History and folklore play out beautifully on the Volga, Russia’s proud waterway. Step on-board the MS Rossia and follow a captivating route from St Petersburg to Moscow, experiencing authentic life across this enigmatic nation.
Grand in scale, St Petersburg embodies Russia’s imperial might. The city is littered with architectural highlights, including the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, the Kazan, and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – with Emerald Waterways, you’ll witness these and more on a guided bus tour. A visit to the Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars, offers yet more cultural immersion in the captivating ‘Venice of the North’.
Travelling east, we visit the village of Mandrogi on the banks of Lake Ladoga. The landscape here is dotted with ‘izba’ houses, and you’ll admire local handicrafts which tell of the region’s rich folklore. Next is Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, and Uglich, one of Old Russia’s most beloved towns, and the former home of Ivan the Terrible.
Moscow, Russia’s inimitable capital, boasts some of Europe’s most significant heritage sights –reflecting 800 years of turbulent history. Walk the flagstones of Red Square, marvelling at St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the unfathomable Kremlin. Or, visit the State Armoury on an EmeraldPLUS excursion, discovering the military might of this proud country.