Cruise: Volga Dream Moscow - Astrakhan

Enjoy an unforgettable Grand Volga cruise from Moscow through the glorious cities of Yaroslavl, Kazan and Volgograd to the heart of Southern Russia - Astrakhan, on board of the one-of-a-kind luxury 5-star ship Volga Dream.

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Tour details
Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Type: 5-star cruise
From: $4,285 per person
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May 3 - May 15, 2017
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Day 1
Arrival in Moscow -
Welcome to the magnificent capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon your arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to the port to board the MS Volga Dream. The rest of the day is free and you can either relax on board the ship or start exploring the city on your own.
Day 2
Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery -
Following breakfast onboard you meet your private guide and go on a panoramic city tour covering the most remarkable places in Moscow such as Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral (outside). The second part of the day is dedicated to a visit to the world-famous Tretyakov Gallery and a short Moscow metro ride. After the tour you return onboard.
Day 3
Tour to the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber -
Today you enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin territory visiting its famous Armoury Chamber and the 15th century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. After the tour you return onboard and your cruise starts.
Day 4
Stop in Uglich -
Today you make a stop in Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dimitry-on-Blood and the St. John's Church where you enjoy the concert of choral music.
Day 5
Stop in Yaroslavl -
Today you visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Spassky Monastery, walk along the river embankment and participate in a costumed reception held in a governor's house.
Day 6
Stop in Nizhny Novgorod -
This day is dedicated to the exploration of Nizhny Novgorod. You walk the ramparts of the 16th century Kremlin and visit city churches.
Day 7
Stop in Kazan -
Today you make a stop in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan - Kazan. You visit the Kazan Kremlin territory, including the famous mosque Kul-Sharif and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. Later this day you enjoy a concert by a local Tatar folk group.
Day 8
Stop in Samara -
Today you have a Samara sightseeing tour, visit the Space Museum, stroll along the Volga River embankment and taste beer at the famous local brewery.
Day 9
Stop in Saratov -
This day you stop in Saratov and enjoy a guided city tour that includes visit to the Radishev State Art Museum - the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Day 10
Stop in Volgograd -
Today you arrive in the historically important city - Volgograd that held the decisive battle during the World War II. You visit the most famous Russian war memorial complex, Mamyev Hill, and the Stalingrad battle panorama museum.
Day 11
Arrival in Astrakhan -
You spend this day onboard observing the superb views of Russian nature as you are sailing down the mighty Volga River approaching its mouth. In the evening you reach the port of Astrakhan. You spend this night onboard and get ready for the eventful sightseeing program next day.
Day 12
Astrakhan City Tour -
Today you enjoy a guided city tour with a visit to the local fortress built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, have a lecture about the world-famous black caviar and enjoy a private testing of this scrumptious delicacy.
Day 13
Departure from Astrakhan -
After breakfast you disembark the ship and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.
Reviews about this trip

Matt Will

Having been on other first class cruises (river and otherwise), Volga Dream sets the standard in terms of service, luxury, accommodations, and excursions for a river cruise. Volga Dream advertises as the only 5 star river cruise in Russia. Based on my experience and speaking to guests on other cruise ships, their claim seems 100% true. My research before, during and after told me, Volga Dream is the best and only choice for River Cruises in Russia.

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What's included

tick Accommodation in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual climate control and large picture window;
tick Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, guided tours in a company of specially trained guides and entrance fees;
tick Three meals daily in the ship's restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category;
tick Meals onboard MS Volga Dream include unlimited house wines, beer and soft drinks included with all lunches and dinners;
tick 24 hour coffee station with complementary tea, coffee and snacks;
tick Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner;
tick Short on board classes on Russian history, language and even singing;
tick Nightly entertainment and dancing;
tick Tour of the ship’s bridge;
tick Full Russian visa processing service for US and Australian customers and visa support service (invitation) for customers from other countries*;
tick Airport transfers;
tick Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge.

Not included: airfares, personal medical insurance, optional tours and all personal expenses.

*NOTE: Visas are not included for 2016 cruise package. We provide a full visa processing service for US customers ($298 per person) and application assistance for customers from all other countries ($75 per person).

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Many of our cruises include visa support. We arrange visas to Russia, China, Mongolia, Ukraine and Belarus. Please refer to What's included section to see if visa service is included in this cruise program.

Our Visa Departments in Washington DC and Sydney provide comprehensive visa service for US and Australian citizens and residents. We will prepare your application and take it to the Russian Consulate, and make sure that it is perfect (approval rate of our applications is 99.9%). Customers from other countries can also utilize our visa support. We will issue official visa invitation, which is required for applying for Russian visa, and provide you with step-by-step instructions for the application process. 

United States / Australian customers


Visa service included in your cruise We will prepare your application package and submit it to the Russian Consulate in Washington DC and Sydney. 


Visa service is not included in your cruise program You can apply for visas on your own OR you can purchase our visa services: Visa section

Customers from other countries


Visa service included in your cruise We will send you a Russian visa invitation. Document preparation service can be purchased as an option.


Visa service is not included in your cruise program You can apply for visas on your own OR you can purchase our visa service. Visa section



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Sights included in program

Moscow: the Kremlin

Moscow: the Kremlin

The symbol of Moscow and entire Russia, the Kremlin is often described as the 8th Wonder of the World. Learn why you should see it Why you should see it
Moscow: Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow: Tretyakov Gallery

Over one thousand years of Russia's finest art. From Rublev to Shishkin, over 170,000 exhibits of religious and modern art await Why you should see it
Moscow Subway

Moscow Subway

This is no normal Subway. An underground bunker, eloquently designed to get passengers through the city and hold the world's largest collection of Stalinist Art. Enjoy Why you should see it


Dating back to the 10th century Russia and reigned by Ivan the Terrible's brother Yury and the location of Ivan the Terrible's son's death. Dark, culturally rich, and an experience unlike any other Why you should see it
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod

A futuristic blossoming city somewhat in the shadow of Russia’s two largest cities, St. Petersburg and Moscow. This shadow, however, works in its behalf. Come see what many say is the future of Russia! Why you should see it


The second largest city behind Moscow in this part of Russia, yet beaming in provinciality with traditional clothing and craftwork in abundance. 1000 years of Russian history at your fingertips Why you should see it


A city with one of the highest standards of living in Russia. They have an amazing Kremlin too. As the “third capital of Russia”, it is a must-see. Why you should see it


A modern metropolis sharing the banks of two rivers. Lay in the sun and dive into history at the endless cultural landmarks before touring the brewery that dates back to the buzzing days of pre-revolution Russia Why you should see it


Boasting proudly its claim-to-fame as the hometown of Russia’s first man in space. Moreover, the cultural diversity of Saratov makes it a unique destination of Siberia Why you should see it


Behold a sight of turbulence and victory. A key point in Russian history, Volgograd reminds visitors of a tumultuous past and the fruits of victory through endurance. Cultural landmarks and museums abound Why you should see it


Get your fill of urban adventure or nature exploration. Come here to fish the deep rivers surrounding the city or stand before the mysterious Kremlin and countless religious monuments Why you should see it

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