Trip Overview

Volga Dream Platinum Moscow - St. Petersburg

Tour rating: 5 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews
Cruise to Russia

Set off on an amazing journey on Volga River aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream ship. Travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg and discover the authentic Russian culture. Be amazed by all both capitals have to offer while exploring their highlights top to bottom and enjoy the superb accommodation and service throughout the way.

Volga Dream Platinum Moscow - St. Petersburg

13 days3 cities
Russia1 country
Cruise to Russia
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$6,045
Tour rating: 5 / 5, Based on 57 Reviews

Set off on an amazing journey on Volga River aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream ship. Travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg and discover the authentic Russian culture. Be amazed by all both capitals have to offer while exploring their highlights top to bottom and enjoy the superb accommodation and service throughout the way.

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Moscow

first destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the brilliant capital of Russia - Moscow! Your driver meets you at the airport holding a Volga Dream sign and takes you to your 5-star hotel located in the very heart of Moscow.

After check-in, you can meet your guide and fellow travelers during a welcome reception in the hotel lobby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rest of the evening is free, so you can either explore the fantastic center of Moscow on your own or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Exploring Moscow Highlights & Tour of the Novodevichiy Cemetery
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you enjoy an orientation city tour of Moscow and see the city's rich variety of building styles including classic, modern, empire, eclecticism and Stalin‘s towering skyscrapers.

After lunch in the restaurant located on the top floor of one of Moscow's skyscrapers, you visit the famous the Novodevichy Cemetery which holds the tombs of Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 3
Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & Moscow City Tour
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go inside the Kremlin walls to visit its famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you proceed to Moscow's famous Red Square to see its well-recognized landmarks. Enter the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral and visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store. Then enjoy a walk through the beautiful Zaryadye Park, located nearby. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 4
Visit to the Leo Tolstoy House-Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery & Moscow Subway Ride
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel. The first place on your tour agenda today is a visit to the Leo Tolstoy House-Museum. You visit the small and cozy former home-estate once owned by Russia's famous author, Leo Tolstoy, where he lived with his family for almost 20 years.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you enjoy a guided tour to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend several amazing hours viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.

Then you explore one of the most interesting city sites that are located deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid Soviet decoration of its stations.

After the tour, you are transferred to the river port to board your luxurious MS Volga Dream and receive a warm welcome with a traditional Bread, Salt & Vodka Ceremony. In the evening you are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception and dinner on board.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow
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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.

Welcome to Moscow

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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Moscow
Uglich

It's time to start your Volga River cruise adventure! Embark your ship and enjoy witnessing all the stunning Russian cities that are scattered along the river between the Capitals, starting with Uglich. 

Uglich

second destination
5 days cruising
Detailed itinerary
6 nights on board the ship
Day 5
Uglich Sightseeing Tour
City tour
City tour

After a full day of cruising along the picturesque sceneries of the Russian countryside, you arrive in the small Russian Golden Ring town of Uglich, where a historically significant political turmoil known as the Times of Trouble started.

During your city tour you visit the famous Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible's son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591, 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.

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Day 6
Yaroslavl City Tour
City tour
City tour

Today you explore one of the oldest Russian cities and the gem of the Volga River - Yaroslavl.

During your guided city tour you explore the Spassky Monastery where you see the icon Transfiguration of the Savior, visit the wonderful Church of Elijah the Prophet with incredible mosaic decoration, and participate in a costumed reception at the governor's house.

Then you return on board your cruise ship and enjoy the barbeque organized on the Open Deck.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Day 7
Visiting the Ferapontov Monastery at Goritsy
City tour
City tour

This day is dedicated to the exploration of Goritsy - a tiny picturesque settlement near White Lake. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Ferapontov Monastery*, a noted UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia‘s most renowned icon painters. He painted the temple ceiling about 10 years before Michelangelo even started on the Sistine Chapel!

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

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Note: in the 2020 tour itinerary, the touring program includes the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery instead of the Ferapontov Monastery.

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Day 8
Tour of Kizhi Island
City tour
City tour

Today you arrive in the stunning Kareliya region, noted for its vast wilderness and beautiful nature. Here you see a real miracle of wooden architecture - the fantastic Kizhi Island. During your walking tour you see its famous Pogost including the 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.

