Cruise the Russian Waterways from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russia
It’s easier than ever to see Russia these days by cruising along the Russian waterways. Uniworld, AmaWaterways and Viking each offer river cruises that allow you to explore the best of Russia and its amazing architecture.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, AmaWaterways and Viking River Cruises all have perfectly planned 13-day itineraries sailing May through October. Itineraries start in Moscow and end in St. Petersburg (or reverse). Your guided tours to all the famous places and landmarks are included, plus there will be plenty of free time to explore on your own.
Uniworld offers a 13-day “Imperial Waterways of Russia” cruise along Russia’s Volga, Neva & Svir Rivers
You’ll cruise from the Gulf of Finland, through Lake Ladoga, Lake Onega, White Lake and Lake Rybinsk as you pass along the Neva, Svir and Volga Rivers.
On the Russian-style Uniworld River Victoria you’ll enjoy this luxury ship as you cruise along the Russian waterways on an in-depth journey focused on Russian history.
AmaWaterways offers a 13-day “Russian Waterways” cruise through the heart of Russia
On the AmaKatarina. you’ll cruise in style on this newly remodeled ship. Expect a personal experience by visiting a private Russian home and a traditional Russian barbecue.
Viking offers a 13-day “Waterways of the Czars” cruise with 11 guided tours
You’ll board one of the newly remodeled 200-passenger Viking ships. The Viking Rurik, Viking Akun, Viking Helgi, Viking Ingvar or Viking Truvor are, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s poll, the Top River Cruise Ships in 2013.
Here are some of the amazing places you’ll visit on a Russian Waterways cruise:
In Moscow, you’ll be able to see the Kremlin which stands for “fortress” in Russian.
The Kremlin was strategically placed where the Moskva and Neglinnaya Rivers merged.
Moscow’s Red Square was named “red” because it meant “beautiful” in old Russian. It is now the “beating heart” of Russia and home to the lock-stepping soldiers.
A set of wooden stairs was discovered in one of the walls during the restoration of St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Explore some of Russia’s 23 beautiful churches in the small town of Uglich, the center of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Tour the city center of Yaroslavl which is a UNESCO site with over 140 monuments and historical buildings.
Kizhi Island is an open air museum of historical wooden structures. The Church of Intercession was built without any nails—how is that possible?
In Svirstroy you’ll be able to visit a friendly Russian family in their home and try some grilled shashlik (shish kebab). Be sure to grab some Russian goods and handicrafts at the outdoor market on your way back to your ship.
Once you arrive in St. Petersburg, you’ll be able to take an excursion to Pushkin to see St. Catherine’s Palace and the famous Amber room which was restored in 2003.
While in St. Petersburg (aka Leningrad from 1924-1991) you’ll need as much time here as possible to see all the amazing and masterful architecture. It is such a romantic city with all its beautiful buildings like St. Petersburg Palace, St. Isaacs Cathedral and the Hermitage Museum to name just a few.
Peterhof Palace may be the highlight of your cruise with its breathtaking gardens.
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