The largest country in the world, Russia occupies one-seventh of the earth’s landmass and spans eight time zones. Join Arrangements Abroad on a summer river cruise aboard Volga Dream (June 2 – 12, 2018) to explore some of the cities, villages, and landmarks of this vast nation, including ancient towns where few Americans have set foot. Here are our top nine reasons to join this cruise on the Volga River.
1. Amazing art. Russia is home to some of the world’s finest art institutions including the Hermitage, which we will see before opening hours. At the Hermitage, we will also enjoy an exclusive after-hours visit with a champagne reception and live classical music.
2. Kizhi Island. Located near the center of Lake Onega, this stunning island is home to two intricate 18th-century wooden churches as well as an octagonal clock tower. Learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and its unusual architecture.
3. Magical music. At the five-domed Church of the Transfiguration in Uglich, we will attend an a cappella concert and admire the glittering iconostasis surrounding the singers.
4. Russian hospitality. In the village of Svirstroy, we will be welcomed at a resident’s home for tea with jam and pirozkhi (local pies). Learn about Russian tradition and village lifestyle from our hosts.
5. White Nights. During midsummer (from May to late July), the night skies remain luminous in northern latitudes. Experience the magic of St. Petersburg, during this period of the White Nights, when the evening sky never darkens.
6. Glorious gardens. Visit sumptuous Catherine Palace to see the exquisite Amber Room, and enjoy a summer stroll in the formal gardens. At Peterhof, try to outwit the “trick” fountains that Peter the Great installed in the lower gardens.
7. Language lessons. One of the five most spoken languages in the world, Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet instead of Latin. Take advantage of a free class aboard Volga Dream to learn a little about this beautiful language. Get a head start on some basic phrases here: https://youtu.be/jtMP-ucXETo.
8. Take-home treasures. Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls), many of which are handcrafted, come in various shapes and sizes and are a delightful memento. Another popular souvenir is Gzhel, blue and white ceramics made in a village southeast of Moscow.
9. The magnificent Moscow Metro. The city’s subway stations, some of which resemble subterranean art museums, are known as the “People’s Palaces.” Discover their grandeur during an optional prelude program. You may also wish to stroll by the Metropole Hotel, inspiration for the best-selling novel, A Gentleman in Moscow.
|To find out more about our “Waterways of the Tsars” cruise, please contact Christine Echeverri, Client Services Associate, at 212-514-8921 or 1-800-221-1944, or by email at christineE@arrangementsabroad.com
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