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Cruise: Luxury Moscow - St. Petersburg (11 Days and 10 Nights)


Travel along the beautiful Volga River as you make your way between Russia’s largest and most fascinating cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. 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. Spend two days in Moscow and visit history-making locations, such as the Kremlin, Red Square, Tretyakov Gallery, and famous Moscow metro. Then board MS Volga Dream for a cruise to waterside towns and villages, such as Golden Ring City of Uglich, millennium Yaroslavl and UNESCO heritage site at Kizhi Island. Stay for the next two days in St. Petersburg, explore Peterhof and tour magnificent Hermitage museum.



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Day 1
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travel Russia Moscow: Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel***** located in the historic city center near the Bolshoi Theatre and Moscow Kremlin. In the evening gather for the warm up meeting with your guide (guide available at the hotel lobby from 6pm to 9pm) or spend the rest of the day exploring central Moscow on your own.

Meals: no Moscow is Russia’s political and financial capital as well as a major world class cultural center. The city includes many must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe. It is unique in that it blends the ancient with the modern. See medieval structures among modern office buildings, walk down crooked old city streets opening up to wide busy boulevards. It is a fantastic city and truly a site that shouldn´t be missed.


Day 2
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travel Russia Moscow: Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow and after lunch in a local restaurant proceed to the famous Novodevichi Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. Later this day explore Moscow metro known for its architectural splendour.

City tour includes: Red Square (walking tour) with 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: breakfast, lunch


Day 3
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travel Russia Moscow: This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armory Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and gifts of state. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. After lunch we transfer to the awaiting luxurious Volga Dream and begin our sailing along the Russian Waterways. Gather for Captain's welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise.

Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 4
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River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Uglich: We arrive this afternoon in Uglich, dating back to the 10th century. A walking tour of this Golden Ring city includes the Chapel of Dimitry, a 17th-century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year old son met his death. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis, and attend a concert of choral music.

Volga Dream Experience: Documentary film “Constriction of the Moscow Canal”

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Uglich was founded in 1148 as a small princedom bordering on Muscovy, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. The view of the town as you approach it from the Volga River is breathtaking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John´s Church rising up on the horizon. The history of the town is fascinating; At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in honorary exile at the Kremlin in Uglich. It was here in her garden that the 10 year old Prince Dmitry of the Rurik Dynasty, heir to the Russian throne was murdered by Boris Godunov who wanted to seize power for himself. On the spot of his death, the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood was built and still stands today. The death of Prince Dmitri brought on the start of the Time of Troubles, a dynastic and political crises and one of the most tumultuous periods in Russian history which ended 15 years later after the election of a new Tsar Mikhail Romanov (the first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty). Inside the Kremlin the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry also stands. During your time in Uglich you will learn more about the town’s past and walk along the paths of Russian history.


Day 5
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River Cruises Russia

travel Russia Yaroslavl: This morning visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Savior, adorned with murals depicting St. John's apocalyptic visions, and the richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet. There will be time to stroll the lively farm market before reboarding the Volga Dream in time for lunch.

Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Yaroslavl: Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and is one of the ancient Russian cities making up the Golden Ring. It was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then restored and rebuilt and by the 17th century it had become Russia’s second largest city after Moscow and an important cultural and political center. Today, Yaroslavl retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. The churches of St. Nicholas and Elijah the Prophet have some of the Golden Ring´s most impressive frescoes.


Day 6
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travel Russia Goritsy Early this morning we cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “tsar’s fishing grounds”. Arrive in the peaceful village of Goritsy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery with magnificent frescoes by one of the Russia's most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship for a late lunch.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Testing

Meals: breakfat, lunch, dinner

Goritsy is a tiny settlement 7 kilometers from the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery. The remains of the Nunnery of the Resurrection that sits on the banks of the Sheksna River can be visited and is within a quarter of a mile of where the ship stops. Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. St. Cyril on the White Lake was founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky on the shore of Lake Siverskoye. The monastery had wide trade in the 15th to 17th centuries and was used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles.

After lunch you will return to your ship and set sail in the direction of St. Petersburg along the Volga Baltic Canal. The Volga Baltic Canal is a series of canals and rivers that connect the Volga river to the Baltic Sea.


Day 7
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travel Russia Kizhi Island: this afternoon explore a tiny, picturesque island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Lake Onega. The open-air Museum of Architecture includes the Church of the Transfiguration, a unique onion-domed masterpiece built without a single metal nail and resembling something out of a Russian fairy tale.

Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Kizhi Island: Via the Volga Baltic Canal, our cruise takes us to the tiny island of Kizhi, located at the northern end of Lake Onega. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The most impressive site on the island is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya (the church of twenty-two wooden domes). This masterpiece of architecture, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees. The church magically changes color as the day grows old, it is certainly one of the most interesting things you will see during your time in Russia.


Day 8
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travel Russia Mandrogui: Be on the 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: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Mandrogui: is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. It features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia´s favorite pastime.


Day 9
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River Cruises Russia

River Cruises Russia

travel Russia St. Petersburg: Disembark this morning in St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into the vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-colored palaces. Continue with an orientation tour of St. Petersburg and enter Peter and Paul Fortress, this family shrine of the Romanovs. Following lunch enter the famed Hermitage Museum, whose four hundred rooms contain spectacular examples of nearly all schools of Western art, including one of the greatest collections of French impressionist works. This evening check-in at the five-star Kempinski Moika, 22 hotel.

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.

Meals: breakfat, lunch

St. Petersburg is Russia´s second largest and second most important city - the Northern capital of the country, Russia´s cultural center, and considered the world´s "Northern Venice" due to its extensive system of canals and islands. Walk along Nevsky Prospect and experience the grandeur of pre-revolutionary imperial Russia. Pass palaces from the past and gaze at the famous embankment of the Neva River with its numerous bridges and striking architecture. St. Petersburg is also home to Russia´s largest and busiest port and with its many world class theaters and museums has a very high level of cultural life.


Day 10
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travel Russia St. Petersburg: Begin today at the meticulously restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg most famous and spectacular Imperial estate, often cited as the "Versalles of Russia". Visit authentic Bath Cottage and stroll in the vast Lower Park with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. After lunch return to St. Peterburg and explore city centre on your own.

Meals: breakfast, lunch


Day 11
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travel Russia Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight.

Meals: breakfast



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Prices, per person:

Our prices are fixed in EUR as well as your order total price and payment balance. Any amounts in other currencies used for payments and informational purposes are calculated based on the current exchange rate. Any amounts in other currencies used for payments and informational purposes are calculated based on the current exchange rate. This includes all partial payments and your payment balance.
Rostropovich 5* vessel has more cabin categories than those listed on site. In the price table, you see the least expensive cabin for each deck.

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Rates include:
  • Arrival / departure transfers
  • Accommodation on board MS Volga Dream
  • All meals + complementary house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board MS Volga Dream
  • All breakfasts and lunches in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Daily sightseeing program in groups of maximum 25 Volga Dream guests as outlined in the itinerary
  • Over 25 hours of the Russian Workshop (Lectures, Discussions, Classes, Concerts, Films & Performances)
  • 24-hour coffee station with complementary tea, coffee and snacks on board MS Volga Dream
  • Welcome fruit basket on board MS Volga Dream
  • Bottled water supply replenished daily
  • All port charges and local taxes
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Russian visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.
Moscow – St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg – Moscow cruises include:
  • 2-night accommodation in Royal Aurora Hotel, Deluxe Room in Moscow
  • 3-night accommodation in Kempinski Moika, 22, Superior Room in St. Petersburg
Languages for the sightseeing:
  • English (no surcharge)
  • German (no surcharge)
  • Spanish (surcharge $325 per person)
  • French (surcharge $325 per person)
Rates do not include:
  • Russian Visas. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • Airfare. However, we can offer you extremely inexpensive flights to Russia through our discount airfare booking engine. Please click here to learn more.
  • Tips, personal medical insurance, medical treatment, laundry, minibar, personal expenses like gift shop purchases, hairdresser, massage, beverages on board MS Volga Dream other than wine and soft drinks during lunch and dinner, drinks in the bar, telephone and Internet connection, other items not specifically mentioned as inclusions above.

Payment terms:
10% deposit at the moment of booking
Full payment no later then 65 (sixty five) days prior to departure.

Cancellations terms:
more then 125 days - administrative fee of $200 per person
125 to 66 days prior departure - 10% of trip fare per person
65 to 36 days prior departure - 25% of trip fare per person
35 to 21 days prior departure - 50% of trip fare per person
20 to 0 days prior departure - 100% of trip fare per person
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