River cruises in Russia

Travelling the immense course of the Volga, experience the vast scale of Russia’s serene countryside

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Discover the remarkable charms of Russia

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 from Emerald Waterways.
Recognised as the lifeblood of Russia, the river is affectionately known as Mother Volga, and holds the impressive title of Europe’s longest river. Half of Russia’s agriculture owes its success to the river and its tributaries, demonstrating the waterway’s important presence in this mighty nation.
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The vivacious Volga

Travelling the immense course of the Volga, experience the vast scale of Russia’s serene countryside, and visit charming villages such as Mandrogi, Kizhi and Goritsy, where welcoming locals hold-true to a traditional way of life centuries in the making.Throughout your journey, special EmeraldPLUS opportunities help you experience more of this fascinating and enigmatic country, introducing rare cultural insights that define this proud nation.

The great Volga River offers immersive passage through the vast wilds of Russia, where lakes the size of inland seas help to sustain traditional villages, centuries of years old. Between St Petersburg and Moscow, you’ll visit a string of these typical Russian communities, from Mandrogi with its charming wooden ‘izba’ houses and traditional handicrafts, to Goritsy and Kirillo-Belozersky, a Russian Orthodox Church founded in 1397.

In Uglich, an ancient town of Old Russia forming part of the Golden Ring of Moscow, 1,000 years of history is yours to discover, from a tour of the Cathedral of Transfiguration to the Church of St Dmitry, where Ivan the Terrible’s son was reputedly murdered. The ancient city of Yaroslavl boasts an equally colourful past, and a walking tour promises an array of heritage wonders, including the Church of St Ilya the Prophet, a triumph of Russian architecture and ornate frescoes.

Our Imperial Charms of Russia itinerary gives you the chance to:

  • Explore Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as a string of traditional towns and villages on the banks of the Volga
  • Visit Moscow’s Cosmonaut Museum with EmeraldPLUS
  • Stroll around the grounds of the Kremlin, then enjoy a trip to the State Armoury which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts

Trace the legacy of the Soviet Union in Moscow

Moscow wears its storied heritage proudly, with every building, chapel and cobbled plaza ingrained in the history of the capital. From Saint Basil’s Cathedral, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, to Red Square, where you can almost hear the boots of the Red Army marching on the flagstones; there are few European cities whose history is quite as prevalent in the present day as Moscow.

Of all periods in Russian history, the Soviet era conjures the most intrigue, and nowhere is this heritage more evident than Moscow. Visit the final resting place of Vladimir Lenin at Lenin’s Mausoleum, walk the grounds of the authoritative Kremlin, marvel at the socialist architecture of the GUM department store, and talk to real cosmonauts about Russia’s role in the great Cold War Space Race. Throughout your Moscow city tour, expert local guides are on hand to provide additional information and insights, helping you unravel the enigma of this impressive city.

The MS Rossia

The traditional and authentic MS Rossia was built to sail the iconic waters of Russia. Spread out over five decks, your river ship provides the perfect vessel from which to see this fascinating country in all its glory.

A fantastic selection of modern amenities encourage you to truly settle into your home away from home, including a restaurant serving Russian-influenced European fine-dining, the Tsar Bar, where you can relax with your favourite tipples with panoramic views of the unfolding scenery, a library and a wellness centre, offering a range of sumptuous treatments. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and relax in your spacious cabin, complete with hotel-style bed, television, Wi- Fi and refrigerator, as your outside-facing window frames the beautiful scenery passing by.