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The Grand Volga Cruise on M/S Volga Dream

12 days
11 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 3,945.00 (Cat. A)
$ 4,645.00 (Cat. B)
$ 5,145.00 (Cat. C)
$ 5,345.00 (Cat. D)
$ 6,145.00 (Cat. E)
$ 6,945.00 (Cat. F)
$ 8,945.00 (Cat. G)
$ 6,145.00 (Cat. H)
$ 6,645.00 (Cat. I)

CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

Cat. A - Standard Twin Cabin - 101 sq.ft / 9.4 sq.m
Cat. B - Superior Twin Stateroom -  114 sq.ft / 10.6 sq.m
Cat. C - Deluxe Double Stateroom - 122 sq. ft / 11.3 sq. m
Cat. D - Deluxe Twin Stateroom - 126 sq. ft / 11.7 sq. m
Cat. E - Jr. Double Suite - 158 sq. ft / 14.7 sq. m
Cat. F - Deluxe Double Jr. Suite - 170 sq. ft / 15.8 sq. m
Cat. G - Owner's Suite Double - 260 sq. ft / 24.2 sq. m
Cat. H - Standard Single Cabin - 69 sq. ft / 6.4 sq. m
Cat. I - Deluxe Single Cabin - 81 sq. ft / 7.5 sq. m

 

 

Dates:

May 07, 2020 - May 18, 2020 Volgograd - Moscow
Oct 08, 2020 - Oct 17, 2020 Moscow - Volgograd

Cabin Description:

Included:

Arrival / departure transfers
10 nights on board MS Volga Dream
All meals + house wine and soft drinks on board MS Volga Dream
Daily sightseeing program with 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

Not Included: any airfare, visa fee, tips, personal medical insurance, medical treatment, laundry, minibar, 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

Itinerary:

From the Golden Horde to the Soviet era, the scenic cities along Russia’s grand Volga River have witnessed some of the most significant events in Russian history. On a journey aboard the deluxe M.S. Volga Dream, cruise from Moscow to the legendary Volgograd. Discover iconic onion-domed churches; stroll through gems such as medieval Nizhniy Novgorod; and explore the treasures of Yaroslavl, the Volga’s oldest city.

  • Cross Moscow’s famous Red Square to the iconic Kremlin and take a close look at the magnificent collection of world-class exhibits in the Kremlin’s State Armory museum
  • Experience Russia’s diverse musical traditions at a series of lively performances of traditional folk
  • Explore Volgograd, the site of the decisive battle of World War II’s eastern front
Day 1  : Arrive in Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe MS Volga Dream. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight. (D)

Day 2  : Moscow

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. Meals: B, L, D

Day 3  : Moscow

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 the Russia’s Waterways begins. The evening provides a chance to meet your crew and fellow travellers at Captain's welcome reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony

 

Day 4  : Uglich

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 performed in St. John’s Church. Meals: B, L, D

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Cooking Class

 

Day 5  : Yaroslavl

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 re-boarding the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch. Meals: B, L, D

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. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Volga Dream Experience: Lectures by a guest speaker

Day 7  : Nizhniy Novgorod

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 XVIth-century Kremlin with its spectacular views, and visit elaborately painted churches. The evening’s highlight is a folk concert presented by a local children’s group. Meals: B, L, D

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

 

Day 8  : Kazan

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. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov 

Day 9  : Samara

A great opportunity to relax on the Sun Deck as we sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains towards the city of Samara. In 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. Meals: B, L, D

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the open deck

 

Day 10  : Saratov

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 picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow. Meals: B, L, D

Day 11  : Volgograd

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 defence of the city during World War II was destined to become the decisive battle of the conflict on the eastern front. We will then visit the imposing memorial on Mamayev Hill, which saw the bloodiest fighting of the war, and Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum. Meals: B, L, D

Volga Dream Experience: Farewell dinner

 

Day 12  : Volgograd

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Meals: B