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St. Petersburg - Moscow by Volga Dream (Platinum)

13 days
12 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:

$4,595.00 (Standard)
$5,295.00 (Superior)
$5,795.00 (Deluxe Dbl)
$5,995.00 (Deluxe Twin)
$6,795.00 (Jr Suite)
$7,595.00 (Dlx Jr. Suite)
$9,095.00 (Owners Suite)

high season Supplement - $500

Dates:

Jun 02, 2017 - Jun 15, 2017 
Jun 14, 2017 - Jun 26, 2017 high season
Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 17, 2017 low season
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 29, 2017 low season
Aug 30, 2017 - Sep 11, 2017 low season
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 25, 2017 low season
Sep 27, 2017 - Oct 09, 2017 low season

Ships & Cabins:

Hotels:

  • Moscow – St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya 5* or Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel 5*
  • St. Petersburg – Grand Hotel Europe 5*

Included:

  • 3 nights at the deluxe Grand Hotel Europe***** in St. Petersburg
  • 6 nights aboard MS Volga Dream
  • 3 nights at the deluxe St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya*****or Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel ***** in Moscow
  • 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 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

Itinerary:

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 Ararat Park Hyatt and the Grand Hotel Europe – and extensive
touring of the most breathtaking sites in a group of 12-15 guests.

Day 1  : Arrival in St. Petersburg

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into a vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-coloured palaces, transfer to hotel. 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.

Day 2  : St. Petersburg

City Tour / Faberge Museum /Canal Boat

9:30am – 5:30pm
Enjoy a city tour of St. Petersburg and after lunch visit Faberge museum which contains world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family.
In the evening, board a small river boat for a sail around the numerous rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.
City tour includes: Split of Basil Island (walking tour), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop), Peter and Paul Fortress (entrance), St. Isaac Cathedral (photo stop), Nevskiy Prospekt drive.
Meals: B, L

Day 3  : St. Petersburg

State Hermitage (early entrance) / Peterhof: Park and Bath Cottage

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

Day 4  : St. Petersburg

Catherine’s Palace / Amber Room / Russia in Miniature Museum

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 a local restaurant 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.
Then transfer to the awaiting luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin sailing along the Russian waterways. Gather for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5  : Svir River And The Village of Mandrogi

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

Day 6  : Kizhi

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

Day 7  : Goritsy

Today we cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “tsar’s fishing grounds”. After lunch we arrive in the peaceful village of Goritsy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery with magnificent frescoes by one of Russia's most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship after guided tour.
Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8  : 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 in time for lunch.
Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9  : Uglich

This morning 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

Day 10  : Moscow

City Tour/ Novodevichy Cemetery / Museum of Cosmonautics

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In the afternoon disembark from the Volga Dream and transfer to hotel.
After lunch join orientation tour of Moscow and visit famous Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.
Visit Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about Yury Gagarin’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.
Meals: B, L

Day 11  : Moscow

Kremlin / Armory Museum / Diamond Fund / Red Square

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

Day 12  : Moscow

City Tour / Tretyakov Gallery / Metro ride

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow and after lunch, proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art.
Explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural splendour.

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

Day 13  : Moscow

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