This Volga River Cruise will introduce you to the rich cultural side of Russia, its architecture and history on a luxurious odyssey from St.Petersburg to Volgograd. Navigating the longest river in Europe, you'll experience local traditions, get the vibe of the historic townships, and enjoy the great views of Russia's rural countryside.
Be ready to re-evaluate your knowledge of Russia, its culture and history, as you will meet local people and see their habitual lifestyle, explore traditional crafts and try the most delicious dishes of Russian cuisine, listen to the best pieces of Russian classical music, attend interesting lectures by experienced professors and learn some useful phrases in Russian - we guarantee you will find amusement to your liking!
Sail breathtaking views of the Karelian landscape as you make your way to Lake Onega - home to the island of Kizhi UNESCO site.
MS Volga Dream
Type of tour
18 days / 17 nights
up to 100 people
Begin your journey on this Volga River cruise by embarking on the MS Volga Dream. Today can be spent luxuriating on deck, or by taking some time to explore the glorious city of St.Petersburg.
Dive into traditional culture today when you’re invited into the home of a local villager who will be waiting to greet you with jam tea and pirozhki (traditional pies). The locals have a rich oral tradition which they are enthusiastic to share with you through stories about their culture and lifestyle. As they open their home and kitchen garden to you, they will entice you with tales about the local attractions of Svirstroy village.
Once you’ve enjoyed your jam tea its time to take a bus to tour the village and local primary school, and pay our respects at a monumental WWII memorial.
Karelia is a breathtaking expanse of wilderness that extends from St.Petersburg to the Arctic Circle. Its unique landscape is characterised by vast forests and beautiful bodies of water, such as Lake Onega, which collects 58 rivers and contains 1369 islands. The most exciting of all these islands is Kizhi, which is famous for its unique display of handmade, ancient, wooden churches, windmills and houses. Today, on this Volga River cruise you will visit the masterpiece of this quaint collection - the Transfiguration church, which was constructed without the use of a single nail in 1714.
Today we will visit the curious settlement of Gortisky, home to the beautiful Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (1397). Here you will venture through the monastery on a guided tour, marvelling at one of the most magnificent collections of Russian icons in the world. Once you have savoured the ethereal repertoire of artwork, we will advance towards the brilliant Lake Onega.
Yaroslavl is a jewel in the crown of central Russia not only because of its rich historical significance as one of the oldest cities in the region (founded 1010), but because it is an outstanding seat of Russian Architecture. Some of the highlights you will see today include the Spassky Monastery which encapsulates the Transfiguration of the Saviour and the Church of Elijah the Prophet. This is a particularly rich example of late Muscovite period architecture and hosts extraordinary displays of intricate mosaics.
This morning you will also be treated to a costumed reception at governor’s house prior to returning to the MS Volga Dream for lunch, as part of your Volga River cruise.
After continuing to cruise through the idyllic forested countryside, we will anchor at Uglich, which once formed part of an ancient trading route, and is now at the heart of Russia’s famous Golden Ring circuit. Today you will continue to delight in the history and architecture of the region where you will have the opportunity to visit the Church of St. Dimitri-on-the-Blood. This church is famous for its connection to the son of Ivan the Terrible, Dmitri, who was murdered on this site in 1591.
Once you have marvelled at this impressive church, you will be invited to an enchanting choral performance at St. John’s Church.
After arriving in Moscow at midday, the rest of the will be spent at your leisure. Feel free to explore Moscow on your own, or relax on deck.
Today marks your chance to become acquainted with the specular sites of Moscow on an orientation tour of the city. You’ll get up close and personal with some of the most spectacular attractions in the city like Red Square, St.Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Tomb. We will also pass the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour as we drive towards Novodevichi Cemetery - the final resting place of several famous Russian creatives, actors, politicians and scientists.
Today you will visit the famed Kremlin! During this tour you will experience the Armoury Museum, which houses a varied collection of royal artefacts such as thrones, crowns and coaches. Here you will also be escorted through the 15th century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals which boast splendid frescoes.
The next 2 days of this Volga River cruise will be spent navigating back through Uglich and Yaroslavl and you will have free time to explore the secrets of these mysterious cities.
Take in the majesty of the Volga river as you spend today gently cruising the waterway on this Volga River cruise. Luxuriate on the Sun Deck with an ever changing vista of quaint villages, towns and churches. As you lesiurely observe the region which thrived for centuries due to the success of trade along the Volga, listen to a guest speaker narrate the history and tradition of each magical site.
Nizhny Novgorod was once the epicentre of commercial activity, thanks to its influential position on the eastern trade route. However, today you’ll learn how during the Soviet era it was closed for military exercise and to house political prisoners. Today you’ll also visit the XVIth- century Kremlin with its ornate churches and breathtaking views.
Tonight, a local children’s group will be delighted to present a traditional folk concert for you.
As you observe the banks of the Volga today, you will begin to notice that elaborate Russian Orthodox Churches are replaced by intricate Muslim mosques - highlighting our advance into the Republic of Tatarstan. We depart the Volga dream to explore the capital of the region and the epicentre of Tatar culture and tradition, Kazan. Marvel at the white walls of the Kazan Citadel where the Kul-Sherif mosque is juxtaposed against the old Peter and Paul Cathedral.
In the afternoon you will be treated to a local ensemble who will perform traditional Tatar music for you.
This morning is a fantastic opportunity to view the Zhigulevskie mountains from the Sun Deck as we advance towards the city of Samara. Beginning with a city tour, we will explore the space museum before taking a leisurely walk on the Volga esplanade as we head towards the Samara State Art Museum.
Saratov was once a bustling German community, but is now famed for its connection to Yuri Gagarin who lived in the city and became the first man to enter space. On this city tour, you will delight in the treasures of the Radishev State Art Museum which was the primary portrait gallery outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Volgograd has a rich historical past - from its beginnings as Tsaritsyn and a site of the Russian revolution, through to World War II where it became famously known as Stalingrad. It is the site of arguably the most decisive military victory for the Russians on the eastern front, where they changed the course of history through their relentless, painstaking and courageous defence of the city.
Some of the fiercest fightings took place on Mamayev Hill, and today we will visit a memorial on this site before making our way to the Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.
Our Volga River cruise will culminate on day 18 and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
MS Volga Dream
Full board (three meals per day)
Arrival and departure group airport transfers
All excursions according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides
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.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips
|Sep 30 - Oct 17, 2020
|Available||US $6,045||US $2,200||Reserve|
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