Emerald Waterways’ 12-day Imperial Charms of Russia cruise on the Volga River takes place aboard the chartered MS Rossia, and sails between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
The journey also takes guests through parts of Russia’s Golden Ring – a circle of ancient cities and towns famous for preserving the memory of the most significant events in Russian history.
The 12-Day Imperial Charms of Russia sailing commences in St. Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire now boasting a World Heritage Site at the city’s center. A guided coach tour through Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St Petersburg, introduces this vibrant city to the guests while a visit to the Hermitage Museum—a rival to the Louvre in size and scope—reveals its past through art.
In the village of Mandrogi, located on the river Svir, guests can shop for traditional Russian handicrafts or visit the Vodka Museum to learn more about—and sample—one of Russia’s most famous exports. Guided tours of Uglich and Yaroslavl, towns located in the Golden Ring, invite travelers to dig more deeply in the country’s history before embarking on the journey to Russia’s capital city of Moscow, home to Red Square, the Kremlin, and St Basil’s Cathedral. Here, a city tour explores the architectural highlights and takes guests to the Cosmonaut Museum and the State Armory.
Emerald Waterways is offering complimentary, round trip airfare to guests who book any 2019 Imperial Charms of Russia river cruise by June 29, 2019. Sailings are available from May through September 2020 and rates begin at $4,595 person, double occupancy.