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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.

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.

The Kiev to the Black Sea holidays travel the Ukraine along the River Dnieper, the third longest river in Europe, to the Black Sea. From Kiev with its domed St Sophia Cathedral and Pecherskaya monastery the ship passes through gentle rolling countryside dotted with villages and their church domes.

Entering the Black Sea the route visits Catherine the Great’s Odessa, the resort of Yalta, and the port of Sevastapol, noted for the famous siege.

A journey through Russia or Ukraine is more than a holiday. It is a unique cultural experience that will remain in your heart forever.

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.
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.
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.

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  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/EUR passengers


Footsteps of the Cossacks

11 Nights - Kiev to Odessa

Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Sineus Viking Sineus

A unique voyage along the Dneiper through the Ukraine from Kiev to Odessa, taking in traditional Ukrainian towns and cosmopolitan Black Sea ports. Includes excursions and flight package from the UK River Cruise

2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Footsteps of the Cossacks - Ukraine River Cruise from Kiev to the Crimea
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Waterways of the Tsars

12 Nights - St Petersburg to Moscow

Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Ingvar Viking Ingvar

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 River Cruise

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Waterways of the Tsars - Russia River Cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow
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  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Includes gratuities
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board (and at all times on some itineraries)
  • Informal dress code
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/AUS/US passengers
  • Home-to-airport transfers within 75 miles of chosen airport


Russian Waterways

13 Nights - Moscow to St Petersburg

APT Ship - Anastasia Anastasia

Explore the Russian Waterways from Moscow to St Petersburg visiting the magnificent Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl and Kizhi Island on luxury ship Anastasia, new for 2015 following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Includes travel package from the UK, drinks on board and exclusive benefits. River Cruise

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Russian Waterways - Moscow to St Petersburg River Cruise
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  • Includes return travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore


Imperial Waterways of Russia

12 Nights - Moscow to St Petersburg

Uniworld Ship - 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 return flights from the UK River Cruise

2015 - Jul, Aug

Imperial Waterways of Russia River Cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg
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