Volga Dream Imperial (St. Petersburg to Moscow)
FRC-703194/702847 Russian Waterways
13 Nights
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • 6 nights at Four Seasons in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • 6 nights aboard luxurious Volga Dream
  • Only up to 10 people in a sightseeing group
  • Private airport transfers
  • Excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sights including Moscow Kremlin & Red Square, Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent-Moscow, Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg, Historic Centre of the City of Yaroslavl, Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery, Goritsy, Kizhi Pogost and Karelia
  • Visit to St. Basil‟s Cathedral
  • Special Early Entrance to the Hermitage and access to Gold Room closed to general public
  • 4 Fascinating Talks by the Russian Professor
  • Piano Concert of Tchaikovskiy and Rachmaninov
  • Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting
  • Matryoshka (nesting doll) Painting
  • Russian Language Classes
  • Russian Cooking Classes
  • Tea from the Samovar
  • Welcome Bread & Salt

What's Not Included

Day 1
St Petersburg, Russia, West

Arrive into St. Petersburg and check-in at the luxurious Four Seasons Lion’s Palace*****. In the evening gather for a welcome reception with your guide and fellow travellers or spend the rest of the day exploring central St. Petersberg on your own.

Day 5
Svirstroy, Russian Waterways

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident‟s home. Warm and welcoming 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 to tour the nearby town, see a spectacular WWII memorial and visit a local primary school.

Volga Dream Experience: Farewell Dinner
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6
Kizhi, Russia, West

Kareliya is a region that must be seen to be believed, it spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, a vast wilderness of forest and water. Lake Onega is fed by 58 rivers and is home to 1,369 islands, including our stop, Kizhi with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills including the famous and remarkable Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail being used.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov
Meals: B, L, D

Day 7
Goritzy, Russia, West

This morning takes us on an early crossing of Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, once known as the “tsar‟s fishing grounds”, before arriving in the peaceful village of Goritsy where we tour the Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia‟s most renowned icon painters. He painted the temple ceiling about 10 years before Michelangelo even started on the Sistine Chapel! Return to the ship for a late lunch and afternoon cruising.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8
Yaroslavl, Russia, West

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia‟s oldest cities and boasts the Volga‟s first port. There is much to see: the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet and an impressive collection of mosaics. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor‟s house before re-boarding the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Sun Deck
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9
Uglich, Russia, West

After a full day of cruising through idyllic forested countryside, we tie up in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in 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. Then an enchanting concert of choral music performed in St. John‟s Church.

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10
Moscow, Russia, West

The first stop after checking-out of your hotel is a small and cozy former home-estate once owned by one of Russia‟s literary greats, Leo Tolstoy. He lived with his wife and thirteen children in this two-storey wooden Moscow house from 1882 to 1901; it is now a carefully preserved memorial.

The sightseeing continues after lunch at the State Tretyakov Gallery with its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from Rublev's 12th century icons to 19th century masterpieces. Explore Moscow‟s Metro, famed for its architectural splendour.

Meanwhile, the luxurious MS Volga Dream awaits and your voyage along Russia‟s extensive waterways is about to begin. The Captain's welcome reception and dinner mark the start of our unforgettable cruise.

Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka ‘Welcome Aboard’ Ceremony
Meals: B, L, D