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: 14 days / 13 nights
Type: 5-star cruise
From: $3,995 per person
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Jun 24 - Jul 6, 2018
Jul 6 - Jul 19, 2018
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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 with a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening you are invited to Captain's Welcome reception.
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
Day On Board -
You spend this day relaxing on board your luxurious cruise ship. You can enjoy peaceful scenery of the small villages, tiny towns, as well as beautiful churches and monasteries passing by your ship. We recommend you to attend an informative lecture prepared by our renowned guest speaker to learn more about Russian history and traditions.
Day 6
Yaroslavl Sightseeing Tour -
Today you explore one of the oldest Russian cities and the gem of the Volga River - Yaroslavl. During your guided city tour you explore the Spassky Monastery where you see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the wonderful Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house. This day entertainment program includes Costumed Russian tea ceremony.
Day 7
Nizhny Novgorod City Tour -
Today you arrive in Nizhny Novgorod, once a wealthy commercial center nestled on the important trade routes to the East. During the city tour you walk the ramparts of the spectacular 16th-century Kremlin, visit lavishly-decorated churches and attend a folk concert presented by a local children group. After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. This day entertainment program includes Russian dinner and Vodka tasting party.
Day 8
Exploring Kazan Heritage -
Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia. During your guided tour you visit the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you see the famous Qol Sharif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. Later this day you enjoy a music concert by a local Tatar folk group. This day's entertainment program includes the piano concert consisting of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
Day 9
Samara City Tour -
Today you arrive in Samara and enjoy a guided city tour, which includes a visit to the Space Museum and the walk along the beautiful Volga River embankment to the Samara State Art Museum. After the tour you return on board and enjoy a barbeque on the open deck
Day 10
Visiting Radishev State Art Museum in Saratov -
Today you arrive in Saratov that is mostly famous for its connection to Yuri Gagarin, the Russia's first cosmonaut, who lived and studied in this city. The highlight of Saratov guided city tour is a visit to the Radishev State Art Museum - the first Russian picture gallery outside of St. Petersburg and Moscow. After the tour you return on board and continue cruising.
Day 11
Tour of Mamyev Hill & Stalingrad Battle Panorama Museum in Volgograd -
Today you arrive in the historically important city of Volgograd famous for the decisive battle of Stalingrad held there during the World War II. Your guided city tour includes a visit to the Stalingrad Battle Panorama Museum and to the famous war complex Mamyev Hill famous for its iconic monument The Motherland Calls. After the tour you return on board and continue cruising. In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner.
Day 12
Arrival in Astrakhan -
You spend this day on board enjoying the superb views of Russian nature as you are sailing down the mighty Volga River approaching its mouth. In the evening you reach Astrakhan, the city that lies on 11 islands on the left bank of the Volga River. Upon arrival you are invited to the concert in a local conservatory.
Day 13
Astrakhan City Tour -
Following breakfast you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Astrakhan that includes a visit to the local fortress built in the reign of Ivan the Terrible. Optional activity: A fascinating lecture about the world-famous black caviar followed by a private tasting of this precious delicacy. After the tour you return to your ship and spend the last day on board.
Day 14
Departure from Astrakhan -
This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - Astrakhan cruise. After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed magnificent Russian cities and its charming countryside and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.
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 Three meals daily in the ship's restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category;
tick Complementary house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board MS Volga Dream;
tick Meal service begins with dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation;
tick 24 hour coffee station with complementary tea, coffee and snacks;
tick Welcome fruit basket on board MS Volga Dream;
tick Bottled water supply replenished daily;
tick Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner;
tick Daily sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, guided tours on shore and entrance fees;
tick Over 25 hours of Russian Workshop (7 lectures, Discussions, Classes, Concerts, Films & Performances);
tick Nightly entertainment and dancing;
tick Tour of the ship’s bridge;
tick Airport transfers;
tick Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge;
tick Emergency line support during the trip.

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

*NOTE: We provide a full visa processing for US customers ($298 per person) and application assistance for customers from all other countries ($75 per person).

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Dates Standard Twin Superior Twin Deluxe Double Deluxe Twin Junior Suite Deluxe Junior Owner's Suite Standard Single
Jun 24 - Jul 6, 2018 $4,495 $5,195 $5,695 $5,895 $6,695 $7,495 $8,995 $6,695
Jul 6 - Jul 19, 2018 $3,995
Oct 5 - Oct 18, 2018 $3,995 $4,695 $5,195 $5,395 $6,195 $6,995 $8,495 $6,195


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



Map of Volga Dream Moscow - Astrakhan

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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