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Volga Dream Gold St. Petersburg - Moscow

13 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Tour rating: 4.99 / 5, Based on 58 Reviews
Cruise to Russia

Discover the best Russian cities and towns aboard the boutique MS Volga Dream. During your trip, you explore the royal Saint Petersburg, historical and authentical cities, and finish in the capital of Russia - Moscow. This premium river cruise has all the necessary facilities to make your journey comfortable and remarkable.  In Saint Petersburg and Moscow, you stay at 5-star accommodation, and onboard the ship, you have rich entertainment and unique local experiences.

13 days3 cities
Russia1 country
From
$4,795
Saint Petersburg, Russia
4
days
Russia

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.

Day by day
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Day-by-day program
1
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Arrival in St. Petersburg

Welcome to the Northern capital of Russia - St.Petersburg!

Your driver picks you up at the airport and brings you to the hotel for check-in. Later this day, you are invited to a warm-up meeting at the hotel's lobby.

The evening is free and is at your disposal.

2
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Exploring St. Petersburg Highlights

Today after breakfast, you start your fascinating city tour around St.Petersburg.
You drive along the crowdy and bustling Nevsky Prospect, with a lot of shops and restaurants. Later you proceed to the Peter and Paul Fortress,  see the stunning Church on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

3
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Visit of the Hermitage & Trip to Peterhof

Following breakfast, you visit one of the most famous and remarkable museums in Russia - the Hermitage Museum.

Here is located the riches collection of unique masterpieces, including works created by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya, and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace. 

Then you explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

To St.Petersburg, you return by hydrofoil. The rest of the day is free, and you can explore the city on your own.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

4
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Tour of Catherine's Palace

Today in the morning, after breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and have a chance to explore the city on your own.

In the afternoon, you go on a trip to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace, a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Among all highlights, you visit the world-famous Amber Room, which is deemed as the "eighth wonder of the world."

Breakfast is included.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, St. Petersburg
5
Enhance your stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, magnificent Saint Petersburg, by living like royalty! The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 invites you to enjoy the world of luxury and impeccable service. The rooms are very well-equipped and offer everything you need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep.
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Saint Petersburg
Uglich

Spend an enjoyable time on board a comfortable ship and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and views out of the windows.

Uglich, Russia Gallery
5
days
Russia

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.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
5
day
Svirstroy Tour

Today you explore Svirstroy - a small charming village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here you are invited into a resident's home where welcoming Svirstroy villagers offer tea with jam and pirozhki (local pies). Then you drive to the town nearby to see the WWII monument.


After the tour, you then return to your ship and have a farewell dinner in the evening

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

6
day
Tour of Kizhi Island

Today you explore unique wooden architecture in the Karelia region - the fantastic Kizhi Island.

You visit Pogost, a 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.

7
day
Visiting the Ferapontov Monastery at Goritsy

Today you spend a wonderful day exploring a small and picturesque town, Goritsy, located near White Lake. During the tour, you see all the main highlights, including the one of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery.

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

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

8
day
Yaroslavl City Tour

Today you discover one of the oldest towns located on the Volga River - Yaroslavl. During the tour, you see the Spassky Monastery, visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet.

After the tour, you return to your ship and have the barbeque organized on the Open Deck.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

9
day
Uglich Sightseeing Tour

Today you visit the small Russian town belonging to the Golden Ring, Uglich, and dive into the exciting history, facts and stories. During the city tour, you visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, 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.

Volga Dream Cruise Ship
5

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
Moscow

Make your way to the final stop of your unforgettable cruise, wonderful Moscow, which is famous as the very heart of mighty Russia.

Moscow, Russia
4
days
Russia

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.

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Day-by-day program
10
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Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Novodevichiy Cemetery

Today after breakfast, you have a Moscow orientation tour and see the beauty of Russia's capital. You even go inside of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (if time and availability permit). After that, you visit one of the most famous monasteries in Moscow,  Novodevichiy Convent, and can see its cemetery. Many famous Russian actors, political leaders, poets, musicians, and scientists are buried.

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.

11
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Tour of the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber

Today you explore the most famous architectural building in Moscow - the Kremlin.

Together with your guide, you go inside the Kremlin to visit the Armoury Chamber. There is a one-of-a-kind collection of jewels, hand-forged armor, weapons, carriages, sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

 After that, you go to the famous Square of Four Cathedrals. You can go inside the Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals built in the 15th century and decorated with stunning frescoes.

Then you explore the Red Square and see Lenin's Tomb, the St.Basil's Cathedral, and Moscow's biggest department store - GUM. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

12
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Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride

Today after your check-out from the hotel, you have the guided tour of Tretyakov Gallery, the world-famous museum, hosting stunning masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov. 
After that, you explore the Moscow Subway. Each of the stations had a unique design and caught your eye and attention from the very first minute.

After the tour, you return to the ship and have 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.

13
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Departure from Moscow

This is the final day of your amazing St. Petersburg - Moscow 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 wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
5

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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels in St. Petersburg (Belmond Grand Hotel Europe) and Moscow (St. Regis Nikolskaya or Ararat Park Hyatt);
  • 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

  • Trips to Peterhof and Pushkin
  • Guided tour of the Hermitage
  • Trips to Peterhof and Pushkin
  • Tour of Catherine's Palace
  • Svirstroy Tour
  • Tour of Kizhi Island
  • Visiting the Ferapontov Monastery at Goritsy
  • Yaroslavl City Tour
  • Uglich Sightseeing Tour
  • Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Novodevichiy Cemetery
  • Tour of the Kremlin & Armoury Chamber
  • Guided visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

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