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Volga Dream Gold Moscow - St. Petersburg

Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Cruise to Russia

Have the time of your life while discovering the best of Russia aboard the boutique MS Volga Dream. This premium cruise has it all: best tours of Russia's major landmarks, 5-star accommodation in the very heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as rich entertainment on board and unique local experiences.
 

Volga Dream Gold Moscow - St. Petersburg

13 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Cruise to Russia
From
$4,695
Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

Have the time of your life while discovering the best of Russia aboard the boutique MS Volga Dream. This premium cruise has it all: best tours of Russia's major landmarks, 5-star accommodation in the very heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as rich entertainment on board and unique local experiences.
 

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow

first destination

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the brilliant capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport holding a Volga Dream sign and takes you to your 5-star hotel located in the very heart of Moscow.

After check-in, you can meet your guide and fellow travelers during a warm-up meeting at the hotel lobby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rest of the evening is free, so you can either explore the fantastic center of Moscow on your own or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Novodevichiy Cemetery
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you enjoy an orientation city tour of Moscow and see the city's rich variety of building styles and go inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time and availability permit).

Later you proceed to the most picturesque monastery in Moscow, Novodevichiy Convent, to see its cemetery that is considered one of Moscow’s most prestigious resting places. Many famous Russian political leaders, actors, scientists, poets and musicians are buried there, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Boris Yeltsin. The cemetery has a park-like ambiance, dotted with small chapels and beautiful monuments, that makes you feel like strolling in the park of sculptures.

After the tour, you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free, so you can continue exploring Moscow on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Tour of the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin.

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous 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.

You finish your Kremlin tour with a visit to the famous Square of Four Cathedrals, where you go inside the gorgeous 15th-century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals decorated with magnificent frescoes.

Then proceed to Moscow's famous Red Square to see its well-recognized landmarks. You see Lenin's Tomb, the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral and visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

In the afternoon you check out from your hotel and set off on a guided tour to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time 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 sites, 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 the river port to board your luxurious MS Volga Dream and receive a warm welcome with a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening you are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
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This 5-star hotel is part of the Hyatt family of hotels. Located near many of Moscow's metro stations and within five minutes walk to Tverskaya Street, the Ararat Park is yet another of Moscow's hotel gems.

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Moscow
Uglich

It's time to start your Volga River cruise adventure! Embark your ship and enjoy witnessing all the stunning Russian cities that are scattered along the river between the Capitals, starting with Uglich. 

Uglich, Russia Gallery

Uglich

second destination

Uglich is a magnificent Golden Ring town with almost 1000 years of history located on the banks of Volga River in the Yaroslavl region. The Golden Ring city is almost 1000 years old and was the setting of many important events in history.

5 days cruising
Detailed itinerary
6 nights on board the ship
Day 5
Uglich Sightseeing Tour
City tour
City tour
Master Class
Master Class

After a full day of cruising along the picturesque sceneries of the Russian countryside, you arrive in the small Russian Golden Ring town of Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started.

During your city tour of this renowned Golden Ring town you visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591, and the St. John's Church where you enjoy a fascinating concert of choral music.

After the tour you return on board your ship. In the evening you can join a Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony and Russian Cooking Class.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 6
Yaroslavl City Tour
City tour
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.

Then you return on board your cruise ship and enjoy the barbeque organized on the Open Deck.​

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 7
Visiting the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in Goritsy
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of Goritsy - a tiny picturesque settlement near White Lake. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, a 14th-century monastery located on the shores of Lake Siverskoye. The beautiful complex is considered one of the most significant creations of the Russian artistic culture!

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

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 8
Tour of Kizhi Island
City tour
City tour

Today you arrive in the stunning Kareliya region, noted for its vast wilderness and beautiful nature. Here you see a real miracle of wooden architecture - the fantastic Kizhi Island.

During your walking tour you see its famous 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.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 9
Svirstroy Tour
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

Today you explore Svirstroy - a small charming village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here you invited into 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. After tea hop on a bus for a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of the WWII followed by a visit to a local primary school.

You then return to your ship and have a farewell dinner in the evening.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Volga Dream Cruise Ship
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The famous MS Volga Dream is the queen of luxury cruise journeys on Russia's rivers. Providing tastefully decorated interiors with beautiful wood paneling and golden accents, MS Volga Dream sets standards for world-class river journeys of a lifetime.

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Uglich
Saint Petersburg

Make your way towards Saint Petersburg, stopping to explore the charming historic Russian cities.

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg

third destination

St. Petersburg is the gem of Russia truly worth exploring while in the country. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great back in 1703, it is now called the City of Tsars because of its magnificent architecture and eventful history.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Exploring St. Petersburg Highlights
City tour
City tour

After breakfast you arrive in the Northern capital of Russia and disembark your cruise ship. Your guide meets you at the river port and takes you on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg.

During the tour you drive along the bustling Nevsky Prospect abundant in fine shops, cafes and museums, take a walk through the Split of Basil Island, and enter 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. You have photo stops near the gorgeous Church of Savior on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

After the tour you are transferred to your luxurious 5-star hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 11
Visit of the Hermitage & Trip to Peterhof
Museum
Museum
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to one of the best and largest art museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum, before hours to avoid large crowds. The Hermitage Museum 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 in a city restaurant, you 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 one of the authentic Small Cottages 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 the tour, you return to Saint Petersburg by a hydrofoil boat and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 12
Tour of the Catherine's Palace
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you have some free time to explore St. Petersburg on your own. In the afternoon you go on a trip to 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 lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room, one deemed as the "eighth wonder of the world".

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 13
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your driver who takes 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Corinthia Hotel Grand Deluxe Room, St. Petersburg
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Located right in the center of picturesque St. Petersburg, the elegant Corinthia Hotel is famous for providing an individual approach to every guest. Make yourself at home and relax in one of the well-equipped Grand Deluxe Rooms.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels in Moscow (St. Regis Nikolskaya or Ararat Park Hyatt) and St. Petersburg (Belmond Grand Hotel Europe);
  • 6 nights on board the luxurious MS Volga Dream;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • 1 gourmet lunch at a high-quality restaurant in St. Petersburg;
  • 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 and daily bottled water supply;
  • English-speaking professional guides;
  • Rich sightseeing programs in a group of max. 25 people;
  • All entrance fees according to the program and special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum;
  • 4 educational lectures by respected Russian professors about Russian history and politics;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including classes, concerts, dances and performances;
  • Group airport transfers;
  • Port charges, local taxes, fuel surcharge;
  • Complimentary Russia visa invitation;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

*Note: We provide a full visa processing service for US, CA, AU, NZ customers ($350 per person), and application assistance for customers from all other countries ($75 per person).

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Novodevichiy Cemetery
  • Tour of the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
  • Guided visit to the Tretyakov Gallery
  • Exploring Kizhi Island
  • Guided tour of the Hermitage
  • Trips to Peterhof and Pushkin

What To Know

  • The 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
  • If you're going on a cruise in spring or late summer, make sure to take some light jacket or a sweater with you. It might get windy on Russian rivers from time to time
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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