Russian Dreams


A complex, bizarre and spectacular country, Russia has so much to discover. Its roots lie in the banks of the Volga River - embark on a six-night Volga River cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg, discovering serene countryside, historical towns and age-old traditions as you go

tour duration 15 Days from
tour price 4,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Moscow (3N) - Tula (1N) - Moscow (1N) - Volga River Cruise (6N) - St. Petersburg (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Wander through the Red Square and the Kremlin, the heart of Russia
Discover Stalin’s secret bunker
Visit the estate of Leo Tolstoy
Experience a vodka house
Immerse yourself in Russia’s scenic beauty on a 7 day Volga River Cruise
Explore the grand palaces of St. Petersburg

Day 1 Fly to Moscow
Fly to Moscow. Transfer into the city stopping en route at the Sparrow Hills viewing deck for a glass of champagne and panoramic views over the city. Take some time to relax before joining the group for a welcome dinner.
Day 1 Fly to Moscow
Day 2 The Red Square and The Kremlin
This morning you will visit some of Russia’s most iconic sights. Moscow is considered to be the heart of Russia’s history and the influence of the Soviet-era still remains prominent, a fascinating insight into a different world. Stroll through Red Square to reach the Kremlin, both of which were stages during significant historical events. Within the Kremlin you will visit the Armoury, home to plenty of intriguing Russian treasures, weapons and armour, including the chainmail of former Russian Regent Boris Godunov. Dinner that night is 21 floors above the city: the views will be mesmerising.
Day 2 The Red Square and The Kremlin
Day 3 Stalin’s Bunker
Start the day with a visit to Stalin’s bunker, an intriguing view into the life of the notorious Soviet leader. Next, cruise along the Moskva River and enjoy lunch on board as you admire the cityscapes before taking an afternoon excursion to the GUM department store, a magnificent 19th-century built structure which now houses Russia’s most distinguished shopping mall.
Day 3 Stalin’s Bunker
Day 4 Tolstoy’s Estate
Travel from Moscow to Tula by train. This afternoon, visit one of Russia’s most iconic estates, Yasnaya Polyana, the former home of highly influential writer Leo Tolstoy. The estate has now been converted into a writer’s museum and features beautiful gardens through which you can wander.
Day 4 Tolstoy’s Estate
Day 5 Explore Tula
Visit Tula’s charming 16th century Kremlin fortress before touring a Samovar Factory where you can learn about the craftsmanship behind these elaborate Russian tea containers. Return to Moscow by train. That evening enjoy a fabulous dinner in Pushkin, one of Moscow's best restaurants.
Day 5 Explore Tula
Day 6 Set Sail on the Volga River
Spend your last morning in Moscow at the Tretyakov Museum which houses some 170,000 of Russia’s most celebrated art, spanning a period of a thousand years. After lunch take a ride on the Moscow Metro like a true Muscovite, admiring the historic beauty of the underground architecture. Board the Volga Dream cruise ship this evening and enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception and a delicious dinner on board. Cast off on your six-night cruise along the Volga River.
Day 6 Set Sail on the Volga River
Day 7 Explore Uglich
Cruise along the Volga River to Uglich appreciating the passing lush woodland and peaceful nature. Uglich is one of the ancient towns of Russia’s Golden Ring and has retained its traditions and character over hundreds of years. Explore the Church of St Dmitri-on-the-Blood, said to be constructed on the exact spot where Dmitri, son of the first Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible was murdered. This evening, attend a charming concert of Russian choral music at St. John’s Church.
Day 7 Explore Uglich
Day 8 Historical Yaroslavl
Cruise on to the Golden Ring town of Yaroslavl, one of Russia’s oldest port towns, founded in the year 1010. Its old centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 11th-century Spassky Monastery where you can view the 16th-century frescoes, the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, all perfect examples of Russia’s historical architecture. Later this morning take part in a costumed reception at the governor’s house before re-boarding the ship for lunch.
Day 8 Historical Yaroslavl
Day 9 Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
Disembark at the charming riverside town of Goritsy. Famous for its monasteries, you will visit Kirillo-Belozersky, a vast complex founded in 1397 and home to a large selection of Russian icons. After exploring the monastery climb back aboard your boat and sail northwards to Lake Onega.
Day 9 Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
Day 10 Cruise Lake Onega
Cruise across the beautiful Lake Onega, wend amongst its 1,369 islands, stopping for a wander on the timeless Kizhi. Stroll through the traditional Russian wooden houses and windmills to the famous Church of the Transfiguration. This church was constructed in 1714, has 22 domes and, more intriguingly, was built without a single nail. On board the ship this evening watch a piano concert featuring pieces from Russian greats Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Day 10 Cruise Lake Onega
Day 11 The Svir River
Join the Svir River, one of the 58 rivers feeding out of Lake Onega. Considered one of the most scenic river routes in Russia the surrounding region has been an inspiration for many authors, poets and composers throughout Russian history. Cruise past the many quaint river hamlets and villages stopping at Mandrogi, a popular holiday village with exquisitely carved wooden houses, a recreation of 19th century architecture. Reach Lake Ladoga later in the afternoon, the largest lake in Europe. Dinner this evening will be a deck-top barbecue.
Day 11 The Svir River
Day 12 Arrive in St Petersburg
Arrive in St Petersburg and disembark the Volga Dream. Take a city tour this morning visiting the Peter and Paul Fortress, the first structure to be built in St Petersburg and the birthplace of the city. Within the fortress is the Peter and Paul Cathedral and the former prison of the Trubetskoy Bastion, where you’ll find many fascinating historical exhibitions. The afternoon is at leisure until a truly authentic Russian dinner at a vodka house including a special vodka tasting experience.
Day 12 Arrive in St Petersburg
Day 13 Peterhof Palace and Park
This morning travel out of St Petersburg to the majestic Peterhof, a former Tsar’s Palace often compared to the Palace of Versailles. After lunch return to St Petersburg, stopping en route at the Petrodverets Watch Factory, Russia’s oldest watch factory and now a manufacturer of Raketa watches, traditionally produced for the Red Army and the Soviet Navy.
Day 13 Peterhof Palace and Park
Day 14 Explore St Petersburg
Explore the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River, a perfect example of exquisite 19th-century Russian interior. More notoriously, the palace basement is renowned as the place where Rasputin, Tsar Nicholas II’s advisor was assassinated. This afternoon, visit St Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Russia and a dominant feature of the St Petersburg skyline. The interior is incredibly lavish and the walls are adorned with numerous intricate mosaics, statues, paintings and sculptures. Enjoy a special farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Day 14 Explore St Petersburg
Day 15 Fly to the UK
Take in the last of St Petersburg’s extensive culture at the Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s largest and oldest museums. Within the complex is a vast collection of art, antiquities and jewellery and many interesting exhibitions. Included in the tour is a ticket to the heavily guarded Diamond Room in the Treasure Galleries, home to the most valuable collection of artefacts in the world. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the same day.
Day 15 Fly to the UK

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Based on London Heathrow departures
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Single room from £2,190

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Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees

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