Europe & Baltic Cruises
(Black Sea Cruise, Volga Cruise)
(Moscow, St. Petersburg)
Sail the waters of the Black Sea into the heart of Eastern Europe, visiting Turkey, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria on a luxurious ocean cruise then continue to Russia where you’ll experience top cities Moscow and St. Petersburg, brought together by a multi-night voyage on the Volga River.
Begin and end your first cruise journey in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul, formerly known as both Byzantium and Constantinople, megacities of the ancient world. Sail to Ukraine where you'll uncover Yalta - full of fortresses and palaces, Sevastopol - with its naval warfare importance, and Odessa - known as the "Pearl of the Black Sea". You'll continue to Romania's Constanta, which dates back more than 2,500 years, initially founded by the Greeks as a fishing village. Sail to Bulgaria to explore Nesebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring an amazing mix of historic Greek and Roman architectural remains. Make your way inside the restricted borders of Russia, with a magnificent discovery of the nation’s capital, Moscow, prior to embarking a second cruise. Sail the Volga River, making stops at port towns along the way, eventually coming to St. Petersburg, where you’ll have a private guide leading you through the beauty of this living remnant of Peter the Great.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
The Four Seasons Bosphorus (5*) is located in one of Istanbul's trendiest and most naturally beautiful neighbourhoods. A chic city retreat on Istanbul’s glorious seafront is surrounded by indigo waters and mountaintops. The building is a former 19th-century Ottoman palace that was transformed into a hotel sanctuary of luxury and comfort. Experience a seldom-seen side of Istanbul, with legendary Four Seasons service there to ensure you enjoy every moment of your luxury hotel stay in Istanbul.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with a private guide who will show you the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, and Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans. The Harem section of Topkapi Palace is not included.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.
During this full day tour, you will be driven to Devrent Valley and then to Pasabagi Valley, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From here you will be driven to Avanos, the famous pottery town, to have lunch. After lunch you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will be driven to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, with a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pidgeon Valley.
Cappadocia Cave Resort (5*), offers a luxurious Cappadocia Resort Experience. The hotel is located on the top of the Cappadocia which covered the all parts of Pigeon Valley after Uchisar Castle in Uchisar. It is 4km far away from Göreme which has the the biggest Open Air Museum of the world, 10km from Pasabag and Zelve, 15km from Avanos and Ürgüp and 30km from Nevsehir Airport. The resort offers breathtaking panoramic views over the magical lunar landscape of Cappadocia; five star dining experiences, cozy and intimate guest rooms, a very exclusive, private spa and memories to last a lifetime. Time stops along the historic sights of Cappadocia, a calming resort and spa retreat nestled among the Rock carved dwellings of Uchisar.
Enjoy a full day tour in Capadoccia and visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit the subterrenean city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several levels underground. You will be driven to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
Enjoy a direct flight from Kayseri airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour.
In Istanbul, enjoy a port transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll overnight at port this evening.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The newest vessel in the Silversea family, Silver Spirit offers the distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle Silversea guests adore, plus enticing enhancements including Stars Supper Club, an Asian-themed restaurant, an expansive 8,300-square-foot spa, a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and the largest suites in the Silversea fleet — 95% with private verandas. The Silver Spirit offers guests comfortable and spacious accommodations where you can relax, or alternately, the many facilities on board like the casino, beauty salon, pool deck, boutique shopping offer guests entertainment and indulgence aplenty.
This morning you'll have an early departure from Istanbul, making the northeastern voyage across the Black Sea to Yalta.
The Port of Istanbul is the most important one in the country. The old port on the Golden Horn serves primarily for personal navigation, while Karaköy port in Galata is used by the large cruise liners. Istanbul is a major highlight for any cruise in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, with ships arriving in from the Marmara Sea, past the Princes' Islands and Golden Horn to dock at the start of the Bosphorus strait, between Asia and Europe. The main cruise ship ports used in Istanbul are usually on the European side of the city, about 30 mins from the Old City.
Yalta is a city in Crimea, southern Ukraine, on the north coast of the Black Sea. The city is located on the site of an ancient Greek colony, said to have been founded by Greek sailors who were looking for a safe shore on which to land. Yalta has a beautiful embankment along the Black Sea. People can be seen strolling there all seasons of the year, and it also serves as a place to gather and talk, to see and be seen. There are several beaches to the left and right of the embankment. The city also has a drama theater, plenty of restaurants, and an open-air market.
Sevastopol is a port city in Ukraine, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimea peninsula. After World War II, Sevastopol was entirely rebuilt. Many top architects and civil engineers from Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and other cities and thousands of workers from all parts of the USSR took part in the rebuilding process which was mostly finished by the mid-1950s. Attractions include the Chersonessos National Archeological Reserve, The Panorama Museum and the The Black Sea Fleet Museum.
