From  £3520
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Cruise on the luxurious Volga Dream
  • Enjoy a city tour of Moscow
  • Visit the Chapel of St. Dmitry of the Blood
  • Learn how to cook Russian food
  • Discover the tiny island of Kiizhi
  • Explore the wooden village of Mandrogi
  • Tour the city of St. Petersburg
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5-star Russian River Cruise - MS Volga Dream | Moscow - St Petersburg

13 Day Tour, from £3520 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
20 Jun  -  02 Jul
04 Jul  -  16 Jul
16 Jul  -  28 Jul
28 Jul  -  09 Aug
09 Aug  -  21 Aug
22 Aug  -  03 Sep
05 Sep  -  17 Sep

Board the luxurious M/S Volga Dream and choose between two different programmes, Gold or Platinum.  This itinerary is ideal for travellers looking to explore both the Russian countryside and the treasures of Russia’s grandest cities in style.  

Volga Dream Gold
Either side of the cruise, 5-star accommodation is provided at the 5-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel or Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and the Kempinski Moika 22 or Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg meaning that your luxury holiday doesn’t just begin and end on the boat. Enjoy daily sightseeing in small groups of no more than 25.
 
Volga Dream Platinum
The Volga Dream Platinum caters for those discerning travellers who prefer to travel privately or in an intimate group. This programme includes accommodation in the finest hotels; the 5-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel or Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow and Belmond Grand Hotel Europe or Kempinski Moika 22 in in St Petersburg. Touring of the breathtaking sites is in groups of no more than 15, and a special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum is also included and travel to Peterhof is by hydrofoil. Separate visits are made to the Diamond Fund in the Kremlin and the Museum of Cosmonauts. Gourmet meals are included in restaurants in Moscow and St Petersburg.
 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW

Fly to Moscow and transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora  (or the Ararat Park Hyatt on certain dates) 5-star hotel - located in the historic city centre near the Bolshoi Theatre and the Kremlin. In the evening there is a welcome meeting with the local guide (they will be in the hotel lobby from 6pm to 9pm). Spend the evening exploring Moscow.

 

 

DAY 2
MOSCOW
MOSCOW

Gold Programme

 

Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow which includes Red Square, the impressive St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Continue 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. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Moscow or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s renowned venues. (B)

 


Platinum Programme

 

Begin the day with an orientation city tour of Moscow which includes Red Square, the impressive St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM Department Store and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Lunch is served in a restaurant on the top floor of one of Moscow’s skyscrapers offering spectacular city views. Continue 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.  (B,L)

 

 

DAY 3
MOSCOW
MOSCOW

Gold Programme

 

This morning explore the Kremlin and visit the Armoury 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. Time is spent in the Red Square and GUM Department Store,  but the rest of the afternoon is free to explore Moscow on your own. Make time to visit Moscow’s newest park Zaryadye, located next to Red Square. It has areas that represent nature from all over Russia from arctic tundra to Siberian steppe, a walkway that juts out over the Moskva River and plenty of benches to rest sightseeing-weary legs.  (B)

 


Platinum Programme

 

This morning explore the Kremlin and visit the Armoury 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. Time is spent in the Red Square  and after lunch visit GUM—Moscow’s most impressive department store. We include a visit into St Basil’s and its medieval prayer chambers. Continue to  Moscow’s newest park Zaryadye, located next to Red Square. It has areas that represent nature from all over Russia from arctic tundra to Siberian steppe, a walkway that juts out over the Moskva River and plenty of benches to rest sightseeing-weary legs.  (B,L)

DAY 4
MOSCOW
MOSCOW

Gold programme

 

Spend the morning at leisure for an independent walk. At noon check out of the hotel and proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural grandeur and then transfer to the  luxurious M/S Volga Dream I to begin sailing on the Russian waterways. Meet for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner as the cruise begins. (B, D)

 


Platinum programme

 

This morning visit Leo Tolstoy’s house-museum - the great Russian author lived here with his wife and thirteen children during the nineteenth century. After lunch, proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural grandeur and then transfer to the  luxurious M/S Volga Dream I to begin sailing on the Russian waterways. Meet for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner as the cruise begins. (B,L, D)

 

 

DAY 5
UGLICH
UGLICH
You will want to be on deck as the boat arrives in Uglich, because the view from the Volga River is especially beautiful with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. Explore the Church of St. Dmitry of the Blood, a 17th-century architectural treasure, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's young son met his death and enjoy a concert of choral music at St. John's church. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
YAROSLAVL
YAROSLAVL
Founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl is the oldest city on the Volga. The city was undamaged during World War II and many of Yaroslavl's churches from the 13th-17th centuries are intact. Visit the Spassky Monastery and see the Transfiguration of the Saviour. Visit the 17th-century Church of EIljah the Prophet with its most prized asset- frescoes painted by renowned artists of ancient Russia. Experience a costumed Russian tea ceremony at the governor’s house and, in the afternoon/evening, on board learn how to cook Russian food. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
GORITSY
GORITSY
Today, sail on the White Lake, once known as the Tsars fishing grounds. Dock in Goritsy and tour the Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and home to one of the best collections of Russian icons in the world. Tonight on board enjoy some Russian vodka tasting with dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
KIZHI
KIZHI
Today, enter the Volga/Baltic Canal for a stop at the picturesque little island of Kizhi, which lies at the northern end of Lake Onega. See a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses and windmills, including the Church of the Transfiguration, an onion domed masterpiece with twenty-two cupolas. This amazing church was built without a single nail. In the evening there is a piano concert featuring Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
SVIR RIVER AND THE VILLAGE OF SVIRSTROY
SVIR RIVER AND THE VILLAGE OF SVIRSTROY

