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 Hotel Park Hyatt, Moscow
Fly to St. Petersburg and transfer to the deluxe Kempinski Moika 22 5-star hotel or Grand Hotel Europe, depending on you programme. In the evening attend a welcome meeting with the local guide before exploring St. Petersburg at leisure.
Begin the day with an orientation 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. (B, L)
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. In the early evening board a small river boat for a tour around the numerous rivers and canals of St. Petersburg. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Europe. (B, L)
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)
This morning visit the famed Hermitage Museum before they officially open thus avoiding the crowds. In the afternoon visit 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 before checking in to the Grand Hotel Europe. (B, L)
Today 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. 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. Transfer to the luxurious M/S Volga Dream to begin sailing on the Russian waterways. Meet for the Captain's welcome reception and dinner as the cruise begins (B, L, D)
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. En route back to St Petersburg visit a ‘Russia in Miniature’ Interactive Museum. This very realistic model of Russia give a great overview of this vast country. In the evening, transfer back to the MS Volga Dream and gather for the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner. (B, L, D)
Cruise the scenic Svir River, connecting Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga. Disembark in Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village. If weather permits enjoy a traditional Russian barbeque on board. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
In the afternoon, arrive in Moscow and disembark the MS Volga Dream. Start 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 Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. Explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural grandeur and, in the evening, check-in to the deluxe Marriott Aurora 5-star hotel in Moscow. (B,L)
In the afternoon, disembark from the MS Volga Dream and transfer to the Deluxe St. Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya. After lunch, begin an orientation city tour of Moscow. Proceed 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. Visit the Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about Yury Gagarin’s first flight in space and continue to an outdoor Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy - a truly remarkable footprint of Soviet Architecture and design . (B, L)
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)
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, and dazzling Faberge eggs. Continue to the Diamond Fund to see Catherine the Great’s diamond encrusted coronation crown and the 190 carat Orlov Diamond. After lunch, walk around the famous Red Square and visit GUM - Moscow largest department store. 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)
Today visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. Continue with the city tour of Moscow and Cathedral of Christ. Spend the evening at leisure to explore Moscow or seek out a cultural performance at one of the city’s renowned venues. (B)
Today start an orientation city tour of Moscow which includes Red Square, the impressive St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and visit GUM - Moscow largest department store. After lunch, proceed to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art and explore Moscow’s Metro, known for its architectural grandeur. (B, L)
Free morning before transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
13 day tour, from £2345 per person
- 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.
- Russian Visa
- Gratuities and porterage
Please note that these prices are based on Standard cabin.
Please call a Regent Russia Travel Specialist for further details.
12 Jun 2018 Cruise will include 12 nights on board the Volga Dream and will not include any stays in hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg due to Fifa World Cup - departure available for Gold Programme only
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26 Sep 2018
08 Oct 2018
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.
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