Odessa is a major seaport located on the shore of the Black Sea. Local attractions include; Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, Tolstoy Palace, Vorontsov Palace, Novikov Palace, Potocki Palace (Fine Arts museum) and Gagarin Palace (Literary museum). It is also known for its huge outdoor market, the Seventh-Kilometer Market, the biggest market of its kind in Europe. It has an international airport, and passenger ships and ferries connect Odessa with Istanbul, Haifa, and Varna.
Enjoy a half day tour of Odessa with Cathedrals. Odessa is known for the mixture of regions and nationallities. Visit the most beautiful churches such as: Ukrainian Orthodox and Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Moslem, Protestant and Greek Orthodox, Karaime and Judaic. Entrance fees are included in the tour cost.
Constanta is the oldest living city in Romania, founded around 600 BC. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. One of the largest cities in Romania, Constanta is now an important cultural and economic center, worth exploring for its archaeological treasures and the atmosphere of the old town center. Its historical monuments, ancient ruins, grand Casino, museums and shops, and proximity to beach resorts make it the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism. Open-air restaurants, nightclubs and cabarets offer a wide variety of entertainment. Regional attractions include traditional villages, vineyards, ancient monuments and the Danube Delta, the best preserved delta in Europe.
Excursion in the city and to Ancient Histria, also called the Romanian Pompei, along Lake Sinoe. Ancient Histria or Istros was a Greek colony on the Black Sea coast, established by Milesian settlers to trade with the native Getae. It became the first Greek town on the present day Romanian territory. Originally situated on a peninsula about 5km east of the modern Romanian commune of Istria, on the Dobruja coast, the ancient seashore has since been transformed into the western shore of Sinoe Lake, as the Danube's silt deposits formed a shoal which closed off the ancient coastline.
Nesebar is an ancient town and one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, located in Burgas Province. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" and "Bulgaria's Dubrovnik", Nesebar is a rich city-museum defined by more than three millennia of ever-changing history. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations and seaports on the Black Sea, and its abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to include Nesebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.
This morning you'll arrive back in Istanbul, where you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
A welcome package with small wooden doll Matreshka, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Hotel National (5*) is uniquely located just off the Red Square in the very heart of the historical and cultural centre of Moscow. Its spacious rooms and breathtaking views over the Kremlin have made the National famous worldwide, attracting presidents, royalties, and celebrities. Dine at Moskovsky restaurant, which is considered the best hotel restaurant in Moscow. Its aristocratic Russian and European cuisine, enchanting historical ambience as well as the breathtaking panoramic view over the Kremlin make dining truly unforgettable. As an official member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, The National combines historical ambience, up-to-date convenience and top-notch service with genuine Russian hospitality.
Enjoy a full day private guided city tour of Moscow. During this tour you will get to see the panorama of the Kremlin from the Sophiskaya Embankment, Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Street, Christ The Saviour Cathedral, New Arbat Street, The White House of Russia and Victory Park, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin Walks, Lenin Mausoleum, Alexandrovsky Garden, Manezh Square, and later there will be a chance for some shopping. Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury, and the workplace of the Russian President. The Armoury Palace features weaponry, imperial regalia, and unique art. Entrance fees inside the Kremlin Walls and Armoury Chamber are included.
Novodevichy Convent was founded at the beginning of 16th century. The complex consists of 15 buildings, surmounted by golden domes. For 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was part of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia, and Peter I. For several years, it was even used as a place of imprisonment for disgraced women from noble families. Visit the interesting cemetery, a charming sight, and rich in the spirit of the past hidden behind a wall in the Twentieth century inner city. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The museum represents the history of Russian art from the ancient periods. Its superb collection consists of numerous icons, paintings, sculptures, and graphics. Entrance fees to the monastery and gallery are included.
A transfer between theport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
You will be welcomed on board in the best Russian traditions by women in local dress who will bring you good luck with Russian Bread & Salt. Enjoy a Russian vodka as well as a glass of champagne and snacks. You wil also receive a welcome fresh fruit basket in your cabin.
Fuel Surcharge is included in the cruise cost.
After a two-year comprehensive renovation the Volga Dream I made her maiden voyage in June 2007. The ship carries 109 passengers and has 56 comfortable cabins each, regardless of its category, having either a window (Sun Deck, Promenade Deck, Main Deck) or porthole (Cabin Deck), and is equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, safe deposit box, telephone, flat screen TV offering international satellite TV programs, as well as various radio and music channel options. On board there is a Lounge, Hair Salon, Gift Shop, and a Library (with two computers connected to the Internet), Sun Deck, Laundry Service and a Ship Safe. Wireless internet is available on the sun deck while dial up is available in the cabins. The on board fitness centre includes a stationary bike, running track, and rowing machine. Massages and a sauna are also available to guests.There are various different categories of cabins to choose from.
