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River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg 13 days | PLATINUM Program

  • Luxury River Cruise

  • International Group

  • Languages: English

  • From 5.595$ per person in double occupancy

6 UNESCO World Heritage Sights: Moscow Kremlin & Red Square; Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow; Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg; Historic Centre of the City of Yaroslavl; Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery, Goritsy; Kizhi Pogost, Karelia.
Special Access to Russia’s Most Important Cultural Sites: Visit to St. Basil’s Cathedral; Special Early Entrance to the Hermitage and access to Gold Room closed to general public.
Must See Art Collections: Biggest in the World collection of Faberge Eggs at the Faberge Museum.
Russian Cultural Experience aboard the Volga Dream.
Touring in Intimate Groups of 12 – 16 Guests.
6 Nights at the nicest Moscow and St. Petersburg Hotels.
6 Delicious Lunches in the best Moscow and St. Petersburg Restaurants

Itinerary: Moscow to St. Petersburg River Cruise 13 days | PLATINUM Program

Itinerary: Moscow to St. Petersburg River Cruise 13 days | PLATINUM Program

  • Moscow
    Day 1

    Moscow

    When you arrive in Moscow, transfer to the deluxe Marriott Aurora***** or Ararat Park Hyatt***** in the historic city centre . In the evening gather for a welcome reception with your guide and fellow travelers or spend the rest of the day exploring central Moscow on your own.

    Meals: –

  • Moscow Sparrow Hills
    Day 2

    Moscow: City tour / Sparrow Hills / Lunch in the Moscow City / Novodevichy Cemetery

    09:30am – 5:30pm
    Begin the day with an orientation tour of Moscow. The city boasts unique diversity and variety in terms of building styles: classic, modern, empire and eclecticism amazingly sit alongside more monumental designs, such as Stalin’s towering skyscrapers from the mid 20th century. The architecture of the capital, though seemingly contradictory and contrasting, makes for a dazzling combination in a quite unique city. Lunch is served in a restaurant on the top-floor of one of Moscow’s skyscrapers offering spectacular city views. After lunch, visit the famous Novodevichiy Cemetery, where well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.
    City tour highlights: Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin embankment. Novodevichiy Convent (photo stop), and if time permits, a stop at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, Sparrow Hills.

    Meals: B, L

  • Moscow Kremlin
    Day 3

    Moscow: Kremlin / Armory Museum / Red Square Walk / St. Basil’s Cathedral / GUM Department Store / Park Zaryadye

    9:30am – 5:30pm
    The morning consists of a stroll through the famous Moscow Kremlin with its beautiful cathedrals and unique museums. The Armory hosts an impressive collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armor and ancient weapons, royal carriages and sleighs. After lunch, cross Red Square to visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store, and enter a masterpiece of medieval Moscow – St. Basil’s Cathedral. Then proceed with a leisurely walk through the newly designed park Zaryadye, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin and Red Square.

    Meals: B, L

  • Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka ‘Welcome Aboard’ Ceremony
    Day 4

    Moscow: Leo Tolstoy House-Museum in Hamovniki / Old Tretyakov Gallery / Moscow Metro Embarkation aboard the MS Volga Dream

    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    The first stop after checking-out of your hotel is a small and cozy former home-estate once owned by one of Russia’s literary greats, Leo Tolstoy. He lived with his wife and thirteen children in this two-storey wooden Moscow house from 1882 to 1901; it is now a carefully preserved memorial. The sightseeing continues after lunch at the State Tretyakov Gallery with its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from Rublev’s 12th century icons to 19th century masterpieces. Explore Moscow’s Metro, famed for its architectural splendour. Meanwhile, the luxurious MS Volga Dream awaits and your voyage along Russia’s extensive waterways is about to begin. The Captain’s welcome reception and dinner mark the start of our unforgettable cruise.
    Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka ‘Welcome Aboard’ Ceremony

    Meals: B, L, D

  • Uglich
    Day 5

    Uglich

    After a full day of cruising through idyllic forested countryside, we tie up in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia’s renowned ‘Golden Ring’. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591. Then an enchanting concert of choral music performed in St. John’s Church.
    Volga Dream Experience: Documentary Film “Construction of the Moscow Canal”

    Meals: B, L, D

  • Yaroslavl
    Day 6

    Yaroslavl

    Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port. There is so much to see: the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of Elijah the Prophet with its impressive collection of mosaics. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house before re-boarding the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch.
    Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

    Meals: B, L, D

  • Goritsy
    Day 7

    Goritsy

    In this tiny settlement, we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, now home to one of the world’s finest collections of Russian icons. After a guided tour, we continue cruising toward the majestic Lake Onega.
    Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

