Russia river cruises

Full of rich history, colorful culture and indescribable beauty, many mysteries and wonders eagerly await your discovery on our Russia river cruises

Discover the remarkable charms of Russia

Embark on an unforgettable adventure, making memories that will last a lifetime on one of our Russia river cruises. 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 Cruises.
Recognized 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.

MS Nizhny Novgorod

Your specially chartered river ship for this incredible journey, MS Nizhny Novgorod, perfectly encapsulates the traditional heart of Russia. 
Specifically built to sail the magnificent Russian waterways, MS Nizhny Novgorod is a comfortable and traditional river ship, and the perfect base from which to explore the remarkable charms of Russia.
Refurbished during 2019, MS Nizhny Novgorod offers a friendly on board atmosphere, along with a superb selection of on board amenities, including two restaurants, two relaxed bar areas and a solarium and sauna – the ideal spot to relax after a busy day exploring. You will also find an ironing room and a small souvenir store on board. 

2022 Earlybird Offers

Book and deposit on a 2022 Russian River Cruise and save up to $2,000 per couple*. 
  • Save up to $2,000 per couple*
    Book and pay a deposit on a 2022 Russian River Cruise and save up to $1,000pp/$2,000 per couple*. Offer ends 30th Nov 2021.
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*Conditions apply. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our website. Save up to $2,000 per couple available on selected departures until sold out.  Our standard deposit requirements are: non-refundable booking deposit of $100 per person per cruise/tour must be paid at time of booking, with a further $900pp to be paid within 2 days of making a booking. If the itinerary duration is amended and additional nights are included in a tour the additional cost will be surcharged. Any third party suppliers are subject to applicable fares and conditions for travel in the chosen period. Prices, Dates, Taxes and availability correct at 12/07/2020 and subject to change. All offers are subject to availability at time of booking or until sold out, and there are strictly limited cabins available on set departures. Surcharges may apply on credit card transactions
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