Itinerary + Map

For the discerning traveller who prefers smaller group sizes, Platinum Class passengers stay in the finest, deluxe 5 star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg and undertake additional sightseeing tours in small groups (group size 12-16 passengers)


Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to your deluxe hotel located in the historic city centre close to the Bolshoi Theatre. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing after the flight or explore Moscow on your own. Please note that between 18.00-21.00hrs you have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader in the hotel lobby.
Stay at:
St. Regis or Ararat Park Hyatt Hotels

Begin the day with an orientation tour of Moscow. The city boasts unique diversity and variety in terms of building styles: classic, modern, empire and eclecticism amazingly sit alongside more monumental designs, such as Stalin’s towering skyscrapers from the mid 20th century.
Lunch is served in a restaurant on the top-floor of one of Moscow’s skyscrapers offering spectacular city views. After lunch, visit the famous Novodevichiy Cemetery, where well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. (B, L)

The morning consists of a stroll through the famous Moscow Kremlin with its beautiful cathedrals and unique museums. The Armory hosts an impressive collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armor and ancient weapons, royal carriages and sleighs.
After lunch, cross Red Square to visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store, and enter a masterpiece of medieval Moscow, St. Basil’s Cathedral. Then proceed with a leisurely walk through the newly designed park, Zaryadye, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin and Red Square. (B, L)

After check-out from your hotel visit the small and cozy former home-estate once owned by one of Russia’s literary greats, Leo Tolstoy. After lunch, the sightseeing continues to the renowned State Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th-century icons to 19th-century paintings. Afterwards enjoy a Moscow Metro tour before a transfer to the luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin your cruise along the Russian Waterways. Enjoy a Captain's welcome reception and dinner as you begin your cruise. (B, L, D)

Arrive this afternoon in Uglich, which dates back to the 10th century. A walking tour includes the Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, a 17th-century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year old son met his death. Lastly you will attend a concert of choral music at St. John‘s Church. (B, L, D)

This morning visit the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Saviour, adorned with murals depicting St. John's apocalyptic visions, and the richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet. Participate in a costumed reception at the Governor's House before reboarding the Volga Dream in time for lunch. (B, L, D)

Early this morning you cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “Czar’s fishing grounds”. Arrive in the peaceful village of Goritzy to tour the Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. Return to the ship for a late lunch. (B, L, D)

This afternoon explore the tiny, picturesque island of Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Lake Onega. The open-air Museum of Architecture includes the Church of the Transfiguration, a unique onion-domed masterpiece built without a single metal nail and resembling something out of a Russian fairy tale. (B, L, D)

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident‘s home. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and pirozhki‖ (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell you all about Russian traditions, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After the tea, you will depart on a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of the WWII and visit a local primary school. (B, L, D)

Disembark this morning in St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into the vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-coloured palaces. Continue with an orientation tour of the city with a photo stop at the Peter & Paul Fortress, the family shrine of the Romanovs. The tour continues to St. Isaac Cathedral, whose gilded dome dominates the city skyline.
During lunch enjoy a performance by the Red Army Choir! After lunch, embark on a canal cruise under the city's many historic bridges. The day finishes with a tour of Yusupov Palace, the former home to one of St. Petersburg wealthiest arisocrates, and the location of Rasputin's final demise!
After a full day of touring, you will check-in at your hotel. (B, L)
Stay at:
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Begin today at the famed Hermitage Museum, to avoid the crowds, special early access has been arranged before the offical opening hours. The Museum whose four hundred rooms contain spectacular examples of nearly all schools of Western art, including one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist works. After exploring the main galleries, proceed to the Gold Room, usually closed to general public, with a collection of gold Scythian artwork and elaborate imperial gifts.
Following lunch, tour the meticulously restored Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate, often cited as the "Versailles of Russia". Stroll in the vast Lower Park with its 176 fountains, 4 cascades, majestic palaces, and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. Afterwards return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil. (B, L)

