Russia River Cruising

Embark on an unforgettable adventure, making memories that will last a lifetime on one of our Russia river cruises.

Vast and proud, Russia is a land of rich tradition and contrast, a place where imperial cities intermingle with time-forgotten villages, and unique customs provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. From Moscow and St Petersburg to the idyllic water-side village of Mandrogi, Russia has much to offer the curious traveller, and you’ll experience its immersive highlights with a river cruise on the Volga River with Emerald Waterways.

Uncover a land suspended in time, with a cultural heritage that is unrivalled and a rich history that can be traced back over the centuries. This enigmatic nation is truly a secret gem, where ancient cities harbour architectural wonders, just waiting to be discovered.

Exceptional EmeraldVALUE

Our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE ensures complete peace of mind. Our expert Journey Planners have carefully designed every aspect of our Imperial Charms of Russia itinerary to ensure you have the best experience possible. With our generous inclusions, all you have to think about is enjoying your holiday. Here are just some of things included in your Russia River Cruise:
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty points
    Get rewarded for your loyalty. Every trip will count towards EXPLORER tier benefits and you’ll earn points per day based on the category of cabin booked.
  • Accommodation
    Enjoy comfortable cabins on board MS Nizhny Novgorod. Plus, keep yourself hydrated with one bottle of complimentary bottled water in your cabin restocked daily.
  • 29 Meals
    During your 11 Day Imperial Charms of Russia cruise you can enjoy 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners included.
  • 2 Drinks per guest
    2 Drinks per guest with lunch and dinner on board. Plus, help yourself to coffee all day with our on board coffee station.
  • First-class service
    Enjoy first-class service from English-speaking crew.
  • Guided Tours
    Enjoy daily guided tours and insightful included excursions through cities, parks and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites with our friendly and knowledgeable local guides.
  • Everything taken care of
    All tipping, gratuities, transfers, porterage, port charges and taxes included*.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    Connect with loved ones back home with our complimentary Wi-Fi on board.

"What a brilliant holiday! Well-organised excursions ensured we got the most out of each day. Great value and one of the best trips we've experienced." - William Page

5 Stars testimonial
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Discover the vivacious Volga River

At over 3,500 kilometres long, the Volga River is the longest in Europe, flowing from the rural Valdai Hills of central Russia all the way to the Caspian Sea.

This symbolic waterway has been an inspiration for writers and artists from around the world for generations, leading to it being affectionately referred to as “Mother Volga” in Russian literature
and folklore.

The mighty Volga remains an important source of water, transport and power as it flows slowly south, fed by lakes and smaller rivers on its journey to the Caspian Sea. Supporting both industry and agriculture as it carves its way through the vast landscape, the Volga River has certainly played a role in shaping the culture and lifestyle of those who reside alongside its banks.

As you journey along the mighty Russian waterways on board our specially chartered river-ship, MS Nizhny Novgorod, take the opportunity to admire the picturesque stretches from the Sun Deck. This superb itinerary also allows you to discover both traditional villages and vibrant cities as you sail from St. Petersburg to Moscow, enjoying an array of insightful included excursions and experiences along the way.

Explore the destinations of Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Moscow

Eight centuries of thought-provoking history are yours to discover in Russia’s capital, Moscow, as we take you right to the heart of the city. Gaze upon the intricate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed St. Basil’s Cathedral and explore monuments dedicated to Russia’s communist past. 

Home to the Kremlin and Red Square, every turn unveils another architectural marvel, as spectacular onion-shaped domes decorate the truly remarkable skyline. Few cities thrill like Moscow, with both history and majesty found here in abundance.
St Petersburg statue, Russia

St. Petersburg

Once the imperial capital of the Russian Empire, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of St. Petersburg is certainly Russia’s cultural centre, with the awe-inspiring architecture of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and so much to see - Smolny Convent, Tavrichesky Palace, Summer Garden and Palace Embankment to name a few.

Pay a visit to the Hermitage Museum, once the official residence of the Romanovs during your included tour. Wander alongside historic canals, passing opulent palaces and lavish cathedrals as you explore a land frozen in time.
Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi, Russia

Kizhi

In contrast to the vibrant cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the small island of Kizhi within Lake Onega promises a truly authentic Russian experience. 

Offering outstanding historic landmarks such as the UNESCO Heritage-Listed site, The Church of the Transfiguration, which was built without using a single nail, as were many of the remarkable buildings which create a fairy-tale like scene with their magnificent domes and bell-towers.
Mandrogi, Russia

Mandrogi

Gracing the banks of the Svir River and home to the Museum of Russian Vodka (with a collection approaching 3,000 various types at the last count),
Mandrogi is home to many local artisans offering craft workshops including painting, wood carving and pottery, not forgetting those that create the famous matryoshka dolls, surely a must have souvenir.

The traditional houses of Mandrogi line cobbled streets, and are adorned with colourful facades and intricate
woodwork.
Kirillov, Russia

Kirillov

Home to one of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Russia, the impressive Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery was founded by St. Cyril of Belozersk at the end of the 15th century, and is one of several monasteries that can be found within the town of Kirillov, a short drive from Goritsy.

The peaceful atmosphere is sure to have a powerful effect on the senses as you learn of the incredible history of one of the largest monasteries in Russia.
Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl

With its UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre,
Yaroslavl is a delight to explore. One of the oldest cities of Russia, surrounded by stunning countryside and residing at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi rivers. The centre is dotted with onion-shaped domes,
remarkable architecture and historic monuments to be discovered.

The historical centre of Yaroslavl is an outstanding example of the town-planning reform, which was
ordered by Catherine The Great, Empress of Russia.
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