Waterways of the Tsars – Moscow to St. Petersburg Aboard Volga Dream

Waterways of the Tsars – Moscow to St. Petersburg Aboard Volga Dream



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 5, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019



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 June 15–18, 2019





  • day 1

    Wednesday, June 5 DEPARTURE

    Depart on an overnight flight to Moscow.

  • day 2

    Thursday, June 6 MOSCOW, RUSSIA

    Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the Four Seasons Moscow for check-­in. Enjoy 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. R,D

  • day 3

    Friday, June 7 MOSCOW

    Following a morning lecture, visit the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, housing a remarkable collection of French Impressionist and Old Master paintings. After lunch, discover the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre during a guided tour and meet with a dancer from this prestigious company. This evening return to the historic Bolshoi for a performance (pending schedule). B,L

  • day 4

    Saturday, June 8 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. The balance of the day is at leisure. B,L

  • day 5


    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. Lunch is at the colorful Artist Gallery, a restaurant inside the Tsereteli Art Gallery. Conclude with a tour of the ornate stations of the Moscow Metro, “The People’s Palaces.” Travel north of the city to the river port, where we board Volga Dream. B,L,D

  • day 6

    Monday, June 10 UGLICH

    Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to Uglich, whose medieval buildings loom 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

  • day 7

    Tuesday, June 11 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. Stroll in the lively market before joining the Volga Dream for lunch. As we cruise this afternoon, a Russian language class will be offered. B,L,D

  • day 8

    Wednesday, June 12 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 (“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. B,L,D


  • day 9

    Thursday, June 13 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

  • day 10


    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 into 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


  • day 11

    Saturday, June 15 ST. PETERSBURG / RETURN

    Disembark in St. Petersburg this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home. B

    Please note: All prices are estimated based on preliminary quotes provided by hotel and service providers, prevailing fuel prices, airfares and currency exchange rates in effect as of the date of this proposal and are subject to change.

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