Cruise the scenic Svir River, connecting Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga. Disembark in Svirstroy to experience daily life in this small and charming village on the River Svir. Taste tea with jam and “pirozhki” (local pies) offered by Svirstroy villagers. Learn more about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village. Continue to a nearby town to see a monument of the WWII and to visit a local primary school. If weather permits enjoy a traditional Russian barbeque on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG

Gold Programme

 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, this captivating city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Built on a group of islands connected by bridges, it is one of the great art cities of the world. Morning city tour of St. Petersburg, including a photo stop at Peter and Paul Fortress, burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, where fine shops, cafes and museums are found. See St. Isaac Cathedral, Spilled Blood church and embark on a walking tour of Split of Basil Island. In the afternoon check in to the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (or the Hotel Kempinski Moika 22 on certain dates) (B)

 


Platinum Programme

 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, this captivating city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Built on a group of islands connected by bridges, it is one of the great art cities of the world. Morning city tour of St. Petersburg, including a photo stop at Peter and Paul Fortress, burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, where fine shops, cafes and museums are found. See St. Isaac Cathedral, Spilled Blood church and embark on a walking tour of Split of Basil Island.  After lunch embark on ca anal cruise sailing under the city‘s historic bridges and past its magnificent pastel palaces. End the day with a guided tour of Yusupov’s Palace, home of St. Petersburg once most wealthy aristocrats and murder scene of Rasputin. In the evening check in to the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (or the Hotel Kempinski Moika 22 on certain dates). (B,L)

 

 

DAY 11
ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG

Gold Programme

 

This morning begins with a tour of the renowned Hermitage Museum, home to one of the most important collections of European art in the world. After lunch visit the Imperial estate of Peterhof. Visit the authentic Bath Cottage and stroll in the vast Lower Park. The lavish décor of the buildings is rivalled only by its famous Grand Cascade of fountains. (B,L)

 


Platinum Programme

 

This morning visit the famed Hermitage Museum before they officially open thus avoiding the crowds. This guided tour also included a very rare visit to the Gold Room, generally closed to the public and contains awe inspiring collection of Scythian artwork and imperial gifts. After lunch, visit the Imperial estate of Peterhof. Visit the authentic Bath Cottage and stroll in the vast Lower Park. The lavish décor of the buildings is rivalled only by its famous Grand Cascade of fountains. (B,L)

 

 

DAY 12
ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG

Gold programme

This morning either join one of the optional tours, which will be offered locally. In the afternoon visit Catherine the Great’s Palace and see the exquisitely restored Amber Room, 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. (B)

 


Platinum Programme

 

This morning visit Faberge museum, which contains world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family.  After lunch, visit Catherine the Great’s Palace and see the exquisitely restored Amber Room, 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. (B,L)
 

DAY 13
FLY BACK TO THE UK
Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

13 day tour, from £3520 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with British Airways from London Heathrow to Moscow and returning from St. Petersburg or vice versa
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation for three nights in Moscow and St Petersburg.
  • Twin air-conditioned superior staterooms on main deck with private facilities.
  • Transfers on arrival/departure.
  • Three meals per day (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) commencing with dinner on day of embarkation and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation.
  • House wine, draft beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Captain's Welcome/Farewell cocktail reception. Welcome Russian Vodka, Bread and Salt Ceremony.
  • Full sightseeing programme in each port of call with transfers, entrance fees and English speaking guide as per itinerary. All onboard entertainment programs and Port taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Russian Visa
  • Gratuities and porterage

Price Notes

Please note that these prices are based on Standard cabin. Please call a Regent Russia Travel Specialist for further details.


Itinerary Dates  
20 Jun 2019
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02 Jul 2019
04 Jul 2019
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16 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
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28 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
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09 Aug 2019
09 Aug 2019
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21 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019
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03 Sep 2019
05 Sep 2019
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17 Sep 2019

M/S Volga Dream

Newly rebuilt in 2007, M/S Volga Dream is the first luxury cruise ship of its kind on the Russian waterways. The ship carries 109 passengers and approximately 60 staff to cater to your needs.

Facilities on board include a dining room serving Continental and Russian cuisine, Neva Lounge and bar with live music, Ladoga Bar, souvenir boutique, library with internet access, 24 hour tea and coffee station, laundry service (no dry cleaning). There is also a sauna and fitness centre on board.
 
The ship has 56 comfortable cabins. Each stateroom has either a window (Sun Deck, Promenade Deck, Main Deck) or porthole (standard staterooms on Cabin Deck). Cabins are equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, safe, telephone and flat screen satellite television.
 

Tour Route Map


  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Russia, Uglich
  3. Russia, Yaroslavl
  4. Russia, Goritsy
  5. Russia, Kizhi
  6. Russia, St Petersburg

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