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Russian River Cruises

Discover Russia on the waterways of the Tsars – the scenic rivers, canals and lakes which connect Russia’s two old imperial capitals, Moscow and St Petersburg

Explore historic and fascinating cities on a Russian voyage - Moscow with its wide avenues, famous Red Square and the Kremlin contrasting with the magnificently crafted buildings of St Petersburg and its Winter Palace set on a network of canals.

  • View of the Kremlin
  • Uglich
  • Yaroslavl

About Russian River Cruises

In Moscow see St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, the Kremlin, GUM Department Store, and the ornate Metro system. In St Petersburg enjoy the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace, Peterhof Palace with its Grand Cascade, and Catherine’s Summer Palace at Pushkin.

See the architecture of old Russia and the magnificent treasure troves of art in the famous Golden Ring cities. Visit mysterious Kizhi Island, the city of Uglich, and ancient Yaroslavl. Experience the countryside that has inspired generations of poets, painters and composers.

Treasures of Russia combines a 6-night cruise on small ship Volga Dream with 3-night hotel stays in central Moscow and St Petersburg meaning the hotel is located just minutes away from the main sights. Waterways of the Tsars and Imperial Waterways of Russia spend the full length of itinerary onboard the ship, both mooring for 3 nights in Moscow and St Petersburg. All three cruises include guided shore excursions with English-speaking guides.


Peterhof Cascade in St PeterbsurgPeterhof Cascade The Winter Palace, St PetersburgThe Winter Palace

Cruise Collection

  • Russian Treasures

    11 Nights - St Petersburg to Moscow

    Rossia Rossia

    Explore the magnificent cities of St Petersburg, Yaroslavl and Moscow on this premium river cruise with visits to Kizhi Island and the tiny island village of Mandrogi. Includes return flights from the UK and unique Insider Experiences. 2019 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep Save £1000pp!

    Moscow Fly Cruise Package
    From £2395pp
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  • Waterways of the Tsars

    12 Nights - St Petersburg to Moscow

    Viking Akun Choice of Ships

    Explore the magnificent cities of St Petersburg and Moscow and discover the spectacular Golden Ring cities of Yaroslavl, Uglich and Goritzy. Includes excursions, flights and transfers 2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2019 on sale now - save £1000pp!

    Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg Fly Cruise Package
    From £2795pp
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  • Footsteps of the Cossacks

    10 Nights - Kiev to Odessa

    Viking Sineus Viking Sineus

    Follow in the footsteps of the Cossacks on this unique voyage along the Dnieper River to the Black Sea exploring the heart of the Ukraine, with 3-night stops in the fascinating cities of Kiev and Odessa. Includes excursions and flight package from the UK 2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2019 on sale now - save £1000pp!

    Micheal's Church, Kiev Fly Cruise Package
    From £2895pp
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  • Jewels of Russia

    10 Nights - St Petersburg to Moscow

    Kronshtadt Kronshtadt

    Set sail on an enchanting journey of discovery along the Russian waterways on this premium river cruise, with a 3-night stop in opulent St Petersburg, a 2-night stop in historic Moscow, and visits to Kizhi Island and the Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. Includes return flights from the UK and unique Insider Experiences. 2018 - Jul, Aug

    Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg Fly Cruise Package
    From £2895pp
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  • Treasures of Russia

    12 Nights - Moscow to St Petersburg

    Volga Dream Volga Dream

    See the sights during 3-night hotel stays in central Moscow and St Petersburg, and enjoy a 6-night cruise along the beautiful Russian Waterways on boutique ship Volga Dream on this unique holiday, with return flights from the UK and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Special flight inclusive package price!

    St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow Fly Cruise Package
    From £3245pp
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  • Imperial Waterways of Russia

    12 Nights - Moscow to St Petersburg

    River Victoria River Victoria

    Discover history and traditions on this voyage along the waterways of Russia with four-day stays in the magnificent cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2018 - Jun, Jul 2019 - May, Jun, Jul Save 10% on 2019 departures!

