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Waterways of Russia

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  • Aug 26, 2018 - Sep 05, 2018


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Waterways of Russia

Experience the timeless pageantry and traditional folkways along the scenic rivers, lakes and canals that link Russia’s grand cultural capitals. Cruise for six nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, 90-passenger m.s. Volga Dream during this carefully crafted itinerary. Enjoy three nights in the Five‑Star Kempinski Moika 22 in St. Petersburg, featuring an early entrance guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum and a visit to Shuvalov Palace to see the world’s largest privately owned collection of Imperial Fabergé eggs. Explore Russia’s old‑world heartland from 10th‑century Uglich and medieval Yaroslavl to the 14th‑century Kirillo‑Belozersky monastery near Goritsy and the legendary 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.

Study Leader

Grace Gary,
an architectural historian with degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the University of Virginia, is a veteran leader of more than 30 Trust tours.  Most recently she served as the executive director of Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, DE, where she oversaw an award-winning, multi-year, $70 million restoration of building and gardens. She and fellow National Trust lecturer Dwight Young are the authors of Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s House. Grace also is the author of two volumes in the Trust’s “Information” series and has also served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Preservation PA, and Longue Vue House and Gardens. She was the first director of Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Center. Grace has led more than forty tours over thirty years to countries on four continents.

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The finest riverboat in Russia is celebrated for her elegant appointments, meticulous design, and impeccable service. All 56 staterooms have a river view, marble-accented private bathroom, air-conditioning, telephone, flat-screen satellite television, safe and plush robes. Continental cuisine is served along with Russian specialties, and complimentary wine is offered at meals. The inviting lounge, decorated with paintings by young Russian artists, has panoramic windows and features live music and Wi-Fi; the library has Internet access. The full-length Sun Deck with teak planking and deck chairs recreates the ambiance of an ocean-going yacht and is a lovely setting for al fresco dining. Other amenities include a fitness room, hair salon, massage room and sauna. A doctor accompanies each cruise.


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1 Depart from the U.S.

2 St. Petersburg, Russia

3 St. Petersburg

4 St. Petersburg

5 St. Petersburg/Embark m.s. Volga Dream/Neva River/Lake Ladoga

6 Svir River/Svirstroy

7 Kizhi Island/Lake Onega

8 Lake Beloye/Goritsy/Sheksna River

9 Lake Rybinskoye/Yaroslavl

10 Uglich/Volga River

11 Moscow/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.

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Moscow Post-Program Option

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