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2019 Luxury Volga Dream River Cruise, Classic

Category: Cruising, Russia

 

 

Russia Luxury Cruising

Moscow - St. Petersburg  

aboard deluxe MS Volga Dream

13 Days | 12 Nights   

  

 

Cruise Features:

· 3 nights at prestigious 5-star hotels, in Moscow and in St. Petersburg: 
    - In Moscow: 3 nights, Marriott Aurora Hotel ***** 

    - In St. Petersburg: 3 nights, Kempinski Moika Hotel *****

 

· 6 nights aboard the MS Volga Dream river boat in a chosen category of a cabin

· Three meals daily starting with dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation 

· BBQ in the Open Deck 

· House Wine with Lunch and Dinner 

· 24-hour Coffee station 

· Welcome and Farewell Cocktails 

· Russian Dinner and Vodka tasting

· Russian Cooking classes 

· Russian Classical Music concert

· Russian Tea Ceremony 

· Matryoshka doll painting Classes 

· On board entertainment program

· Group size for sightseeing is limited to 20-25 persons 

Sightseeing, Moscow

City tour, Red Square

Kremlin Grounds, Armory Chambers, GUM Department store;

Novodevichy Cemetery (inside)

Metro Stations tour & train ride

Tretyakov Art Gallery

Free time, 2 lunches at local restaurants

 

 Sightseeing, St. Petersburg

City tour; Peter-n-Paul Fortress; Hermitage Museum; a trip outside of St. Petersburg to Peterhof (Lower park & Small cottage); Catherine's Palace at suburban town of Pushkin, with its famous Amber Room

 New for 2019: tour of a private Faberge Museum (for Platinum Level program) 

· transfers upon arrival and departures 

· Daily supply of bottled water 

· Four lectures by Russian professors about Russian history and politics 

· Port charges and local taxes

 

 

 

 Day-By-Day Program: 

 

 

DAY 01          MOSCOW

Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be transferred to the Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel ***** located in the historic city center, near the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and the Kremlin.
In the evening gather for a warm-up meeting with your guide (guide available at hotel lobby, 6 - 9 pm) or spend the rest of the day exploring central Moscow on your own


DAY 02          MOSCOW

| City Tour | Novodevichy Elite Cemetery | 9.30 am–2.30 pm

Start your day with an orientation city tour of Moscow before proceeding to the famous New Maiden's Cemetery which holds the tombs of well known Russian musicians, playwrights and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders and scientists.

Take the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to explore Moscow on your own, or seek out a cultural performance at one of city's renowned venues.

Today's sightrseeing includes: Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin Embankment, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Maiden's Convent (entrance to Novodevichy Monastery). Meals: B


DAY 03           MOSCOW
| Kremlin | Armory Museum | Red Square | GUM Department Store | 9.30 am–2.30 pm


This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum to view its collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, ambassadorial gifts, royal carriages and dazzling Faberge eggs. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th century Assumption and Archangel cathedrals.

Balance of the day at leisure for independent activities or optional tours at your choice


Today's sightseeing includes: Kremlin territory, visit inside the Assumption (or Archangel) Cathedral, visit inside Kremlin's Armory Chambers Museum, Red Square walking tour, St. Basil's Cathedral (photo stop), GUM Department Store, Cathedral of Christ the Savior (entrance, subject to availability)
 

Meals: B


DAY 04          MOSCOW
| Tretyakov Art Gallery | Metro ride | Embarkation on your cruise boat | 1 pm-6 pm

Morning is free for an independent walk at leisure. At noon check-out from your hotel and proceed to Tretyakov Art Gallery, the first museum dedicated exclusively to Russian fine art. 

Today also explore Moscow's Metro known for its architectural splendor, cleanliness and efficiency. Transfer to the awaiting luxurious MS Volga Dream to begin sailing along the Russian waterways. 

Gather for the Captain's Welcome Reception and dinner as your cruise begins

Bread & Salt Welcome Aboard Ceremony | Meals: B,D

 

DAY 05          UGLICH  
After a full day of cruising through idyllic countryside, dock in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia's renowned Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitry-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591, and attend an enchanting concert of choral music at St. John's Church

A Documentary: Construction of the Moscow Canal  |  Meals: B, L, D


DAY 06          YAROSLAVL

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga's first port. There is much to see: explore Spassky Monastery with its Transfiguration of the Savior, admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet. Take part in a costumed reception at the Governor's house, and then return to the boat in time for lunch

Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class | Meals: B, L, D


DAY 07          GORITSY

In the tiny settlement of Goritsy, visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and now home to one of the best collections of Russian icons in the world. After a guided tour, continue cruising toward majestic Lake Onega.

Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting | Meals: B, L, D


DAY 08          KIZHI

The Karelia region, which spans the area from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, is a vast wilderness of forest and water. Discover Lake Onega, fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including Kizhi. See a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses and windmills, and the famous Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail.

Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov | Meals: B, L, D


DAY 09          SVIR RIVER & VILLAGE OF MANDROGI

While cruising along the 139-mile-long Svir River, appreciate the quiet understated beauty of a region that has long inspired artists and poets. The ship passes quaint riverside hamlets before reaching Lake Ladoga. Step ashore for a brief visit to the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village on your own.

Barbeque on the Open Deck | Meals: B, L, D


DAY 10           ST. PETERSBURG
| City Tour | Peter and Paul Fortress | 9.30 am–2.30 pm

Arrive in St. Petersburg via the Neva River and disembark the MS Volga Dream. Enjoy a 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. Following lunch, enter the renowned Hermitage Museum, home to one of the most important collections of European art in the world.

