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The Imperial Charms of Russia

Captivating cities, imperial grandeur and spectacular scenery



Book your 12-Day Russian river cruise from just £2,395 per person.

Discover Russia’s fascinating past and witness its unrivalled imperial grandeur during visits to some of the country’s most captivating cities and picturesque villages. Marvel at the spectacular scenery as you sail Russia’s famous waterways from St. Petersburg to Moscow on this wonderfully insightful 12-day river cruise, travelling on-board our specially chartered MS Rossia.

Your captivating journey encompasses visits to traditional villages, magnificent cathedrals, ancient cities and historical sites, as part of our many included excursions and EmeraldPLUS activities, all of which provide an authentic insight into this gloriously complex country.



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We want you to have complete peace-of-mind when travelling with Emerald Waterways, so our inclusive promise ensures all you have to worry about is enjoying your holiday. Our exceptional Emerald Value ensures the following are included with our Russia river cruise.

  • 11 nights in a Comfort Cabin on-board MS Rossia
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director throughout your cruise
  • 32 meals including 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • 2 drinks per guest with lunch and dinner on-board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available on-board at all times 
  • 9 shore excursions
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities 
  • In cabin Wi-Fi 
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Airport transfers to and from your ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

EmeraldPLUS Activities

  • Visit to Cosmonault Museum
  • Visit to State of Armoury 

Included Excursions

  • Guided bus tour of St. Petersburg
  • Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Visit to Mandrogi
  • Tour to the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island
  • Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Tour to Yaroslavl
  • Visit to Uglich
  • Guided tour of Moscow

MS Rossia – On-Board Facilities 

  • Onegin Restaurant serving European cuisine 
  • Panorama Tsar Bar
  • President Bar and Lounge
  • On-board Library
  • Panoramic Sun Deck with chairs and loungers 
  • Air conditioning in all cabins
  • Safe, fridge and hairdryer in all cabins
  • LCD TV
  • In-cabin Wi-Fi

The Vivacious Volga

miles long
of the river's supply is snow



Beginning in St. Petersburg. the ‘Venice of the North’ is a fitting place to start. The capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a guided bus tour of the city and visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest in the world and formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars. Then it’s onwards to Mandrogi, a picturesque village on the river Svir. Dotted with colourful wooden houses called ‘izbas’, you’ll have the opportunity to admire traditional handicrafts and visit the Vodka Museum, to learn about one the country’s most famous exports.




Kizhi is your next port of call, where you will admire the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Enjoy a walking tour of the Open-Air Museum of Architecture with its restored 18th-century wooden buildings and the Church of Transfiguration, built in 1714. In Goritsy, your included excursion takes you to the Monastery of this typically Russian village, associated with the infamous Ivan the Terrible. The Ancient city of Yaroslavl, with its many monuments as a reminder of a colourful past, is asking to be explored on your guided tour of the World Heritage-listed centre, taking in sites like the 12th-Century Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the oldest along the Volga River. And, in Uglich, you’ll embark on a walking tour of its many sites, including the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the exact site where Ivan the Terrible’s son, Dmitry, was murdered. 

Moscow is your impressive climax to an insightful week getting to know Russia. A sprawling metropolis with its famous architecture and 860-year-old history, the capital city is located on the banks of the Moskva and invites the opportunity for much exploration. On a guided tour, visit the Red Square, featuring the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, as well as the Lenin Mausoleum and the State Historical Museum. Add another dimension to your stay with a visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics to learn about the country’s accomplishments in space exploration, before a visit to the Kremlin invites you on a tour of the armoury, housing priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts. A Russian river cruise with Emerald Waterways will bring to life the Russia you have always imagined discovering, leaving you with wonderful memories to cherish for years to come.

Day 1. UK > St. Petersburg (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 2. St. Petersburg (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 3. St. Petersburg (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 4. St. Petersburg (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 5. Mandrogi (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 6. Kizhi (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 7. Goritsy (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 8. Yaroslavl (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 9. Uglich (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 10. Moscow (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 11. Moscow (Click to expand ⬇️)
Day 12. Moscow > UK (Click to expand ⬇️)


UK > St. Petersburg > Mandrogi > Kizhi > Goritsy > Yaroslavl > Uglich > Moscow > UK

  Comfort Cabin - E Deluxe Cabin - C      
Departure Date WAS NOW WAS NOW
26/05/2018 £2,895 £2,395 £3,045 £2,545
09/07/2018 £2,995 £2,495 £3,145 £2,645
02/09/2018 £2,895 £2,395 £3.045 £2,545


Guests planning to visit Russia will need to arrange a Russian Visa. This involves attending the visa application centre to provide your biometric fingerprints, pay an official fee and submit your application in person. Further details and visa requirements can be found by following this link

All prices shown are per person.

Our Russian river cruise operates on board a specially chartered ship and therefore has different facilities to the Emerald Waterways’ Star-Ship.