    Church of St Dimitri, Uglich Fly Cruise Package
    From £4049pp
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  • Russian Waterways

    12 Nights - St Petersburg to Moscow

    Valentina Valentina

    Explore the Russian Waterways from St Petersburg to Moscow visiting the magnificent Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl and Kizhi Island on board a luxury ship. Includes return flights from the UK, private home-to-airport transfers, overnight hotel stays in St Petersburg and Moscow, complimentary drinks on board, Freedom of Choice Touring and Signature Experiences 2019 - May, Sep Save £750pp on 2019 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    St Basil's Cathedral, Russia Fly Cruise Package
    From £4345pp
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Russian River Highlights

Goritsy (Russia)

In this small, remote Russian village, the locals use their gardens and community plots to grow their own vegetables. Tours may include a visit to a private house for an introduction to local traditions, or to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in the 14th century beside the Sheksna River, where there is a cathedral and numerous small wooden chapels.


Kherson (Ukraine)

The port of Kherson is situated beside the Black Sea and the Dnieper River, surrounded by nature reserves and vineyards. The town's fortress contains the cathedral of St Catherine where Prince Potemkin is buried. Excursions by boat through the Dnieper Delta to Fisherman's Island may be available, with views of the region's rich flora and fauna on the way.


Kiev (Ukraine)

Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and one of Europe's oldest cities. Its two chief sights are the lovely St Sophia Cathedral and the Monastery of the Caves, an intricate complex of churches founded by monks from Mount Athos in Greece. Stroll lively Independence Square and Andrew's Descent, a cobblestone street lined with restaurants and vendors.


Kizhi Island (Russia)

Kizhi is one of over a thousand islands in Lake Onega and is the largest open-air museum in Russia. There are dozens of remarkable wooden buildings to see, constructed without nails. Some are local to the island and others were moved to Kizhi in the 1950s. The famous three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church has 32 domes.

Kizhi Island

Moscow (Russia)

Russia’s capital is a bustling metropolis with numerous famous landmarks. These include Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre, St Basil’s Cathedral, Tverskaya Street, the Kremlin and Armoury Museum, the famous GUM department store and Lenin’s Tomb.


Sevastopol (Ukraine)

Sevastopol port began as an 18th-century military fortress and is now a busy commercial port as well as the base for Russia's Black Sea Fleet. The interesting tunnels of the former Soviet Underground Submarine Base are open to visitors, and other attractions include St Vladimir Cathedral, the remains of the Greek city of Chersonese and the excellent Panorama Museum in the valley of Balaklava, which depicts the defence of Sevastopol during the Charge of the Light Brigade.


St Petersburg

The imperial city of St Petersburg is full of treasures. Important works by Italian Renaissance artists, Rembrandt, Matisse and Picasso are on display in the vast Hermitage Museum, which is housed in the extravagant Winter Palace. Peterhof Palace was inspired by Versailles, and perhaps outshines it. See the lavish fountains, culminating in the splendour of the Grand Cascade. Perhaps visit the suburb of Pushkin and the onion-domed Catherine's Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, or Mariinksy Theatre, formerly the Kirov Ballet.

St Petersburg (Russia)

Uglich (Russia)

Although Uglich is one of Russia's Golden Ring cities, it is a town well away from the tourist trail. Its key sights are the Church of St Dimitri, built where Ivan the Terrible's son Dmitry was found dead, and Uglich's kremlin which contains Spaso-Preobrazhenski Cathedral. There is also a Vodka Musuem where tastings are included in the entry fee.


Yalta (Ukraine)

Yalta has a lovely sea promenade, the Lenin Embankment, which leads to Alexandra Nevsky Cathedral, ornately decorated with golden domes. The town is forever associated with the 1945 Yalta Conference which was held at Livadia Palace, formerly the summer retreat of Russia's last Tsar. Tours may include the palace and Nikita Botanical Garden, which has over 50,000 plant species.


Yaroslavl (Russia)

Yaroslavl is one of Russia's historic Golden Ring cities, and one of the most beautiful. From the historical centre, Svobody Street leads to the ancient walls of Spassky monastery, and close to the Volga River is the Church of Elia the Prophet which is famous for its wonderful frescoes. Yaroslavl is also the site of Russia's oldest theatre, the Volkov, built in 1750.


Zaporozhye (Ukraine)

Zaporozhye was a Cossack stronghold for several hundred years, and opposite Zaporozhye on Khortitsa Island is an interesting Cossack museum.