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.

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

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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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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.