Voyage through the heartland of Russia aboard the deluxe Volga Dream, cruising along scenic rivers, lakes, and canals with stops at traditional villages and the two great cultural capitals of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

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 Gallery inside the world-class Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg  The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, along a canal in St. Petersburg  St. Petersburg's iconic Church of the Spilled Blood  The magnificent interior of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg  St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg  The interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, known for its dazzling interior of malachite and lapis lazuli  The palace and fountains at the Romanov summer palace at Peterhof  St. Catherine's Palace in Pushkin  House in the vacation village of Mandrogi  Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island  Rich frescoes in the Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl  Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage Site  The Golden Ring village of Uglich  Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, Uglich  A lock on the Volga near Uglich  St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow  The Moscow Kremlin with its many cathedrals  One of the many churches within the Kremlin  View of Moscow's Kremlin  Moscow's Red Square, a World Heritage site

Waterways of Russia

A Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow Aboard the 109-guest Volga Dream

12 days from $5,695

Voyage through the heartland of Russia aboard the deluxe Volga Dream, cruising along scenic rivers, lakes, and canals with stops at traditional villages and the two great cultural capitals of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The ship was luxurious, the educated guests were a pleasure to be with, the lecturers superb and accessible. Unless one experiences the Volga Dream with Smithsonian, he won't know the exquisite pleasure of listening to a lecture on Russian literature, while sitting in a fine lounge, watching the Russian countryside drift by. We thought we had died and gone to heaven. 

- Elizabeth B.

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Overview

Discover the essence of Russia, from its most cosmopolitan cities to the countryside immortalized by artists and writers. In St. Petersburg and Moscow you’ll gain an in-depth perspective of Russia’s magnificent artistic, historical, and architectural treasures. And from aboard a deluxe small ship, you’ll also explore an evocative landscape of sublime golden-domed churches and quaint wooden villages that are seemingly untouched by the 21st century. 

Highlights Include

  • St. Petersburg: Enjoy two full days in the majestic city built by Peter the Great as Russia’s “Window on the West.” A specially reserved entrance showcases many of the art treasures of the Hermitage Museum, a World Heritage site. A city tour also features visits to the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to guard the only outlet to the Baltic Sea, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral with its dazzling interior of malachite and lapis lazuli. Travel to the World Heritage sites of Peter the Great’s summer palace at Peterhof, with its magnificent palace, gardens, and fountains, and the option to visit Catherine Palace in Pushkin, featuring a tour of the breathtaking Amber Room.
  • Russian Heartland: Cruising along scenic rivers, lakes, and canals, stop to explore medieval towns such as Mandrogi. At Kizhi Island, behold the magnificent Cathedral of the Transfiguration, an architectural masterpiece featuring 22 cupolas built entirely of wood and designated a World Heritage site. Visit the 14th-century Kirillo- Belozersky Monastery near Goritsy, then explore two medieval fortified towns of the “Golden Ring,” built to protect Moscow. Yaroslavl is famous for its many evocative Russian churches while Uglich is renowned for its Church of Prince Dmitri-on-the- Blood with its vibrant frescoes.
  • Moscow: Enter the imposing Kremlin, the “Citadel of the Tsars” and a World Heritage site, and tour state treasures at the Armory Museum, including the world’s largest collection of Fabergé eggs. You’ll also see Red Square and admire the multicolored grandeur of the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral. 

The ship was luxurious, the educated guests were a pleasure to be with, the lecturers superb and accessible. Unless one experiences the Volga Dream with Smithsonian, he won't know the exquisite pleasure of listening to a lecture on Russian literature, while sitting in a fine lounge, watching the Russian countryside drift by. We thought we had died and gone to heaven. 

- Elizabeth B.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrive in regal St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s elegant achievement, and transfer to the five-star small ship Volga Dream. The ship remains docked overnight on the great Neva River, which flows majestically through the heart of St. Petersburg, known as the “Venice of the North.” (D)

Day 3 — St. Petersburg

Explore the city’s historic center, a World Heritage site where legendary landmarks are scattered across more than 100 islands and linked by more than three times as many bridges. St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt, showcases exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and neoclassical architecture. See the ornate Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ), built on the site of Emperor Alexander II’s assassination; see the iconic golden spire of the Admiralty; and visit 19th‑century St. Isaac’s Cathedral’s dazzling interior of malachite and lapis lazuli—the church’s striking golden dome is one of the glories of St. Petersburg’s skyline. Tour the city’s oldest edifice, the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 to guard the country’s only outlet to the Baltic Sea. The impressive Baroque Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul contains the tombs of czars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.

This afternoon, enjoy time on your own or join the optional excursion to Catherine the Great’s imperial compound in Pushkin, Tsarskoye Selo (Czar’s Village), a World Heritage site. Tour the elaborate rococo palace, built in 1741. See the extraordinary Amber Room: six tons of solid amber, deftly carved and framed in gold leaf, once deemed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Stripped and confiscated by the Nazis in 1941, the Amber Room was meticulously reconstructed in 2003 in honor of St. Petersburg’s 300th birthday.

