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Visions of Russia by Small Ship

14 days

Moscow + St. Petersburg + The Volga

Our Distinctive A+R Style

  • You’ll love the attentive, personalized touch of traveling with our engaging Russian Trip Leader who is with you from start to finish.
  • Special A+R experiences include a concert in Moscow and exclusive early entries for uncrowded tours of the Hermitage and Peterhof.
  • Our in-depth exploration of Moscow includes the Armory and Diamond Fund within the Kremlin and an underground Cold War bunker.
  • With local insight and knowledge, our Trip Leader is there to enhance your cruise shore excursions, including Russia’s ancient Golden Ring towns.
  • Our 5-day St. Petersburg sojourn reveals more Tsarist treasures – from the Catherine Palace and The Peterhof to the priceless artifacts of the Hermitage’s Gold Room.
  • Fully Escorted with 7 nights luxury hotel + 6 nights cruise; 30 meals with wine at lunch and dinner; all sightseeing + shore excursions; all transfers; port charges; and all gratuities except Trip Leader
Visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites

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You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and chauffeured to the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow, our luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Settle in to your spacious Deluxe Room and take the rest of this afternoon to relax or explore at your own pace. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers and our engaging Russian Trip Leader for a welcome dinner with wine.  Meals D

A full day of sightseeing begins this morning in Red Square c. This vast cobblestone plaza is one of the grandest public spaces in the world – flanked by historic landmarks like the GUM Department Store with its ornate façade and the imposing red-brick Historical Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral, easily recognized by its brilliantly colored domes. Then admire the opulent Moscow Baroque style of Novodevichy Convent c and ascend the Sparrow Hills for panoramic views over the city. Then join residents aboard the Metro, exploring the grandeur of its most impressive stations – filled with chandeliers, art and architectural details. After lunch, you’ll tour the Tretyakov Gallery, regarded for its superb collection of Russian art. End your day with a private choral concert at the lovely St. Nicholas Church. Meals B+L


From the Kremlin + The Amory Museum to the Cold War

Ararat Park Hyatt - Moscow, Russia

This morning, we’ll take you inside the imposing fortress walls of the Kremlin c for a fascinating tour - enlivened by colorful recounting of Russia’s rich history. Among the beautiful Orthodox churches you’ll see on the Kremlin grounds is the 15th-century Assumption Cathedral, built during the reign of Grand Prince Ivan II. Your visit also includes the Armory Museum, famed for its priceless collection of Tsarist treasures - from Catherine the Great’s coronation gown and Ivan the Terrible’s carved ivory throne to lavishly gilded Imperial carriages. We’ll even take you inside the Diamond Fund to see its glittering collection of Russian state jewels.
After lunch, experience a bit of Cold War history when we take you 200 feet under the streets of Moscow to explore a formerly top-secret Soviet installation. In the event of a nuclear war, this sprawling 75,000-square-foot facility would have served as the command post for military and government operations.  Meals B+L


Morning at Leisure + Embarkation

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a free morning. Red Square and some of the city’s liveliest streets and most popular shopping areas are just a 5-minute walk away, making it easy to explore and shop at your own pace. Later this afternoon, we’ll take you to the cruise port to embark your Volga River cruise. Accompanied by our attentive Trip Leader for the entire voyage, your experiences onboard and ashore will be particularly rewarding and carefree. Settle in to your outside stateroom aboard the Volga Dream and then gather with your fellow passengers for the Captain’s Welcome Reception. An elegant dinner in the dining room is accompanied by complimentary house wines, beer and soft drinks.  Meals B+D


Ashore in Uglich

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Delight in the pastoral landscapes of the Russian countryside as we journey north along the Volga River. In the afternoon, you’ll step off to explore Uglich, one of the historic towns that comprise the Golden Ring. Founded by merchants nearly 1,000 years ago, Uglich is home to some of Russia’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals. A highlight of your walking tour will be the magnificent five-domed Church of Dmitri on the Blood, built within the Uglich Kremlin on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s young son was assassinated in 1591. Before returning to ship, you’ll enjoy a choral concert in the Church of St. John the Baptist, where fine acoustics and lovely 18th-century frescoes enhance this special experience.