During your multi day cruise, you will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each full day of your cruise, as well as afternoon tea. There is also a 24 hour coffee station that you are welcome to help yourself to. House wine, draft beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are also included as well as bottled water in your cabin and on your shared shore excursons. In the evenings, enjoy live piano entertainment.
Enjoy a walking tour of Uglich - one of the Golden Ring cities. On your tour, visit the Chapel of Dimitry, a 17th-century architectural treasure built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s young son met his death. Visit the five-domed Church of the Transfiguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis, and enjoy a concert of choral music.
Take in the majesty of the panoramic river view from the comfort of a leather armoire in the elegant wood-paneled lounge. Cocktails, champagne and stunning concerts from the onboard professional pianist take place here every evening whilst during the day you are welcome to avail of the complimentary afternoon tea served from an authentic Russian samovar. Meanwhile in the peaceful library you can pick up a book to read, challenge a friend to a game of chess or bridge and take advantage of the internet access point to keep in touch with friends and family back home.
Enjoy afternoon tea on board.
Yaroslavl is the oldest city on the Volga River, and was unharmed during World War II, and many churches from the 13th to 17th centuries are intact. See the Savior Transfiguration Monastery, adorned with murals depicting Saint John’s apocalyptic visions. Visit the 17th century Church of Elijah the Prophet with its most prized asset – frescoes painted by renowned artists of ancient Russia. Visit a colorful farmer’s market to sample the fruit and buy local foods before returning to your vessel.
Get the most rich experience possible during your cruise by learning about the Russian cultures and traditions. To get around Russia you really need to know the Cyrillic alphabet. With this in mind, you will have the opportunity to learn how to read Russian words and how to sing some famous Russian songs with the onboard Cruise Director. Throughout the trip, a number of Oscar winning Russian films such as Doctor Zhivago and War and Peace on your private flat screen TV will be available for you to view. If you plan on buying some souvenirs but are concerned with knowing what is good and what is bad, have a listen to the Russian Fine Arts and crafts Expert that will be introduced to you who will tell you all the secrets of traditional Russian crafts and show you how to care for them. Have some fun in the kitchen with a number of cooking classes on baord and learn some traditional Russian recipes and insider tricks. You can learn more about the Russian tsars and Russia's turbulent imperial history whilst watching the award-winning BBC documentary on our big screen In Russia there’s nothing more traditional than vodka and you will be taught how to enjoy our national drink the authentic way.
Sail today on the White Lake, once known as the “czar’s fishing grounds.” Dock in Goritsy and tour the Kirillov Belozersky Monastery, founded by the hermit Saint Cyril. The monastery contains the 13th-century Cathedral of the Assumption, with superb frescoes.
The MS Volga Dream has a highly professional crew of 60 personnel who have years of experience of working on the Russian waterways. They take pride in their work and are delighted to show you what life is like behind the scenes on the ship. During the cruise you will have the opportunity to visit the kitchen to watch the Chef reveal the tricks of his trade, enjoy a barmen show from the professional cocktail master, meet the captain up on the bridge and go right into the heart of the ship - the engine rooms.
Cruise Lake Onega to reach a tiny, picturesque Kizhy Island for a walking tour. See the open-air Museum of Architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration, an oniondomed masterpiece with twenty-two cupolas resembling something out of a Russian fairy tale. This amazing church was built without a single nail.
Cruise the scenic Svir River, connecting Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga. Disembark in Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village. You may wish to visit the local crafts’ center to see how famous “matryoshka” dolls are hand painted.
Celebrate the end of your great cruise with a complimentary coktail and regale the high points of your trip with your fellow passengers!
Port transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. You will get to drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect and view the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, and other world celebrities were buried. You will have a chance to visit Peter and Paul's Fortress and St. Isaac Cathedral with the Bronze Horseman. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame. Continuing on you will drive through the Square of Arts, enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Entrance fees to Peter and Paul's Fortress is included.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements, and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum are included.
Choose between one of the various evening entertainment options St. Petersburg has to offer: performances at the Marinsky theater, folklore show in Nikolaevskey palace, a show at the famous Circus, or a river cruise, combined with a folklore show. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding a show to your itinerary during your time in St. Petersburg.
The Ambassador Hotel (4*) is located in the historic centre of St. Petersburg and is only a seven minute walk away from Sadovaya Underground Station. St. Isaac and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Yusupov Gardens are all in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The hotel building is a unique complex that combines an architectural monument of the 19th century and a modern building. There are 251 comfortable rooms at the hotel. All rooms are decorated in tranquil pastel shades with comfortable furniture upholstered in elegant fabrics and luxurious curtains. Bathrooms are equipped with big mirrors and some are decorated with mosaic. All the rooms have a beautiful view of the historic city centre, cozy courtyard or Rimsky-Korsakov avenue.
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