Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 St. Petersburg
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 Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

DAY 2 St. Petersburg
This morning tour St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into the vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-coloured palaces. Start with an orientation tour of the city seeing St Isaac’s Cathedral and Spilled Blood Church and visit Peter & Paul Fortress, the family shrine of the Romanovs. 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 aristocrats, and the location of Rasputin's final demise!
After a full day of touring, you will check-in at your hotel. BL
Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

DAY 3 St. Petersburg
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. BL
Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

DAY 4 St. Petersburg
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. BLD

DAY 5 Svirstroy
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. BLD

DAY 6 Kizhi
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. BLD

DAY 7 Goritzy
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. BLD

DAY 8 Yarslavl
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. BLD

DAY 9 Uglich
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. BLD

DAY 10 Moscow
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 Novodevichy Cemetery, where well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. BL
Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

DAY 11 Moscow
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. BL
Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

DAY 12 Moscow
This morning you will visit the small and cosy 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. BL
Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

DAY 13 Moscow
Your MS Volga Dream cruise tour concludes after breakfast with a departure transfer for your onward journey. B

  • Arrival Transfer – private car
  • 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
  • Private airport transfers
  • 7 day cruise in a river view cabin
  • 3 nights deluxe 5 star, centrally located, hotel in St. Petersburg
  • 3 nights deluxe 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 and local restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • 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

St. Petersburg

  • City Tour
  • Peter & Paul’s Fortress Tour
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral photo stop
  • Church on the Spilled Blood photo stop
  • State Hermitage Museum early entrance including the Gold Room
  • Peterhof: Lower Park and Small Cottage inclusive of Fountains (return from Peterhof by hydrofoil)
  • Faberge Museum
  • Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin
  • Canal boat ride
  • Yusupov Palace / Rasputin Room
  • Russian Army Choir Performance


  • Ferapontov 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 early entrance
  • The State Tretyakov Gallery
  • Novodevichy Cemetery visit
  • Metro introduction tour
  • Leo Tolstoy’s House Museum
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral



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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
Sun Deluxe Junior Suite Double 15.8 sqm Window YES
Junior Suite Double 13.1 sqm Window YES
Deluxe Stateroom Twin 11.7 sqm Window YES
Deluxe Single Single 7.5 sqm Window YES
Promenade Owner’s Suite Double 24.2 sqm Window YES
Junior Suite Double 14.7 sqm Window NO
Deluxe Stateroom Double 11.3 sqm Window YES
Standard Single Single 6.4 sqm Window NO
Main Superior Stateroom Twin 10.6 sqm Window YES
Cabin Standard Twin 9.4 sqm Porthole NO


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