Grand Volga River Cruise

From Moscow to Volgograd
Discover iconic onion-domed churches, stroll through the architectural gems of Nizhniy Novgorod, and explore the treasures of Yaroslavl, Volga river's oldest city.

This Russian cruise is an epic journey along a spectacular stretch of Europe’s largest river. This 11-day tour, staying onboard the five-star, luxury Volga Dream cruise liner includes 8 nights cruising from the historic River Terminal on the Moscow Canal to the beautiful old city of Volgograd on the western banks of the Volga. After a three day introduction to the main attractions of Moscow, you’ll set sail for some of the most picturesque towns of the Lower Volga, including Yaroslavl on the famous Golden Ring circuit. Marvel at iconic onion-domed churches and medieval forts while immersing yourself Russia’s extraordinary culture, arts, folklore, history, food and legendary love of lively celebration along the way.


  • Highlights of Moscow: Enjoy guided excursions to the most lauded landmarks of the Russian capital. Walk the Red Square, enter the halls of the imposing Kremlin and Armoury Museum, and marvel at the works of the Russian masters at the Tretyakov Gallery
  • Uglich: With brightly painted historical buildings standing proudly along the banks of the river, Uglich is one of the most magnificent towns to behold from the Volga. Explore one of Russia’s oldest cities, home to Church of St Dmitry, built on the site where the last heir of Ivan the Terrible met his mysterious demise
  • Yaroslavl: One of the most celebrated cities of Russia’s Golden Ring, Yaroslavl has so much to see. Admire the incredible artistry of the Spassky Monastery and take part in a costumed reception at the Governer’s House
  • Nizhniy Novgorod was a once wealthy city with a strategic position on the Eastern trade route. During the Soviet era, it was used as a place of exile for political prisoners and outsiders were forbidden. Now open to visitors once again, it boasts spectacular views from the ramparts of its 16th century Kremlin
  • By Day 7, Orthodox churches no longer dominate the landscape. Instead, the beautiful minarets of Islamic mosques pierce the sky as we enter the Republic of Tartarsan, where we disembark to discover the unique Tartar culture of the Republic’s capital, Kazan
  • Sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains towards Samsara. Our tour of the city includes a visit to the space museum and stroll along the Volga esplanade to the Samara State Art Museum
  • Discover the world-changing WWII history of Volvograd, a 16th-century city that shot to notoriety as the site of the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare

Russia’s most significant settlements share one essential geographic detail – their connection to the Volga River, the cultural, agricultural and industrial lifeline for the country's largest population centres. What better way to take in Russia’s beautiful rural landscapes, spectacular old-world architecture and picturesque historical townships than an intimate experience sailing the waters of the mighty Volga herself. From the chaotic modern metropolis of Moscow to fairytale medieval villages and the ancient kingdom of the Tartars, this is a river cruise with few equals, offering variety and splendour on a scale that exists simply nowhere else.

Our cruise begins at the Moscow Canal ferry terminal, the city’s gateway to the Volga River. From Moscow, we’ll sail north to the fascinating Medieval city of Uglich and on to Yaroslav, one of the most iconic cities on Russia’s historic Golden Ring circuit.

Next, we’ll follow the lower reaches of the Volga River to the south-east, watching the local architecture change from Tsarist cathedrals to exotic Muslim mosques as we temporarily leave Orthodox Russia and enter the Republic of Tartarsan. Finally, we’ll sail past the Zhigulevskie mountains to Samsara, and then on to our departure point,  Volvograd (formerly Stalingrad), one of the single most important battlefield locations in the history of modern warfare.

Your luxury vessel on this eye-opening journey is the MV Volga Dream, a renovated boutique cruise ship with classic décor and distinctive Russian touches. Accommodating just 100 passengers in 50 staterooms, the Volga Dream is the perfect choice for travellers seeking an intimate experience and personalised service.

Soak up the panoramic views from the elegant lounge or the spectacular sundeck and enjoy a mix of fine Russian and international fare, buffet breakfasts and four-course dinners in the restaurant. Life onboard is as laidback or action-packed as you prefer. Between trips ashore, enjoy a diverse range of activities including Russian language lessons, cooking demonstrations, matryoshka painting classes, documentary films, educational talks from our passionate guest speakers, live musical entertainment and a traditional costumed Russian dinner with vodka tasting.

11 days
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Trip style



MS Volga Dream

River cruise


Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

11 days / 10 nights


up to 100 people

Guaranteed Departures


Day 1:Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the cruise ship. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight.

Day 2-3:Moscow

Explore Moscow's main attractions, including Red Square, Kremlin and Armoury Chamber. Take a ride on the iconic Moscow's metro and visit the famous Tretyakov Gallery. The evening provides a chance to meet your crew and fellow travellers at Captain's welcome reception and dinner.

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.

Day 5:Yaroslavl

Explore one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port - Yaroslavl. Take part in a reception at the governor’s house before re-boarding the cruise ship in time for lunch.

Day 6:Nizhny Novgorod

You will hear about the city’s history as a place of exile for political prisoners. Walk the ramparts of the 16th-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.

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. Explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and very center of Russia’s Tatar culture. Later in the day, a local ensemble will delight us with a concert of traditional Tatar music.

Day 8: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.

Day 9: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.

Day 10:Volgograd

The site of epic battles during the Russian Revolution – between 1925 and 1961 it was known as Stalingrad. We will visit the imposing memorial on Mamayev Hill, which saw the bloodiest fighting of the war, and Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Day 11:Departure

Here our cruise finishes. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for you flight back home or to our next destination.



5* Volga Dream cruise ship


Full board catering (three meals per day) while on board the cruise ship


Arrival and departure group airport transfers


All excursions according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides

Activities and sights

Onboard entertainment including Russian language course and Russian songs lessons, live music concerts, etc

Lectures by a guest speaker


Russian visa support documents

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
03 May - 13 May, 2019 (M to V)
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Available US $3,745 contact us Reserve
13 May - 24 May, 2019 (V to M)
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Available US $3,745 contact us Reserve
26 Sep - 07 Oct, 2019 (M to V)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $3,745 contact us Reserve
May 7 - May 18, 2020 (M to V)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $3,945 US $2,200 Reserve
Oct 6 - Oct 17, 2020 (V to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $3,945 US $2,200 Reserve
11 days
Moscow to Volgograd
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