This evening check-in at deluxe Kempinski Moika Hotel *****.

Today's sightseeing includes: Peter & Paul Cathedral (entrance), Split of Basil Island (walking tour), St. Isaac's Cathedral (photo stop), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop), Nevsky Prospekt drive

Meals: B

DAY 11          ST. PETERSBURG
| The Hermitage Museum | Peterhof: Park and Small Cottage | 10.00 am–6.00 pm

Begin today at 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.

Balance of the day at leisure for independent activities

Meals: B, L

 

DAY 12          ST. PETERSBURG
| Catherine's Palace | Amber Room | 2 pm-7 pm

This morning take one of the optional tours of your choice.

In the afternoon travel outside of Petersburg to suburban town of Pushkin to visit the splendid Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber Room, its six tons of solid amber deftly carved and framed in gold leaf. Once deemed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the room was stripped by the Nazis in 1941, but majestically reconstructed in honor of the 300th birthday of St. Petersburg.

After lunch at a Russian-style premier restaurant, return to St. Petersburg and visit Faberge museum which contains world's largest private collection of works by jewelry genius Carl Faberge, including 9 Easter eggs commissioned by the Russian Royal family

Meals: B,L

 

DAY 13          DEPART ST. PETERSBURG

Breakfast and transfer to airport for your return flight home.  

Meals: B

 

 

2018 Russia Luxury River Cruise: Bread&Salt Welcome Ceremony 

 

 

Dates & Prices: 

Moscow → St. Petersburg  St. Petersburg → Moscow  
June 20-July 02    
July 04-July 16 May 31-June 12  
July 16-July 28   June 26-July 08   
July 28-Aug 09  July 10-July 22   
Aug 09-Aug 21 Aug 29-Sept 10  
Aug 22-Sept 03    
Sept 05-Sept 17     
     
Based in a Standard Stateroom, Cabin Deck $ 6,575   
Based in a Superior Stateroom,  Main Deck $ 7,635  
Based in a Deluxe Double, Promenade Deck $ 8,365  
     

 

 The above prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, based in a chosen category of a cabin

 
The above prices are based on the Gold Level Program. 

 


 

 

To compare cruise features included in Gold & Platinum Programs, please go to:

 

 

 

Gold Level Program 

Included Features:

 

Accommodations at prestigious 5-star hotels, in Moscow and in St. Petersburg: 

    - In Moscow: 3 nights, Marriott Aurora Hotel Or: Park Hyatt Ararat ***** 

    - In St. Petersburg: 3 nights, Grand Hotel Europa ***** or Kempinski Moika Hotel *****

 

· 6 nights aboard the MS Volga Dream river boat in a chosen category of a cabin

· Three meals daily starting with dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation 

· BBQ in the Open Deck 

· House Wine with Lunch and Dinner 

· 24-hour Coffee station 

· Welcome and Farewell Cocktails 

· Russian Dinner and Vodka tasting

· Russian Cooking classes 

· Russian Classical Music concert

· Russian Tea Ceremony 

· Matryoshka doll painting Classes 

· On board entertainment program

· Group size for sightseeing is limited to 20-25 persons 

♦ Sightseeing, Moscow: 

City tour, Red Square

Kremlin Grounds, Armory Chambers, GUM Department store;

Novodevichy Cemetery (inside)

Metro Stations tour & train ride

Tretyakov Art Gallery

Free time, 2 lunches at local restaurants

 

♦ Sightseeing, St. Petersburg: 

City tour; Peter-n-Paul Fortress; Hermitage Museum; a trip outside of St. Petersburg to Peterhof (Lower park & Small cottage); Catherine's Palace at suburban town of Pushkin, with its famous Amber Room

 



Platinum Level Program  


Included Features: 


Platinum Program includes all the items of Gold Level Plus those listed below, in red.  


 
Accommodation at prestigious 5-star hotels, in Moscow and in St. Petersburg: 

    - In Moscow: 3 nights, Marriott Aurora Hotel ***** 

    - In St. Petersburg: 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Europa ***** Or: Kempinski Moika Hotel *****

 

· 6 nights aboard the MS Volga Dream river boat in a chosen category of a cabin

· Three meals daily starting with dinner on embarkation day and ending with breakfast on day of disembarkation 

· BBQ in the Open Deck 

· House Wine with Lunch and Dinner 

· 24-hour Coffee station 

· Welcome and Farewell Cocktails 

· Russian Dinner and Vodka tasting

· Russian Cooking classes 

· Russian Classical Music concert

· Russian Tea Ceremony 

· Matryoshka doll painting Classes 

· On board entertainment program

· Platinum Level Group size for sightseeing is limited to a maximum of 15 persons (vs. 25 persons, Gold Level)   

♦ Sightseeing, Moscow: 

City tour, Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral (inside)

Kremlin Grounds, Armory Chambers Museum, GUM Department store

Novodevichy Elite Cemetery (inside)

Metro Stations tour & train ride

Tretyakov Art Gallery

Zaryadye Park near Kremlin 

Leo Tolstoy's House-Museum

Free time, 3 meals at local restaurants
Lunch at Moscow City Skyscraper

 

♦ Sightseeing, St. Petersburg: 

City tour
Peter-n-Paul Fortress
St.Isaac's Cathedral
Early entrance inside Hermitage Museum
Tour of the Gold Room at the Hermitage
Canal boat cruise along rivers and canals of St. Petersburg
Yusupov Palace 
trip outside of St. Petersburg to Peterhof (Lower park & Small cottage)
Catherine's Palace at suburban town of Pushkin incl. Amber Room
Tour of the private Faberge Museum 

 

 

 

 
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