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Volga Dream GOLD combines the best of Moscow and St. Petersburg with a deluxe cruise on the iconic Volga River. The journey is ideal for individual travelers and small groups who want to explore both the Russian countryside and the treasures of Russia's grandest cities.

  • Accommodation in exquisite 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Daily sightseeing in small groups, never more than 20-25 guests
  • Moscow visits include: the Kremlin, Red Square, the Armory and the Tretyakov Gallery
  • St. Petersburg highlights: the magnificent Hermitage, Peterhof and Catherine's palace
  • All meals aboard the MS Volga Dream include house wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Russian professors present 4 fascinating talks on the intricacies of Russian’s history
  • Diverse range of cultural activities aboard the MS Volga Dream


On arriving in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora****** or Ararat Park Hyatt ***** in the historic city centre near the Bolshoi Theatre and Moscow Kremlin. Enjoy a warm-up meeting with your guide and fellow guests (in the hotel lobby from 6 to 9pm).

Meals: –


City Tour / Novodevichy Cemetery

9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Begin the day with an orientation tour of the city before proceeding to the famous Novodevichi Cemetery, where numerous well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders and scientists.

Take the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, explore Moscow on your own or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s word-class venues.

City tour includes: Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin embankment, Cathedral of Christ the Savior (entrance if time and availability allows), Novodevichy Cemetery (entrance).

Meals: B


Kremlin / Armoury Museum / Red Square / GUM Department Store

9:30 am – 2:30 pm

The morning takes you into the Kremlin to visit the Armoury Museum and its renowned collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. Next is the magnificent Red Square and its famous landmarks - Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's cathedral (outside), a colourful multi-domed complex whose architects were supposedly blinded by Ivan the Terrible so that they would never again be able to recreate such splendour.

The rest of the day is left open for independent exploration: for example you may walk to the new park Zaryadye located near the Kremlin and Red Square or choose any one of several optional tours.

Today’s tour includes: the Kremlin, visit to Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals, the Armoury (visit), Red Square walking tour, St. Basil's Cathedral (photo stop w/o entrance), GUM Department Store (entrance).

Meals: B


Tretyakov Gallery / Metro Ride / Embarkation on the Volga Dream

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The morning is free for you to walk at leisure before enjoying lunch in the hotel or near-by.

Hotel check-out is at noon followed by a trip to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Explore Moscow’s Metro, famed for its architectural splendour. Later, transfer to the luxury that waits aboard MS Volga Dream before sailing Russia’s extensive waterways. The Captain's welcome reception and dinner mark the start of our unforgettable cruise.

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

Meals: B, D


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: Documentary Film “Construction of the Moscow Canal”

Meals: B, L, D


Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port. There is so much to see: the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet with its 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: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

Meals: B, L, D


In this tiny settlement, we 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, we continue cruising toward the majestic Lake Onega.

Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8. 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


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 “pirozhkie” (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 to tour the nearby town, see a local WWII monument and visit a local primary school.

Volga Dream Experience: Deck Barbeque

Meals: B, L, D


City Tour / Peter and Paul Fortress

9:30am – 2:30pm

Arrive in St. Petersburg via the Neva River and disembark the MS Volga Dream. Enjoy a city tour including the Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, with its rich selection of fine shops, cafes, and museums.

Afternoon check-in at the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe***** or Kempinski Moika 22*****.

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


The Hermitage Museum / Peterhof: Park and Small Cottage

10:00am – 6:00pm

The day begins at the world class Hermitage Museum, home to one of world’s most important collections of European art.

Lunch is followed by a tour of the meticulously restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate, often cited as the Versailles of Russia. Visit one of the authentic Small Cottages and stroll in the vast Lower Park with its 176 fountains and four cascades. There are majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

The rest of the day left open for independent exploration.

Meals: B, L


Catherine’s Palace / Amber Room

14:00pm – 7:00pm

This morning, join one of the optional tours or explore St. Petersburg at your own pace.

In the afternoon, drive to Catherine the Great’s Palace, which houses the extraordinary Amber Room. Its six tons of solid amber are deftly carved and framed in gold leaf. Once dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world,” the room was stripped by the Nazis in 1941, but meticulously rebuilt to mark the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg’s founding.

Meals: B


Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

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


MOSCOW – Ararat Park Hyatt*****

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow is located on a quiet side-street in the very heart of the city within the immediate vicinity of the Bolshoi Theatre, Kremlin, Red Square, luxury shopping and dining area. Hotel offers 208 rooms designed by Tony Chi, including Winter Garden Suites with private terraces overlooking the Kremlin and brand new two-storied Penthouse with separate entrance and private kitchen.

The personalized service and outstanding quality offered by residential style 5 star hotel, which caters to the discerning traveler seeking privacy, luxury and elegance, distinguish Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow from other hotels in Moscow. Moreover, the hotel offers Moscow’s fine dining restaurants and bars. Among them are the legendary Café Ararat, known for Armenian specialties, the botanical garden at the Conservatory Lounge & Bar, recognized for its panoramic views over the city, outstanding design and signature cuisine, the elegant Neglinka Lounge, The Park Restaurant and Japanese restaurant Enoki. In order to meet the needs of the modern traveler, the luxury Moscow hotel is glad to offer its guests use of Quantum Spa & Health Club, featuring the latest cardiovascular technology for fitness enthusiasts alongside pure pampering and relaxation.

MOSCOW – Marriott Aurora Royal Hotel*****

Built in 1999 The Marriott Aurora Royal Hotel is one of the most luxurious in town: Red Square, the Kremlin and the famous Bolshoi Theatre are all within easy walking distance. This hotel, quite literally, has the capital’s commercial, political and cultural heart on its doorstep. With its classical arches and spires, the hotel gloriously blends traditional Moscow with modern convenience.

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

ST. PETERSBURG – Belmond 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, renowned for its impressive façade and decorative interiors the Belmond is on Nevsky Prospekt surrounded by the city’s great architectural treasures.

Next door 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 the snow lies deep in the streets, a warm welcome awaits within.

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

ST. PETERSBURG – Kempinski Moika 22

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is in a charming and historical area, in the very heart of St Petersburg, on the Moika River with the iconic Hermitage Museum and Palace Square in view across the water. The Hotel is just two minutes walk from Nevsky Prospect and close to all the major sights and shopping centres.

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