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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 Aeroflot. Transfer to the Ararat Park (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 Belmond Grand Europe for 3 nights. Morning tour of St Petersburg to view the Peter and Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. (B, L)
Morning tour of the Hermitage. Lunch is
followed by a tour of the Peterhof to view the
exterior of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace,
the Bath Cottage and stunning gardens. (B, L)
Morning at leisure to join one of the optional
tours or explore St Petersburg at your own
pace. Afternoon tour of Catherine Palace at
Pushkin, including the Amber Room. (B)
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.
Superior stateroom on the Main deck: £500.00
Deluxe staterooms on Promenade deck: £800.00
Deluxe staterooms on Sun Deck: £900.00
Junior suite on the Promenade and Sun decks: £1,500
Deluxe Junior suite on the Sun Deck: £2,000
The Owners Suite on Promenade deck: £3,400
Deluxe single on the Promenade deck: £1,500
Deluxe single on the Sun deck: £2,000
Volga Dream Cruises also operates specialist cruises, which include an Moscow to Volgograd cruise, which features visits to the Russian cities of Kazan, Samara and Volgograd.
Upgrade to the Volga Dream Platinum
package, which caters for guests who prefer
to travel in smaller groups and enjoy more
inclusions as part of their trip. Additional
excursions include the Leo Tolstoy House-
Museum in Moscow, a canal boat ride and
entry to the Fabergé Museum in St Petersburg.
More lunches and an early entrance to the
Kremlin is also included. Imperial packages
include all extras and stay at the Four Seasons
Hotel in both cities. Please speak to a Cox &
Kings travel 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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VDS2020: 12 Nights