Grand Volga (Moscow to Volgograd)
FRC-703196/702803 Russian Waterways
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Group airport transfer on arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Welcome meeting with guide
  • Daily supply of bottled water
  • Guide headphones for entire trip
  • Stay in Marriott Aurora OR Park Hyatt, 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Excursions including a city tour in Moscow, Red Square Walk, Visit to GUM Department Store, Kremlin and Armory Chamber excursion, State Tretyakov Gallery excursion, Novodevichy Cemetery Visit and Metro Introduction Tour in Moscow
  • All Meals (B-L-D) on board including house wine with lunch & dinner and BBQ on the Open Deck
  • 24-hour Coffee Station
  • Welcome & Farewell Cocktails
  • Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting
  • Russian Classical Music Concert
  • Russian Cooking Classes
  • Russian Tea Ceremony
  • Matryoshka Painting Classes
  • Onboard Entertainment Program with lectures by a guest speaker
  • Port Charges & Local

What's Not Included

Day 1-3
Moscow, Russia, West

Day 1

When you arrive in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora in the historic city centre. In the evening gather for a welcome reception with your guide and fellow travellers or spend the rest of the day exploring central Moscow on your own. (26/09/2019 sailings transfer direct to MS Volga Dream).

Day 2

The day begins with an orientation tour of Moscow taking in a riding the city’s spectacular metro. After lunch in a local restaurant, we move on to the Old Tretyakov gallery and its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from XII-century icons to XX-century paintings.
Meals: B, L

Day 3

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.

Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4
Uglich, Russia, West

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.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Cooking Class
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5
Yaroslavl, Russia, West

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.

Additional Sailing between Yaroslavl and Nizhniy Novgorod day for September 26 cruise

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6
Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, West

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 7
Kazan, Russia, West

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
Samara, Russia, West

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 9
Saratov, Russia, West

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 10
Volgograd, Russia, West

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: Farewell dinner
Meals: B, L, D

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