Waterways of Russia

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JUN. 28 - JUL. 9, 2017 From $5,495
St. Petersburg, Kizhi Island, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Moscow
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Waterways of Russia

JUN. 28 - JUL. 9, 2017
St. Petersburg, Kizhi Island, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Moscow
Aboard MS Volga Dream

Experience the timeless pageantry and traditional folkways of Russia as revealed along the scenic rivers, lakes and canals that link St. Petersburg with Moscow. Cruise for 10 nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, 90-passenger MS Volga Dream.  The trip includes two nights aboard ship in St. Petersburg, czar Peter the Great’s “ window on the West,”  featuring a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, and two nights in fabled Moscow, the political and commercial capital of the world’s largest country, with a visit to the Kremlin to see the magnificent collection of Fabergé eggs. Between these two grand cultural capitals, explore the old-world heartland from 10th-century Uglich and medieval Yaroslavl, rustic remnants of Old Russia, to the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery near Goritsy and the legendary open-air museum of Kizhi Island.

Cost: From $5,495
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • A 10-night, small ship journey through the heart of Russia.
  • Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Russian river ship M.S. VOLGA DREAM.
  • Tour Imperial Russia in comfort.
  • Port calls in Russian gems such as Kizhi Island and Yaroslavl.
  • Time to explore St. Petersburg and Moscow.
  • Visit four of Russia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Specially reserved admittance to the State Hermitage Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit the Kremlin Armory.
  • Absolute best value for a deluxe river cruise in Russia!
  • St. Petersburg Pre-Cruise and Moscow Post-Cruise Options.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department of History
Arch Getty's specialty is the history of the Soviet Communist Party and the Stalin period. He has published six books and more than 50 articles, and was the first to use Soviet secret police archives to publish exact data on the number of Stalin's victims. Each year, Getty works in the political archives of the former Soviet Communist Party in Russia. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, visiting scholar at the Sorbonne in Paris and visiting professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Getty is the founder and director of Praxis International, which facilitates research travel to and archival access in Russia. He has worked and lived in Russia for more than 30 years.



Exclusively chartered, the deluxe M.S. VOLGA DREAM sets the standard for ships cruising the waterways of Russia. Its meticulous design, elegant appointments and richly deserved reputation for impeccable service provide guests with an unprecedented level of luxury on Russia’s waterways.

Each river-view Suite and Cabin features a wood- and marble-accented private bathroom, one queen bed or two twin beds, individual climate control, telephone, satellite television, minibar, safe, radio and plush robes. Most accommodations have one large picture window.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served in single, unassigned seatings in the dining room. Skilled chefs specialize in the preparation of savory continental and local cuisine. Complimentary house wine and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. Coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.
The inviting lounge offers live music, a well-stocked bar and panoramic windows, and the library has Internet access. The full-length Sun Deck with teak planking and deck chairs recreates the ambiance of an oceangoing yacht. The ship has a boutique, hair salon, fitness room, sauna and laundry service.

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How to Book

Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Thomas P. Gohagan & Company. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.