Sailing the waterways of Russia was a royal tradition for her rulers, and the Romanovs’ imperial yacht, the Standart, was the envy of Europe when Nicholas II reigned. Please join us as we sail the mighty Volga River into the heartland of the country, stepping ashore in Golden Ring towns few Americans have visited.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jun 4, 2021 - Jun 14, 2021
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.
An optional postlude in St. Petersburg is offered from June 14 to 17, 2021.
- day 1
Friday, June 4 DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Moscow.
- day 2
Saturday, June 5 MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the Four Seasons Moscow for check-in. Take an afternoon walking tour of Red Square, home to Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb, and the famous GUM department store. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.
- day 3
Sunday, June 6 MOSCOW
Following a morning lecture, visit the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, housing a remarkable collection of French Impressionist and Old Master paintings. Alternatively, visit an open session of the Duma, or Russian Parliament (pending confirmation). Discover the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre during a guided tour and meet with a dancer from this prestigious company, or drive to Spaso House, the home of the U.S. Ambassador, for a special visit and cocktails (pending confirmation). The remainder of the day is at leisure.
- day 4
Monday, June 7 MOSCOW
Begin the day at the New Tretyakov Picture Gallery, with works by artists including Malevich, Kandinsky, and Chagall. Following lunch, visit the Old Tretyakov Gallery to view its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings. This evening, return to the historic Bolshoi for a performance (pending schedule).
- day 5
Tuesday, June 8 MOSCOW / EMBARK VOLGA DREAM
Enter the Kremlin before public hours for a private visit to the Armory Museum, with its collection of tsarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches, and gifts of state. Continue to the beautifully frescoed 15th-century Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals. Following lunch, tour the ornate stations of the Moscow Metro, “the People’s Palaces.” Travel north of the city to the river port to board Volga Dream.
- day 6
Wednesday, June 9 UGLICH
UGLICH Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to Uglich, whose medieval buildings loom above a sharp bend in the river. At the fivedomed Church of the Transfiguration, attend an a cappella
concert with the choir beautifully surrounded with glittering iconostasis. 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.
- day 7
Thursday, June 10 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. Take a stroll in the lively market before joining Volga Dream for lunch. As you cruise this afternoon, a Russian language class will be offered.
- day 8
Friday, June 11 GORITSY
Visit the UNESCO-listed Ferapontov Monastery, graced with frescoes that are considered among the finest examples of medieval Russian art. Enjoy some free time in this peaceful village, or tour the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (“the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake”), 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.
- day 9
Saturday, June 12 KIZHI
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 Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Lake Onega. See the open-air Museum of Architecture, including its fairy-tale Church of the Transfiguration.
- day 10
Sunday, June 13 SVIR RIVER CRUISE / SVIRSTROY
Be on deck as Volga Dream cruises the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest freshwater lake, passing graceful willow, alder, and pine trees along the shore. Call at the village of Svirstroy, where we will be welcomed to 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.
- day 11
Monday, June 14 ST. PETERSBURG / RETURN
Disembark in St. Petersburg this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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