Highlighting your shipboard experience today will be a traditional Russian Tea Service and a culinary class where you’ll learn to make traditional Russian favorites. Meals B+L+D


Ancient Yaroslavl

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Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, this Golden Ring town is one of Russia’s oldest cities and rich with important landmarks. Delve into the rich history of Yaroslavl c as you visit these sites including the Transfiguration Monastery, austere yet elegant in style, and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, renowned for its graceful proportions and magnificent interior mosaics. A reception at the Yaroslavl Art Museum, set in the handsome 19th-century Governor’s House, highlights our time ashore. Back onboard, an al fresco dinner on the Sun Deck is accompanied by free-flowing house wine and enchanting views of the passing scenery.  Meals B+L+D


Across White Lake to Goritsy

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The tranquil waters of White Lake were once the exclusive fishing grounds of Russian Tsars. Here in the pastoral countryside that surrounds these storied lake shores, A+R guests will enjoy a special guided excursion to the Ferapontov Monastery c. Founded in 1398 as a single small monastery, it grew into a remarkable ensemble - now regarded as the most complete example of a medieval Russian Orthodox monastic complex. There are six surviving buildings and inside the Cathedral of the Nativity, erected in 1490, you’ll behold the magnificent frescoes of Dionisy the Wise; these are the only paintings of this great Russian master which have been entirely preserved to this day in their original form. Back onboard, your voyage continues toward the majestic Lake Onega.  Meals B+L+D


The Open Air Museum of Architecture

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Fed by 58 rivers and home to more than 1,000 islands, Lake Onega is Europe’s second largest lake – surrounded by the forested wilderness of Karelia, a region that covers much of northwest Russia all the way to the Arctic Circle. Here in this vast tranquil lake, you’ll go ashore on Kizhi Island c to explore its Open Air Museum. Bearing witness to the highly-developed skills of Russian carpenters over the centuries, you’ll discover a fine ensemble of wooden buildings. Chief among these is the 300-year-old Church of the Transfiguration, an onion-domed fantasy hand-built with chisels and axes – and not a single nail. Built in 1764 with towering walls and 22 domes, the wooden Church of the Intercession is equally impressive! Back onboard, delight in a piano concert featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.  Meals B+L+D


Just a hundred miles from St. Petersburg, the small riverside village of Svirstroy is home to just 1,000 residents. Stepping ashore here today, we’ve arranged for you to spend time with its residents – visiting their homes, sitting down to tea with fresh-baked pastries, and learning about their daily lives and traditions. Meeting local school children and visiting a World War II monument complete this enriching day of cultural and historical immersion.  Back onboard, the Volga Dream will chart a course along the Neva River toward St. Petersburg.  Meals B+L+D


After a final breakfast onboard, step off with our A+R Trip Leader for an in-depth introductory tour of St. Petersburg c. Begin at St. Isaac’s Cathedral where you’ll be awed by its massive granite columns, monumental gold dome and opulent interior. Then tour the Peter and Paul Fortress, commissioned by Peter the Great in 1703 to defend his new city. At the Yusupov Palace, you’ll hear about one of Russia’s most notorious historic events – the murder of Gregory Rasputin that took place here on December 16, 1916. Then continue along the Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s most elegant boulevard, and check in to the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe where Deluxe Rooms have been reserved for A+R guests.  Meals B

With our privileged early-opening access, you’ll enter the lavish halls of the Winter Palace c before other visitors for an expertly-guided tour of the Hermitage’s greatest masterpieces. See works by Titian, da Vinci and Rembrandt, and admire the museum’s exceptional collection of Impressionist art on display in the beautifully restored General Staff Building. By special advance arrangement, you’ll also visit the Gold Room, a gallery filled with treasures and antiquities including a priceless collection of Scythian gold. After lunch, step aboard our privately chartered sightseeing boat for a guided canal cruise – a fun and enriching way to see and learn more about the city’s grand architecture. This evening, our in-the-know Trip Leader can offer personalized dining recommendations and assistance with transportation and reservations.  Meals B+L

