|26 Sep - 08 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.
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, the Royal Romanov burial site 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)
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 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)
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 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. 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)
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. (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)
Embark on a ‘Moscow architecture’ sightseeing tour, which between its highlights includes the Red Square, the impressive St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Novodevichiy Convent. After lunch, continue to the Tretyakov Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. (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)
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.
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)
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)
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
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
26 Sep 2018
08 Oct 2018
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.