Discover the timeless pageantry and traditional folkways of Russia along the scenic rivers, lakes and canals that link St. Petersburg with Moscow. Cruise for six nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, 90-passenger Volga Dream during this carefully crafted itinerary. Also, enjoy three nights in a Five‑Star hotel in St. Petersburg, featuring an early entrance guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, and visits to Catherine Palace in Pushkin and Petrodvorets. Spend one night in the Five‑Star Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel in Moscow. Explore the old-world heartland in 10th‑century Uglich and medieval Yaroslavl, the 14th‑century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery near Goritsy and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. Experience a traditional Russian tea ceremony in the home of a Svirstroy villager who will share more about the Russian way of life. This unique and popular program appeals to first-time visitors as well as those returning to see the astounding changes that have taken place in Russia’s two most important cities.
John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
1 Depart from the U.S.
2 St. Petersburg, Russia
3 St. Petersburg
4 St. Petersburg
5 St. Petersburg/Embark Volga Dream/Neva River
6 Lake Ladoga/Svirstroy/Svir River/Lake Onega
7 Kizhi Island/Lake Onega
8 Lake Beloye/Goritsy/Sheksna River
9 Lake Rybinskoye/Yaroslavl
10 Uglich/Volga River
11 Moscow/Disembark ship
12 Moscow/Return to the U.S.
Moscow Post-Program Option