Volga Dream - Russia Volga Dream - Russia

Volga Dream 2019 Gold

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

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.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION & HIGHLIGHTS

Volga Dream GOLD combines the best of Moscow and St. Petersburg and a deluxe cruise on the Volga. This journey is ideal for individual travelers and small groups looking to explore both the Russian countryside and the treasures of Russia's grandest cities.

  • Accommodation in exquisite 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Daily sightseeing in small groups of never more than 20-25 guests
  • Visits to the Kremlin, Red Square, Armory and Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow
  • Visits to the magnificent Hermitage, Faberge Museum, Peterhof and Catherine’s palace in St. Petersburg
  • All meals aboard MS Volga Dream with house wines, beer and soft drinks included with all lunches and dinners
  • 4 fascinating lectures by Russian professors about Russian history and politics
  • Diverse range of cultural activities aboard MS Volga Dream

Download PDF Itinerary here.

ITINERARY

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$4,495 per person based on two guests traveling together.  Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Moscow

On arriving in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora****** or Ararat Park Hyatt ***** in the historic city centre near the Bolshoi Theatre and Moscow Kremlin. Enjoy a warm-up meeting with your guide and fellow guests (in the hotel lobby from 6 to 9pm).

Meals: None

AccommodationMarriott Aurora or Ararat Park Hyatt

Day 2
Moscow | Moscow

Begin the day with an orientation tour of the city before proceeding to the famous Novodevichy Cemetery, where numerous well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders and scientists.

Take the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, explore Moscow on your own or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city‘s word-class venues.

City tour includes: Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin embankment, Cathedral of Christ the Savior (entrance if time and availability allows), Novodevichy Cemetery (entrance).

Meals: B

AccommodationMarriott Aurora or Ararat Park Hyatt

Day 3
Moscow | Moscow

The morning takes you into the Kremlin to visit the Armoury Museum and its renowned collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. Next is the magnificent Red Square and its famous landmarks - Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's cathedral (outside), a colourful multi-domed complex whose architects were supposedly blinded by Ivan the

Terrible so that they would never again be able to recreate such splendour.

The rest of the day is left open for independent exploration: for example you may walk to the new park Zaryadye located near the Kremlin and Red Square or choose any one of several optional tours.

Today‘s tour includes: the Kremlin, visit to Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals, the Armory (visit), Red Square walking tour, St. Basil's Cathedral (photo stop w/o entrance), GUM Department Store (entrance).

Meals: B

AccommodationMarriott Aurora or Ararat Park Hyatt

Day 4
Embarkation | Embarkation

The morning is free for you to walk at leisure before enjoying lunch in the hotel or near-by.

Hotel check-out is at noon followed by a trip to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Explore Moscow‘s Metro, famed for its architectural splendour. Later, transfer to the luxury that waits aboard MS Volga Dream before

sailing Russia‘s extensive waterways. The Captain's welcome reception and dinner mark the start of our unforgettable cruise.

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

Meals: B, D

AccommodationVolga Dream

Day 5
Uglich | 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.

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

Meals: B, L, D

AccommodationVolga Dream

Day 6
Yaroslavl | Yaroslavl

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia‘s oldest cities and boasts the Volga‘s first port. There is so much to see: the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet with its 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.

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

Meals: B, L, D

AccommodationVolga Dream

Day 7
Goritsy | Goritsy

In this tiny settlement, we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, now home to one of the world‘s finest collections of Russian icons. After a guided tour, we continue cruising toward the majestic Lake Onega.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D

AccommodationVolga Dream

Day 8
Kizhi | 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 is home to 1,369 islands, including our stop, Kizhi with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills including the famous and remarkable 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

AccommodationVolga Dream

Day 9
Svirstroy | Svirstroy

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. After tea, hop on a bus to tour the nearby town, see a local WWII monument and visit a local primary school.

Volga Dream Experience: Deck Barbecue

Meals: B, L, D

AccommodationVolga Dream

Day 10
Disembarkation | St. Petersburg

Arrive in St. Petersburg via the Neva River and disembark the MS Volga Dream. Enjoy a city tour including the Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, with its rich selection of fine shops, cafes, and museums.

Afternoon check-in at the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe***** or Kempinski Moika 22*****.

City Tour includes: Peter & Paul Cathedral (entrance), Split of Basil Island (walking tour), St. Isaac Cathedral (photo stop), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop), Nevskiy Prospekt drive.

Meals:

AccommodationBelmond Grand Hotel Europe or Kempinski Moika, 22

Day 11
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg

The day begins at the world class Hermitage Museum, home to one of world‘s most important collections of European art.

Lunch is followed by a tour of the meticulously restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg‘s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate, often cited as the

Versailles of Russia. Visit one of the authentic Small Cottages and stroll in the vast Lower Park with its 176 fountains and four cascades. There are majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

The rest of the day left open for independent exploration.

Meals: B, L

AccommodationBelmond Grand Hotel Europe or Kempinski Moika, 22

Day 12
Departure | Departure

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

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