Volga river cruises

Over 2,000 miles long, the Volga flows from the Valdai Hills through central Russia, this important river offers an authentic cruising experience.

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Sweeping through Russia’s heartland on a 2,294-kilometre journey from the Valdai Hills to the Caspian Sea, the Volga is Europe’s longest river, and a cornerstone of Russian tradition, culture and folklore. This extraordinary passageway introduces the wonders of Russia in all their splendour – from the elegant boulevards of St Petersburg to the rich traditions of Mandrogi, Goritsy and Yaroslavl. 
Join us on the great Mother Volga and immerse in the iconic heritage of one of the world’s most enigmatic destinations. Our Cruise Experts have hand-selected special encounters that let you experience more of this timeless Russian passage, so you can discover its colourful traditions and tumultuous cultural legacy at your own pace.

From the historic flagstones of Moscow’s Red Square, where you’ll marvel at the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the socialist GUM department store, to the charming timber ‘izbas’ houses of folklore-laden Mandrogi; Russia is full of immense contrasts, and the Volga is your gateway through this arresting land.

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.

Experience Russia's mighty cities on the Mother Volga

The Volga flows through or near to 11 of Russia’s largest cities, so you can experience the imperial elegance of St Petersburg and the deep history of Moscow in one seamless journey.

From Mariinsky Theatre to the Church of Our Saviour on Blood; St Petersburg boasts some of Russia’s most remarkable heritage wonders. The country’s second city was developed by Peter the Great in the 18th century, who sought to challenge Western ideals, designing a city of immense beauty and cultural grandeur. The city’s Hermitage Museum promises to be a highlight of your river cruise, with a massive collection of art and artefacts which document some of Russia’s great artistic triumphs.

In Moscow, the cultural discovery takes a more poignant tone, as the magnificent Red Square conjures images of Russia’s Soviet legacy. Marvel at the vast, medieval walls of the Kremlin and step beneath the colourful onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, before joining a local expert for a guided tour of the city’s magnificent underground system, unchanged since the 1920s. Your Moscow city tour culminates in a visit to the fascinating National Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll explore artefacts from the USSR’s Cold War Space Race, and have the opportunity to speak to a former Soviet cosmonaut.

Revealing the rich traditions of Russia

Step beyond Russia’s sprawling cities, and a land of rich tradition and folklore, dotted with charming heritage towns, is revealed. The Volga coils through vast landscapes where local people stay true to a traditional way of life, transporting you from the Golden Ring of Moscow ­– home to cities such as Yaroslavl ­– to curious rural villages including Mandrogi, which rely on the region’s immense lakes and reservoirs for their survival.

One of the most fascinating heritage destinations on your Russian river cruise itinerary is Kizhi, a small island located on the vast inland sea of Lake Onega. Here, a cluster of ancient wooden houses offers a fascinating glimpse into local life in Russia’s most rural backwaters, and you’ll enjoy an immersive walking tour in the town’s Open Air Museum of Architecture, which showcases buildings preserved since the 18th century.

Traditional Russian life is also wonderfully captured in the typical village of Goritsy, where a visit to the 13th-century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery allows you to delve into the legacy of Ivan the Terrible, a former Russian Tsar who is thought to have sought refuge in the monastery’s ancient Assumption Cathedral.

From St Petersburg to Moscow and everywhere in between, our Volga river cruise itineraries bring the traditions, customs and culture of Russia to life, so you’re guaranteed authentic travel experiences you’ll treasure for a lifetime.