Visit both the more rural settings of Russia and the major sights of its two key cities - Moscow and St Petersburg - on this cruise along the scenic rivers, lakes and canals of the Volga. Set amid the countryside of the upper Volga region are the magical medieval towns of Russia’s Golden Ring - a string of ancient settlements - as well as the mystical Kizhi island with its fabulous wooden architecture.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Moscow with British Airways. Transfer to the Marriott Aurora (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)
Morning tour of Moscow, including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Continue to Novodevichy cemetery, the final resting place for a number of great cultural and political figures, including Chekhov and Shostakovich. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning visit to the Kremlin. The tour includes Cathedral Square and the Armoury Museum, which houses an opulent collection of treasures collected by the Russian state and church. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest collection of Russian art in the world. Continue to the Moscow metro, known for its architectural splendour. Board the Volga Dream for a 6-night cruise. (B, D)
Walking tour of Uglich, including the Chapel of Dmitry and Church of Transfiguration. (B, L, D)
Explore the oldest city on the Volga and visit the Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral in the Spassky monastery and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, which features intricate frescoes. (B, L, D)
Stop in the town of Goritsy to visit the enormous 17th-century Kirillov-Belozersky monastery and its magnificent frescoes and icons. (B, L, D)
Explore the Unesco world heritage site of Kizhi island. Visit the open-air museum of history and architecture, and the Transfiguration Cathedral. Featuring 22 carved domes, it is made entirely from wood, without a single nail. (B, L, D)
Stop at the small village of Svirstroy and enjoy a traditional tea including jam and pirozhkie (local pies) with the local residents. (B, L, D)
Disembark and transfer to the Kempinski Moika 22 for 3 nights. Morning tour of St Petersburg to view the Peter and Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Afternoon visit to the Hermitage. (B, L)
Morning visit to Peterhof to view the exterior of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, the Bath Cottage and gardens. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning tour of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin, including the Amber Room. Afternoon visit to the Fabergé museum. (B, L)
Morning at leisure. Early afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Volga Dream Cruises and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
The cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, varying water levels and lock passage. Some departures operate in reverse order.
12 May - 24 May 18
18 May - 30 May 18
27 May to 09 Jun 18*
12 Jun - 24 June 18**
16 Jun - 28 Jul 18
28 Jul - 09 Aug 18
15 Aug - 27 Aug 18
21 Aug - 02 Sep 18
02 Sep - 14 Sep 18
20 Sep - 02 Oct 18
26 Sep - 08 Oct 18
* This departure has a revised itinerary of 1 night in St Petersburg, followed by the 6 nights on the Volga Dream cruise, 3 nights in Moscow, a fast train to St Petersburg and 3 nights in St Petersburg.
** All nights on this departure are aboard the Volga Dream cruise vessel
Superior stateroom on the Main deck: £445.00
Deluxe staterooms on Promenade deck: £745.00
Deluxe staterooms on Sun Deck: £845.00
Junior suite on the Promenade and Sun decks: £1,395
Deluxe Junior suite on the Sun Deck: £1,860
The Owners Suite on Promenade deck: £2,705
Standard single on the Promenade deck: £4,450
Deluxe single on the Sun deck: £4,920
Volga Dream Cruises also operates specialist cruises, which include an Moscow to Astrakhan cruise, which features visits to the Russian cities of Kazan, Samara and Volgograd. The departure dates are the 24 June to 6 July, 6 to 19 July and 5 to 18 October 2018.
Upgrade to the Volga Dream Platinum package. This caters for discerning travellers who prefer to travel in a smaller group and stay in the finest hotels. In Moscow stay at the St Regis Moscow Hotel Nikolskaya or Ararat Park Hyatt and in St Petersburg stay at the Grand Hotel Europe. The maximum group size will be between 15-18 passengers on sightseeing tours. Additional visits include the Pushkin Museum (impressionist gallery) in Moscow and a Moscow architecture tour, as well as visits to the Yusupov Palace and early entrances to Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage in St Petersburg. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for details.
This tour is based in 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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