    Meals: B, L, D

  • Kizhi
    Day 8

    Kizhi

    Kareliya is a region that must be seen to be believed, it spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, a vast wilderness of forest and water. Lake Onega is fed by 58 rivers and is home to 1,369 islands, including our stop, Kizhi with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills including the famous and remarkable Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail being used.
    Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov

    Meals: B, L, D

  • Svirstroy
    Day 9

    Svirstroy

    The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident’s home. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhkie” (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell you all about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After tea, hop on a bus to tour the nearby town, see a local WWII monument and visit a local primary school.
    Volga Dream Experience: Deck Barbeque

    Meals: B, L, D

  • St. Petersburg
    Day 10

    St. Petersburg: City Tour / St. Isaac’s Cathedral / Canal boat / Yusupov Palace

    9:30am – 6:30pm
    The MS Volga Dream ties up in St. Petersburg on the Neva River where we disembark for a city tour, including Peter and Paul Fortress (outside), the Royal Romanov burial site and Nevsky Prospect with its rich selection of fine shops, cafes, and museums. Then we proceed to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose gilded dome dominates the city skyline. Sculptures and massive red granite columns decorate the façade, while the interior is even more lavishly appointed with mosaics, icons and columns of malachite and lapis lazuli. After a relaxed lunch we embark on a canal cruise sailing under the city’s many historic bridges and past its magnificent pastel. The day ends with a tour of Yusupov’s Palace, former home to one of St. Petersburg’s wealthiest aristocrats. The enigmatic story of Grigory Rasputin, the monk assassinated here by Prince Felix Yusupov, is told in this very basement. In the evening check-in at the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe***** or Kempinski Moika 22*****.
    City tour includes: Split of Basil Island (walking tour), Spilled Blood Church (photo stop), Peter and Paul Fortress (photo stop), St. Isaac Cathedral (entrance), Nevskiy Prospect drive.

    Meals: B, L

  • St. Petersburg / Peterhof
    Day 11

    St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage (Early Entrance) / Gold Room / Peterhof: Park and One of the Small Cottages

    9:00am – 5:00pm
    The morning takes you to one of the most famous museums in the world, the awe-inspiring Hermitage in the lavishly decorated Winter Palace. (To avoid the crowds, we’ve arranged special Early Entrance for you, before official opening hours.) The Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and houses 3 million artworks ranging from Stone Age to modern times. The collection includes Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael and Titian. After exploring the main galleries, proceed to the Gold Room, usually closed to general public, with a collection of gold Scythian artwork and elaborate imperial gifts. Lunch is followed by a tour to one of the most spectacular Imperial estate of Peterhof, often dubbed the Russian Versailles. The vast Lower Park, with its 176 fountains and four cascades, is a glorious place to walk, taking in majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. A truly spectacular day before we return to St. Petersburg.

    Meals: B, L

  • St. Petersburg: Catherine’s Palace / Amber Room
    Day 12

    St. Petersburg: Faberge Museum / Catherine’s Palace / Amber Room

    9:30am – 6:30pm
    Enjoy a full sightseeing day with a visit to the Fabergé Museum, founded by entrepreneur, Viktor Vekselberg. The museum was opened in December 2013 to display a glittering collection of Faberge eggs and objects d’art created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his staff. Vekselberg’s collection is rated as one of the world’s most valuable and includes items he bought from the Forbes family in 2004 for $100 million. After lunch we travel to the Tsar’s Village to visit the famous Catherine’s Palace and the exquisitely recreated Amber Room. A stroll through the formal gardens is highly recommended. We enter the Pushkin grounds through the Golden Gate and ascend the staircase to the Grand Hall. The Golden Enfilade offers a glorious view of the Amber Room.

    Meals: B, L

  • St. Petersburg
    Day 13

    St. Petersburg

    Check out of your hotel and group transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals: B

River Cruise Inclusions

  • What's Included in the River Cruise Package
    • Accommodation:
      • 3 nights in exquisite 5-star hotels in Moscow;
      • 3 nights in exquisite 5-star hotels in St. Petersburg;
      • 6 nights aboard the MS Volga Dream;
    • Excursions & guides:
      • Welcome meeting with guide;
      • Daily sightseeing in ןintimate groups of 12-16 guests;
      • Whisper system for the entire journey;
    • Meals:
      • Breakfast in hotels;
      • 3 lunches in a local restaurants in Moscow;
      • All meals aboard the MS Volga Dream include house wines, beer and soft drinks;
      • 24-hour Coffee Station;
      • Welcome & Farewell Cocktails;
      • Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting;
      • Russian Tea Ceremony;
      • 3 lunches in a local restaurants in St. Petersburg;
    • Other services:
      • Group airport transfer on arrival and departure ;
      • Onboard Entertainment Program;
      • Lectures by a Guest Speaker;
    Price does not include
    • Any airfare;
    • Visa fees (Company is not liable for passengers with incorrect or expired visas);
    • Tips;
    • Personal medical insurance;
    • Medical treatment;
    • Laundry;
    • Minibar;
    • Personal expenses like gift shop purchases;
    • Beverages on board MS Volga Dream other than wine and soft drinks during lunch and dinner;
    • Drinks in the bar;
    • Telephone and Internet connection;
    • Other items not specifically mentioned as inclusions above;

Prices & Dates

Prices & Dates

2019 Russian River Cruises DATES

Direction of travel GOLD / PLATINUMIMPERIAL GRAND VOLGA
Moscow - St. PetersburgJune 20-July 2
July 4-16 July
16-28 July
July 28-August 9
August 9-21
August 22-Sept. 3
Sept. 5-17
June 20-July 2
August 9-21
Sept. 5-17
St. Petersburg - MoscowMay 31-June 12
June 26-July 8
July 10-22
August 29-Sept. 10
May 31-June 12
July 10-22
Moscow - VolgogradMay 3-13
Sept. 26-Oct. 7
Volgograd - MoscowMay 13-24

2019 Russian River Cruises PRICES

Prices per person in double occupancy
ProgramsStandardSuperiorDeluxe DblDeluxe TwinJunior SuiteDlx Junior SuiteOwner Suite
GOLD$4.495$5.195$5.695$5.895$6.695$7.495$8.995
PLATINUM$5.595$6.295$6.795$6.995$7.795$8.595$10.095
IMPERIAL$6.845$7.545$8.045$8.245$9.045$9.845$11.345
GRAND VOLGA$3.745$4.445$4.945$5.145$5.945$6.745$8.245

Payment terms:

  • 10% within 7 days of booking.
  • 90% 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellations Terms (days prior departure):

  • If you cancel 90 days or more before tour start date, you will lose your 20% deposit.
  • If you cancel from 60 to 89 days before tour start date, your refund will be 35% of program price.
  • If you cancel from 31 to 59 days before tour start date, your refund will be 20% of program price.
  • If you cancel 30 days or less before tour start date, your payment is not refundable.

Summary of Programs

Summary of Programs

 GOLDPLATINUMIMPERIALGRAND VOLGA
Direction of travel MOW - STP MOW - STP MOW - STP MOW - VOL
Program Duration, incl.: 12 nights 12 nights 12 nights 10 nights
Moscow + Cruise + St. Petersburg 3+6+33+6+33+6+32+8+0
Approximate group size max 25 max 16 max 10 max 25
Airport transfer on arrival Group transfer Group transfer PrivateGroup transfer
Welcome meeting with guide
Airport transfer on arrival
Daily Supply of Bottled Water
Guide headphones for entire trip
HOTEL IN MOSCOW 3 nights3 nights3 nights2 nights
Ararat Park Hyatt OR Marriott Aurora 5 star-
Four Seasons, 5 star deluxe---
PROGRAM IN MOSCOW3 days3 days3 days2 days
City Tour
Red Square Walk
GUM Department Store
Kremlin and Armory Chamber
State Tretyakov Gallery
Novodevichy Cemetery Visit
Metro Introduction Tour
Leo Tolstoy's House-Museum --
Park Zaryadie --
St. Basil's Cathedral (inside tour) --
Local Restaurant Meals, inluding: -3 meals 3 meals 2 meals
Lunch in the Moscow City Skyscaper --
Free Time to Explore very good good good average
HOTEL IN ST. PETERSBURG3 nights3 nights3 nights-
Grand Hotel Europe OR Kempinski Moika 22, 5 star--
Four Seasons Lion Palace, 5 star deluxe---
PROGRAM IN ST. PETERSBURG3 days3 days3 days-
City Tour -
Peter & Paul's Fortress Tour ---
St. Isaac's Cathedral photo stop -
Church on the Spilled Blood photo stop photo stop photo stop -
Peterhoff: Lower Park & Small Cottage -
Catherine's Palace in Pushkin -
State Hermitage Museum early entrance early entrance -
Excusive visit to Gold Room (Hermitage) --
Canal Boat Ride --
Faberge Museum --
Yusupov Palace / Rasputin Rooms --
Local Restaurant Meals 1 meal 3 meals 3 meals -
Free Time to Explore very good good good -
CRUISE PART 6 nights 6 nights 6 nights 8 nights
All Meals (B-L-D)
House Wine with Lunch and Dinner
BBQ on the Open Deck
24-hour Coffee Station
Welcome & Farewell Cocktails
Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting
Russian Classical Music Concert
Russian Cooking Classes
Russian Tea Ceremony
Matryoshka Painting Classes
Onboard Entertainment Program
Lectures by a Guest Speaker 4 lectures 4 lectures 4 lectures 6 lectures
Port Charges & Local Taxes included

Accommodations on-board

Accommodations on-board

The MS Volga Dream entered service during the spring of 2007 after a comprehensive two-year renovation. This elegant vessel is designed in classic decor with a slight Russian touch and accommodates just 100 passengers. She is the best choice for travelers seeking intimate cruise experience and personalized service.
50 staterooms are located over four decks and range from Standard Cabins to Deluxe Staterooms. On the upper 2 decks – Promenade and Sun, you will find spacious Junior Suites and luxurious forward looking Owner’s Suite, which has a private terrace and separate exit to the open deck.
All cabins are equipped with private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, direct dial telephone, satellite flat screen television and minibar. Additional comforts provided include bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom accessories kit, bottled water (replenished daily) and welcome fruit basket.

  • STANDARD
  • SUPERIOR
  • DELUXE DOUBLE
  • DELUXE TWIN
  • JUNIOR SUITE
  • DELUXE JR SUITE
  • OWNER SUITE

Standard Cabin | Cabin deck

  • תאי STANDARD בקומה 1 - Cabin deck, מידות התא: 9.4 מ
Standard Cabin Description
  • Dimensions: 101 sq ft / 9.4 sq m
  • Type: twin
  • Bed size: 91×200 cm / 36×79
  • Porthole windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

Superior Stateroom | Main deck

  • תאי SUPERIOR בקומה 2 - Main deck, מידות התא: 10.6 מ
Superior Stateroom Description
  • Dimensions: 114 sq ft / 10.6 sq m
  • Type: twin
  • Bed size: 91×200 cm / 36×79
  • Large picture windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

Deluxe Double Stateroom | Promenade deck 

  • תאי DELUXE DOUBLE בקומה 3 - Promenade deck, מידות התא: 11.3 מ
Deluxe Double Stateroom Description
  • Dimensions: 122 sq ft / 11.3 sq m
  • Type: double
  • Bed size: 180×200 cm / 71×79
  • Large picture windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

Deluxe Twin Stateroom |  Sun deck

  • תאי DELUXE TWIN בקומה 4 - Sun deck, מידות התא: 11.7 מ
Deluxe Twin Stateroom Description
  • Dimensions: 126 sq ft / 11.7 sq m
  • Type: twin
  • Bed size: 91×200 cm / 36×79
  • Large picture windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

Junior Suite 316 | Promenade deck
Junior Suite 405 | Sun deck 

  • תא # JUNIOR SUITE 316 בקומה 3 - Promenade deck, מידות התא: 14.7 מ
  • תא # JUNIOR SUITE 405 בקומה 4 - Sun deck, מידות התא: 13.1 מ
Junior Suite Description
  • Dimensions: Junior Suite #306 – 158 sq ft / 14.7 sq m
  • Dimensions: Junior Suite #405 – 141 sq ft / 13.1 sq m
  • Type: dooble
  • Bed size: 180×200 cm / 71×79
  • Additional furniture: desk, chair
  • Large picture windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

Deluxe Junior Suite |  Sun deck 

  • תאי DELUXE JR SUITE בקומה 4 - Sun deck, מידות התא: 15.8 מ
Deluxe Junior Suite Description
  • Dimensions: 170 sq ft / 15.8 sq m
  • Type: double
  • Bed size: 180×200 cm / 71×79
  • Additional furniture: sofa, chair, desk
  • Large picture windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

Owner’s Suite | Promenade deck 

  • תא OWNER SUITE בקומה 3 - Promenade deck, מידות התא: 24.2 מ
Owner's Suite Description
  • Dimensions: 260 sq ft / 24.2 sq m
  • Type: double
  • Bed size: 180×200 cm / 71×79
  • Additional furniture: 2 armchairs, sofa, desk
  • Large picture windows
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite television (flat-screen TV)
  • Private electronic safe
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • 220V outlets
  • Welcome fruit basket

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