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Russia River Cruises

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.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

  • Russian Treasures

    Moscow 11 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2695pp Save £1000pp!

    Explore the magnificent cities of St Petersburg, Yaroslavl and Moscow on this essential river cruise with visits to Kizhi Island and the tiny island village of Mandrogi. Includes return flights from the UK and unique Insider Experiences.

  • Waterways of the Tsars

    Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg 12 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3045pp Save up to £750pp on 2020 departures!

    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

  • Treasures of Russia

    St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow 12 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3595pp
  • Imperial Russia

    Kremlin, Moscow 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4170pp Save £250pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers, free airport lounge and fast track security pass!
  • Imperial Waterways of Russia

    Church of St Dimitri, Uglich 11 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4509pp Save up to 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!
  • Russian Waterways

    St Basil's Cathedral, Russia 12 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4695pp Save £750pp PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!
  • Russian Jewels

    Kizhi Church 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4970pp Save £250pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers, free airport lounge and fast track security pass!

About Russia 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

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.