Volga Dream, ex Volgograd to Moscow

10 Night Cruise sailing from Volgograd to Moscow aboard Volga Dream.

Departure date: 7 May 2020
Embark port: Volgograd, Russia
Cruise line: Volga Dream
Ship: Volga Dream

Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
07/05/20 Volgograd, Russia
08/05/20 Saratov, Russia
09/05/20 Samara, Russia
10/05/20 Kazan, Russia
11/05/20 Nizhni Novgorod
12/05/20 River Cruising
13/05/20 Yaroslavl, Russia
14/05/20 Uglich, Russia
15/05/20 Moscow, Russia
16/05/20 Moscow, Russia
17/05/20 Moscow, Russia
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Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Volgograd to Moscow aboard Volga Dream.

NOTE: Cruise operates in approximate reverse order to the itinerary outlined below.

Day 1 Moscow
Upon arrival in Moscow, embark the deluxe MS Volga Dream. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight.

Day 2 Moscow
The day begins with an orientation tour of the city.

Visit the magnificent Red Square and its famous landmarks: Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's cathedral, drive by the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, one of Russia's most important cathedrals, completely destroyed in Stalin's time and restored in 1990. Then we head for the famous Novodevichi Cemetery, where many noted Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.

Day 3 Moscow
This morning will take you inside the Kremlin to visit the Armoury Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and extravagant gifts of state, the excursion also visits the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. Then, we're back aboard the MS Volga Dream for a delicious buffet lunch as your breathtaking cruise along the Russia’s Waterways begins. The evening provides a chance to meet your crew and fellow travellers at the 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
Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port. There is much to see: the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, an impressive collection of mosaics. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house before re-boarding the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.

Day 6 Sailing Day
A relaxing day of leisure as the Volga Dream continues its gentle voyage along the picturesque Volga. The Sun Deck provides a glorious and ever-changing view as we pass small villages, provincial towns, churches, and monasteries. This is an area that flourished for centuries thanks to the volume of trade along the Volga.

Our guest speaker presents an entertaining and informative lecture on the history and traditions of the places we pass.

Day 7 Nizhniy Novgorod
Nizhniy Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), once a wealthy commercial centre straddling important trade routes to the East, became a closed city due to military activity during the Soviet era. You will hear more about the city’s history as a place of exile for political prisoners. Walk the ramparts of the 16th century Kremlin (meaning castle) with its spectacular views, and visit elaborately decorated churches. The evening’s highlight is a folk concert presented by a local children’s group.

Day 8 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.

We will leave the Volga Dream for a while to explore Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and very center of Russia’s Tatar culture. The white-walled Kazan Kremlin or citadel is where the famous Kul-Sherif mosque stands side by side with the old Peter and Paul Cathedral. Later in the day, a local ensemble will delight us with a concert of traditional Tatar music.

Day 9 Samara
This part of the cruise is a great opportunity to relax on the Sun Deck as we sail past the Zhigulevskie Mountains towards exotic Samara where we begin with a city tour, which includes a visit to the space museum, then a stroll along the Volga esplanade to the Samara State Art Museum.

Day 10 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
Originally named Tsaritsyn, this remarkable city has had three name changes in its tumultuous history. The site of epic battles during the Russian Revolution, between 1925 and 1961 it was known as Stalingrad. The people’s heroic defense of the city during World War II was destined to become the decisive battle on the eastern front.

We will then visit the imposing memorial on Mamayev Hill, which saw the bloodiest fighting of the war, and Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Day 11 Volgograd
Disembark.

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