Volga Dream Platinum - St. Petersburg Roundtrip
FRC-554111/554062 Russian Waterways
14 Nights from
£4,495
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Cruise prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard Cabin.

Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares.

Single Prices: Please call for further details.

Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to Russia. Please consult your Consulate for more information.

Upgrade costs:
Superior stateroom twin: £500
Deluxe stateroom double: £800
Deluxe stateroom twin: £900
Junior suite double: £1,500
Deluxe junior suite double: £2,000
Owners suite double: £2,900

At A Glance

What's Included

  • Return flights
  • 6 Nights at the nicest hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • 6 Delicious Lunches in the Best St. Petersburg and Moscow Restaurants
  • Touring in Intimate Groups of 15-18 Guests
  • Whisper System for the Entire Journey
  • 4 Fascinating Talks by the Russian Professor abaord the Volga Dream
  • Piano Concert of Tchaikovskiy and Rachmaninov abaord the Volga Dream
  • Onboard Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting
  • Onboard Matryoshka (nesting doll) Painting
  • Onboard Russian Language Classes
  • Onboard Russian Cooking Classes
  • Onboard Tea from the Samovar
  • Onboard Welcome Bread & Salt

What's Not Included

  • Air transportation and transfers (other than stated)
  • Passports and Visa costs
  • Gratuities
  • Single Supplement where applicable (unless stated)
  • Personal expenses such as additional drinks, travel insurance, medical services, port or airport parking, ship to shore telephone calls etc.
  • Excursions in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as airport transfers can be ordered extra
Itinerary
1
Day 1
St. Petersburg

When you arrive in St. Petersburg, you will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant who will escort you privately to the awaiting luxurious MS Volga Dream.

Meals: D

2
Day 2
St. Petersburg - Transfer to the Volga Dream

In the morning we start with the city tour, including Peter and Paul Fortress, the Royal Romanov burial site and Nevsky Prospect with its rich selection of fine shops, cafes, and museums.


Lunch is followed by a visit to the Fabergé Museum, founded by entrepreneur, Viktor Vekselberg. The museum was opened in December 2013 to display a glittering collection of Faberge eggs and objects d‟art created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his staff. Vekselberg's Faberge collection is rated as one of the world's most valuable and includes items he bought from the Forbes family in 2004 for $100 million.
End your day with the transfer to the awaiting 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

3
Day 3
Svirstroy

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident‟s home. 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: Farewell Dinner

Meals: B, L, D

4
Day 4
Kizhi

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

5
Day 5
Goritsy

This morning takes us on an early crossing of Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly 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

6
Day 6
Yaroslavl

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, 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

7
Day 7
Uglich

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

8
Day 8
Moscow

The MS Volga Dream ties up with Moscow where we disembark for our “Moscow Architecture” tour. The city boasts unique diversity and variety in terms of building styles: classic, modern, empire and eclecticism amazingly sit alongside more monumental designs, such as Stalin‟s towering skyscrapers from the mid XXth century. The architecture of the capital, though seemingly contradictory and contrasting, makes for a dazzling combination in a quite unique city.

After a relaxed lunch, we continue with the New Tretyakov Gallery to see its collection of early XXth century works by world famous Russian avant-garde masters and Social Realism Art work. The tour is led by the specially invited museum Curator.

Meals: B, L

11
Day 11
Moscow to St. Petersburg

Today check out from your hotel and transfer to the railway station for a 4 hour comfortable ride to St. Petersburg in business class coach.

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg you will be transferred to the deluxe hotel Kempinski, Moika 22 ***** located in the historic city centre near the Winter Palace and legendary Hermitage. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: B, L

12
Day 12
St. Petersburg

We travel to the Tsar‟s Village to visit the famous Catherine‟s Palace and the exquisitely recreated Amber Room. (To avoid the crowds, we‟ve arranged special Early Entrance for you, before official opening hours.) A stroll through the formal gardens is highly recommended. We enter the Pushkin grounds through the Golden Gate, ascend the staircase to the Grand Hall. The Golden Enfilade offers a great view of the Amber Room.

Our next stop is the most famous and spectacular Imperial estate of Peterhof, often dubbed the Russian Versailles. The vast Lower Park with its 176 fountains and four cascades, is a glorious place to walk, taking in majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. A truly spectacular day before we return to St. Petersburg.

Lunch is followed by a tour of Yusupov‟s Palace, home to St. Petersburg once most wealthy aristocrats. On your tour of the Palace, you will dive into a bygone world of luxury and splendor. The life and atmosphere of the house will be recreated in a series of short musical performances. In the basement of the house listen to the story about enigmatic monk Grigory Rasputin who was assassinated here by Prince Felix Yusupov.

Meals: B, L

14
Day 14
Depart St. Petersburg

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

Meals: B

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