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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

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
Catherine Palace, St Petersburg

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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 Svirstroy where you will be welcomed into a local resident's home for tea with local delicacies, 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 Ararat Park Hyatt or St Regis 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 famous Novodevichy Cemetery, where you'll find the tombs of Russian authors and playwrights, a stop at the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Lubyanka Square. 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. Visit the magnificent Red Square, enjoy a photo stop at St Basil's Cathedral and take in the GUM Department Store. 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 Dmitri, 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. Take part in a Russian cooking class on board. (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 - Svirstroy

Today you are invited into a local resident‘s home. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and pirozhkie (local pies). They will regale you with tales of Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing you their homes and kitchen gardens. After tea, a bus will take you to the nearby town to see a local WWII monument and visit a local primary school. 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 Fortress, a walking tour of Split Island, and photo stops at St Isaac Cathedral and the Spilled Blood Church. Later, check in to the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe for a 3-night stay. (B)

Day 11 - St Petersburg

This morning head to the famous Hermitage Museum which houses one of the world's most important collections of European art. After lunch discover the spectacular Peterhof Palace and its cascading fountains, often referred to as the Versailles of Russia. Return to St Petersburg by hydrofoil and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L)

Day 12 - St Petersburg

This afternoon 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. (B)

Day 13 - St Petersburg - UK

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

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 Ararat Park Hyatt or St Regis hotel in Moscow with meals as specified in itinerary
  • 3-night stay at the Belmond Grand Hotel in St Petersburg with meals as specified in itinerary
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Lunch in one of the best restaurants in St Petersburg
  • 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

Additional Information

  • Upgrade to the Platinum Package and receive:
  • Five additional lunches in Moscow and St Petersburg
  • Visit to St Basil's Cathedral
  • Early entrance to the Hermitage and access to Gold Room closed to general public
  • Access to the world's largest collection of Faberge Eggs at the Faberge Museum, St. Petersburg
  • Guided shore excursions in small groups (maximum of 12-16 guests)
  • Please call us for more details.

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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