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.
Volga Dream Cruises also operates specialist cruises including a Moscow to Astrakhan cruise, which features visits to the Russian cities of Kazan, Samara and Volgograd.
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 or Kempinski Moika 22. The maximum group size will be up to 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 4- and 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.
Located in the historic and cultural heart of St Petersburg, the luxury 5-star Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 overlooks Palace Square, home of the Hermitage Museum, and it has some of the best views over the city. The hotel has all the facilities of a modern hotel yet decorated in a classical style, with fine antiques and traditional furnishings.
Features: 200 rooms & suites; Relaxation Centre and spa; restaurant; bar; wine cellar; tea room.
Room amenities: Wi-Fi; satellite television; in-room safe; telephone; minibar; pillow...
Ideally located within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre, the Marriott Royal Aurora offers a perfect combination of traditional style and modern comfort. Each of the 192 rooms have air-conditioning, a safe, minibar and personalised butler service. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, 2 restaurants and a...
Volga Dream is the most prestigious cruise
vessel operating on the Russian waterways.
The ship has 56 superbly appointed
guest cabins, each with air conditioning, a
flatscreen TV, safe and minibar. The ship is
equipped with stylish teak deck furniture
and a fitness centre with sauna. All cabins
have outside views. Panoramic windows
are in all cabins except on the Cabin deck,
which features portholes. Double beds are
only available for the Promenade and Sun
All meals are included on the cruise
(breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner)
with house wine, draught beer and soft
drinks served with lunch and dinner. Daily
lectures on Russian cuisine, politics and
lifestyles are available to guests on board
as well as classical film performances and
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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