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Lower Volga river cruise

From Moscow to the Caspian Sea

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

An epic journey along Europe’s largest river. The majestic lower Volga river cruise traces the lifeline of Central Russia from the capital of Moscow into the historic heart of the Golden Ring cities. All the way to the east-meets-west city of Astrakhan, which is between the Caspian Sea and the Kazakhstan border. Along the way you’ll find serenity in the tranquillity and traditional lifestyles of the Russian countryside and the precious natural habitats of the Lower Volga. After a three day introduction to the attractions of Moscow, you’ll embark on an epic 3,000km journey east. Boarding on a comfortable modern cruise liner, immersing yourself in Russia’s extraordinary culture, arts, folklore, history, food and legendary celebration.

Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Moscow

Astrakhan

5* Volga Dream cruise ship

Duration

Action rating

Group size

13 days / 12 nights

     

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Itinerary

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’.

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 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.

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:Astrakhan

The Volga Dream arrives in the city of Astrakhan in the evening. This is the world capital of caviar, also the centre of the fishing industry in Western Russia.

Day 12-13: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. On the next day you will be transferred to the airport for your departure back home.

Inclusions

Accommodation

5* Volga Dream cruise ship

Meals

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

Transportation

Arrival and departure group airport transfers

Guides

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

Other

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. 
24 Jun - 06 Jul, 2018 (M to A)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $3,795 contact us Reserve
06 Jul - 19 Jul, 2018 (A to M)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $3,420 contact us Reserve
05 Oct - 18 Oct, 2018 (M to A)
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $3,420 contact us Reserve
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