Day 1 - Moscow
Day 2 -  Moscow
Day 3 -  Moscow
Day 4 - Uglich
Day 5 - Yaroslavl
Day 6 - Nizhny Novgorod
Day 7 - Kazan
Day 8 - Samara
Day 9 - Saratov
Day 10- Volgograd
Day 11 - Astrakhan
Day 12 - Return flight

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Secret Volga

Cruise a spectacular but lesser-known stretch of Europe’s longest river to discover iconic onion-domed churches and explore treasures on the trade route from Moscow to the Caspian Sea

For those who have already enjoyed the classic Russian Waterways cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg, we propose to head eastward to the Caspian Sea exploring from Tsarist Russia to medieval villages and the lands of the Tartars. With the completion of the impressive Moscow-Volga Canal in 1937, the capital was finally linked to the great system of waterways that runs from St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland all the way to Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. As a result, it is now possible to follow the trade route, from Moscow all the way to Astrakhan, the ancient capital of the Tartars.

Russia’s most significant settlements share one essential geographic detail – their connection to the Volga River, the cultural, agricultural and industrial lifeline for the country’s largest population centres. What better way to take in Russia’s beautiful rural landscapes, spectacular old-world architecture and picturesque historical townships than sailing the waters of the mighty Volga as local architecture changes from the cities of the Golden Ring to exotic Muslim mosques, entering the Republic of Tatarstan within the Russian Federation.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Improved Itinerary
Excursions Included
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 10 – 32

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Moscow. Transfer to MS Rossia for an 11-night cruise. (D)

Day 2 Visit the Kremlin, the oldest part of the city, followed by optional visit to the Kremlin Armoury collections (£50). (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tour of Moscow including views of Peter the Great Monument, Gorky Park, and Lenin Hills. Sail to Uglich. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise the Moscow/Volga Canal. Walking tour of Uglich includes the Church of St. Dimitrius on the Blood and the Cathedral of Transfiguration. Visit to a local family house. Cruise to Yaroslavl. (B, L, D)

Day 5 A tour of Yaroslavl including the Transfiguration Monastery and Church of Elijah the Prophet. Visit the Governor’s House for a short concert. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning sailing. Tour of Nizhny Novgorod whose commanding position gives spectacular views of the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers from the ramparts of the 16th-century Kremlin. Enjoy a visit and gypsy music performance at Rukavishnikov Manor. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Morning sailing. Tour of historic Kazan, often called the ‘Pearl of the Central Volga Region’. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail to Samara, a closed city and shut away from the rest of the world during the Soviet era, for walking tour and a visit to Stalin’s Bunker. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Cruise to Saratov, another former closed city and home of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut. Enjoy a visit to the local market and Sokolovaya mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Morning sailing. Afternoon tour of Volgograd, formerly known as Tsaritsyn and later Stalingrad. Visit Mamayev Hill memorial site including the Motherland Calls statue and Stalingrad battle panorama. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Arrive in Astrakhan, a city spread across 11 islands. Visit to the Kremlin. Cocktail and Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Return flight via Moscow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Armoury excursion (Day 2) is pre-bookable only and must be booked at least 50 days before departure.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a comfort twin/double Main Deck cabin
Aeroflot from Heathrow

Date Price
September 20 £2445

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement
(Main Deck Comfort cabin)

Cabin Upgrades

Deluxe cabin, Upper Deck £145
Single supplement £1095
Deluxe cabin, Boat Deck £195
Single supplement  £1145

Flight Options

Aeroflot Business Class from £1395

Optional Excursions

Armoury Visit £50

Extension Options

Pre tour Extension - Moscow
Peking Hotel
2 nights £145
Single supplement £75

Independent Arrival

Save £400
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11-night cruise, full board on cruise, itinerary as described, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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