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Russian Waterways 2021

14 days
Russia
Starting from $6798* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join EO on this 14-day luxury, small group experience on this Russian Waterways cruise in 2021. On this cruise, you will see the sites in St. Petersburg, Uglich, Moscow and much more! Choose from two different departure dates August 2 or August 14, 2021. This cruise starts at $6,798* for the standard stateroom while on the boat and includes airfare from New York. See brochure for more price options and the program details.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount, are person and based on double occupancy.

A double-entry Russian Visa is required. Guests are responsible for obtaining their own Visa.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Port Charges
  • Select Shore Excursions

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 DEPART USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight as you begin your journey to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Day 2 ARRIVE IN ST. PETERSBURG

When you arrive in St. Petersburg, transfer to the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. Enjoy a warm-up meeting with your guide and fellow guests.

Day 3 ST. PETERSBURG

Enjoy a city tour, including Peter and Paul Fortress (outside), the Royal Romanov burial site and Nevsky Prospect with its rich selection of fine shops, cafes, and museums. Then you’ll proceed to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose gilded dome dominates the city skyline. Sculptures and massive red granite columns decorate the façade, while the interior is even more lavishly appointed with mosaics, icons and columns of malachite and lapis lazuli. During lunch you will enjoy the Red Army Choir Performance. After the meal, you will embark on a canal cruise sailing under the city’s many historic bridges and past its magnificent pastel buildings. The day ends with a tour of Yusupov’s Palace – a former home to one of St. Petersburg’s wealthiest aristocrats. The enigmatic story of Grigory Rasputin, the monk assassinated here by Prince Felix Yusupov, is told in this very basement. (B,L)

Day 4 ST. PETERSBURG

The morning takes you to one of the most famous museums in the world, the awe-inspiring Hermitage in the lavishly decorated Winter Palace. (To avoid the crowds, we’ve arranged special Early Entrance for you, before official opening hours.) The Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and houses 3 million artworks ranging from Stone Age to modern times. The collection includes Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael and Titian. After exploring the main galleries, proceed to the Gold Room, usually closed to the general public, with a collection of gold Scythian artwork and elaborate imperial gifts. Lunch is followed by a tour to the most spectacular Imperial estate of Peterhof, often dubbed the Russian Versailles. The vast Lower Park, with its 176 fountains and four cascades, is a glorious place to walk, taking in majestic palaces and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil. (B,L)

Day 5 ST. PETERSBURG

Enjoy a full sightseeing day with a visit to the Fabergé Museum, founded by entrepreneur, Viktor Vekselberg. The museum was opened in December 2013 to display a glittering collection of Fabergé eggs and objects art created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his staff. Vekselberg’s collection is rated as one of the world’s most valuable and includes items he bought from the Forbes family in 2004 for $100 million. After lunch, you will travel to the Tsar’s Village to visit the famous Catherine’s Palace and  the exquisitely recreated Amber Room. A stroll through the formal gardens is highly recommended. Enter the Pushkin grounds through the Golden Gate and ascend the staircase to the Grand Hall. The Golden Enfilade offers a glorious view of the Amber Room.This evening the luxurious MS Volga Dream awaits and your voyage along Russia’s extensive waterways is about to begin. The Captain’s welcome reception and dinner mark the start of your unforgettable cruise. (B,L,D) Volga Dream Experience: Bread, Salt & Vodka ‘Welcome Aboard’ Ceremony

Day 6 SVIRSTROY - ON THE VOLGA DREAM

The highlight of your day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident’s home. Warm and welcoming villagers will offer tea with jam and “pirozhki” (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell you all about Russian tradition, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After tea, hop on a bus to tour the nearby town, see a spectacular WWII memorial and visit a local primary school. (B,L,D)
Volga Dream Experience: Costumed Russian Tea Ceremony & Russian Cooking Class

Day 7 KIZHI - ON THE VOLGA DREAM

Kareliya is a region that must be seen to be believed. It spans all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, a vast wilderness of forest and water. Lake Onega is fed by 58 rivers and is home to 1,369 islands, including our stop, Kizhi with its quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills including the famous and remarkable Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail being used. (B,L,D)
Volga Dream Experience: Piano Concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Day 8 GORITSY - ON THE VOLGA DREAM

This morning takes us on an early crossing of Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, once known as the “tsar’s fishing grounds”, before arriving in the peaceful village of Goritsy where we tour the Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. He painted the temple ceiling about 10 years before Michelangelo even started on the Sistine Chapel! Return to the ship for a late lunch and afternoon cruising. (B,L,D)
Volga Dream Experience: Russian Dinner with Vodka Tasting

Day 9 YAROSLAVL - ON THE VOLGA DREAM

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port. There is much to see; the Spassky Monastery houses the Transfiguration of the Savior, and the Church of Elijah the Prophet and an impressive collection of mosaics. Take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house before re-boarding the MS Volga Dream in time for lunch. (B,L,D)
Volga Dream Experience: Barbecue on the Sun Deck

Day 10 UGLICH - ON THE VOLGA DREAM

After a full day of cruising through idyllic forested countryside, the ships ties up in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia’s renowned “Golden Ring.” Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591. Then enjoy an enchanting concert of choral music performed in St. John’s Church. (B,L,D)
Volga Dream Experience: Farewell Dinner

Day 11 MOSCOW

Travel on the Metro to reach Moscow this morning. The first stop is a small and cozy former home-estate once owned by one of Russia’s literary greats, Leo Tolstoy. He lived with his wife and thirteen children in this two-story wooden Moscow house from 1882 to 1901; it is now a carefully preserved memorial. The sightseeing continues after lunch at the State Tretyakov Gallery with its extraordinary collection of Russian art, ranging from Rublev’s 12th century icons to 19th century masterpieces. Check in to either the five star St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya or Araat Park Hyatt in the historic city centre this evening. (B,L)

Day 12 MOSCOW

The morning consists of a stroll through the famous Moscow Kremlin with its beautiful cathedrals and unique museums. The Armory hosts an impressive collection of opulent coronation finery, hand-forged armor and ancient weapons, royal carriages and sleighs. After lunch, cross Red Square to visit GUM, Moscow’s largest department store, and enter a masterpiece of medieval Moscow – St. Basil’s Cathedral. Then proceed with a leisurely walk through the newly designed park Zaryadye, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin and Red Square. (B,L)

Day 13 MOSCOW

Begin the day with an orientation tour of Moscow. The city boasts unique diversity and variety in terms of building styles: classic, modern, empire and eclecticism amazingly sit alongside more monumental designs, such as Stalin’s towering skyscrapers from the mid 20th century. The architecture of the capital, though seemingly contradictory and contrasting, makes for a dazzling combination in a quite unique city. Lunch is served in a restaurant on the top-floor of one of Moscow’s skyscrapers offering spectacular city views. After lunch, visit the famous Novodevichi Cemetery, where well-known Russian authors, musicians, playwrights, and poets, are buried along with famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. (B,L)

Day 14 RETURN TO USA

Transfer to the airport in Moscow for your return flight to the USA. (B)

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