From  £3425
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 £3425 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
18 May  -  30 May
16 Jul  -  28 Jul
28 Jul  -  09 Aug
21 Aug  -  02 Sep
02 Sep  -  17 Sep
20 Sep  -  02 Oct

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 in Moscow and the Kempinski Moika 22 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 opulent St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya*in Moscow and St Petersburg’s Grand Hotel Europe. 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.
* or the Park Hyatt Moscow

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MOSCOW
FLY TO MOSCOW

Fly to Moscow and transfer to the Marriott Royal Aurora hotel or St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya , depending on your programme. Both are located in the historic city centre, close to the Kremlin. In the evening attend a welcome meeting with the local guide before exploring Moscow at leisure.

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, the GUM Department Store 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
This morning visit the Kremlin and Armoury Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armour and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs. Walk around the famous Red Square and visit GUM - Moscow largest department store. After lunch, continue to the State Tretyakov Gallery with its collections of Russian art. 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, 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. The rest of the day is free to explore Moscow on your own. (B)

Platinum Programme
Begin the day with a backstage tour of the historic and recently restored Bolshoi Theatre* (available in May, June and September only). Explore the famous Moscow Metro and, after lunch, visit the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts with its remarkable collection of French Impressionism, which includes works by Corot, Goya, Delacroix, as well as van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse, and Chagall. (B.L)

 


*Visit to the Bolshoi Theatre will be replaced by a tour to the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia in July and August (early September) due to the Bolshoi Theatre annual leave.

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
Check out of the hotel and proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. After lunch, embark on a ‘Moscow architecture’ tour, discover its unique variety of building styles and, in the afternoon, 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 SVIRSTROY
SVIR RIVER AND THE VILLAGE 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 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. Following lunch enter the renowned Hermitage Museum, home to one of the most important collections of European art in the world. In the evening check-in at the Hotel Kempinski Moika 22. (B, L)

Platinum Programme
Morning city tour of St. Petersburg, including Peter and Paul Fortress, Spilled Blood Church, Split of Basil Island, St. Isaac Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect, where fine shops, cafes and museums are found. In the afternoon visit Faberge museum, which contains world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Europe. (B, L)

DAY 11
ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG

Gold Programme
This morning depart for a half day sightseeing tour to 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. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Platinum Programme
This morning 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. Take time to stroll in its formal gardens before transferring to the meticulously restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate, often cited as the Versailles of Russia. After lunch, tour the Yusupov’s Palace, home of St. Petersburg once most wealthy aristocrats. (B,L)

DAY 12
ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG

Gold programme
This morning 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. Take time to stroll in the formal gardens and enjoy lunch at Podvorie, a restaurant in a traditional Russian log house. Return back to St Petersburg and visit Faberge museum, which contains world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian royal family. (B, L)

Platinum Programme
This morning visit the famed Hermitage Museum before they officially open thus avoiding the crowds. Following the Hermitage, embark on a canal cruise sailing under the city‘s historic bridges and past its magnificent pastel palaces. Before lunch, enjoy a Russian Choral performance and, in the afternoon, visit an authentic Russian home. This offers a unique opportunity to visit a real Russian Professor and his family and taste traditional home cooked Russian food. (B,L,D)

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 £3425 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 From Price Single Room Supp.  
18 May 2018
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30 May 2018
£3425 £1500
16 Jul 2018
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28 Jul 2018
£3425 £1500
28 Jul 2018
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09 Aug 2018
£3425 £1500
21 Aug 2018
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02 Sep 2018
£3425 £1500
02 Sep 2018
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17 Sep 2018
£3425 £1500
20 Sep 2018
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02 Oct 2018
£3425 £1500

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, Mandrogi
  7. Russia, St Petersburg

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