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Treasures of Russia

See the sights during 3-night hotel stays in central Moscow and St Petersburg, and enjoy a 6-night cruise along the beautiful Russian Waterways on boutique ship Volga Dream on this unique holiday, with return flights from the UK and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board

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12 nights from £3295pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
  • Kremlin, Moscow
  • Kremlin, Moscow
  • Church of St Dmirtri-on-the-Blood, Uglich
  • Church of Elijah and the Prophet, Yaroslavl
  • Assumption Cathedral, Yaroslavl
  • Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Island
  • Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg
  • Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg

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Treasures of Russia Special Offer

This brand new itinerary combines hotel stays in the fascinating cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, with a cruise along Russia's picturesque waterways on small ship Volga Dream.

Enjoy a 3-night hotel stay in the Russian capital of Moscow. Your centrally-located hotel is just minutes from the main sights, including the magnificent St Basil's Cathedral, the UNESCO-listed Red Square and the famous Kremlin. A selection of guided tours and time at leisure allows you to make the most out of your few days in this historic city.

Embark boutique ship Volga Dream and enjoy a traditional Bread and Salt welcome ceremony on board accompanied by vodka. The following day, you'll begin your cruise along the Russian Waterways, calling at the ancient Gold Ring City of Uglich, home to the majestic Church of St Dmitri-on-the-Blood, and Yaroslavl, one of the oldest cities in Russia where you can enjoy a special tea reception at the governor's house.

Admire the impressive Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in picturesque Goritsy, visit the iconic Transfiguration Church, built without a single nail, on the beautiful island of Kizhi, and cruise the Svir River to the quaint village of Mandrogi, before disembarking in St Petersburg for a 3-night hotel stay. City tours showcase the famous sights, from the iconic Hermitage Museum to the ornate Peterhof Palace with its cascading fountains, and spectacular Catherine's Palace, which houses the stunning Amber Room. There will also be plenty of opportunity to explore this diverse city independently.

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Treasures of Russia Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Moscow (Russia)

Fly from the UK to Moscow and check-in to the Marriott Auroura hotel for a 3-night stay. The hotel is located in the historic centre close to the Kremlin and Bolshoi Theatre. This evening, enjoy a welcome meeting or spend time exploring at leisure.

Day 2 - Moscow

This morning, join a city tour which includes a visit to the Red Square, a photo stop at St Basil's Cathedral, and takes in the GUM Department Store, magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the famous Novodevichy Cemetry, where you'll find the tombs of Russian authors and playwrights. After the tour, spend time at leisure exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps enjoy a cultural performance. (B)

Day 3 - Moscow

Enjoy a visit to the Armoury Museum, located within the Kremlin, which houses armour, weapons and beautiful royal carriages as well as Faberge eggs. Later, head to the stunning 15th-century Assumption and Archangel cathedrals. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 4 - Moscow

Take the opportunity to explore further this morning before checking out of the hotel and heading to the Tretyakov Gallery, which houses Russian fine art. Continue to Moscow's Metro which is renowned for its magnificent architecture. Later, transfer to the port to embark boutique ship Volga Dream for your cruise along Russia's waterways. Enjoy a traditional Bread, Salt and Vodka Welcome Aboard Ceremony this evening. (B,D)

Day 5 - Uglich

Admire the passing scenery as you spend a full day cruising along the Volga River. Moor in the ancient town of Uglich, a Golden Ring city, home to the spectacular Church of St Dmitri-on-the-Blood, which stands on the site where Dmirtri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. Later, enjoy a choral music concert at St John's Church. You will also have the opportunity to watch a film on the construction of the Moscow Canal. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl is one of Russia's oldest cities and the first port on the River Volga. Admire the Transfiguration of the Saviour in the magnificent Spassky Monastery, before continuing to the Church of Elijah and the Prophet. Later, enjoy a tea reception at the governor's house before re-joining the ship for lunch. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Goritsy

The ship arrives in beautiful Goritsy. Head to the spectacular Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery which houses the world's best collection of Russian icons. After a guided tour, return to the ship and cruise towards Lake Onega. Today, you will also enjoy a Russian Dinner with Vodka tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Kizhi

The Kareliya region is a vast wilderness which spans from St Petersburg to the Arctic Circle. Lake Onega has 1369 islands and is fed by 58 rivers. You'll visit Kizhi Island which has ancient wooden houses and windmills, and is home to the iconic Transfiguration Church, built without a single nail. Today, you'll have the opportunity to attend a piano concert with pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Svir River - Mandrogi

