Volga River Tours & Trips 2020

3 trips to Volga River tours from 5 tour companies. 11 reviews. 5.0/5 avg rating.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Trans-Mongolian Experience

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
20 days
$ 224 / day
$ 4,485
From : $ 6,055
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Discover Russia, Mongolia and China on sample two of the world’s greatest overland journeys – the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railroads.
  • Visit some of Intrepid’s local friends in St Petersburg and share some afternoon tea in a unique setting – a Soviet-era communal apartment.
  • Combine train travel with time to explore cities and villages along the way, including two nights in a homestay with a Russian family near Lake Baikal.
  • Immerse yourself in Mongolian wilderness during a night in a ger camp in Terelj National Park, including a locally-guided hike to a Buddhist retreat and a hand-on dumpling dinner.
  • Explore Ulaanbaatar on a tour of the Mongolian capital, a city where the outer suburbs are still made up of tented ger camps but the centre is home to modern skyscrapers.
Visits:
Beijing, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, China, Mongolia, Russia
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Russia Explorer

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 289 / day
$ 4,040
From : $ 4,969
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Encounter the legacy of Russian tsar Peter the Great while exploring the enigmatic streets that showcase the many palaces and museums of St Petersburg.
  • Join a local family in St. Petersburg and have some tasty home cooked meal while learning some Russia games!
  • Visit the Solovetsky Islands, location of one of the first GULAGs
  • Travel to Murmansk, the biggest city within the Arctic Circle, and venture through tundra to the deserted town of Teriberka by the Barents Sea.
  • Visit the Golden Ring towns of Yaroslavl, an 'open air museum' displaying Russia's history through its onion-domed Orthodox churches, monasteries and kremlins
  • Red Square has long been at the heart of Russian history – visit the austere mausoleum of Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution, contrasting with the eye-bulging treasure collection in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum.
  • This trip is a perfect balance of the must see highlights of Russia and the off the beaten track adventures in this great country. You'll cover immense grounds and travel deep into the country and its culture with the help and insight of your local tour leader.
Visits:
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Cruise of the Czars: The Russian Waterways

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 231 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 7,097
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore Moscow's attraction - Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Visit Kremlin (Moscow)
  • See the Czar’s Cannon (Moscow)
  • Enjoy a guided tour to Armory Museum (Moscow)
  • Optional Moscow Metro Tour
  • See the Governor’s Palace in Yaroslavl
  • Enjoy a magnificent walking tour on the fairy tale island of Kizhi
  • Explore the culture and the architecture in St. Petersburg
  • Visit Hermitage Museum
Visits:
Moscow, Moscow Red Square, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Top Volga River Experiences and Attractions

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Visit the Kremlin Grounds, a historical and architectural reserve, and the former seat of the Russian Government. While visiting, make a stop at the Armory museum, the depository of Russian riches, including weapons.

Take a stroll through the garden’s of Peterhof Palace. Inspired from the Palace of Versailles in Paris, this is a great option for a day trip outside of St. Petersburg, taking about an hour to arrive via train/bus.

Take in a performance at Bolshoi Theatre, a historical theatre in Moscow. Depending on the time of year, grab a ticket and enjoy an opera or ballet performance.

Visit the first museum dedicated to Russia’s fine art, the TretyakovGallery. Originally start in 1892, the gallery now holds more than 1,300 pieces of Russian fine art.

Take a tour of Moscow’s metro, “a palace built for the people.” Make sure to stop at the Mayakovskaya, known as the most beautiful metro station in the world.

Visit the Vodka Museum, in Mandrogi, to grab a souvenir or sample one of Russia’s most famous exports.

