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Russian River Cruise : Volga Dream Gold
(Moscow – St. Petersburg 13Days)

ITINERARY

13 days/ 12 nights

Tour Overview
The Volga River is Europe’s longest river. As you cruise along you will learn about Russia’ rich and captivating history. This program includes 3 nights accommodations in St Petersburg, a 5-night cruise on the Volga and 3 nights in Moscow. See modern Russia as you hear the stories of its past.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow, transfer to Hotel St. Regis Nikolskaya***** or Ararat Park Hyatt*****, check-in. In the evening welcome reception and meeting with guide.


Day 2

Breakfast, 09:30-14:30 Moscow city tour including Tverskaya Street, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Novodevichy Cemetery (entrance).(B)


Day 3

Breakfast, 09:30-14:30 visit to Kremlin including Armory Museum (entrance) and beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Archangel cathedrals, Red Square walking tour, St. Basil’s Cathedral (photostop), GUM Department Store (entrance).(B)


Day 4

Breakfast, check-out, morning is free for leisure, 12:00-18:00 visit to Tretyakov Art Gallery (entrance) and tour to Moscow Metro (entrance), transfer to MS Volga Dream, embarkation, Captain’s welcome reception, Bread, Salt & Vodka “Welcome Aboard Ceremony and dinner.(BL)


Day 5 

Breakfast, arrival in Uglich, sightseeing tour including visit to St. Dmitry-on-the-Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral, concert of choral music at St. John’s Church, lunch and dinner on board.(BLD)


Day 6

Breakfast, arrival in Yaroslavl, city sightseeing tour including visit to Spassky Monastery with Transfiguration of the Savior, richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, costumed performance at the Governor palace, lunch and dinner on board.(BLD)


Day 7

Breakfast, arrival in Goritsy, visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (entrance), lunch and Russian dinner with vodka tasting on board.(BLD)


Day 8

Breakfast, arrival on Kizhi Island, visit to the Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture (entrance), the Transfiguration Cathedral, Intercession Cathedral and a traditional Izba, lunch and dinner on board.(BLD)


Day 9

Breakfast, arrival in Svirstroy, tour to typical Russian village on the River Svir incl. tea with jam and local pies with local villagers, lunch and BBQ dinner on board.(BLD)


Day 10

Breakfast, arrival in St. Petersburg, disembarkation, 09:30-14:30 city tour including Peter and Paul Fortress (entrance), Split of Basil Island (walking tour), St. Isaac Cathedral (photo stop), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop) and Nevsky Prospect, check-in at Grand Hotel Europe*****.(B)


Day 11

Breakfast, 10:00-18:00 visit to Hermitage Museum (entrance), lunch followed by excursion to Peterhof including visit to the authentic Small Cottages and Lower Park, return to St. Petersburg.(BL)


Day 12

Breakfast, 14:00-19:00 excursion to Zarskoye Selo including visit to Catherine’s Palace and Amber Room (entrance), return to St. Petersburg.(B)


Day 13

Breakfast, transfer to the airport, departure flight.(B)


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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 3 x o/n at Hotel St.Regis Nikolskaya***** or Ararat Park Hyatt***** in Moscow, 6 x o/n aboard MS Volga Dream, 3 x o/n at Grand Hotel Europe***** in St. Petersburg.
  • 6 x buffet breakfast at hotels, 1 x lunch at local restaurant in St. Petersburg, full board catering on board the ship (three meals per day) including dinner on embarkation day and breakfast on disembarkation day, daily supply of bottled water, complimentary house wine with each lunch and dinner, 24-hour coffee station.
  • Welcome bread, salt and vodka ceremony, welcome and farewell cocktails, costumed Russian tea ceremonyand Russian cooking class, Russian dinner with vodka tasting.
  • Onboard entertainment including live music concerts, lessons, master classes and movies.
  • Full excursion program according to itenerary.
  • Arrival/ departure transfers, transfers to and from the port of embarkation/ disembarkation.
  • Luggage handling on board the ship.
  • Guide headphones for entire trip.
  • Port tax.
  • English, German, French (on cruise program only) speaking guides on all tours.

Exclusion:

  • Additional drinks in ship restaurants and drinks in on-board bars.
  • Gratitudes

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