon in Uglich, dating back to the 10th century. A walking tour of this Golden Ring city includes the Chapel of Dmitry on a Spilled Blood, a 17th-century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son met his death. After, attend a concert of choral music performed at St. John's Church.
Volga Dream Experience: Russian Cooking Class
Day 5 - Visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site.
This morning visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Savior, adorned with murals depicting St. John's apocalyptic visions, and the richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet. Enjoy a costumed reception at the Governor’s House, and then reboard the Volga Dream in time for lunch.
Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony
Day 6 - Sailing Day
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.
Day 7 - Visit Nizhniy Novgorod & the 16th-century Kremlin.
Nizhniy Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), once a wealthy commercial centre poised on the traderoutes to the East, became a closed city due to military activity during the Soviet era. Learn 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 painted churches.
Tonight, attend a concert by a local children folk group. Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Testing
Day 8 - Cruise down the Volga River and enter the Republic of Tatarstan.
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.
Day 9 - Arrive in Samara and enjoy a BBQ on the deck.
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
Day 10 - Saratov - visit Radishev State Art Museum - the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Once home to a large German community, today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia’s first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who lived and studied here. Take a city tour, and visit Radishev State Art Museum - the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Day 11 - Volgograd (ex. Stalingrad)
Originally called Tsaritsyn, this remarkable city has had three name changes in its tumultuous history. The site of epic battles during the Russian Revolution, it was known as Stalingrad from 1925 until 1961. The city’s heroic defense by the Russian people during World War II became the decisive battle of the eastern front. Visit the memorial on Mamayev Hill, where the struggle saw its bloodiest fighting, and Stalingrad battle panorama museum.
Day 12 - Astrakhan
The Volga Dream arrives in the city of Astrakhan in the evening. This is the world capital of caviar, also the centre of the fishing industry in Western Russia. This is where the mighty Volga flows out into the Caspian Sea.
Day 13 - Discover Astrakhan and cavier tasting
The morning begins with a tour of a local fortress built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. After lunch an optional and fascinating lecture on the famed and much coveted black caviar, followed by a private tasting of this most precious delicacy.
Day 14 - Depart Astrakhan
Transfers to the airport for your return flight.
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Please note for China, Mongolia and Russia, you will need to arrange your visa before you go. We have supplied links to these visa applications within our Visa section. It is your responsibility to do this before your trip but please don't hesitate to speak to us if you need any assistance. It isn't unusual for our guests to have questions particularly about the Russian visa so please call us if you are in any doubt.
Volga Dream Russian River Cruises
Practical information for your Volga Dream Russian River Cruises
You can access Internet through Wi-Fi in the Lounge on your personal computer or use public computers connected to the Internet in the Library. Internet connection is available 90% time during the cruise.
Guests are asked to refrain from smoking in all inside areas at all the time. Smoking is only allowed in a specially designated outside area on the Sun Deck.
Unfortunately, technical layout of the ship does not allow to build an elevator. Main stairs however, have been reconstructed in a way to make them less steep and more comfortable for walking.
Special Dietary Requirements
Along with the regular dishes, our standard daily menu also features a vegetarian option. If you have special dietary requirements (vegan, low salt, no pork, etc.) please make sure to send them to us. Our Chef and Maitre D will follow your personal diet and will serve the food you are used to.
The ship features small but modern basic medical facilities, staffed by a doctor who accompanies the ship at all the times. These facilities are equipped to provide medical care for illness or accidents that may arise during the cruise. They are not intended to provide ongoing medical treatment for pre-existing conditions. We suggest you bring adequate supplies of prescription medications and other health related items.
You can make local or long distance international calls directly from your room. If you would like to send a mail or a post card, our staff will be pleased to supply a stamp and assist in sending mail at the nearest port of call.
During the cruise all extra expenses will be charged to your personal on board account which shall be cleared on the last day of the cruise.
Forms of payment on board
We do accept all types of credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, Circus, and American Express. Unfortunately we do not accept travel checks and other forms of non-cash payment.
Special Dress Code
We advise that our guests are dressed elegantly and comfortable during the cruise, but do not apply any special dressing requirements. For the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Cocktails and also evening concerts cocktail dressing and jackets has been frequently chosen to wear by our guests.
The main language spoken on the cruise is English.
Travel Insurance and Safety
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. The safety of our travellers, staff and operators is a major priority of 50 Degrees North. With an operational office in Norway, 50 Degrees North has access to an up-to-the-minute flow of information regarding the countries we work in. We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.