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Day 9
Svirstroy Tour
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

Today you explore Svirstroy - a small charming village located on the 139-mile-long Svir River. Here you invited to a local home where welcoming Svirstroy villagers offer tea with jam and pirozhki (local pies). You get to learn about Russian traditions and lifestyle and see the attractions of Svirstroy.

After tea hop on a bus for a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of the WWII followed by a visit to a local primary school.

You then return to your ship and have a farewell dinner in the evening.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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Comfortable Cruise Vessel
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Welcome to Uglich

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.

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Uglich
Saint Petersburg

Make your way towards Saint Petersburg, stopping to explore the charming historic Russian cities.

Saint Petersburg

third destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 10
St. Petersburg City Tour, Canal Boat Ride & Yusupov Palace
City tour
City tour
Boat ride
Boat ride
Museum
Museum

After breakfast, you arrive in the Northern capital of Russia and disembark your cruise ship. Your guide meets you at the pier and takes you on a sightseeing tour around the most famous St. Petersburg attractions.

During the tour you drive along the bustling Nevsky Prospect abundant in fine shops, cafes and museums, take a walk through the Split of Basil Island, have a photo stop near the gorgeous Church on Spilled Blood, enter the St. Isaac's Cathedral, and see the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. After lunch* in a local restaurant you enjoy a magnificent boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

Next on your list is the dazzling Yusupov's Palace, home to St. Petersburg once most wealthy aristocrats. In the basement of the house listen to the story about the enigmatic monk Grigory Rasputin who was assassinated here by Prince Felix Yusupov.

After the tour you are transferred to your luxurious 5-star hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Note: in the 2020 tour itinerary, during lunch you will enjoy the Red Army Choir Performance.

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Day 11
Visit of the Hermitage & Trip to Peterhof
Museum
Museum
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to one of the best and largest art museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum, before hours to avoid large crowds. The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of the exhibits in the Hermitage, it would have taken you three years to see the entire exhibition. But don't worry - you have an experienced guide, who will show you the best rooms and halls of the exhibit within several hours. You also get to explore the Gold Room of the Hermitage, displaying the fine collection of gold Scythian artwork and elaborate imperial gifts.

After lunch in a city restaurant you travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof. During the tour you take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. After the tour you return* to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Note: in the 2020 tour itinerary, in Peterhof you visit the park and one of the small cottages, plus the return to St. Petersburg from Peterhof by hydrofoil is included.

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Day 12
Faberge Museum & Tour of the Catherine's Palace
Museum
Museum
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and visit to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - Faberge Museum where you see the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

After lunch in the city you go on a trip to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room, one deemed as the "eighth wonder of the world". After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Day 13
Departure from St. Petersburg
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise. After breakfast, you check-out from your hotel and meet your private driver who takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you've enjoyed both magnificent Russian capitals and small cities lying in between and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips.

Breakfast is included.

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5-star hotel
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Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

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.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels in Moscow (Marriott Aurora or Ararat Park Hyatt) and St. Petersburg (Grand Hotel Europe or Kempinski Moika);
  • 6 nights on board the luxurious MS Volga Dream;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • 3 gourmet lunches at high-quality restaurants in Moscow; 
  • 3 gourmet lunches at high-quality restaurants 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. 16 people, including special extras like tours to the Faberge Museum;
  • 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;
  • 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).

*Note: a complimentary Russian visa invitation is included for the 2020 departures.
**Note: The Moscow hotels for the 2020 departures are St. Regis Nikolskaya or Ararat Park Hyatt, and Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg.

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

  • Moscow city tour, visiting the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber
  • Guided visit to Tretyakov Gallery
  • Guided tours of Uglich, Yaroslavl, and Goritsy
  • Exploring Kizhi Island - the miracle of wooden architecture
  • St. Petersburg city tour & visit to the Faberge museum
  • Tour of the Catherine's Palace, trip to Peterhof & Yusupov Palace
  • Guided tour of Hermitage
  • St. Petersburg canal boat ride

What To Know

  • 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
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers
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