PER PERSON IN USD:
$4,495.00 (Deluxe Dbl)
$4,695.00 (Deluxe Twin)
$5,495.00 (Jr Suite)
$6,295.00 (Dlx Jr. Suite)
$7,795.00 (Owners Suite)
high season Supplement - $500
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.
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to the deluxe hotel Kempinski, Moika 22 ***** located in the historic city centre near the Winter Palace and legendary Hermitage. In the evening gather for the warm-up meeting with your guide or spend the rest of the day exploring central St. Petersburg on your own.
City Tour / Peter and Paul Fortress / Hermitage Museum / 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. (B, L)
Peterhof: Park and Bath Cottage / 9:30am – 3:30pm
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. After lunch at a countryside restaurant, the balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. (B, L)
Catherine’s Palace / Amber Room / Podvorie Restaurant / 9:30am – 3:30pm
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 at Podvorie, a restaurant in a traditional Russian log house, return to St. Petersburg and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure.
Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony
Meals: B, L, D
Be on 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 the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village.
Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Open Deck
Meals: B, L, D
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. (B, L, D)
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 (B, L, D)
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 (B, L, D)
After a full day of cruising through forested countryside, dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, one of the pokes 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”
(B, L, D)
City tour / Novodevichi Cemetery / Metro Ride
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This afternoon arrive in Moscow and disembark the
MS Volga Dream.
Proceed with orientation city tour of Moscow and then visit the famous Novodevichi Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.
Explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural splendour , and check-in at the five-star Marriott Aurora in Moscow.
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, L
Kremlin / Armory Museum
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, and dazzling Faberge eggs. 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.
Tretyakov Gallery / Continuation of the City Tour: Cathedral of Christ the Savior
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Begin the day with a visit to the famous Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Then proceed with the city tour of Moscow and Cathedral of Christ.
The evening is at leisure to explore Moscow on your own, or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s renowned venues
This morning check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight.