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Volga Dream - Gold Class 13 days

St. Petersburg - Svirstroy - Kizhi Island - Goritzy - Yaroslavl - Uglich - Moscow
Inclusions: 6 nights deluxe hotel accommodation, 6 nights on board the MS Volga Dream I in your choice of river-view cabin, all meals (including wine & soft drinks with lunch and dinner) on board MS Volga Dream I, select meals in Moscow & St. Petersburg, daily sightseeing (group size max 25 passengers), arrival and departure transfers, port lectures and cultural highlights, port charges, fuel surcharge and local taxes

2018 EARLY BIRD OFFER: SAVE UP TO AUD1,200 per cabin when you deposit by 31 July 2017.
** Prices displayed below are inclusive of any applicable discounts

 

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GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2017
Moscow to St. Petersburg
MS Volga Dream IMay 25; Jun 20; Jul 6, 30; Aug 11, 24; Sep 7, 21

St. Petersburg to Moscow
MS Volga Dream IMay 31; Jun 14; Jul 12; Aug 5, 17, 30; Sep 13, 27

CLOSED DEPARTURES
St. Petersburg to Moscow May 31

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2018
Moscow to St. Petersburg
MS Volga Dream IMay 18; Jul 16, 28; Aug 21; Sep 2, 20

St. Petersburg to Moscow
MS Volga Dream IMay 12, 24; Jun 12**; Aug 15; Sep 26

** Please note: The 12 June 2018 departure is only available on the GOLD Class Programme. This one-off departure includes a full 12 nights aboard MS Volga Dream and no hotel nights in St. Petersburg and Moscow .

 

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Itinerary (please click here)

Gold Class
For the traveller looking for a superior experience, Gold Class passengers stay in 5 star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg and undertake sightseeing in small groups with a maximum of 25 guests.

Day 1 St. Petersburg
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to your deluxe hotel located in the historic city centre. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing after the flight or explore St. Petersburg on your own.

Stay at
Kempinski Moika Hotel

Day 2 St. Petersburg
This morning tour St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into the vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-coloured palaces. Continue with an orientation tour of the city and enter Peter & Paul Fortress, the family shrine of the Romanovs. Following lunch enter the famed Hermitage Museum, whose four hundred rooms contain spectacular examples of nearly all schools of Western art, including one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist works. (B, L)

Day 3 St. Petersburg
Begin today at the meticulously restored Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate, often cited as the "Versailles of Russia". Visit the Bathhouse and stroll in the vast Lower Park with its 176 fountains, 4 cascades, majestic palaces, and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. Afterwards return to St. Petersburg and spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. (B)

Day 4 St. Petersburg
This morning you drive to Pushkin, the Czar’s Village, for a specially arranged visit to Catherine’s Palace. See the exquisitely restored Amber Room and stroll the formal gardens. Enjoy lunch at Podvorie Restaurant, situated in a traditional Russian log house before being transferred to the luxurious MS Volga Dream I and begin your cruise along the Russian Waterways. Enjoy a Captain's welcome dinner as you begin your cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Svir River & Mandrogi
Be on the deck as the ship navigates the Svir River towards Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest freshwater lake, past a shoreline dotted with graceful willows, alder trees and stately pines. Step ashore for a brief visit to the village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Kizhi
This afternoon explore the tiny, picturesque island of Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Lake Onega. The open-air Museum of Architecture includes the Church of the Transfiguration, a unique onion-domed masterpiece built without a single metal nail and resembling something out of a Russian fairy tale. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Goritzy
Early this morning you cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “czar’s fishing grounds”. Arrive in the peaceful village of Goritzy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery with its magnificent frescoes by one of the Russia's most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship for a late lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Yaroslavl
This morning visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Saviour, adorned with murals depicting St. John's apocalyptic visions, and the richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet. Participate in a costumed reception at the Governor's House before reboarding the Volga Dream in time for lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Uglich
Arrive this afternoon in Uglich, which dates back to the 10th century. A walking tour includes the Chapel of Dmitry, a 17th-century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year old son met his death. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis, and attend a concert of choral music. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Moscow
Disembark this morning and begin the day with an orientation tour of Moscow which includes Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and Novodevchy Convent. Check-in at your hotel before an afternoon is free for you to further explore by yourself. (B)

Stay at
Marriott Royal Aurora

Day 11 Moscow
This morning visit the renowned Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings. In the afternoon, take a ride on the Moscow Metro to visit some of it's ornately decorated stations. (B)

Day 12 Moscow
This morning enter the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum, with its collection of Czarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and gifts of state. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals. Another afternoon at leisure awaits. (B)

Day 13 Moscow
Your MS Volga Dream I cruise tour concludes after breakfast with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)

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