Itinerary + Map

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to your deluxe hotel located in the historic city centre. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing after the flight or explore St. Petersburg 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:
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe or Hotel Kempinski Moika 22

This morning tour 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 and enter Peter & Paul Fortress, the family shrine of the Romanovs. Afterwards return to St. Petersburg and spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own.
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!
(B, L)

Start the day with the famed Hermitage 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 visit the meticulously restored Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate, often cited as the "Versailles of Russia". Visit the Bathhouse and stroll in the vast Lower Park with its 176 fountains, 4 cascades, majestic palaces, and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. (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 will travel 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. After this tour you will be transferred 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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

Disembark at midday and begin the day with an orientation tour of Moscow before proceeding to the famous Novodevichy Cemetery, where well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. 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)
Stay at:
Marriott Royal Aurora or Ararat Park Hyatt

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)

This morning you will 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 Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings. Afterwards explore the famous Moscow Metro, renowned for its architectural splendour and ornately decorated stations. (B, L)

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
  • Cruise Director
  • Port Charges, Local Taxes & Fuel Surcharge
  • Daily Supply of Bottled Water
  • 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 St. Petersburg
  • 3 nights 5 star, centrally located, hotel in Moscow
  • 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 10 guests (wireless headsets)


City Tour

Peter & Paul’s Fortress entrance

St. Isaac’s Cathedral photo stop

Church on the Spilled Blood photo stop

State Hermitage Museum early entrance

Peacock Clock at the Hermitage

Peterhoff: Lower Park & Fountains

Return from Peterhoff by hydrofoil

Faberge Museum

Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin early entrance

Canal Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Family Visit

Yusupov Palace / Rasputin room

Russian Army Choir Performance


Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Goritzy

Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island

Spassky Monastery, Yaroslavl

Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, Uglich


City Tour

Red Square Walk

GUM Department Store

Kremlin and Armory Chamber

The State Tretyakov Gallery

Novodevichi Monestery (photo stop)

Metro Ride

Moscow Architecture Tour

Pushkin Museum (impressionists)

Russian Avant-garde Art Tour with curator

Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre* selected dates

Museum of Contemporary History* selected dates

*When the Bolshoi Theatre is closed (selected dates in July and August), tour to the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia will be arranged


29 Aug 2019MS Volga Dream
Sun Deck
Deluxe Junior Suite
402 - 404
Junior Suite
Deluxe Stateroom
406 - 409, 411, 412
Deluxe Single
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
Sold OutSold Out$7,875Sold OutSold Out$9,645
Promenade Deck
Owner's Suite
Junior Suite
Deluxe Stateroom
301 - 315, 317 - 324
Standard Single
325, 326
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$11,345Sold OutSold OutSold OutSold Out$8,745
Main Deck
Superior Cabin
201 - 210
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
Cabin Deck
Standard Cabin
101 - 108
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)

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