DAY 1: FLY 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 ST. PETERSBURG - EMBARKATION AFTER 4 PM
Upon your arrival to St. Petersburg, please proceed through customs. In the arrival hall you will be met by one of our cruise managers and tranferred to the port for embarkation. An 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: ST. PETERSBURG
This city, one of the most beautiful in the world, is located on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, in the delta of the river Neva. There are 65 rivers and canals flowing through St. Petersburg, as well as 42 islands. Peter the Great founded the city in 1703 and from 1712 until 1918 it was the capital of the Russian Empire. With its five million inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Russia and because of its many canals, bridges and architectural beauty, St. Petersburg is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”. (B, L, D)

AM City sightseeing tour by coach:
Get to know this truly magnificent city during your morning city tour which will guide you past Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan’s Assembly Church, the Admiralty Building, Palace Square with the residence of Russian czars known as the “Winter Palace”., the “Bronze Horseman” 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. An inside tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, burial site of Russian Tzars will end the tour on a high note
Optional: Canal cruise:Enjoy your boxed lunch while cruising the magnificent canals through the city center.

PM 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 featuring an amazing collection of art dating from the early Greek to modern times! Pay special note to originals by de Vinci, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso.·  
 
Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/ folklore) available for purchase on board

DAY 4: ST. PETERSBURG
Today is a full free day to explore the sights and sounds of St Petersburg on your own, or to take advantage of one of our optional tours offered by our cruise managers. (B, L, D)

  • Optional Palace Tours : If you take the excursion to Pushkin, the former village of the Russian royalty, you will tour the impressive Catherine’s Palace including the fabulous Amber Room, followed by a visit to the less known but equally oppulant Pavlovsk Palace. Alternately, visit the enchanting gardens of Peterhof, with magnificent view of the Baltic Sea and fountains powered only by the force of gravity.
  • 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 and meet your Captain & Crew.
DAY 5: MANDROGI (Green Station Stop)                                 
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour through this authentic replica of a 19 century Russian Village. Afterwards instead of lunch on board, you will enjoy a unique picnic lunch riverside! The Russian shashlik barbecue will be accompanied with entertainment provided 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).  (B, BBQ, D)
                                                                     
DAY 6: KIZHI
Take 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. Legend says that Master Nester, who built the church, threw away his tools when the work was finished saying, “This church was built by Master Nester. There is no church like this in the world and there will be never one again!”. Back on board our afternoon activities will include a blini and caviar tasting and a folk show performed by our on board entertainers! 
                                                                       
DAY 7: GORITZY
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
 
DAY 8: YAROSLAVL
Founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the city is 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. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: UGLICH                                                         
Walking tour of Uglich: 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, get ready for the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.                 
                                                         
DAY 10: MOSCOW
Moscow, the capital of Russia, is situated between the banks of the rivers Oka and Volga. A metropolis of 10 million people, Moscow today is not only the seat of the Russian government but also home to many world renowned attractions! (B, L, D)
  • PM City sightseeing by bus: A 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.
  • Optional evening: Moscow Circus.
                                                  
DAY 11: MOSCOW
Another exciting day lies ahead for you to immerse yourself in this bustling city. (B, L, D)
    • AM Kremlin Tour: Get an inside look at the Kremlin and 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.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure 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.
  • Optional evening: National dance show or Moscow by night tour
DAY 12: MOSCOW -  HOME                          DISEMBARKATION: 09:00 am                     
Bid your crew and fellow passengers goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flights home. (B)