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.
The MS Volga Dream was originally built for 200 passengers, but has been completely renovated to accommodate just over 100. Cabins are spacious and luxurious, with individually-controlled air-conditioning and heating. Guest accommodation is located across four levels, including deluxe cabins and suites on the two upper decks. All cabins, from Main deck upwards have outside views, flat screen televisions, mini bar, direct dial telephone, plus bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom accessories, welcome fruit basket, bottled water and champagne.
At Exeter International we believe in personalised service. When we use the word boutique to describe the Volga Dream, it is not just about size, but about attention. Attention to our customers from booking stage all the way through to the end of their holiday. The Volga Dream is independent and because we are not dealing with a reservation centre in another country to the location of the boat we get the response we need when dealing with the owners and their senior staff direct.
At booking stage we like a rapid response to availability, flexibility in holding a specific cabin type or number and accommodating as many special requests as possible.
It’s a fact that the owner of the Volga Dream, Vladimir Easkov interviews all staff personally.
On board you see genuinely happy, smiling staff, that will welcome you on board and will take care of all your specific requests.
There is a gifted young chef who will show you the secrets of his kitchen during a cooking class and is happy to accommodate any dietary requirements. Along side the cooking class, the staff onboard the Volga Dream put on a variety of activites to suit all tastes and ages. Read our blog to see exactly what happens onboard a Russian River Cruise.
The relaxed friendly atmosphere extends to all aspects of the cruise - you can visit the bridge at anytime (except when the boat is in a lock).
When the weather is fine, afternoon tea or lunch time BBQ’s on the sun deck are in order, and of course a pre dinner cocktail, or post dinner digestif (blankets provided!)
The Volga Dream were the pioneers of the pre and post cruise hotel stay for Russian River Cruises – for those that like to be in the centre of the metropolis that is Moscow, staying at the Marriott Royal Aurora and the Imperial capital of St Petersburg, Staying at the Angleterre Hotel this is the ideal choice. New for 2012 is the addition of an extra night in St Petersburg.
Alternatively, Exeter International can tailor make your pre and post cruise tours – designing an itinerary specifically for you with private guides and touring and hotels of your choice to include some of our Extraordinary Experiences.