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Volga Dream – Platinum

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.

Included:

Volga Dream PLATINUM caters to discerning travelers who prefer to travel privately or in an intimate group. This journey includes accommodation in the finest 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg – the St. Regis Nikolskaya and the Grand Hotel Europe – and extensive touring of the most breathtaking sites in a group of 12-15 guests.

  • Visit to the Armory, Diamond Fund and Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow
  • Special early entrance to the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg
  • Visit to magnificent Faberge Museum and Catherine’s Palace in St. Petersburg
  • 6 breakfasts in the hotels / 6 lunches in gourmet Moscow and St. Petersburg restaurants
  • 6 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 6 dinners aboard MS Volga Dream with unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks included without limit 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 PDF Itinerary and Departure Dates Here.

Download 2017 PDF Itinerary and Departure Dates Here. 

ITINERARY

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High Season – $4,695 per person, double occupancy                                                         Low Season – $4,395 per person, double occupancy

Day 1
Arrival | Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya located in the historic city centre within a 5 minutes walk to the famous Red Square 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: St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya

Day 2
Moscow | Moscow

9:30 am – 5:30 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, and dazzling Faberge eggs.

View the ornate gems of the Diamond Fund, including Catherine the Great’s diamond-encrusted coronation crown and the 190-carat Orlov Diamond, and continue to the Square of Four Cathedrals.

After lunch walk around the famous Red Square and visit GUM - Moscow’s largest department store. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Moscow on your own or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s renowned venues.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya

Day 3
Moscow | Moscow

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow and after visit famous Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.

After lunch, visit Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about Yury Gararin’s first flight in the space and proceed to an outdoor Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy – a truly remarkable footprint of Soviet Architecture and design.

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

Meals: B, L  

Accommodation: St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya

Day 4
Embarkation | Moscow

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Check-out from the hotel and proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art.

After lunch, explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural splendor 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, L, D

Accommodation: Volga Dream

Day 5
Uglich | Uglich

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

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 II 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

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

The Karelia 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
Mandrogi | Svir River

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

9:30am – 5:30pm Arrive in St. Petersburg via the Neva River and disembark MS Volga Dream.

Enjoy a city tour of St. Petersburg and after lunch visit Faberge museum which contains the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family.

After the tour, check-in to the deluxe Grand Hotel Europe.

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

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Day 11
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg

8:30am – 6:30pm This morning enter the famed Hermitage Museum before hours to avoid heavy crowds.

After lunch travel to 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. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Day 12
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg

9:30am – 7:30pm 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 honour of St. Petersburg’s 300th birthday.

After lunch in Podvorie, a restaurant in a traditional Russian log house, on the way back to St. Petersburg visit a ‘Russia in Miniature’ Interactive Museum. Done with a great care and attention to detail, this very realistic model of Russia will give you a great picture of this vast country full of stereotypes, generalizations and main attractions of every region.

In the evening, board a small river boat for a sail around the numerous rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Day 13
Departure | St. Petersburg

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

Meals: B

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