On a journey beginning with three lavish nights in the former imperial capital of St. Petersburg — where you will enjoy special access to extravagant palaces and spectacular art collections — embark the luxurious Volga Dream for an elegant, six-night river voyage through the heartland of Russia. Along the way, stop in less-visited but unmissable Golden Ring towns for a look at the region's colorful ancient character. Enjoy stunning scenery as you cross Europe's largest freshwater lake, then call at the village of Svirstroy. Visit two medieval monasteries in Goritsy, and explore the magical island of Kizhi, home to spectacular wooden churches with glittering domes. Venture to Uglich, founded a thousand years ago, to hear an a cappella choir inside a 15th-century lakeside church. Disembark in Russias capital city, where an optional postlude is offered. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will add to the pleasures of this voyage.