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  • Jun 02, 2018 - Jun 12, 2018

TOUR RATES FROM: $7,999

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Waterways of the Tsars

Russia, with its fascinating history, vibrant culture, and idyllic landscapes, has captivated travelers’ imaginations for generations. This vast nation is also home to some of some of the world’s greatest art and architecture, from Moscow’s colorful onion domes to St. Petersburg’s stunning palaces. Please join the National Trust next summer to explore these cosmopolitan cities and cruise into the heartland of Russia, stepping ashore to see Golden Ring towns few Americans have visited.

Study Leaders
Traveling with us will be Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Elihu Rubin Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

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M.S. VOLGA DREAM

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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Itinerary

SATURDAY, JUNE 2: U.S. DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight from the U.S. to Moscow.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3: MOSCOW, RUSSIA / EMBARK VOLGA DREAM
Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the river port north of the city to board the awaiting Volga Dream. D

MONDAY, JUNE 4: UGLICH
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to Uglich, whose medieval buildings rise above a sharp bend in the river. At the five-domed Church of the Transfiguration, an a cappella concert creates a starkly beautiful contrast with the glittering iconostasis surrounding the singers. Learn about the important role Uglich played in the rise of the Romanov Dynasty at the Chapel of Dimitry, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s youngest son met his death.Tonight, join the captain for a welcome reception and dinner. B,L,R,D

TUESDAY, JUNE 5: YAROSLAVL
The oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl was unharmed during World War II, and many religious buildings dating from the 13th to 17th centuries remain intact. In the Spassky Monastery, see the Transfiguration Cathedral, adorned with murals depicting the apocalyptic visions of St. John; then view the richly frescoed Church of Elijah the Prophet. Enjoy a stroll in the lively market before returning to Volga Dream for lunch. As you cruise this afternoon, a Russian language class will be offered. B,L,D

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: GORITSY
Visit the UNESCO-listed Ferapontov Monastery, whose frescoes are considered among the finest examples of medieval Russian art. Enjoy free time in this peaceful village, or tour the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, once one of the most important in Russia. Cross Lake Beloye—formerly known as “the tsar’s fishing grounds”—en route to Lake Onega, the second-largest lake in Europe.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7: KIZHY
This morning learn to make traditional crepes and dumplings (blini and pelmeni) at an onboard cooking class. In the afternoon, step ashore on the tiny island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Lake Onega. See the open-air Museum of Architecture, including its fairy-tale Church of the Transfiguration. B,L,D

FRIDAY, JUNE 8: SVIR RIVER CRUISE / SVIRSTROY
Be on deck as Volga Dream cruises the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga, passing graceful willow, alder, and pine trees along the shore.Call at the village of Svirstroy where we will be welcomed at a local resident’s home for tea with jam and pirozhki (local pies). Learn about Russian tradition and village lifestyle from our hosts before visiting the nearby town. B,L,D

SATURDAY, JUNE 9: ST. PETERSBURG
Stay three nights in this imperial capital, moored on the Neva River aboard Volga Dream. View the Hermitage’s unparalleled French Impressionist collection, then travel by hydrofoil to Peterhof. Peter the Great’s magnificent complex of palaces and gardens has been renovated to its former Baroque splendor after near-destruction during World War II. Try to outwit the “trick” fountains Peter installed in the lower gardens, and enter Monplaisir Palace to see where Catherine the Great took her baths. B,L,D

SUNDAY, JUNE 10: ST. PETERSBURG
Travel to Tsarkoe Selo (the “tsar’s village”) to visit sumptuous Catherine Palace. See the Amber Room, exquisitely recreated after World War II, and stroll in the formal gardens. Enjoy lunch and a leisurely afternoon aboard Volga Dream. Return to the Hermitage this evening for an exclusive after-hours visit highlighted by a champagne reception and classical music performed by a chamber group. B,L,R,D

MONDAY, JUNE 11: ST. PETERSBURG
On a city tour, marvel at the dazzling, five-domed Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded in 1881. Admire the city’s pastel palaces on a canal cruise and enjoy panoramic views from the Peter and Paul Fortress, final resting place of various Romanovs. Following lunch, you may choose a guided tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral or the Fabergé Museum. Celebrate your Russian voyage with a memorable farewell dinner on board. B,L,D

TUESDAY, JUNE 12: ST. PETERSBURG / U.S. RETURN
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your flights home. B

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Pre or Post Tours

OPTIONAL PRELUDE IN MOSOW MAY 30–JUNE 3, 2017
Spend three nights in Moscow to enter the Kremlin when it is closed to the public, and see the stellar collections of the Pushkin Museum and Tretyakov galleries. Visit backstage at the legendary Bolshoi Theater and attend a performance (pending confirmation). Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of iconic Red Square and in Gorky Park, discover the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Another highlight will be a tour of the beautiful stations of the Moscow Metro, “The People’s Palaces.” Accommodations are at the Four Seasons in the city center.

PRELUDE RATE: $2,799,

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $599

Includes three nights at the Four Seasons; breakfast daily; three lunches and two dinners. Sightseeing as noted.

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