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The Lower Volga - Caspian Sea to Moscow

14 days
13 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Double Occupancy, Per Person:

$ 4,495.00 (Standard Cabin - Cabin Deck)
$ 5,295.00 (Superior Stateroom - Main Deck)
$ 5,895.00 (Deluxe Stateroom - Promenade Deck)
$ 6,095.00 (Deluxe Stateroom - Sun Deck)
$ 6,995.00 (Junior Suite - Promenade & Sun Deck)
$ 7,895.00 (Deluxe Junior Suite - Sun Deck)
$ 9,595.00 (Owner's Suite - Promenade Deck)
$ 6,995.00 (Standard Single - Promenade Deck)
$ 7,895.00 (Deluxe Single - Sun Deck)

Dates:

Jul 06, 2018 - Jul 19, 2018 
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Highlights & Experience:

  • Visit the world’s caviar capital and taste the iconic delicacy in Astrakhan
  • Experience Russia’s diverse musical traditions at lively folk music performances
  • Explore Volgograd, site of the decisive battle on World War II’s eastern front
  • Visit the magnificent Red Square and Kremlin and see the Kremlin State Armory museum’s unrivalled exhibits

Itinerary:

From the Golden Horde to the Soviet era, the scenic cities along Russia’s grand Volga River have hosted some of the most significant events in the country’s history. On your journey aboard the deluxe M.S. Volga Dream, you’ll cruise from the Volga River Delta to Moscow on the Caspian Sea. Discover iconic onion-domed churches; stroll through cultural gems like the medieval Nizhniy Novgorod; and explore the treasure that is Yaroslavl, the Volga’s oldest city.

Day 1  : Astrakhan

Upon arrival in Astrakhan you head straight for the deluxe MS Volga Dream. The rest of the day is yours to relax after your flight.

Volga Dream Experience: Concert in a local Conservatory

Meals: D

Day 2  : Astrakhan

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.

Volga Dream Experience: Volga Dream Experience: A traditional ‘Welcome Aboard’ Ceremony with Bread, Salt & Vodka!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3  : Sailing Day

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4  : Volgograd (ex. Stalingrad)

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.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Cooking Class

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5  : 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 6  : Samara

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

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7  : 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.

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

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8  : 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9  : 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: B, L, D

Day 10  : 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

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11  : Uglich

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 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Farewell dinner

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12  : Moscow

Today we arrive in Moscow and after lunch, begin 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 13  : Moscow

his morning you’ll 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 XVth-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we go to the Old Tretyakov gallery to view its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from XIX-century icons to XX-century masterpieces. Explore Moscow’s Metro, famed for its architectural splendour.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 14  : Moscow

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Meals: B