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Volga Dream Platinum Moscow - St. Petersburg 2021
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Volga Dream Platinum Moscow - St. Petersburg 2021

Small group tour
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13 days
7 cities
3nights

Moscow, Russia

Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
    Welcome to the brilliant capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport holding a Volga Dream sign and takes you to your 5-star hotel located in the very heart of Moscow. 

    After check-in, you can meet your guide and fellow travelers during a welcome reception in the hotel lobby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rest of the evening is free, so you can either explore the fantastic center of Moscow on your own or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

    Day 2: Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Novodevichiy Cemetery
    Following breakfast, you enjoy an orientation city tour of Moscow and see the city's rich variety of building styles including classic, modern, empire, eclecticism and Stalin‘s towering skyscrapers.

    After lunch in the restaurant located on the top floor of one of Moscow's skyscrapers, you visit the famous the Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. 

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 3: Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & Moscow City Tour
    This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you proceed to Moscow's famous Red Square to see its well-recognized landmarks. Enter the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral and visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store. Then enjoy a walk through the beautiful Zaryadye Park, located nearby. 

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 4: Visit to the Leo Tolstoy House-Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
    Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel. The first place on your tour agenda today is a visit to the Leo Tolstoy House-Museum. You visit the small and cozy former home-estate once owned by Russia's famous author, Leo Tolstoy, where he lived with his family for almost 20 years.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, you enjoy a guided tour to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend several amazing hours viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

    Then you explore one of the most interesting city sites that are located deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid Soviet decoration of its stations.

    Following a tour day, you are transferred to the river port to board your luxurious MS Volga Dream. Before accommodation in your cozy cabin, you enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony.

    In the evening you are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board.

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    5-star Ararat Park Hyatt
    5-star hotel
    RU, Neglinnaya St, 4, Moscow, 109012
    5-star Ararat Park Hyatt
    Standard Double Breakfast included
    Located in the very heart of magnificent Moscow, the 5-star Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel is an excellent choice for anyone exploring the largest country in the world. The property is located right across the street from Bolshoi Theater and the Red Square, making it the perfect starting point for any tour in the city. Boasting an excellent location, the hotel is also one of the most contemporary hotels in Moscow in its design. It houses the top-notch Quantum Spa & Health Club, a fitness center and a swimming pool, as well as an on-site bar. The elegant rooms are all equipped with modern amenities for your comfort.... show more
    1 room / 3 nights
    $1,891
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    • 3 lunches according to the itinerary
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Connection | Moscow - Uglich
Moscow River Port
Moscow
h
Uglich River Port
Uglich
2nights

Uglich, Russia

Uglich is a magnificent historic town located on the banks of Volga River in the Yaroslavl region. This Golden Ring city is almost 1000 years old and was the setting of many important events in history....
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    Day 5: Uglich Sightseeing Tour
    After a full day of cruising along the picturesque sceneries of the Russian countryside, you arrive in the small Russian Golden Ring town of Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started.

    During your city tour you visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591, and the St. John's Church where you enjoy a fascinating concert of choral music.

    After the tour, you return on board your ship. In the evening you can watch a Documentary Film “Construction of the Moscow Canal”.

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    MS Volga Dream
    5-star hotel
    RU, Volga Dream, Cruise Ship, 123001
    MS Volga Dream
    Your Cabin Selection
    The famous MS Volga Dream is the queen of luxury cruise journeys on Russia's rivers. Providing tastefully decorated interiors with beautiful wood paneling and golden accents, MS Volga Dream sets standards for world-class river journeys of a lifetime.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
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Connection | Uglich - Yaroslavl
Uglich River Port
Uglich
h
Yaroslavl River Port
Yaroslavl
1night

Yaroslavl, Russia

Located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers, Yaroslavl is considered to be one of the main destinations of the Golden Ring of Russia and is actually among the oldest cities in the whole country. Moreover, it is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list! Founded in the 11th century, Yaroslavl is recognized for its unique temple buildings of the 16th-18th centuries and multiple architectural monuments. This rapidly developing city maintains its authenticity to this day and is home to numerous landmarks, such as the Demidov Pillar, the Transfiguration Church, the ensemble of Tolga Convent, and many more....
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    Day 6: Yaroslavl City Tour
    Today you explore one of the oldest Russian cities and the gem of the Volga River - Yaroslavl.

    During your guided city tour you explore the Spassky Monastery where you see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the wonderful Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration, and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house.

    Then you return onboard your cruise ship and enjoy a costumed Russian tea ceremony & Russian cooking class.

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Connection | Yaroslavl - Goritsy
Yaroslavl River Port
Yaroslavl
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Goritsy River Port
Goritsy
1night

Goritsy, Russia

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    Day 7: Visiting the Ferapontov Monastery at Goritsy
    This day is dedicated to the exploration of Goritsy - a tiny picturesque settlement near White Lake.

