The Experience

This independent program includes both the Russian countryside and the treasures of Russia’s grandest cities. Board ‘Volga Dream’ for a cruise to waterside towns and villages, followed by St. Petersburg with its elaborate czarist-era buildings. Day 1: Moscow, Russia
Arrive by overnight flight in Moscow and transfer to your hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold) or InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya (Silver)
Day 2: Moscow | Russian Art
Visit the Tretyakov Gallery, home of the world,™s greatest collection of Russian art and the Impressionist paintings at the Pushkin Museum.

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold) or InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya (Silver) | Meals: B
Day 3: Moscow | Landmarks of Red Square
View the Kremlin,™s famous Armory collection of Imperial Era regalia and the ornate gems in the Diamond Fund, including Catherine the Great,™s diamond-encrusted coronation crown and the 190-carat Orlov diamond. Visit the Square of Four Cathedrals to see two of the Kremlin,™s cathedrals. At historic Red Square, gaze up at the colorful onion-shaped domes of St. Basil,™s Cathedral. After seeing Novodevichy Convent and the famous Moscow metro, transfer to your luxurious riverboat for the captain,™s welcome reception and dinner.

‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B D
Day 4: Uglich | Aboard ,˜Volga Dream,™
Cruise to beloved town of Uglich, known for its wooden houses and the blue cupolas of its cathedral. Meet a local family that shows you around their house, garden and bathhouse. Join them for tea as they share stories about their lives.

‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Yaroslavl | A City,™s Treasures
Once a prosperous commercial center, Yaroslavl boasts an abundance of dazzling merchant homes, beautiful churches and a lovely riverfront. See the city,™s walled fortress, the Treasures of Yaroslavl, exhibition on the grounds of the Savior Transfiguration Monastery and the 17th-century Church of Elijah.

‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Goritsy | Venerable Monasteries
At Goritsy, explore beautiful Cyril-Belozersky Monastery to see its collection of icons. Visit the Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent wall paintings from the 15th century. Admire the beautiful Russian landscape as you cruise past small towns and villages en route to your next destination.

‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Kizhi Island | Open-air Museum
Cruise to Kizhi Island, where 17th- and 18th-century wooden homes and churches create an open-air museum. See the 22 onion-shaped domes of the Church of the Transfiguration. According to popular legend, the church was built by only one man with a single tool an axe.

‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D
Day 8: Mandrogi | Wooden Houses, Country Villages
Cruise through the peaceful countryside along the Svir River and stop in the village of Mandrogi, renowned for its old wooden houses and handicrafts.

‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Petrodvorets | A Fantasy Palace
Arrive St. Petersburg and disembark to explore Petrodvorets, Peter the Great,™s flamboyant palace. Not only does the interior of the palace glitter with gold leaf, marble and objets d,™art, but also the grounds seize the imagination and delight the senses. View cascading waterfalls, bronze sculptures and sea channels that create a fantasy-like atmosphere. In St. Petersburg, visit St. Isaac,™s Cathedral, with its dome covered in pure gold and its interior filled with marble and precious stones. Continue to the Peter and Paul Fortress whose cathedral contains the tombs of the Romanov dynasty.

Grand Hotel Europe (Gold) or Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B
Day 10: Pushkin | Catherine Palace
Explore Catherine Palace, with its gold and blue façade, marvel at the snowy white columns and its famous Amber Room, and then eat lunch in a local restaurant. Afterward, return to St. Petersburg and visit the opulent Church on Spilled Blood.

Grand Hotel Europe (Gold) or Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B L
Day 11: St. Petersburg | Opulence and Infamy
Spend the morning at the incredible Hermitage Museum in the opulent Winter Palace and admire its great collection of art. Then explore the Yusupov Palace, the former home of an influential family thought to be wealthier than the czar. Although the palace still shows much of its former glory, the basement features an account of Prince Felix Yusupov,™s assassination of infamous Mad Monk, Rasputin.

Grand Hotel Europe (Gold) or Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B
Day 12: Depart St. Petersburg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your departing flight.

Meals: B

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