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13 Days - Cruising in luxury along the Russian Volga river.

When it comes to river cruises in Russia, the Volga Dream offers an unprecedented level of luxury, as well as the finest accommodation, delicious food, best service and care in the industry. The advent of the boutique Volga Dream reveals the tsarist-era luxury and provides superior service, installing the ship as the class of the waterway. These voyages have half the amount of guests that are on other Russian River cruises and offer small group tours. These voyages also offer premium hotels in the centre of town during your sightseeing stays in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Volga Dream with 60 crewmembers and a capacity for just over 100 passengers, has the lowest passenger-to-crew ratio among Russian river cruise ships. With so few guests amid the ship’s spacious arrangement, it feels like sailing aboard a private yacht. You’ll find no hassle disembarking at the various ports of call, no delays at mealtime.

This cruise can be from St. Petersburg to Moscow or in reverse. It stops at quaint villages, such as the tiny, picturesque island of Kizhy, along the way and gives you plenty of time to explore Russia in detail.

The Volga Dream voyages are a wonderful way to see a beautiful country so rich in history and the culture.

EARLY BIRD 2019: Get 5% off any 2019 travel program, Offer valid until May 31, 2018.

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Day 2
Exploring Moscow - city tour & Novodevichi Cemetery
Day 3
Visit the Kremlin and the Armoury Museum
Day 4
Tretyakov Gallery & Metro Ride then embarkation on the Volga Dream
Day 5
Cruise to Uglich, a Golden Ring city dating back to the 10th century
Day 6
Stroll in the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site.
Day 7
Visit the village of Goritsy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery.
Day 8
Explore a tiny, picturesque island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Lake Onega.
Day 9
Navigate the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest freshwater lake.
Day 10
Arrive into St. Petersburg
Day 11
St. Petersburg's Peterhof - often cited as the "Versalles of Russia".
Day 12
Catherine’s Palace, Amber Room & the Faberge Museum
Day 13
Tour ends in St.Petersburg
Start Place
Moscow, Russia
End Place
St Petersburg, Russia
Country Visited
Russia
Duration
13 Days
Group Size
106
Type
Cruising
Suitability
Easy
Code
VRC001

Details

Transportation

MS Volga Dream carries 109 passengers, with a crew of 60. The ship has 56 comfortable cabins and all feature either a window or a porthole and a bathroom with separate glass shower. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, safety deposit box, telephone, and flat screen television featuring international satellite programming and films as well as various radio and music channel options.

The highlight of this cruise for many travellers spending time on the Volga Dream was getting to meet the crew. They are gracious and talented hosts who really go out of their way to make sure everyone has a wonderful journey.

Included
GOLD PROGRAM - VOLGA DREAM 2019
  • Accommodation in comfortable centrally located hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Daily sightseeing in small groups of never more than 20-25 guests
  • Visits to the Kremlin & Armory Chamber, City tour & Metro ride, Red Square & GUM Department store, Armory and Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow
  • Visits to the magnificent Hermitage, Catherines Palace in Pushkin, Faberge Museum, Peter & Paul's Fortress, City tour and Peterhof (Lower Park & Bath Cottage) in St. Petersburg
  • 4 breakfasts in the hotels
  • 6 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 6 dinners aboard MS Volga Dream with unlimited house, including a BBQ on deck
  • House wines, beer and soft drinks included with all lunches and dinners
  • Free time to explore in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • 24 hour coffee station
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails
  • 4 fascinating lectures by Russian professors about Russian history and politics
  • Diverse range of cultural activities aboard MS Volga Dream including Russian Dinner & Vodka testing, Russian classical music concert, cooking lessons, tea ceremony and more.
  • Russian visa invitation letter
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Welcome meeting with the guide
  • Daily supply of bottled water
  • Port charges
PLATINUM PROGRAM - VOLGA DREAM 2019
  • Marriott Aurora in Moscow, Lunch at Moscow City Skyscraper and Grand Hotel or Kempinski, St. Petersburg.
  • Smaller group size for excursions, max. 15 people
  • Group arrival airport transfer with English speaking assistant
  • More attractions included
IMPERIAL PROGRAM - VOLGA DREAM 2019
  • Group size maximum 10
  • Private transfer on arrival
  • Four seasons, 5 star deluxe - Four Seasons Lion Palace in St. Petersburg, Four Seasons in Moscow.
2019 additions to the program:

Moscow:

  • Pushkin Museum (impressionists)
  • Russian Avant-garde Art Tour with museum curator
  • Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre (or Museum of Contemporary History when Bolshoi Theatre is on annual leave)
  • Moscow Architecture Tour

St. Petersburg:

  • Turning on the Peacock Clock at the Hermitage Museum
  • Early entrance to Catherine's Palace in Pushkin
  • Visit to a family at their private house in St. Petersburg
  • Yusupov Palace / Rasputin room / Musical Surprises
  • Russian Army Choir Performance

Cruise:

  • in Goritsy touring to Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery is changed for Ferapontov Monastery
Not Included
  • International flights
  • Visa to Russia
  • All services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips and Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora 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.

Please note that the itinerary from St. Petersburg to Moscow mirrors itinerary from Moscow to St. Petersburg. You can choose which way you wish to travel by the dates of the departures.

Accommodation
2018: Gold Program: Marriott Aurora, 5 Star
Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel
Restaurants
O2 Lounge
Moscow New Dining Options
Optional Add Ons
Russian Ballet and Theatre Tickets

Day 2 - Exploring Moscow - city tour & Novodevichi Cemetery

Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow and then 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.

This evening you can enjoy an optional opera or ballet performance at the famed Bolshoi Theatre (subject to the schedule of performances). Ask us before departure to secure your seat.

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
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

Day 3 - Visit the Kremlin and the Armoury Museum

This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armory Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and gifts of state. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals.

The balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration or optional tours at your choice.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

Day 4 - Tretyakov Gallery & Metro Ride then embarkation on the Volga Dream

This morning is free for an independent walk or lunch in hotel near-by area. 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
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Volga Dream

Day 5 - Cruise to Uglich, a Golden Ring city dating back to the 10th century

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.

During the cruise, you will have opportunities to partake in activities, some cultural, informative and others, relaxing. There are guest speakers on board certain voyages and there are movies shown on Russian Culture and History. There are chances to learn the Russian Cyrillic alphabet and learn traditional crafts. You can get into the the kitchen and learn some Russian cooking secrets or get 'behind the scenes' in the heart of the ship - the engine rooms.

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

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
On board the Volga Dream

Day 6 - Stroll in the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site.

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
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
On board the Volga Dream

Day 7 - Visit the village of Goritsy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery.

Early this morning we cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “tsar’s fishing grounds”. Arrive in the peaceful village of Goritsy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery with magnificent frescoes by one of the Russia's most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship for a late lunch.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
On board the Volga Dream

Day 8 - Explore a tiny, picturesque island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Lake Onega.

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
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
On board the Volga Dream

Day 9 - Navigate the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest freshwater lake.

Be on the deck as we navigate the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest freshwater lake, past a shoreline dotted with graceful willows, alder trees and stately pines. Step ashore for a brief visit to either Mandrogi (2017) or Svirstroy - a small and charming village on the River Svir, with a population of about 1000. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhki” (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 for a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of the WWII and visit a local primary school.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Open Deck

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
On board the Volga Dream

Day 10 - Arrive into St. Petersburg

Disembark this morning in St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into the vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-colored palaces. Continue with an orientation tour of St. Petersburg and enter Peter and Paul Fortress, this family shrine of the Romanovs.

Following lunch enter the famed Hermitage Museum, whose four hundred rooms contain spectacular examples of nearly all schools of Western art, including one of the greatest collections of French impressionist works. This evening check-in at the five-star Kempinski Moika 22.

This evening enjoy an optional opera or ballet performance at the famed Mariinsky or Mikhailovskiy Theatre (subject to the schedule of performances).

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
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Accommodation
2017 & 2018: Gold Program - Kempinski Moika, 22, 5 Star Hotel

Day 11 - St. Petersburg's Peterhof - often cited as the "Versalles of Russia".

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

The balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Restaurants
Pyshechnaya - True Russian Donuts

Day 12 - Catherine’s Palace, Amber Room & the Faberge Museum

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 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
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch

Day 13 - Tour ends in St.Petersburg

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person. You can also do these voyages as cruise only in 2019 if you would like us to tailor make a private tour for you in Moscow or St.Petersburg.

