Waterways of Russia
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.
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.”
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Optional Pre-Cruise Extension to St. Petersburg
Extend your stay in beautiful St. Petersburg, cultural capital of Russia. Visit the exquisite palace and artfully landscaped park of nearby Pavlovsk. Experience St. Petersburg’s legendary beauty from a unique perspective during a boat cruise through the heart of the city, known as the “Venice of the North” for its countless palace-lined waterways. Take a specially guided tour of the 18th-century Yusupov Palace, acquired by the aristocratic Yusupov family in 1830 to house their private art collection. Accommodations for two nights are in the stylish, first-class Angleterre Hotel, located in the heart of historic St. Isaac’s Square.
Optional Post-Cruise Extension to Moscow
Further explore the jewels of the heart of Mother Russia in Moscow. The panoramic city tour features the magnificent State Tretyakov Gallery and the tranquil grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Novodevichy (“New Maidens”) Convent. Accommodations for two nights are included in the Five-Star Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel, ideally located in the city center.