This evening, attend an optional Russian ballet or musical folk show (performance schedule to be determined). (B,L,D)

Day 4 — St. Petersburg

Enjoy a specially reserved entrance and tour of the State Hermitage Museum, a World Heritage site, the former czarist palace of Catherine the Great and the repository of one of the world’s oldest and most important art collections, rivaled only by the museum’s lavish interior. View the priceless collection of 19th- and 20th-century French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works as well as 74 masterpieces “lost” in a storeroom during World War II and rediscovered in 1995.

This afternoon skim over the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil to Petrodvorets, the grand summer palace and splendid parklands commissioned by Peter the Great to rival Versailles and now a World Heritage site.

Enjoy the captain’s welcome reception this evening as the ship departs St. Petersburg. (B,L,R,D)

Day 5 — Neva River / Lake Ladoga / Mandrogi / Svir River / Lake Onega

Admire the passing wilderness of serene meadows and virgin pine and birch forests lining the banks of the mighty Neva River and the shores of Lake Ladoga, the largest freshwater reservoir in Europe. The ship calls this afternoon at Mandrogi, a small riverside village evoking the peaceful old ways of rural life, where you will have time to explore on your own before continuing along the sparkling Svir River between Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega, dotted with over 1,600 small islands. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Kizhi Island / Lake Onega

Early this morning, be on deck for the unforgettable approach to picturesque Kizhi Island, a World Heritage site. Tour this remarkable open‑air museum; a treasure trove of 18th-century Karelian and north Russian wooden architecture. Admire the Church of the Transfiguration, an architectural masterpiece featuring 22 cupolas built completely of wood without a single nail.

Enjoy an afternoon cruise on scenic Lake Onega within sight of the beautifully untouched, pastoral, Karelian countryside, home to many ethnic Finns. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Lake Beloye / Goritsy / Sheksna River

Along the shores of Lake Beloye, see rural communities continuing the traditions of old Russia. From the tranquil village of Goritsy, visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and see its collection of paintings, early printed books and pictorial embroidery. It is said that Vasily III came here to pray for an heir, and soon after, his wife Elena gave birth to the future Ivan the Terrible, the first Czar of Russia. Farther along the Sheksna River, catch glimpses of a bygone era as you pass rustic family farms and quaint dachas, traditional wooden cottages of Russian people.

This evening, enjoy a dinner of typical Russian specialties followed by a specially arranged sampling of Russian vodkas. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Lake Rybinskoye / Yaroslavl

This morning, cruise Lake Rybinskoye, surrounded by scenic wilderness. After lunch, dock in Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga River and one of the “Golden Ring” of fortified 11th- to 15th-century cities and villages built to surround Moscow. This World Heritage site, the “Florence of Russia,” is known for its 17th-century stone churches crowned with painted onion domes and soaring turrets.

Stroll along the river to the Church of Elijah the Prophet, an exquisite architectural masterpiece located in the heart of the Old Town and filled with well-preserved frescoes. See the magnificent fortified Monastery of the Transfiguration, founded in the 12th-century. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Uglich / Volga River

Arrive in the “Golden Ring” city of Uglich and walk to the brightly colored 17th-century Church of Prince Dimitri-on-the-Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s young son tragically met his demise. Admire its cluster of red turrets capped with shimmering blue onion domes and the elegant frescoes that adorn the interior. Continue to the stately five-domed Cathedral of the Transfiguration, built along the Volga River in 1713.

This afternoon, cruise the great Volga River, the main artery of the Russian heartland for over a millennium, and into the Moscow Canal, which gives Moscow access to the White, Baltic, Caspian, Azov and Black Seas.

Attend the captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 — Moscow

Arrive in Russia’s great capital located on the Moscow River which flows leisurely through the city, and which has embodied the heart and soul of the country for over 850 years.

Explore Moscow’s cultural and historical treasures, including a visit to the Kremlin, a World Heritage site, and the imposing halls of this fabled “Citadel of the Czars.” Tour the Armoury, the oldest museum in Russia, and see the authentic State treasures including magnificently bejeweled Fabergé eggs commissioned by the Romanov czars. See magisterial Red Square, a World Heritage site where both Romanov czars and Soviet commissars have flexed their might and power. Admire the multicolored grandeur of the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral, one of the country’s most beautiful Orthodox monuments. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Moscow

Visit the tranquil grounds of Novodevichy (“New Maidens”) Convent. This World Heritage site was founded in 1524 as a nunnery for women of noble birth. It is renowned for its Russian Baroque architecture. Stroll through its cemetery, the city’s most prestigious, passing the tombs of prominent Russian and Soviet figures, including Dmitry Shostakovich, Anton Chekhov and Nikita Khrushchev.

The afternoon is free for independent pursuits. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Moscow / U.S.

Disembark the ship and continue on the post-tour extension, or transfer to the airport for your flight to the U.S. (B)