June 15–25, 2016
See Moscow's highlights and visit the Kremlin before public hours prior to embarking the elegant Volga Dream. Cruise Russia's scenic waterways to discover Uglich, with its five-domed Church of the Transfiguration, and Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga. Cross Lake Beloye, formerly 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 by one of Russia's most renowned icon painters. Explore the magical architecture of Kizhy Island and stop at the village of Mandrogi. Disembark Volga Dream in St. Petersburg, transformed by Peter the Great from marshland into 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. Watch Maryan's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Noise," about Jan van Eyck's Crucifixion and The Last Judgment and his brilliant power of observation.
Land/Cruise Rate: TBA
Activity Level: Light to Moderate
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Above: Kizhy Intercession Cathedral, Russia