2019: Standard, Superior & Single priced for GOLD PROGRAM. Deluxe and Suite priced for IMPERIAL PROGRAM.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
EUR 3,295
Available
Standard
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
EUR 3,795
Available
Superior
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
EUR 5,795
Available
Deluxe
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
EUR 8,595
Available
Suite
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
20 Sep 2018
2 Oct 2018
EUR 1,800
Available
Extra for Single
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
EUR 2,795
Available
Standard
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
EUR 3,295
Available
Superior
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
EUR 5,295
Available
Deluxe
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
EUR 8,095
Available
Suite
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
26 Sep 2018
8 Oct 2018
EUR 1,800
Available
Extra for Single
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
EUR 3,645
Limited availability
Superior
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
EUR 6,195
Limited availability
Deluxe
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
EUR 8,995
Limited availability
Suite
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
31 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
EUR 1,800
Limited availability
Extra for Single
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
EUR 3,645
Limited availability
Superior
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
EUR 6,195
Limited availability
Deluxe
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
EUR 8,995
Limited availability
Suite
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
20 Jun 2019
2 Jul 2019
EUR 1,800
Limited availability
Extra for Single
26 Jun 2019
8 Jul 2019
26 Jun 2019
8 Jul 2019
EUR 3,145
Limited availability
Standard
26 Jun 2019
8 Jul 2019
26 Jun 2019
8 Jul 2019
EUR 3,645
Limited availability
Superior
26 Jun 2019
8 Jul 2019
26 Jun 2019
8 Jul 2019
EUR 1,800
Limited availability
Extra for Single
4 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
4 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
4 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
4 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
EUR 3,645
Limited availability
Superior
4 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
4 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
EUR 1,800
Limited availability
Extra for Single
16 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
16 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
EUR 3,645
Limited availability
Superior
16 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
EUR 1,800
Limited availability
Extra for Single
28 Jul 2019
9 Aug 2019
28 Jul 2019
9 Aug 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
28 Jul 2019
9 Aug 2019
28 Jul 2019
9 Aug 2019
EUR 3,645
Available
Superior
28 Jul 2019
9 Aug 2019
28 Jul 2019
9 Aug 2019
EUR 1,800
Available
Extra for Single
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
EUR 3,645
Available
Superior
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
EUR 6,195
Limited availability
Deluxe
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
EUR 8,995
Limited availability
Suite
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
9 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
EUR 1,800
Available
Extra for Single
22 Aug 2019
3 Sep 2019
22 Aug 2019
3 Sep 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
22 Aug 2019
3 Sep 2019
22 Aug 2019
3 Sep 2019
EUR 3,645
Available
Superior
22 Aug 2019
3 Sep 2019
22 Aug 2019
3 Sep 2019
EUR 1,800
Available
Extra for Single
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
EUR 3,145
Available
Standard
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
EUR 3,645
Available
Superior
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
EUR 6,195
Limited availability
Deluxe
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
EUR 8,995
Limited availability
Suite
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
5 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
EUR 1,800
Available
Extra for Single

Important Information

This voyage can be upgraded to the Imperial (2019), which includes Four Seasons hotels, cabins, smaller groups on excursions and included activities such as early entrance to the Hermitage and local lunches.

Gold Program Room categories on Volga Dream:

  • Standard - cabins are all twins (101-118).
  • Superior -  Stateroom on the main deck all twin (201 - 210).
  • Deluxe - Stateroom on Promenade deck (double; 301-315, 317-324) or Sun deck (twin; 406-409, 411 & 412)
  • Junior Suite - double on Promenade & Sun deck (316 & 406).
  • Deluxe Junior Suite - double on Sun deck (402-404).
  • Owners Suite -  double on Promenade deck (300).
  • Single - Standard Single on the Promenade deck (325 & 326) .
  • Single - Deluxe on Sun deck (410).

Special Guest Lecturers on each journey are a wonderful addition - if designing your trip around these lecturers interests you, please let us know. An example of the calibre of lecturers is Sir Tony Brenton who is joining the Volga Dream from St. Petersburg to Moscow in June 2018.

Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat who served as British Ambassador in Moscow 2004-2008 during the most difficult period in modern British/Russian relations. Tony is a regular commentator in the “Times” and other British publications, a Senior Advisor to Lloyds of London, Director of the Russia British Chamber of Commerce, and a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge where he is writing a book on Russia at the time of Peter the Great!

Example lecture:

  • Peter the Great and his city
  • "Engineers of the Soul" - Russian culture
  • From the Revolution to Perestroika: the Communist Era
  • Today's Russia; are we facing a new Cold War?

Please note:

  • There is only a photo stop by the Church of Spilled Blood in St.Petersburg. If you wish to go inside you will be able to do it in your free time (it is centrally located).
  • An exclusive visit to the Gold Room (inside the Hermitage) is included into the Platinum 2019 program. The tickets to visit Gold Room are not on free sale, an exclusive visit there has to be pre-booked (and pre-paid). There can be 2 options offered to see the Gold Room: either consider booking 2019 Platinum program that cover more highlights and has more exclusive activities or to book a privately guided tour to the Gold Room in one of the free afternoons. This can be arranged by us.

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