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  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  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 $5,995

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

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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 three 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 Catherine Palace in Pushkin, featuring a tour of the breathtaking Amber Room.
  • Russian Heartland: Cruising along scenic rivers, lakes, and canals, stop to explore Kizhi Island and 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 the Archangel and Assumption Cathedrals. 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 urban achievement and the cultural capital of Russia. Check into your ideally located hotel in the heart of the city. (R)

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 to admire its 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-style Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul contains the tombs of czars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.

In the afternoon, visit the Hermitage Impressionist Collection in its new building. This evening, you may choose to attend an *optional Russian ballet.  (B)

*Performance schedule to be determined

Day 4 — St. Petersburg

Enjoy a specially reserved early entrance and tour of the World Heritage-designated State Hermitage Museum, 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.

Enjoy an excursion to the imperial compound of Pushkin and Catherine the Great’s elaborate rococo palace, a World Heritage site. See the extraordinary Amber Room laden with six tons of solid amber, deftly carved and framed in gold leaf, and said to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Stripped and confiscated by the Nazis in 1941, it was meticulously reconstructed in 2003 in honor of the 300th anniversary of the city of St. Petersburg. This evening, you may choose to attend an optional Russian musical folk show. (B,L)

Day 5 — St. Petersburg / Embark Volga Dream / Neva River / Lake Ladoga

Skim over the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil to the World Heritage-designated Petrodvorets, the grand summer palace and splendid parklands commissioned by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. Embark the Volga Dream this evening and enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception. Admire the passing wilderness of serene meadows, 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. (B,L,R,D)

Day 6 — Svir River / Svirstroy / Lodeynoe Pole

Cruise the spectacular Svir River, whose banks are lined with dense woods, lush marshes and red vertical rocks, en route to the traditional village of Svirstroy. Transfer to historic Lodeynoe Pole, known as the birthplace of the Baltic Marine forces. Here, visit the stoic Monument to the Unknown Soldier, commemorating Russia’s “Great Patriotic War.”

Return to Svirstroy for a tea ceremony in the home of a local resident, who will discuss life in this charming river village. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — 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 in view of the beautifully untouched, pastoral, Karelian countryside, home to both ethnic Finns and Russians. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Lake Beloye / Goritsy / Sheksna River

Along the shores of Lake Beloye, admire rural communities continuing the traditions of Old Russia. From the tranquil village of Goritsy, visit the grandiose 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. Further along the Sheksna River, catch glimpses of a bygone era as you pass by rustic family farms and quaint dachas, traditional Russian wooden cottages.

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

Day 9 — Lake Rybinskoye / Yaroslavl

This morning, cruise Lake Rybinskoye, surrounded by scenic wilderness. Following 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 encircle Moscow. This World Heritage site, known as the “Florence of Russia,” is renowned 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 10 — Uglich / Volga River

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

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 the Russian capital access to the White, Baltic, Caspian, Azov and Black Seas. Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 11 — Moscow

Arrive in the illustrious capital city, which has embodied the heart and soul of the country for over 850 years and is located on the banks of the tranquil Moscow River.

Disembark the ship and visit the Kremlin and the Red Square. Check into your hotel for an overnight in Moscow.

Day 12 — Moscow / U.S.

Continue on the Moscow post-tour extension or transfer to the airport for your flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)