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zSplendid Waterways of the Czars

12 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

  • City-center hotels for 5 nights in St. Petersburg and Moscow promise more time for sightseeing and less time traveling to and from the river ports!
  • Our highly educated, resident guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg will enrich your travels with their vast knowledge and insider’s cultural perspective.
  • Daily shore excursions are enhanced by our special cultural experiences in Yaroslavl and Mandrogi.
  • Explore the Kremlin Armory Museum, Hermitage, Peterhof Gardens and the dazzling Catherine Palace.

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Welcome to St. Petersburg c

Check in to the Corinthia Nevsky Hotel in the heart of town. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a convivial dinner. Meals D


Discover the City of Peter the Great

Join your St. Petersburg guide, an in-the-know native, for this morning’s tour, starting along the Nevsky Prospect. See St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of Spilled the Blood and tour the magnificent Hermitage Museum. Return to your hotel or explore more of the Hermitage at your own pace. Meals B


The exuberant fountains of Peterhof

This morning, we take you to the magnificent summer estate of Peter the Great. Stroll its lovely landscaped gardens and marvel at the incredible display of its Grand Cascades. Return to the city and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Meals B


From an Empress’ palace to your luxury ship

Visit the resplendent Catherine Palace for a look into the opulent life of Peter the Great’s wife Catherine I and their daughter Empress Elizabeth. Then step aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream and settle-in to your outside stateroom. Every evening onboard, you’ll enjoy fine Continental cuisine and complimentary wines in the ship’s elegant, single-seating dining room. Meals B,D


Ashore in Mandrogi

Cruise the scenic Svir River to Mandrogi, a village that has been painstakingly reconstructed to showcase the traditions and cultural heritage of Russia’s past. Visit the old wooden homes and see skilled artisans at work. Meals B,L,D


Kizhi Island and the Open Air Museum

Sail across Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and step ashore on Kizhi Island c to visit the renowned Open Air Museum of Architecture. See stellar examples of traditional Russian wooden structures including windmills, houses and the 300-year-old Church of the Transfiguration, an onion-domed fantasy with 22 cupolas hand-built with chisels, axes and not a single nail. Meals B,L,D


Ashore in Goritzy

Alight in Goritzy and tour the historic Kiril-Belosersky Men’s Monastery and the 13th-century Cathedral of the Assumption, famed for its outstanding and splendidly preserved frescoes. Meals B,L,D


Picturesque Yaroslavl c... The oldest city on the Volga

Step ashore to admire the celebrated murals of the historic Spassky Monastery and visit the 17th-century Church of Elijah the Prophet, graced with frescoes. A special reception at the Governor’s House reveals the colorful traditions of the Russian heartland. Meals B,L,D


The fabled Golden Ring town of Uglich

Your walking tour in the Golden Ring town of Uglich includes the famed Tsarevitch Church that was built to honor the memory of Ivan the Terrible’s son - who died mysteriously on this site. Meals B,L,D


Welcome to Moscow

Disembark the Volga Dream this morning and set out on a sightseeing tour of the city. Stand in Red Square c, gaze upon the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, admire the graceful golden spires of Novodevichy Convent c, and ride the famous Moscow Metro. In the afternoon, check in to the landmark Hilton Leningradskaya Hotel. Meals B


Into the Kremlin

Enter within its massive walls for a guided tour of the Kremlin grounds c. At the Armory Museum, you’ll be dazzled by an extensive collection of Imperial treasures including bejeweled Fabergé eggs. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Meals B,D


Farewell Moscow

Your tour finishes this morning. Meals B


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