Volga Dream Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow - Firebird Tours ®

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Overview

It's your dream come true! This is the most popular Russian river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow on board the most luxurious ship MS Volga Dream with free flights included. The river cruise is the perfect combination of relaxation and exciting sightseeing of famous Russia's landmarks. Book your trip of a lifetime now!

Tour type:
5-star cruise
Tour rating:
5 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels:
    4 nights
    Outside cabin onboard the ferry:
    6 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    Private drivers for day trips
    Ferry cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 1 guided walking tour
    6 guided tours with private transportation
    1 guided day-tour outside citie
    12 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts
    8 lunches
    6 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in St. Petersburg
Today you arrive in the Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg! Your driver picks you up at the airport and transfers you to your centrally-located hotel. The rest of the day is free, so you can either explore the fantastic center of St. Petersburg on your own or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.
Day 2
Trip to Peterhof & Pushkin

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

During the tour, you visit the famous Grand Palace and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

After lunch at a city restaurant, you head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace, that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. 

During the tour, you walk through the gorgeous parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its magnificent interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3
Visit to the Hermitage & St. Petersburg City Tour
Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and have a guided tour to the legendary Hermitage Museum, which houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace. They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours. After lunch at a city restaurant you enjoy a panoramic city tour around the most famous St. Petersburg attractions, that includes a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. After the tour, you are transferred to the river port to board your luxurious MS Volga Dream. Before accommodation in your cozy cabin, you will enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening you are invited to Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board.
Day 4
Svirstroy Walking Tour
Today you explore Svirstroy - a small charming village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here you learn about Lodeynoye Pole town, Svirstroy village and you see the statue of Peter I on the Riverbank. Then you are invited to a local resident‘s home where welcoming Svirstroy villagers offer tea with jam and pirozhki (local pies). You get to learn about Russian traditions and lifestyle and see the attractions of Svirstroy. Then you return on board your cruise ship and enjoy the barbeque organized on the Open Deck.
Day 5
Tour of Kizhi Island
Today you see a real miracle of wooden architecture - the fantastic Kizhi Island. During your walking tour, you explore its famous settlement of Pogost including the dazzling 22-domed Transfiguration Church built without a single nail, beautiful windmills and ancient Russian wooden houses. After returning to your ship, you enjoy the Piano Concert consisting of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.  
Day 6
Goritsy Sightseeing Tour

Today you arrive in Goritsy - a tiny picturesque settlement near White Lake. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery that was founded in 1397 and now houses one of the most significant collections of Russian icons in the world.

After the tour, you return on board your cruise ship and enjoy Russian Dinner with Vodka tasting party.

Day 7
Yaroslavl City Tour
Today you explore one of the oldest Russian cities and the gem of the Volga River - Yaroslavl. During your guided city tour you explore the Spassky Monastery where you see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the wonderful Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration, and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house. After the tour, you return on board your ship. In the evening you can join a Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony and Russian Cooking Class.
Day 8
Uglich Sightseeing Tour
After a full day of cruising along the picturesque sceneries of the Russian countryside, you arrive in the small town of Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started. During your city tour you visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was mortally wounded in 1591, and St. John's Church where you enjoy a fascinating concert of choral music. After the tour, you return to your ship and watch the documentary film "Construction of the Moscow Canal".  
Day 9
Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery & Metro Ride
Today you arrive in Moscow - the gorgeous capital of Russia. Upon arrival, you meet your private guide at the pier and go to the real treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend several amazing hours viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov. Then you explore one of the most interesting city sights that are located deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid Soviet decoration of its stations. After the tour, you are transferred to your 5-star hotel located in the city center.
Day 10
Visit to the Kremlin & Moscow City Tour
This morning is devoted to the exploration of a real Russian miracle and its most famous symbol - the mighty Kremlin. Following breakfast, you go on a guided tour of this historical fortress, that includes a visit to its wonderful Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs. After lunch at a city restaurant, you continue exploring the most outstanding treasures of Moscow. You enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Red Square, take a photo stop near the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and see the largest Moscow department store GUM. The rest of the day is free, so you can continue exploring Moscow on your own or take one of our optional tours (ask your travel specialist about available options).
Day 11
Departure from Moscow

This is the final day of your amazing St. Petersburg - Moscow cruise. After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and small cities lying in between and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.


