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VOLGA DREAM IMPERIAL

13 days / 12 nights from Moscow to St. Petersburg
$ 5.845
Standart Cabin (more)
May 25 - June 6, 2017

Imperial Program - Detailed Program

Day 1. MOSCOW

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Ararat Park Hyatt***** located in the historic city centre within 5 minutes walk to the famous Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. In the evening gather for the warm-up meeting with your 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

Grand Kremlin Palace / Armory Museum / Diamond Fund / Red Square

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.

View the ornate gems of the Diamond Fund, including Catherine the Great’s diamond-encrusted coronation crown and the 190-carat Orlov Diamond, and continue to the Square of Four Cathedrals.

Proceed to the famous Red Square to see its famous landmarks - Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's cathedral - and visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store.

2:30 pm – 5:30pm

After lunch visit privately the official residence of Russian president – The Grand Kremlin Palace, closed to general public. Today Grand Kremlin Palace is used for state and diplomatic receptions and official ceremonies such as the inauguration of the Russian President (please note that this visit may be cancelled at a short notice if Grand Kremlin Palace is closed for government purposes).

7:30pm – 9:30pm

This evening gather for a welcome reception and dinner at one of Moscow’s finest restaurants.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3. MOSCOW

City Tour / Novodevichy Cemetery / Pushkin museum / Tour of the Bolshoi Theater

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow and visit famous Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.

1:00 pm – 5:00pm

After lunch see a remarkable collection of French Impressionists and Old Master paintings housed in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and then proceed with a specially arranged tour of the Bolshoi Theatre showing the most sacred areas of this world famous landmark (please note that this visit may be cancelled at a short notice at a request of the Bolshoi Theater).

7:00pm (optional)

Attend an opera or ballet performance at the famous Bolshoi Theatre.

Meals: B, L

Day 4. MOSCOW

Tretyakov Gallery / Metro Ride / Embarkation on MS Volga Dream

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Check-out from the hotel and proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the biggest museum dedicated exclusively to the Russian fine art.

After lunch, explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural splendour 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8 . 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 9. 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 10. ST. PETERSBURG

City Tour / Peter & Paul Fortress / Faberge Museum

9:30am – 12:30pm

This morning arrive in St. Petersburg and disembark the MS Volga Dream.

Get familiarized with St. Petersburg during the tour of the city and stop at the fascinating Peter & Paul Fortress, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great.

The Fortress Cathedral is the burial place of most of Russia's Tsars and Tsarinas from the eighteenth century onwards, including Peter the Great.

12:30pm – 4:30pm

After lunch visit Faberge museum housing world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family. After the tour, check-in to the deluxe Grand Hotel Europe.

7:00pm (optional)

This evening attend an opera or ballet at the renowned Mariinsky Theatre.

City tour includes: Split of Basil Island (walking tour), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop), Peter and Paul Fortress (entrance), St. Isaac Cathedral (photo stop), Nevskiy Prospekt drive.

Meals: B, L

Day 11. ST. PETERSBURG

State Hermitage (early entrance) / Peterhof / Imperial Porcelain Factory

8:30am – 12:00pm

This morning enter the famed Hermitage Museum before official working hours to avoid heavy crowds and see one of the greatest collections of art in Europe.

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

After lunch travel to 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. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil.

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Later this day attend a specially arranged master-class on painting on porcelain at the famous Imperial Porcelain Factory.

Meals: B, L

Day 12. ST. PETERSBURG

Catherine’s Palace / Amber Room / Canal boat / Russian Army Choir

9:30am – 3:00pm

This morning 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.

3:00pm – 5:00pm

After lunch return to St. Petersburg and come board a small river boat for a sail around the numerous rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.

7:30pm

This evening before the dinner attend a specially arranged performance by Russian Army Choir then celebrate a memorable journey at our farewell dinner at one of St. Petersburg finest restaurants.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 13. ST. PETERSBURG

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

Meals: B

Accommodations

MOSCOW – Ararat Park Hyatt*****

Hotel Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow – named the best hotel in Russia in 2011 by Bloomberg International Hotel Awards – is located in the heart of the capital of Russia, near the Bolshoi Theatre and only a few steps from the Kremlin and Red Square. In 2012 with the help of renowned designer Tony Chi, the hotel renovated all of its rooms and most public areas. Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow is a world class hotel, designed specifically for travelers who appreciate privacy, personalized service and outstanding quality. The hotel features a wellness center, "Quantum", which offers the latest cardio-vascular development of technologies to maintain good physical shape, and all for a good rest.

ST. PETERSBURG – Grand Hotel Europe*****

A cultural and culinary landmark, Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in the life of St. Petersburg for over 130 years. A truly iconic Orient-Express hotel, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city–s great architectural treasures–renowned for its impressive fa?ade and decorative interiors.

Positioned adjacent to Arts Square, the hotel has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and dance. Past guests include Tchaikovsky and Pavarotti, crowned heads and world leaders. A stay here takes you straight to the heart of Russia, especially during the White Days of winter, when snow lies outside and a warm welcome awaits within.

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.