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Volga River Trip Reviews

11 Volga River Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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One of a Kind

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This trip through the waterways of northwestern Russia was a truly unique and wonderful learning experience, combining the pleasures of cruising on a small ship (without the typical excesses) with exposure to the rich cultural heritage of the Slavic people. The friendly, hard-working crew of our vessel and the tasty, authentic (if different) cuisine offered on board more than compensated for the slightly cramped conditions of our cabin. The architecture and ornamentation of the dozen or so Russian Orthodox churches and museums we visited in and between the great cities on each end of the tour was simply breathtaking. Our guide, Svetlana, could not have been more gracious, attentive, and personable. Russian language, singing, and dance lessons were yet another plus on this unforgettable journey to an often misunderstood yet most beautiful and welcoming place.

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Operator SmarTours

Cruise Of The Czars

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My daughter and I traveled in May to Russia for the Cruise of the Czars in May of 2017, and it was fantastic. The ship was very modern and well maintained and the staff and meals were above average. Our group was always the FIRST to arrive at our scheduled stops and thus avoided the huge crowds that came after us. All of the places that we visited were very interesting and things that you should see in Russia. For me, having traveled in Russia since the 1990's ,it was a great way for my daughter to see the NEW RUSSIA and yet see the smaller towns along the River. I would recommend this trip to anyone that wants to see something different.

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Operator SmarTours

Great Way to Visit Russia

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Went with a group of seven women on the river cruise Moscow to St. Petersburg and we were extremely well satisfied over all . Trip was handled efficient, our tour leader Svetlana was superb, the staff was generally helpful and spoke English well -- and the sights were spectacular. Bookending the city visits with stops at five different sites enroute was great -- the city visits were intensive and the three-to-four-hour day trips were more relaxing and very interesting as well. The boat was comfortable, and standard rooms, though small, had plenty of storage; public rooms were inviting; and I loved details like ice water at meals and ice and water for rooms. The only thing that wasn't great was the food: breakfast was good (a buffet) but pastries and breads were uninspired; meat was in short supply; produce and vegetables were short on variety and quality(perhaps due to the sanctions), and selections for vegetarians and even more so for "low carb"or other restricted diets were problematic. The optional tours were well designed and with a single exception the guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, a great deal for the money and an excellent experience.

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Operator SmarTours

Another Blockbuster for smarTours!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

In celebrating 50 consecutive years of international travel this year, I turned to smarTours for the 16th time, and wasn't disappointed with the "Cruise of the Czars." As with all the previous tours, this cruise was a great bargain. I love the small ships, where you have an opportunity to meet many other people, and spend time getting to know them. The smaller ships are very convenient to everything, and the attention and service was great on this one. The various ports were all quite different, and interesting, and it was nice getting to interact with the Russian people. My first trip to Russia was 39 years ago, so the changes in Moscow and St. Petersburg (Leningrad, when I was there) were amazing -- I felt as though I was back in the USA. The beautiful pastel-colored buildings of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries dominated these cities. The giant gray buildings of the USSR are almost non-existent; and the red banners that hung from them with the hammer and sickle and profile of Lenin are now gone. Everything was so clean and tidy -- no trash around, or homeless people sleeping in the streets. I've never seen so many trees, and Moscow is buried in them -- along with 112 parks filled with flowers, fountains, and children's playgrounds. Politics aside, no one should deny his or herself this great opportunity to explore a country so rich in history. This tour ranks up there with all the other smarTours I've taken around the world -- keep up the great work!

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Wonderful cruise!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This cruise was excellent. The crew, activities, food, entertainment,tours, services, room, etc. everything marvelous. The cruise directors, Galia Saufulina was the most sweet and knowledgeble person, I admire her, she took care of everything. Also the Cruise manager, Elena Ershova was friendly and nice and took care of all our needs. The views, places visited and tours of the cruise were outstanding. I recommend this tour with these people any time. You as a company should promote more this tour. The russian people are wonderful!!

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Operator SmarTours

Wonderful experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This cruise was fantastic: the people from the ship, the food, the ports selected, the tours made and the extra tours.The ship is comfortable, lots of amenities and excellent service from the staff. We had the opportunity to know the people from Russia in an more intimate level because they were friendly and were looking that we enjoyed the cruise. I will recommended this tour.

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