    Your guided tour includes a visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, now home to one of the world‘s finest collections of Russian icons. After a guided tour you return on board and continue cruising toward the majestic Lake Onega.

    In the evening enjoy Russian Dinner with Vodka tasting.

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Connection | Goritsy - Kizhi Island
Goritsy River Port
Goritsy
h
Kizhi Island Port
Kizhi Island
1night

Kizhi Island, Russia

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    Day 8: Tour of Kizhi Island
    Today you arrive in the stunning Kareliya region, noted for its vast wilderness and beautiful nature. Here you see a real miracle of wooden architecture - the fantastic Kizhi Island.

    During your walking tour you see its famous Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses.

    After returning to your ship you enjoy the Piano Concert consisting of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

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Connection | Kizhi Island - Svirstroy
Kizhi Island Port
Kizhi Island
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Svirstroy River Port
Svirstroy
1night

Svirstroy, Russia

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    Day 9: Svirstroy Tour
    Today you explore Svirstroy - a small charming village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here you invited into a local resident‘s home where welcoming Svirstroy villagers offer tea with jam and pirozhki (local pies).

    You get to learn about Russian traditions and lifestyle and see the attractions of Svirstroy. After tea hop on a bus for a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of WWII followed by a visit to a local primary school.

    Then you return on board your cruise ship and enjoy the barbeque organized on the Open Deck.

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Connection | Svirstroy - St. Petersburg
Svirstroy River Port
Svirstroy
h
St. Petersburg River Port
St. Petersburg
3nights

St. Petersburg, Russia

Visiting Saint Petersburg? The most romantic place in Russia also referred to as ‘The Second Capital of Russia’ is worth at least four days of your journey. Pay a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress - where almost all Russian emperors and empresses have been buried, then make your way to the most famous church in St. Petersburg the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. For the most memorable experience in Saint Petersburg, we recommend going on a river tour to see the stunning palaces and really understand why the city is also called ’The Venice of the North’. ...
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    Day 10: St. Petersburg City Tour, Canal Boat Ride & Yusupov Palace
    After breakfast you arrive in the Northern capital of Russia and disembark your cruise ship. Your guide meets you at the river port and takes you on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg.

    During the tour you drive along the bustling Nevsky Prospect abundant in fine shops, cafes and museums, take a walk through the Split of Basil Island, have a photo stop near the gorgeous Church on Spilled Blood, enter the St. Isaac's Cathedral, and see the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. During lunch you enjoy the Red Army Choir Performance and enjoy a magnificent boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

    Next on your list is the dazzling Yusupov's Palace, home to St. Petersburg once most wealthy aristocrats. In the basement of the house listen to the story about the enigmatic monk Grigory Rasputin who was assassinated here by Prince Felix Yusupov.

    After the tour you are transferred to your luxurious 5-star hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 11: Visit of the Hermitage & Trip to Peterhof
    Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to one of the best and largest art museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum, before hours to avoid large crowds. 

    The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace. They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours. 

    You also get to explore the Gold Room of the Hermitage, displaying the fine collection of gold Scythian artwork and elaborate imperial gifts.

    After lunch in a city restaurant, you travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof. During the tour you take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. Return to St Petersburg by hydrofoil and after the tour, you are taken back to the hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

    Day 12: Faberge Museum & Tour of the Catherine's Palace
    After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and visit to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - Faberge Museum where you see the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

    After lunch in the city you go on a trip to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room, one deemed as the "eighth wonder of the world". 

    After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 13: Departure from St. Petersburg
    This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. After breakfast you check out from your hotel and meet your driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

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    Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
    5-star hotel
    RU, Moyka, 22, Saint Petersburg, 191186
    Kempinski Hotel Moika 22
    Superior Double Breakfast included
    Hotel Kempinski Moika 22 is a classic European 5-star hotel located in a charming and exclusive area at the very heart of St. Petersburg opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum. The hotel has luxurious fully-equipped rooms, a top-notch relaxation center, and impressive on-site restaurants and bars.... show more
    1 room / 3 nights
    $570
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • 6 nights on board the luxurious MS Volga Dream;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • 3 gourmet lunches at high-quality restaurants in Moscow; 
  • 3 gourmet lunches at high-quality restaurants in St. Petersburg;
  • Three meals daily on board the MS Volga Dream;
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks served with all lunches and dinners on board;
  • 24-hour coffee station with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks, and daily bottled water supply;
  • English-speaking professional guides;
  • Rich sightseeing programs in a group of max. 16 people, including special extras like tours to the Faberge Museum;
  • All entrance fees according to the program and special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum;
  • 4 educational lectures by respected Russian professors about Russian history and politics;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including classes, concerts, dances and performances;
  • Group airport transfers;
  • Complimentary visa invitation;
  • Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: visa processing service, international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
 

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