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Astrakhan - Moscow M/S Volga Dream

13 days
12 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$3,665.00 (Standard Twin)
$4,240.00 (Superior Twin)
$4,760.00 (Deluxe Double)
$4,585.00 (Deluxe Twin)
$5,390.00 (Junior Suite)
$6,080.00 (Deluxe Jr. Suite)
$7,230.00 (Owner's Suite)

Dates:

May 15, 2017 - May 28, 2017 

Ships & Cabins:

Included:

• 12 nights on board luxurious MS Volga Dream 
• All meals & house wine and soft drinks on board 
• Breakfasts in the hotels
• Lunches in Moscow and St. Petersburg restaurants
• Daily sightseeing program (max. 25 people in a group)
• Professional English speaking guide
• All entrance fees
• Welcome fruit basket
• Bottled water supply replenished daily
• 24-hour coffee station with complementary tea, coffee and snacks
• Over 25 hours of the Russian workshop

Highlights & Experience:

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
Visit the world capital of caviar and taste this delicacy in the city of Astrakhan

Itinerary:

VOLGA DREAMS COME TRUE...

A unique experience for a discriminating traveler, MS Volga Dream is a boutique, luxury, family owned and operated riverboat.

An intimate ship with only 100 passengers onboard is like a private club where all the members share spacious open decks with inviting restaurants, bars, and other social spaces. You will be pampered by a personalized group of crew members, selected and trained by the ship owner.

Unlike other river boats offering only onboard accommodations and moored on the outskirts in both cities, Volga Dream provides 5 star centrally located hotels before and after the cruise in Moscow and St. Petersburg. It allows you to make the best of your free time: explore famous landmarks, attend evening performances and enjoy best restaurants.

Thoughtfully decorated cabins and staterooms come with en suite bathrooms with separate shower, a/c, minibar, safe, satellite TV, access to hi-speed satellite Wi-Fi and many other facilities.

Gourmet dining experience rivals the best restaurants and offers the best samples of Russian and European cuisine, prepared with love and expert attention of highly skilled chefs, complete with unlimited wine, soft drinks, and freshly baked bread.
Each day is a unique opportunity to explore the grandeur of two capitals: Moscow and St. Petersburg and an enchanting Russian countryside with its small fairy tale-like towns and villages.

Shore excursions are led by professional expert guides and conducted in small groups with personalized attention to every group member. The size of the group is 25 people in the Gold Program and 15 people in the Platinum program. The program includes a 
visit to the Armory, Diamond Fund, and the Leo Tolstoy memorial house in Moscow, as well as a special early entrance into the Hermitage museum and visits to the magnificent Pavlovsk, Yusupov and Catherine’s palaces in St. Petersburg.

The ship ensures a fascinating opportunity to enrich your knowledge of Russian culture by offering cooking demonstrations, Russian language lessons, documentary films, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov piano concerts, matrioshka paining classes, Russian costumed dinner with vodka tasting and many other activities.

Treat yourself to the famous Russian hospitality and let your Volga Dream come true!

 

Day 1  : Astrakhan

This evening the Volga Dream arrives in the city of Astrakhan – world’s caviar capital and fishing capital of the Western Russia - set at the mouth of the Volga, where it flows into the Caspian Sea.
(Meals B, L, D)

Day 2  : Astrakhan

In the morning proceed with a tour of a local fortress built in the reign of Ivan the Terrible and after lunch attend a lecture about famous black caviar followed by a private testing of this precious delicacy (optional).
(Meals B, L, D)

Day 3  : Astrakhan

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight. (Meal B)

 

ASTRAKHAN

Founded by the Tatars, Astrakhan is now a multinational city where one can find orthodox temples, Armenian-Georgian churches, Catholic churches, a mosque, and a synagogue. The Astrakhan port is one of the most important ports in the country. This city, which is famous for its variety of fish, is rich in sturgeon and exotic plants.

 

 

Day 4  : 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. (Meals B, L, D)

 

VOLGOGRAD

The city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, was founded more than 400 years ago. It’s hard to overestimate its cultural and historical heritage. It is famous for the museums devoted to the heroic participation of the city during World War II.

 

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Cooking Class

Day 5  : Saratov

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. (Meals B, L, D)

 

SARATOV

Saratov fortress was founded by the Tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1590; it is the hometown of the world’s first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. Saratov is a multi-functional center with a lot of industrial, cultural and educational institutions. In the beginning of the 19th century, Saratov city became an important river port.

