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Grand Russian Cruise

September 29. ST. PETERSBURG

Group arrival transfer is included; no excursions are included this day. In the evening embark luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin our voyage along Russia's glorious waterways. To get the cruise started in style, you are cordially invited to the Captain's welcome reception and dinner.

Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony

Meals: D

September 30. SVIR RIVER AND SVIRSTROY

Svirstroy is a small and charming village on the River Svir, with a population of about 1000. The river connects two of Europe's largest lakes, Ladoga and Onega. For that reason, the morning begins with a tour by bus, to see the beauty of Russian nature. An informative guide will explain the history of Lodeynoye Pole town, Svirstroy village and you will see the statue of Peter I on the River bank. The region enjoys a special spiritual heritage, which explains why three monasteries were built here.

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident's home. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhkie” (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell you all about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Open Deck

Meals: B, L, D

October 1. KIZHI

Kareliya is a region that must be seen to be believed, it spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, a vast wilderness of forest and water. Lake Onega is fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including our stop Kizhi with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills, and the famous Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail being used.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov

Meals: B, L, D

October 2. GORITSY

We sail across Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, once the “tsar‟s fishing grounds”. After lunch we arrive in the idyllic village of Goritsy for a guided tour of the fortress-like Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery with its magnificent frescoes by one of Russia's most renowned icon painters.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D

October 3. YAROSLAVL

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga's first port. Highlights include the Spassky Monastery, which contains the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet with its enviable collection of mosaics at. You will also have the chance to take part in a costumed reception at the governor‟s house before re-boarding the MS Volga Dream for dinner.

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

Meals: B, L, D

October 4. UGLICH

In the morning, we dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, one of the spokes of Russia's famous Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, Ivan-the-Terrible‟s son, was murdered in 1591. That's followed by an enchanting concert of choral music in St. John's Church.

Volga Dream Experience: Documentary Film “Construction of the Moscow Canal”

Meals: B, L, D

October 5. MOSCOW

12:00 Upon arrival in Moscow, remain on board of the deluxe MS Volga Dream. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring Moscow on your own.

Meals: B, D

October 6. MOSCOW

The day begins with an orientation tour of Moscow taking in a riding the city's spectacular metro. After lunch in a local restaurant, we move on to the Old Tretyakov gallery and its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from XII-century icons to XX century paintings.

Meals: B, L, D

October 7. MOSCOW

This morning you will step inside the Kremlin and visit the Armory Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and extravagant gifts of state, the excursion also takes you to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. Then, back aboard the MS Volga Dream for a delicious buffet lunch as your breathtaking cruise along the Russia's Waterways continues. The evening provides a chance to meet your crew and fellow travellers at Captain's welcome reception and dinner.

Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony

Meals: B, L, D

October 8. 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.

*Alternatively you may enjoy exploring the city at your own pace

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Cooking Class

Meals: B, L, D

October 9. 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.

*Alternatively you may enjoy exploring the city at your own pace

Meals: B, L, D

October 10. 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony

Meals: B, L, D

October 11. NIZHNIY NOVGOROD

Nizhniy Novgorod (formerly Gorkiy), once a wealthy commercial center poised on the 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 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D

October 12. 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov

Meals: B, L, D

October 13. 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the open deck

Meals: B, L, D

October 14. 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.

Meals: B, L, D

October 15. VOLGOGRAD (ex. Stalingrad)

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 defence of the city during World War II was destined to become the decisive battle of the conflict 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.

Volga Dream Experience: Farewell dinner

Meals: B, L, D

October 16. 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. This is where the mighty Volga flows out into the Caspian Sea

Volga Dream Experience: Concert in a local Conservatory

Meals: B, L, D

October 17. 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.

Meals: B, L, D

October 18. ASTRAKHAN

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Meals: B

All arrangements are subject to availability and modification if necessary. Weather, heavy traffic and heavy crowds may affect the order of your sightseeing program.