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Volga Dream – 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 2016 Itinerary & Departure Dates Here.

Download 2017 Itinerary & Departure Dates Here.

ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

High Season – $3,395 per person, double occupancy                                                         Low Season – $3,095 per person, double occupancy

Day 1
Arrival | Moscow, Russia

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora Hotel located in the historic city centre near the Bolshoi Theatre and Moscow Kremlin. In the evening gather for the warm-up meeting with your guide (available at the hotel lobby from 6pm to 9pm) or spend the rest of the day exploring central Moscow on your own.

Meals: –

Accommodation: Marriott Aurora

Day 2
Moscow | Moscow, Russia

9:30 am – 2:30 pm  Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow and after lunch in a local restaurant proceed to the famous Novodevichi Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Moscow on your own or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s renowned venues.

City tour includes: Red Square walking tour, St. Basil's Cathedral (photo stop w/o entrance), GUM Department Store (entrance), Cathedral of Christ the Savior (entrance if time and availability allows), Novodevichy Cemetery (entrance).

Meals: B

Accommodation: Marriott Aurora

Day 3
Moscow | Moscow, Russia

9:30 am – 2:30 pm This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum to view its 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.

The rest of the day is at leisure for independent exploration or optional tours if you choose.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Marriott Aurora

Day 4
Moscow & Embarkation | Moscow, Russia

12:00 pm – 5:30 pm This morning is free for an independent walk or lunch in a hotel near-by.

At noon, check-out from your hotel and proceed to Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural splendour and transfer to the awaiting luxurious MS Volga Dream to begin sailing along the Russian waterways. Gather for the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise.

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

Meals: B, D        

Accommodation: Volga Dream

Day 5
Uglich | Uglich, Russia

After a full day of cruising through forested countryside, dock in the ancient trading town of

Uglich, one of the spokes of 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, and attend an enchanting concert of choral music at St. John’s Church.

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

Meals: B, L, D  

Accommodation: Volga Dream

Day 6
Yaroslavl | Yaroslavl, Russia

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga’s first port. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Savior and admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house, and then re-board the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.

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

Meals: B, L, D    

Accommodation: Volga Dream        

Day 7
Goritsy | Goritsy, Russia

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

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D      

Accommodation: Volga Dream       

Day 8
Kizhi | Kizhi, Russia

The Kareliya region, which spans the area from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, is a vast wilderness of forest and water. Discover Lake Onega, fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including Kizhi. See a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses and windmills,

and the famous Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov

Meals: B, L, D              

Accommodation: Volga Dream

Day 9
Svir River & Village of Mandrogi | Svir River & Village of Mandrogi, Russia

While cruising along the 139-mile-long Svir River, appreciate the quiet understated beauty of a region that has long inspired artists and poets. The ship passes quaint riverside hamlets before reaching Lake Ladoga. Step ashore for a brief visit to the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village on your own.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Open Deck

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Volga Dream

Day 10
Disembarkation & St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg, Russia

9:30am – 5:30pm Arrive in St. Petersburg via the Neva River and disembark the MS Volga Dream. Enjoy a city tour of St. Petersburg, including Peter and Paul Fortress, burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, where fine shops, cafes, and museums are found. Following lunch enter the renowned Hermitage Museum, home to one of the most important collections of European art in the world.

This evening check-in at the five-star 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: B, L

Accommodation: Kempinski Moika, 22

Day 11
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg, Russia

10:00am – 3:00pm Begin today at the meticulously restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate, often cited as the Versailles of Russia. Visit the authentic Bath Cottage and stroll in the vast Lower Park with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Kempinski Moika, 22

Day 12
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg, Russia

9:30am – 5:30pm This morning travel to Catherine the Great’s Palace, which houses the extraordinary Amber Room, its six tons of solid amber deftly carved and framed in gold leaf. Once deemed the “eighth wonder of the world,” the room was stripped by the Nazis in 1941, but majestically reconstructed in honor of St. Petersburg’s 300th birthday.

After lunch at Podvorie, a restaurant in a traditional Russian log house, return to St. Petersburg and visit Faberge museum, which contains world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Kempinski Moika, 22

Day 13
Departure | St. Petersburg, Russia

This morning check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight.

Meals: B

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