 

 

Day 6  : Samara

This morning rest on the Sun Deck as we sail by the Zhigulevskie mountains and approach the city of Samara. Start with a city tour of Samara, visit the space museum, then stroll along the Volga esplanade and taste beer at the famous local brewery. (Meals B, L, D)

 

SAMARA

Samara is a multi-cultural and multi-confessional city; there are a lot of Orthodox churches, monasteries, old believers churches, mosques, a Jewish choral synagogue, and Catholic and Protestant churches. Of course, the great interest generates around Stalin’s Bunker; this is the most fortified bunker within a depth of 37 meters.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the open deck.

Day 7  : Kazan

This morning notice that Russian Orthodox Churches no longer dominate on the Volga river banks. Beautiful Muslim mosques appear from time to time as you cruise down the Volga River and enter the Republic of Tatarstan. In the afternoon disembark from the Volga Dream to explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and center of Tatar culture of Russia. Visit the white-walled Kazan Kremlin (citadel) where the famous mosque Kul-Sherif neighbours the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. Later this day enjoy a concert by a local Tatar folk group. (Meals B, L, D)

KAZAN

The capital and the largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is located on the picturesque banks of the Volga River. The Kazan Kremlin is the main historic site of the city and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible, it is the home of many old buildings including The Annunciation Cathedral, dating back to the 16th century, the leaning Soyembika Tower, the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Spasskaya Tower, and the recently built Qol Sharif mosque.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov.

Day 8  : Nizhni Novgorod

Nizhni Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), once a wealthy commercial center poised on the trade routes 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. (Meals B, L, D)

 

NIZHNI NOVGOROD

Founded in 1221 by Yuri II at the confluence of the Oka and the Volga rivers, Nizhni Novgorod has been an economical and cultural center of the vast Volgo-Vyatsky region. In 1932 the city was named in honor of writer Gorki and bared the name until 1990. Being a very important industrial center of Russia, Nizhni Novgorod was closed to foreigners. Now the local government is restoring its historical and cultural places.

 

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Testing.

Day 9  : Yaroslavl

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 board the Volga Dream in time for lunch. (Meals B, L, D)

 

YAROSLAVL

Yaroslavl is the administrative center of the Yaroslavl region and one of Russia’s oldest cities. In 2010, the city celebrated its 1000th anniversary. The historical center of the city is located between the rivers Volga and Kotorosl and belongs to UNESCO’s world heritage. It was founded in about 1010 by Prince Yaroslav The Wise at the bank of the Volga River, but the first mention in the chronicles was in 1071. In the 17th century, Yaroslavl was the biggest trade Russian city, notable for textiles.

 

Day 10  : Uglich

We arrive this afternoon in Uglich, which dates 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 10-year old son met his death. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis, and attend a concert of choral music. (Meals B, L, D)

UGLICH

Uglich combines the charm of the small Volga town and the treasures of Russian cultural heritage and traditions. The year 1591 is famous because of the mysterious death of the prince, Dmitry. Some historians blame the tsar Boris Godunov in killing the prince while other hypothesis considers the prince accidentally fell on a knife during an epileptic seizure. See the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral.

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony.

Day 11  : Moscow

Upon arriving in Moscow, you will transfer to the deluxe M.S. Volga Dream. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing after the flight, or you can get out and explore Moscow on your own.
(Meal D)

Day 12  : Moscow

Begin your day with an orientation tour of Moscow followed by a ride in the beautiful Moscow metro. After lunch in a local restaurant you will proceed to the Old Tretyakov gallery to view its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th century icons to 20th century paintings. (Meals B, L, D)

Optional: This evening enjoy an opera or ballet performance at the famous Bolshoi Theatre (subject to the schedule of performances).

Day 13  : Moscow

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, return to the awaiting Volga Dream and begin your sailing along the Russian Waterways. Gather for Captain's welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise. (Meals B, L, D)

Optional: Visit the new Tretyakov Picture Gallery to discover its outstanding collection of XX century masterpieces by artists including Chagall, Kandinky, and Malevich. Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony.

MOSCOW

Views the Kremlin, Red Square, Kitay Gorod, Tverskaya, Arbat, and Zamoskvorechje. Visit Red Square and the Kremlin with its golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, and many other landmarks. Inside the Kremlin the main attractions are the three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, which date back to the 15th-16th centuries. Other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, Terem Place, and the Great Kremlin Palace - the official residence of Russian presidents.

Volga Dream Experience: Documentary film "Constriction of the Moscow Canal.”