The Volga River is the linchpin of a single water system linking Moscow and St Petersburg to five separate seas. For the traveller, the Volga is a key to grasping Russia’s insistent mystery- a cruise on the river revealing the jewels and the scars of centuries past. In partially visible towns flooded by the Soviets, cathedrals rise from the water eerily intact. Medieval Orthodox monasteries are still in use on the riverbanks. Otters, herons, and bald eagle give life and motion to the passing scene.
For many, this is a trip of a lifetime, and choosing the right Russian River Cruise can be confusing. If you are looking for a smaller boat, with friendly service, great food and the option to stay in hotels, rather than in port, in Moscow & St Petersburg our recommendation is the Volga Dream.
TRIP DESCRIPTION & HIGHLIGHTS
From the Golden Horde to the Soviet era, the scenic cities of Russia’s grand Volga River have been witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. On a journey aboard the deluxe M.S. Volga Dream, cruise from Moscow to the Volga River Delta on the Caspian Sea. Discover iconic onion-domed churches; stroll through gems such as medieval Nizhniy Novgorod; and explore the treasures of Yaroslavl, the Volga’s oldest city.
- Visit magnificent Red Square and Kremlin and examine the collection at the Kremlin’s State Armory
- Experience Russia’s diverse musical traditions at lively folk music performances
- Explore Volgograd, the site of the decisive battle of World War II’s eastern front
- Visit the world capital of caviar and taste this delicacy in the city of Astrakhan
2018 Southbound Departure (From Moscow): June 24-July 6, 2018
2018 Northbound Departure (From Astrakhan): July 6-19, 2018 and October 5-18, 2018