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2018 Luxury Volga Dream River Cruise, Classic

Category: Cruising, Russia

 

 

Russia Luxury Cruising

Moscow - St. Petersburg  

aboard deluxe MS Volga Dream

13 Days | 12 Nights   

  

 

Cruise Features:

· 3 nights at prestigious 5-star hotels, in Moscow and in St. Petersburg: 
    - In Moscow: 3 nights, Marriott Aurora Hotel ***** 

    - In St. Petersburg: 3 nights, Kempinski Moika Hotel *****

 

· 6 nights aboard the MS Volga Dream river boat in a chosen category of a cabin

· Three meals daily starting with dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation 

· BBQ in the Open Deck 

· House Wine with Lunch and Dinner 

· 24-hour Coffee station 

· Welcome and Farewell Cocktails 

· Russian Dinner and Vodka tasting

· Russian Cooking classes 

· Russian Classical Music concert

· Russian Tea Ceremony 

· Matryoshka doll painting Classes 

· On board entertainment program

· Group size for sightseeing is limited to 20-25 persons 

Sightseeing, Moscow

City tour, Red Square

Kremlin Grounds, Armory Chambers, GUM Department store;

Novodevichy Cemetery (inside)

Metro Stations tour & train ride

Tretyakov Art Gallery

Free time, 2 lunches at local restaurants

 

 Sightseeing, St. Petersburg

City tour; Peter-n-Paul Fortress; Hermitage Museum; a trip outside of St. Petersburg to Peterhof (Lower park & Bath cottage); Catherine's Palace at suburban town of Pushkin, with its famous Amber Room

  New for 2018: tour of a private Faberge Museum

· transfers upon arrival and departures 

· Daily supply of bottled water 

· Four lectures by Russian professors about Russian history and politics 

· Port charges and local taxes

 

 

 

 Day-By-Day Program: 

 

 

DAY 1          MOSCOW

Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be transferred to the Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel ***** located in the historic city center, near the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and the Kremlin.
In the evening gather for a warm-up meeting with your guide (guide available at hotel lobby, 6 - 9 pm) or spend the rest of the day exploring central Moscow on your own


DAY 2          MOSCOW

City Tour | Red Square | GUM Department Store | Novodevichy Cemetery |


9.30 am – 2.30 pm

Start your day with an orientation city tour of Moscow before proceeding to the famous New Maiden's Cemetery which holds the tombs of well known Russian musicians, playwrights and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders and scientists.

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

City tour includes: Red Square walking tour, St. Basil's Cathedral (photo stop), GUM Department Store (walk inside time permitting), Cathedral of Christ the Savior (entrance if time and availability allows), Novodevichi Cemetery (entrance). Meals: B


DAY 3           MOSCOW

Kremlin | Armory Museum 

9.30 am – 2.30 pm

This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, ambassadorial gifts, royal carriages and dazzling Faberge eggs. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th century Assumption and Archangel cathedrals.

Balance of the day at leisure for independent activities or optional tours at your choice

Meals: B


DAY 4          MOSCOW

Tretyakov Art Gallery | Metro ride | Embarkation on your cruise boat

12 noon - 5.30 pm

Morning is free for an independent walk at leisure.  

At noon check-out from your hotel and proceed to Tretyakov Art Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Explore Moscow's Metro known for its architectural splendor, cleanliness and efficiency. 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 your cruise begins

Bread & Salt Welcome Aboard Ceremony

Meals: B,D

 

DAY 5          UGLICH  

After a full day of cruising through idyllic countryside, dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia's renowned Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitry-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591, and attend an enchanting concert of choral music at St. John's Church

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. There is much to see: explore Spassky Monastery with its Transfiguration of the Savior, admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet. Take part in a costumed reception at the Governor's house, and then return to the boat in time for lunch

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.

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.

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.

Barbeque on the Open Deck

Meals: B, L, D


DAY 10           ST. PETERSBURG

City Tour / Peter and Paul Fortress / Hermitage Museum


9.30 am – 5.30 pm

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 deluxe Kempinski Moika 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 11          ST. PETERSBURG

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


9.30 am – 3.30 pm

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.

Balance of the day at leisure for independent activities

Meals: B

 

DAY 12          ST. PETERSBURG

Catherine's Palace | Amber Room | Faberge Museum | 


9:30 am - 5:30 pm

This morning travel to Catherine the Great's Palace with its famous 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 honor of the 300th birthday of St. Petersburg.

After lunch at a Russian-style premier restaurant, return to St. Petersburg and visit Faberge museum which contains world's largest private collection of works by jewelry genius Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian Royal family

Meals: B,L

 

DAY 13          DEPART ST. PETERSBURG

Breakfast and transfer to airport for your return flight home.  Meals: B

 

 

2018 Russia Luxury River Cruise: Bread&Salt Welcome Ceremony 

 

 

Dates & Prices, 2018: 

Moscow → St. Petersburg  St. Petersburg → Moscow  
May 18 - May 30 May 12 - May 24   
July 16 - July 28 May 27 - June 09  
July 28 - Aug 09   June 12 - June 24   
Aug 21 - Sept 02  Aug 15 - Aug 27   
Sept 02 - Sept 14 Sept 26 - Oct 08   
Sept 20 - Oct 02    
     
Based in a Standard Stateroom, Cabin Deck $ 6,275   
Based in a Superior Stateroom,  Main Deck $ 7,235  
Based in a Deluxe Double, Promenade Deck $ 7,875  
     

 

 The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, based in a chosen category of a cabin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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