This morning, you’ll travel to Tsarskoye Selo for a guided tour through the resplendent Catherine Palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Designed by the celebrated Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace, this Baroque gem was nearly destroyed during World War II. But it has since been meticulously restored to its original grandeur and today its spectacular interior spaces - like the Grand Ballroom and fabled Amber Room - offer a wondrous look into the opulent life of the Russian Imperial family. We’ve also made special arrangements for you to visit the amber studio where skilled artisans turn this 40-million-year-old stone into stunning works of art. For lunch, you’ll enjoy the fine Russian cuisine of Admiralteystvo (The Admiralty), a charming cozy restaurant in a park near the Catherine Palace. Back in St. Petersburg, the evening is free to dine and enjoy as you wish. Our Trip Leader can assist if you wish to attend a cultural performance.  Meals B+L

Our special early-opening entry at The Peterhof c promises an enthralling uncrowded tour of Peter the Great’s summer retreat. Built in 1710 along the Gulf of Finland, this magnificent estate includes several palaces, lavishly landscaped grounds and gilded statuary. The Grand Palace itself is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens that overlook the Grand Cascades, a dazzling cascade of fountains and statuary.
Back in the city, you’ll tour the acclaimed Fabergé Museum. Here in the Shuvalov Palace, you’ll be captivated by the celebrated collection of Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg. This is the world’s largest collection of works by the master Russian jeweler and craftsmen and includes the priceless Imperial Easter eggs that Fabergé created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. Tonight, raise a toast to your fellow travelers as you enjoy the fine-dining Russian cuisine of the elegant Tsar Restaurant.  Meals B+D


Depart St. Petersburg

You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your onward journey. Or, we can take you to the rail station to board the high-speed Allegro Train to Helsinki where we include transfers, deluxe hotel accommodations and privately guided sightseeing.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Visit Helsinki After Your Tour

3-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,399

With its blend of historic landmarks and modern cosmopolitan appeal, the Finnish capital makes for a delightful extension to your travels in Russia. We include all transportation, 2 nights at our luxury boutique hotel, private sightseeing, and all gratuities except for your guide.

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From St. Petersburg to Helsinki

After your travels with us through Russia, we’ll take you to the rail station for your included journey aboard the high-speed Allegro Train. Sit back in Business Class comfort as you make the journey to Helsinki where you’ll be met and chauffeured to the Hotel Lilla Roberts, a contemporary boutique hotel set in a 1908 landmark in the heart of the capital. A+R Guests enjoy spacious Style Guestrooms that offer more than 320 square feet of space including a sitting area with sofa, armchair and plush area rug.


Discover the White City of the North

Join your private guide this morning for a walking tour of Helsinki, beginning with the handsome neoclassical landmarks that grace Senate Square. The four most important structures here were designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in the middle of the 19th century and include the Government Palace and the National Library of Finland. With its impressive green dome, the Helsinki Cathedral is visible from many areas of the capital and is perhaps the Square’s most iconic landmark.
This morning, you’ll also join Helsinki natives in the bustling shops and markets of the city. With our resident expert guiding the way, you’ll experience a genuine slice of city life and culture as you sample local artisan foods, traditional favorites, and the fresh farm-to-city cheeses at Flying Cow, one of the most popular shops in the historic Market Hall. For lunch, we’ll take you to Savotta – known for its authentic regional dishes, all prepared with fresh Finnish-sourced ingredients, and a unique ambience that evokes the forests, lakes and logging traditions of the country.  After lunch, the balance of the day is free to enjoy as you wish. To make it easy, we’ve included a transport pass for complimentary use of the city’s tram, bus and metro network! Meals B+L



After breakfast, your private car and driver will take you to the airport or rail station for your onward journey.  Meals B


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