This morning will start with a visit to the Fabergé Museum, founded by entrepreneur, Viktor Vekselberg. The museum was opened in December 2013 to display a glittering collection of Faberge eggs and objects d’art created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his staff.
After lunch you drive to Pushkin, the Czar’s Village, for a specially arranged visit to Catherine’s Palace. See the exquisitely restored Amber Room and stroll the formal gardens. (B)

Your MS Volga Dream cruise tour concludes after breakfast with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)

  • Arrival Transfer with English-speaking Guide
  • Departure Transfer
  • Welcome meeting
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • Daily Supply of Bottled Water
  • Free Tea & Coffee Station
  • On-board Lectures with Guest Speakers
  • Cultural Russian workshops
  • Daily Cabin Service
  • Luggage handling
  • 7 day cruise in a river view cabin
  • 3 nights 5 star, centrally located, hotel in Moscow
  • 3 nights 5 star, centrally located, hotel in St. Petersburg
  • Russian classical music concert, Russian cooking classes, Russian tea ceremony and Matryoshka painting classes
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 11 lunches – including on-deck BBQ
  • 6 dinners – including Russian dinner and vodka tasting
  • House wines and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner (cruise only)
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails
  • Daily small group sightseeing in groups of a maximum of 16 guests (wireless headsets)


City Tour

Red Square Walk

GUM Department Store

Kremlin and Armory Chamber early entrance

State Tretyakov Gallery

Novodevichy Cemetery Visit

Metro Introduction Tour

St. Basil’s Cathedral

Leo Tolstoy’s House Museum

Lunch in the Moscow City Skyscraper


Ferapontov Monastery, Goritzy

Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island

Spassky Monastery, Yaroslavl

Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, Uglich


City Tour

Peter & Paul’s Fortress photo stop

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Church on the Spilled Blood photo stop

State Hermitage Museum early entrance + Gold Room

Peacock Clock at the Hermitage

Peterhof: Lower Park & Small Cottage inclusive of fountains

Return from Peterhof by hydrofoil

Faberge Museum

Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin

Canal Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Family Visit

Yusupov Palace / Rasputin room

Russian Army Choir Performance


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Sun Deck
Deluxe Junior Suite
402 - 404
Junior Suite
Deluxe Stateroom
406 - 409, 411, 412
Deluxe Single
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Promenade Deck
Owner's Suite
Junior Suite
Deluxe Stateroom
301 - 315, 317 - 324
Standard Single
325, 326
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Main Deck
Superior Cabin
201 - 210
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Cabin Deck
Standard Cabin
101 - 108
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Single cabins are available on the Sun and Promenade decks. Any cabins can be reserved for single occupancy at 65% surcharge.
All cabins are subject to confirmation until deposit is paid.

Ship Information

Boat 1: MS Volga Dream

  • Launched: 2007
  • Length: 96m
  • Breadth: 14.5m
  • Speed: 25km/h
  • Passenger: 100
  • Cabins: 60
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun Deck with deck chairs
  • Fine restaurant with single seating dinning
  • Neva Lounge and Bar
  • Library
  • Tea and Coffee Station (24 hrs)
  • Reception
  • Boutique / Gift Shop
  • Hairdresser
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sauna & Massage
SunDeluxe Junior SuiteDouble15.8 sqmWindowYES
Junior SuiteDouble13.1 sqmWindowYES
Deluxe StateroomTwin11.7 sqmWindowYES
Deluxe SingleSingle7.5 sqmWindowYES
PromenadeOwner’s SuiteDouble24.2 sqmWindowYES
Junior SuiteDouble14.7 sqmWindowNO
Deluxe StateroomDouble11.3 sqmWindowYES
Standard SingleSingle6.4 sqmWindowNO
MainSuperior StateroomTwin10.6 sqmWindowYES
CabinStandardTwin9.4 sqmPortholeNO


  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Welcome Fruit Basket
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe