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Imperial Russia - a River Cruise

  • Cruise through the Russian countryside

  • See the beauty of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

  • Visit the Hermitage in St Petersburg

  • Experience the combination of Russian and European Cuisne

  • Enjoy a panoramic journey on the Moscow Metro

Step into the Russian Fairytale

From the beauty of St. Petersburg to the might and splendour of Moscow, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world. Board the luxurious MS Volga Dream river cruise for an unforgettable journey down the Volga River on the scenic Russian waterways. Get ready for an exciting journey to explore Moscow and St Petersburg and the cities in between to step into the Russian fairytale. Visit these two iconic cities as well as Uglich, Goritsy, Kizhi and Svirstroy while enjoying on board entertainment and all meals. Experience all the key highlights of these remarkable cities with plenty of sightseeing along the way. Join us for an unforgettable afterglow and explore Russia & its treasures in style.

JOURNEY DATE

TRIP LENGTH

11 days, 10 nights

PRICE

₹2,95,000

(Twin share)

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Twin Room on sharing basis in hotels / cruise mentioned
  • Group transfers
  • Meals as per itinerary: 10 Breakfast, 5 Lunch and 6 Dinners
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Inclusive of GST
  • Insurance (Extra to be paid by Women over 59 years)
  • Visa Fees

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered,laundry, phone calls and medical expenses
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, accidents & any medical evacuations.
  • Meals and all other services which are not mentioned in the aforementioned itinerary.
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Porter fees in Hotels and Airports
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation or arriving by flight that does not match with the majority of the group
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The Plan

  • Day 1 Welcome to Moscow
  • Day 2 Moscow
  • Day 3 Moscow
  • Day 4 Uglich
  • Day 5 Yaroslavl
  • Day 6 Goritsy
  • Day 7 Kizhi
  • Day 8 Svir River and Svirstroy
  • Day 9 St Petersburg
  • Day 10 St Petersburg
  • Day 11 Departure
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Moscow

    We arrive in Moscow, the capital city of Russia and head straight to our hotel to stretch our legs and get some shut-eye to charge our batteries for the Russian sojourn. Our hotel has an ideal location in Moscow city center. Energize for the day ahead at the fully equipped fitness centre. To relax, savour the spa and enjoy the sauna or a soothing massage. Follow all with a refreshing dip in the pool. In the evening, head out for dinner and to explore Moscow by night. There are glitzy bars, bright lights and tales of sorcerers. Let the excitement begin..... drumroll !!

    Hotel Marriott Royal Aurora or similar
  • Day 2

    Moscow

    ​Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. Today, we set out to explore the metro stations of Moscow, each of which is a stellar work of art. Stunning frescos and chandeliers in marble surroundings… it’s a work of art! We will then walk along the Arbat street, which is the city’s only pedestrian street, lined with shops and cafes.  Enjoy this free time with some retail therapy. As the night unfolds, choose to watch one of the finest shows on earth, Russian Ballet / Circus at any popular theater or venture out some clothing stores or cafe and enjoy the city lights. After a wonderful day, return back to our hotel to settle down for the night. 

    Hotel Marriott Royal Aurora or similar
  • Day 3

    Moscow

    Having seen the city’s light the previous night, it is time to see the city’s colors this morning. We will set off on the Moscow city tour that shows us the highlights of city. Our day begins with a visit to Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. Kremlin, literally means a fort inside a city. Dynasties built on the site, one century after another and the site came to known as the Kremlin in the 14the century. The walled structure of the Kremlin includes palaces and cathedrals… and a historical past! This our day to click a 1000 pictures in front of all the monuments that represent Moscow…St Basil’s Cathedral, the Armoury Chamber and Red Square. Today is also the day to visit and learn more about the most famous monument in Russia. Enjoy the local lunch on your own before we transfer to the luxurious MS Volga Dream and begin our cruise along the Russian Waterways. Enjoy a Captain's welcome reception and dinner as you begin your cruise. 

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  • Day 4

    Uglich

    Arrive this afternoon in Uglich, which dates back to the 10th century. Explore Uglich, part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow on a guided tour. A walking tour includes the Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, a 17th-century treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year old son met his death. Later, we will attend a concert of choral music at St. John‘s Church. In the evening, enjoy a documentary film “Construction of the Moscow Canal” on the cruise.

    MS Volga Dream or similar
  • Day 5

    Yaroslavl

    Good morning Yaroslavl ! We explore the ancient and fascinating city this morning starting with the oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl, a World Heritage site. Yaroslavl’s centre is dotted with onion domes like no other place in Russia. This religious zeal dates back to the times of Kyivan Rus, when the town was founded by Prince Yaroslav to guard his realm’s northeastern flank. Most of the churches and houses gracing the quaint, Unesco-listed historic city centre, however, were built by rich merchants in the 17th to 19th centuries, competing to out do one other in beautifying their city. In the Spassky Monastery, we see the Transfiguration of the Saviour, adorned with murals depicting St. John's apocalyptic visions, and the richly frescoed Church of St. Elijah the Prophet. Participate in a costumed reception at the Governor's House before reboarding the Volga Dream in time for lunch. Later, enjoy the tea ceremony and try your hand at Russian cooking class.

    MS Volga Dream or similar
  • Day 6

    Goritsy

    Early this morning, we cross Lake Beloye, or the White Lake, formerly known as the “czar’s fishing grounds”. Arrive in the peaceful village of Goritzy to tour the fortress-like Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery with its magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of the Russia's most renowned icon painters. Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Return to the ship for a late lunch. Later, toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.

    MS Volga Dream or similar
  • Day 7

    Kizhi

    Dock at Kizhi Island, explore the tiny, picturesque island of Kizhi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Lake Onega. The open-air Museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels of Architecture includes the Church of the Transfiguration, a unique onion-domed masterpiece built without a single metal nail and resembling something out of a Russian fairy tale. View the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world. The 300 years old multi-dome church is most noted for being constructed entirely without nails. Get back on the cruise to enjoy a piano concert – pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov.

    MS Volga Dream or similar
  • Day 8

    Svir River and Svirstroy

    The highlight of our day in Svirstroy is being invited into a local resident‘s home. Warm and welcoming Svirstroy villagers will offer tea with jam and pirozhki‖ (local pies). They will enthusiastically tell us all about Russian traditions, lifestyle and the attractions of Svirstroy village while proudly showing off their homes and kitchen gardens. After the tea, we will depart on a tour of the nearby town to see the monument of the WWII and visit a local primary school. Get back on your cruise to enjoy a lovely evening with barbeque on the open deck.

    MS Volga Dream or similar
  • Day 9

    St Petersburg

    Disembark this afternoon in St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great transformed from marshland into the vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges and pastel-coloured palaces and transfer from river port to the city center. Continue with an orientation tour of the city including photo stops at St. Isaac Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and enter Peter & Paul Fortress, the family shrine of the Romanovs. After a full day of touring, you will check-in at your hotel to spend the night.

    Hotel Belmond Grand hotel Europe or similar
  • Day 10

    St Petersburg

    The highlights tour on the previous day will surely make us want to see more of Saint Petersburg and we will do so by visiting the Hermitage Museum, which is also called the ‘Louvre of Russia’. The Hermitage complex itself is of architectural delight and the collections have stories to speak which will hopefully, spike our interest enough to make to go back read our history textbooks. A special highlight awaits as we visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to Russia’s Imperial family. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections. Next, we visit Faberge Museum. The rest of the day is totally free to visit any of the other monuments or simply shop … it’s every girl’s favorite sport, isn’t it?

    Hotel Belmond Grand hotel Europe or similar
  • Day 11

    Departure

    Memories, souvenirs and new friendships.. it’s time to take them all back home ! We check out of our hotel and take the flight back with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Add-on services

  • Flight Booking
  • Foreign Exchange (Travel card or currency notes)
  • Private Airport Transfer

What to Pack

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes
  • A light jacket/Sweater/fleece/pullovers
  • Sun block, sun glasses, hat and an umbrella
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Fare Breakup

Journey Date

Total Trip Price: ₹2,95,000
Pay By Installments Fare
Super Early Bird Sale -₹5,000
Deposit ₹95,000
15 May 2019 Installment 1 ₹1,50,000
15 July 2019 Installment 2 ₹55,000

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  • What does twin share price mean?

    Twin share price is the price mentioned against a package and it refers to the cost per head for a double sharing accommodation. If you'd like to upgrade to Single Occupancy, please select this at the time of checkout
  • Why don't you include flights in the Package cost?

    Since our wanderers are located a variety of locations in India and outside India - it is impossible to include flights in the trip cost.
  • What meals are included on my trip? Can i request Indian / vegetarian / special cuisine on tour?

    The exact number of meals included on the trip is clearly specified on the itinerary and is different for each trip. Our vacations strive to introduce you to local authentic flavors, so you can enjoy the destination in a deeper way. Therefore, included meals are usually local or continental. Please request vegetarian meals at the time of booking, and also with the local guide and WOW Buddy on tour; this can usually not a problem when requested in advance. When meals are not included, you may choose an restaurant of your choice in the city you are touring.
  • Regarding the hotels, what does OR SIMILAR refer to?

    OR SIMILAR means that the hotel booked might be different from the hotel mentioned in the itinerary. 90% of the time we book the hotel that’s mentioned, but under few situations it might differ due to on-the-ground factors. So we pick an alternate hotel, but always in the same class and area of the city.

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