June 11–21, 2015
Discover Moscow's highlights before embarking the new Volga Dream II to cruise Russia's scenic waterways on her inaugural voyage. Visit Uglich, with its five-domed Church of the Transfiguration, and Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga. Cross Lake Beloye, once known as the "tsar's fishing grounds," to Goritsy. Tour the Kirilov-Belozersky Monastery, with its frescoed thirteenth-century Cathedral of the Assumption, and continue to the Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site with magnificent frescoes. Explore the magical architecture of Kizhi Island, and stop at the village of Mandrogi. Disembark in St. Petersburg, a vibrant city of islands, canals, bridges, and pastel-colored palaces. Optional St. Petersburg postlude.
Traveling with You: Maryan Ainsworth, curator in the Department of European Paintings. Explore Maryan's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Noise," about the emotional depth in Jan van Eyck's The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment.
Land/Cruise Rates: from $6,995
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Above: Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhy Island, Russia