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One of the best “small” ships we have been on. I would recommend this trip to anyone planning a holiday in Russia.

Patricia Walker
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VOLGA DREAM Silver

11 days / 10 nights from Moscow to St. Petersburg Rates From € 2,495
Standart Cabin (more)
Cruise Dates 2015

Silver Program - Detailed Program

Day 1. MOSCOW

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel***** located in the historic city centre 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: –

Day 2. MOSCOW

Red Square / GUM Department Store / Metro Ride / Novodevichy Cemetery

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

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–s Metro, known for its architectural splendour.

The evening is at leisure to explore Moscow on your own, or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city–s renowned venues.

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), Novodevichi Cemetery (entrance).

Meals: B, L

Day 3. MOSCOW

Kremlin / Armoury Museum / Tretyakov Gallery / Embarkation on MS Volga Dream

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. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel cathedrals.

After lunch at local restaurant, proceed to the Old Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art and transfer to the awaiting luxurious MS Volga Dream to begin sailing along the Russian waterways. Gather for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner as we begin our cruise.

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

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4. UGLICH

After a full day of cruising through forested countryside, 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 5. 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 6. GORITSY

In the tiny settlement of Goritsy, visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and now home to one of the best collections of Russian icons in the world. After a guided tour, continue cruising toward majestic Lake Onega.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7. 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 8 . SVIR RIVER AND THE VILLAGE OF MANDROGI

While cruising along the 139-mile-long Svir River, appreciate the quiet understated beauty of a region that has long inspired artists and poets. The ship passes quaint riverside hamlets before reaching Lake Ladoga. Step ashore for a brief visit to the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village on your own.

Volga Dream Experience: Barbeque on the Open Deck

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9. ST. PETERSBURG

City Tour / Peter and Paul Fortress / Hermitage Museum

9:30am – 5:30pm

Arrive in St. Petersburg via the Neva River and disembark the MS Volga Dream. Enjoy a city tour of St. Petersburg, including Peter and Paul Fortress, burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, where fine shops, cafes, and museums are found. Following lunch, enter the renowned Hermitage Museum, home to one of the most important collections of European art in the world.

This evening check-in at the four-star Angleterre 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: B, L

Day 10. ST. PETERSBURG

Peterhof: Park and Bath Cottage / Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin (optional)

9:30am – 3:30pm

Begin today at 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.

After lunch at Podvorie, a restaurant in a traditional Russian log house, return to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration.

Optionally (with a supplement, program lasts until 6:30pm)
After lunch at Podvorie, 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.

Meals: B, L

Day 11. ST. PETERSBURG

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight.

Meals: B

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Accommodation

MOSCOW – Marriott Aurora Royal Hotel

Built in 1999 The Marriott Aurora Royal Hotel is one of the most luxurious in town: with the Red Square and the Kremlin as well as the famous Bolshoi Theatre in walking distance, the hotel has the capital–s commercial, political and cultural heart literally on the doorstep. With its arches and spires, the hotel gloriously blends traditional Moscow with modern conveniences.

ST. PETERSBURG – Angleterre Hotel

The Angleterre Hotel was one of the first hotels to be built in St Petersburg. Since the very beginning the hotel has continued the time-honored Russian traditions of hospitality, and is dedicated to offering comfort and refinement to its guests. From its charming and central location overlooking St Isaac–s Cathedral, it is perfectly placed for discovering the history and romance of the city. The legendary hotel is managed by The Rocco Forte Collection and has obtained a new look after following extensive complex reconstruction in 2004. The Angleterre Hotel is a member of the WORLDHOTELS Deluxe collection.

Each of the hotel–s bedrooms and suites was designed by Olga Polizzi and is decorated in a style that combines the classic with the contemporary. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and fitted with direct-dial telephones, satellite TV, mini-bar, safe, fax point, and high-speed Internet connection. Many have views over St Isaac–s Cathedral. Angleterre Hotel has a fully equipped business centre, Beauty Studio, Fitness centre and swimming pool, and an Executive floor with Club Lounge, as well as the Caviar Bar and the ever-popular Borsalino Restaurant.

Check-in to the hotels starts at 15:00, check-out ends before 12:00.

All arrangements are subject to availability and modification if necessary. Weather, heavy traffic and heavy crowds may affect the order of your sightseeing program