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DAY 1: USA TO RUSSIA
Depart on your overnight flights to Russia (with connecting flights in Europe depending on airline used).  In-flight meals and beverage services are provided as per individual airline policy

DAY 2: ARRIVE IN MOSCOW
EMBARKATION after 4 pm
Upon your arrival to Moscow, transfer to the vessel. A welcome cocktail and information meeting will either precede or follow dinner. Afterwards, enjoy your first night on your floating hotel. (Cruise only passengers with transfers on own - services begin with embarkation) (D

DAY 3: MOSCOW
Moscow, the capital of Russia, is situated between the banks of the rivers Oka and Volga. A metropolis of 8 million people, Moscow today is not only the seat of the Russian government but also home to many world renowned attractions. Your genuine introduction to this exciting city is our guided sightseeing tour by bus featuring Moscow's major sights such as the humongous Red Square, famous St. Basil's Cathedral and the impressive Kremlin. Get an inside look at the Kremlin and marvel at its fascinating Cathedrals, as well as the gargantuan Tzar Cannon and the giant Tzar Bell. Opional tour of the Armory Museum, the world renowned depository of Royal Russian riches including samples of weapons, carriages, thrones and the famous Faberge eggs will be available for purchase on board. In the evening optional Moscow by Night Tour. (B, BL, D)

DAY 4: MOSCOW
SET SAIL: PM
Another exciting day lies ahead for you to immerse yourself in this bustling city. Your day is free to explore some more on your own or to join one of the optional excursions offered by our cruise managers, such as an excursion to the Sergiev Posad Complex, the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church, a visit to Tratyakov Gallery or the Pushkin Museum, or a tour of the famous Moscow Metro and pedestrian Arbat Street. Welcome drink and Crew Introduction: Enjoy a drink on the sun deck (weather permitting) as you set sail on your wonderful Volga adventure in the late afternoon. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Russian Dinner with vodka, served by waiters in national costumes and accompanied by folklore program. (B, BL, D)

DAY 5: UGLICH
Walking tour of Uglich: Visit Russia's second oldest city (only one year younger than Moscow). The city is famous for the more troubled and violent side of Russian history. It was here that the Russian crown prince Dimitri was assassinated, which eventually led to Boris Godunov ascending the Russian throne. Here on the banks of the Volga, you can also find a rich collection of Russian Orthodox architecture which you will get to see, as well as the Church of St. Demitrius of the Blood and the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitri. Once back on board, sail on and in the afternoon enjoy a Classical Concert performed by one of Russia's most famous violinists! (B, L, D)

DAY 6: YAROSLAVL
Founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the city also ranks as one of the oldest in Russia. Its primary attractions are in the area around the main square anchored by the Governor's Palace. Your city tour will includea visit to the Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery dating from the 13th century and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, which houses the famous Yaroslav and Kostroma frescoes. Optional: a capella choir concert will be offered. Return to the ship and sail on while you can enjoy a folklore concert on board. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: GORITSA
This morning, stop at a typical small Russian village along the Volga. Here you will visit an authentic peasant house where your host, Baba Valya (Grandma Valya) will welcome you to her home and treat you to some tasty homemade cakes and tea! An optional excursion to the Museum of Icons in St. Cyril's Monastery will be offered. In the afternoon, as the ship continues sailing upstream, enjoy a Caviar party on board, featuring blini pancakes with red caviar! (B, L, D)

DAY 8: KIZHI
Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of this fairy tale island, situated in the northern part of Lake Onega. Kizhi is unique as the site of an outdoor museum which represents the picturesque rural wooden architecture of the region. Its most famous landmark, the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 cupolas, is an outstanding masterpiece of wooden architecture. Not only is it constructed without a single nail or piece of iron, but the only tools that were used for its construction were chisels and axes; Back on board our activities will be highlighted with a Jazz concert! (B, L, D;

Day 9: MANDROGI
After breakfast, the morning will be free to participate in our on board activities, lectures and entertainment. On arrival, instead of lunch on board, you will enjoy a unique picnic lunch in a village setting! The Russian shashlik barbecue will be accompanied with entertainment by our on-board musicians. Then, be sure to visit the unique Vodka Museum featuring over 2500 varieties of Russia's national drink! (In case of unforeseeable bad weather, the lunch will be served on board). But that's not all! As you continue sailing in the afternoon, prepare for our Farewell Captain's Gala Dinner as you approach our final destination: gorgeous St. Petersburg! (B, L, D)

DAY 10: ST. PETERSBURG
This morning, arrive to St. Petersburg. Get to know this truly magnificent city during your city tour which will guide you past Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac Cathedral, Kazans Assembly Church, the Admiralty Building, Palace Square with the residence of Russian czars known as the Winter Palace monument to Peter the Great, Smolny Monastery, the cruiser Aurora, and the fascinating bridges over the river Neva which are raised every night in order to enable the passage of ships sailing to the Baltics. Also enjoy an inside tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, burial site of Russian Tzars will end the tour on a high note. The afternoon is reserved for a tour of the Hermitage, one of the greatest museums of the world. Located within the 1000+ room Winter Palace, the Hermitage boasts of over 3 million artifacts spread out of 365 rooms and features an amazing collection of art dating from the early Greek to modern times! Pay special note to originals by de Vinci, Van Goh, Gauguin and Picasso. Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/folklore or similar). (B, BL, D)

DAY 11: ST. PETERSBURG
Today is a full free day to explore the sights and sounds of St Petersburg on your own, or join the optional full day Palace Excursion to Pushkin, the former village of the Russian royalty. Here you will tour the impressive Catherine Palace including the fabulous Amber Room followed by a visit to the lesser known but equally oppulant Pavlovsk Palace. The evening is free for optional pursuits like a cossack show. (B, L, D)

DAY  12: ST. PETERSBURG
Another day in beautiful St Petersburg that is filled with more sightseeing visit the enchanting gardens of Peterhof, with magnificent view of the Baltic Sea and fountains powered only by the force of gravity. Lunch on board. Afternoon is free to explore.Optional tour at the afternoon: Canal Tour (B, L, D)

DAY 13: ST. PETERSBURG - HOME 
DISEMBARKATION
Bid your crew and fellow passengers goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flights home. Cruise only passengers who have not purchased transfers through us - services end with breakfast 

Inside the Kremlin Walls
Pretty and delicious desserts await you
One of many awe-inspiring cathedrals in Moscow
Orthodox Churches abound
On Kizhi Island
Your onboard entertainers will delight you
Entering one of the many locks you will sail through
We recommend attending some of the optional performances offered!
Peterhof Gardens
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