Relax on board as Volga Dream cruises along the Svir River through a region which has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Pass beautiful hamlets before reaching Lake Ladoga where you'll step ashore for a visit to the quaint village of Madrogi. Experience daily life in this small settlement. Today, you can also enjoy a barbecue on the Sun Deck. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - St Petersburg

Cruise the Neva River into St Petersburg and disembark the ship. Join a guided city tour with highlights including Peter and Paul Cathedral, a walking tour of Split Island, and photo stops at St Issac Cathedral and the Spilled Blood Church. After lunch, head to the famous Hermitage Museum which houses one of the world's most important collections of European art. Later, check-in to the Kempinki Moika 22 hotel for a 3-night stay. (B,L)

Day 11 - St Petersburg

Discover the spectacular Peterhof Palace and its cascading fountains, often referred to as the Versailles of Russia, before continuing to Bath College and enjoying a stroll in the beautiful Lower Park, with its spectacular fountains, palaces and gilded statues. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 12 - St Petersburg

Today you'll visit Catherine the Great's Palace with its impressive Amber Room, housing six tonnes of amber framed in gold leaf. After being destroyed by the Nazis in 1941, the room was rebuilt to commemorate St Petersburg's 300th birthday. Enjoy lunch at Podvorie, a restaurant inside a traditional log house, before continuing to the Faberge Museum which contains the world's largest collection of Carl Faberge's work, including nine special Easter eggs, commissioned by the Russian royal family. (B,L)

Day 13 - St Petersburg - UK

Check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 6-night full board cruise in an outside cabin on Volga Dream
  • 3-night stay at the Marriott Aurora hotel in Moscow with meals as specified in itinerary
  • 3-night stay at the Kempinski Moika 22 hotel in St Petersburg with meals as specified in itinerary
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Guided shore excursions in small groups (maximum of 25 guests), accompanied by an English speaking guide
  • Bottled water in your cabin, replenished daily
  • Entertainment and educational programme on board
  • Port charges

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Russian Visa

Special Features

  • Special Experiences:
  • Traditional Bread, Salt and Vodka Welcome Ceremony
  • Screening of a film on the construction of the Moscow Canal
  • Tea Reception and Russian Cooking Class
  • Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting
  • Piano Concert
  • Barbeque on the Sun Deck
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 31st - St Petersburg to Moscow - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3445
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3445 Blue Water Price from: £3945 Blue Water Price from: £4245 Blue Water Price from: £6345
  • June
    • Jun 20th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3445
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3445 Blue Water Price from: £3945 Blue Water Price from: £4245 Blue Water Price from: £6345
    • Jun 26th - St Petersburg to Moscow - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3445
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3445 Blue Water Price from: £3945 Blue Water Price from: £4245 Blue Water Price from: £6345
  • July
    • Jul 4th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3495
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3495 Blue Water Price from: £3995 Blue Water Price from: £4295 Blue Water Price from: £6395
    • Jul 16th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3295
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3495 Brochure Price from: £3995 Brochure Price from: £4295 Brochure Price from: £6395
      Blue Water Price from: £3295 Blue Water Price from: £3795 Blue Water Price from: £4095 Blue Water Price from: £6195
    • Jul 28th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3295
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3495 Brochure Price from: £3995 Brochure Price from: £4295 Brochure Price from: £6395
      Blue Water Price from: £3295 Blue Water Price from: £3795 Blue Water Price from: £4095 Blue Water Price from: £6195
  • August
    • Aug 9th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3495
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3495 Blue Water Price from: £3995 Blue Water Price from: £4295 Blue Water Price from: £6395
    • Aug 15th - St Petersburg to Moscow - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3495
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3495 Blue Water Price from: £3995 Blue Water Price from: £4295 Blue Water Price from: £6395
    • Aug 22nd - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3295
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3495 Brochure Price from: £3995 Brochure Price from: £4295 Brochure Price from: £6395
      Blue Water Price from: £3295 Blue Water Price from: £3795 Blue Water Price from: £4095 Blue Water Price from: £6195
    • Aug 29th - St Petersburg to Moscow - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3295
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3495 Brochure Price from: £3995 Brochure Price from: £4295 Brochure Price from: £6395
      Blue Water Price from: £3295 Blue Water Price from: £3795 Blue Water Price from: £4095 Blue Water Price from: £6195
  • September
    • Sep 5th - Moscow to St Petersburg - Sailing on: Volga Dream From: £3495
      Standard Cabin Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3495 Blue Water Price from: £3995 Blue Water Price from: £4295 Blue Water Price from: £6395

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