Hotels

4 nights in central 4 or 5-star hotels and 6 nights in the first class cabin

Included whilst on board:

  • Three meals daily
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks served with all lunches and dinners
  • 24-hour coffee station with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks
  • Wi-Fi access in cabins and public areas
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including classes, concerts, dances and performances
  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Full Russian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Accommodation in best 5-star hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow;
  • 6 nights on board the luxurious the MS Volga Dream;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • 2 lunches at St. Petersburg restaurants and 1 lunch at a Moscow restaurant;
  • Three meals daily on board the MS Volga Dream;
  • Wine, beer, and soft drinks served with all lunches and dinners on board;
  • 24-hour coffee station with complimentary tea, coffee, and snacks;
  • Wi-Fi access in cabins and public areas onboard the MS Volga Dream;
  • English-speaking professional guides and rich sightseeing programs in each port of call;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • 4 educational lectures by respected Russian professors about Russian history and politics;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including classes, concerts, dances, and performances;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

 

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, gratuities and all personal expenses.

What's Included
  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travellers;
  • Professional local guides in Moscow and Saint Petersburg;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Touch the history in the red-walled Kremlin of Moscow and cobblestone Red Square with your experienced guide in the capital of Russia;
  • Perceive the nature and the contrast of styles of lavish gardens of Peterhof and Pushkin during a leisure walk with your guide;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Discover the history and traditions of Russia through lectures, master classes, and other activities on board of your cruise;
What to Know
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Dates
Jul 29
Aug - 8, 2018
Aug 22
Sep - 1, 2018
Sep 21
Oct - 1, 2018
Sep 27
Oct - 7, 2018
Standard Twin
$4,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$880
$4,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$880
$4,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$880
$4,396
on request
deposit
$880
Superior Twin
$4,921
reverse
sold out
deposit
$985
$4,921
reverse
sold out
deposit
$985
$4,921
reverse
sold out
deposit
$985
$4,921
on request
deposit
$985
Deluxe Double
$5,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,060
$5,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,060
$5,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,060
$5,296
on request
deposit
$1,060
Deluxe Twin
$5,446
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,090
$5,446
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,090
$5,446
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,090
$5,446
on request
deposit
$1,090
Junior Suite
$6,596
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,320
$6,596
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,320
$6,596
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,320
$6,596
on request
deposit
$1,320
Deluxe Junior Suite
$7,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,480
$7,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,480
$7,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,480
$7,396
on request
deposit
$1,480
Owner's Suite
$8,796
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,760
$8,796
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,760
$8,796
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,760
$8,796
on request
deposit
$1,760
Standard Single
$6,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,260
$6,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,260
$6,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,260
$6,296
on request
deposit
$1,260
Dates
Jul 29
Aug - 8, 2018
Aug 22
Sep - 1, 2018
Sep 21
Oct - 1, 2018
Sep 27
Oct - 7, 2018
Standard Twin
$4,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$880
$4,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$880
$4,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$880
$4,396
on request
deposit
$880
Superior Twin
$4,921
reverse
sold out
deposit
$985
$4,921
reverse
sold out
deposit
$985
$4,921
reverse
sold out
deposit
$985
$4,921
on request
deposit
$985
Deluxe Double
$5,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,060
$5,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,060
$5,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,060
$5,296
on request
deposit
$1,060
Deluxe Twin
$5,446
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,090
$5,446
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,090
$5,446
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,090
$5,446
on request
deposit
$1,090
Junior Suite
$6,596
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,320
$6,596
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,320
$6,596
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,320
$6,596
on request
deposit
$1,320
Deluxe Junior Suite
$7,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,480
$7,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,480
$7,396
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,480
$7,396
on request
deposit
$1,480
Owner's Suite
$8,796
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,760
$8,796
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,760
$8,796
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,760
$8,796
on request
deposit
$1,760
Standard Single
$6,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,260
$6,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,260
$6,296
reverse
sold out
deposit
$1,260
$6,296
on request
deposit
$1,260

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