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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Imperial Charms of Russia

Visit ancient folk communities and the magnificent Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl on this 11-night river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

River Cruise Holiday
  • Catherine's Palace, St Petersburg
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Kizhi Church
  • Uglich
  • Yaroslavl
  • St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

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Begin this superb cruise in the magnificent city of St Petersburg whose highlights include the Nevsky Prospect and impressive State Hermitage, one of the world's most impressive museums.

Cruise along the Svir River to the village of Mandrogi, home to the Vodka Museum, then sail across Lake Onega to the island of Kizhi which boasts the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the spectacular Transfiguration Church, built without a single nail.

Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, and discover the magnificent Golden Ring cities of Yaroslavl and Uglich. See the colourful onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral, the famous Museum of Cosmonautics and the priceless treasures of the Kremlin's State Armoury in the historic city of Moscow.

EM140 Operated by Emerald Waterways


Imperial Charms of Russia Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - St Petersburg (Russia)

Fly from the UK to St Petersburg and transfer to your ship, Rossia. (D)

Day 2 - St Petersburg

Join the guided city tour with highlights including the Nevsky Prospect, the monument to Catherine the Great and Saint Isaac's Cathedral before enjoying a Captain's Welcome Reception on board this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - St Petersburg

Explore the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world and home to Russia's royal art collection of more than three million works. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - St Petersburg

Today you are free to explore the sights at leisure. Perhaps visit one of the many churches, museums or palaces including Peterhof Palace, with its landscaped gardens, beautiful fountains and French Gothic interiors. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Mandrogi

Visit the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi which brings Russia's past to life. Inside its wooden houses, craftsman fashion matryoshkas, the famous nesting dolls. There will be free time to explore the village's attractions including the Vodka Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Kizhi

On the small island of Kizhi enjoy a walking tour of the Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the magnificent Church of Transfiguration, constructed out of wood in 1714 without a single nail. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Goritsy

Enjoy a visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, which houses the Assumption Cathedral and ancient icons which were revered by Ivan the Terrible. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Yaroslavl

Explore Yaroslavl, founded in the 11th century and considered to be one of Russia's most beautiful cities. Discover the World Heritage-listed historic centre on a walking tour, visit the spectacular Church of Elijah the Prophet with its 17th-century frescoes and wander the grounds of the Savior-Transfiguration Monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Uglich

Uglich is a Golden Ring city in Old Russia. Join the walking tour and visit the impressive Church of St Dimitry on the Blood. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Moscow

Enjoy a city tour of Moscow, Russia's capital. See the highlights including Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the Lenin Mausoleum. This afternoon your EmeraldPlus activity takes you to the Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about the country's accomplishments within space exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Moscow

Visit the Kremlin Grounds, the symbol of Moscow and the seat of the Russian government. Tour the State Armoury on your EmeraldPlus activity and see the priceless treasures, from the czars’ coronation robes to the famous Fabergé eggs. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Moscow - UK

Disembark Rossia after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 11-night full board cruise on board Rossia
  • Return flights from London Heathrow
  • Overseas transfers
  • 9 guided excursions
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 2 drinks per person with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes