Cruises are a great way to see the world and they aren’t limited to sunny, beach-front destinations! There are many culturally-rich cruises out there that can take you to places you never dreamed about visiting.
Perhaps, you are considering Russia for your next advernture?
Companies, such as Viking River Cruises, offer amazing cruises focused on this mysterious and beautiful country!
Viking offers two options to see the old Soviet State:
1. Waterways of the Tsars: 13 Days, 11 Guided Tours
Thinking of Russia, two great cities immediately come to mind: Moscow and St. Petersburg. This monumental 13-day itinerary includes multiple days in both cities, touring such landmarks as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and the Catherine Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg. But, there is another side of Russia; quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich that only a river cruise can provide. See opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and visit beautiful churches and cathedrals. It is an unforgettable way to experience the history and culture of this unique and mysterious country.
Sampling of Ports:
Visitors should be sure to see the Kremlin with its crenellated red brick walls surrounding many towers, cathedrals and palaces.
Founded in 1148 along the Volga River, Uglich is a magnificent city to behold from the river.
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg has been called “Venice of the North” for its many islands, canals and bridges.
2. Glories of the Hermitage: 8 Days, 8 Guided Tours
This exclusive winter program features the Hermitage as a destination unto itself. With special access and private tours by Hermitage scholars, this is a rare occasion for those that truly appreciate art and culture to discover one of the world’s greatest museums. Exhibit specialists guide you through featured collections, affording you the privileged opportunity to experience a side of the Hermitage not open to the public. Your discoveries away from the museum allow you to immerse yourself in the glories of St. Petersburg, touring famous sights, dining at St. Petersburg’s finest restaurants, seeing a ballet or orchestral performance and mingling with your host family at a communal apartment.
Sampling of Ports:
HERMITAGE & ST. PETERSBURG CITY TOUR
Ascend the iconic Ambassadors’ Staircase, also known as the Jordan Staircase.
Take an excursion to the spectacular Catherine Palace, summer residence of many tsars, located in the village of Tsarskoe Tselo/Pushkin.
HERMITAGE AND KOMMUNALKA VISIT
The Raphael Loggias – a copy of the famous 16th-century Gallery in the Vatican Palace by architect Donato Bramante – display a harmony of architecture, painting and sculpture.
To learn more about booking a Russian cruise, visit the Viking River Cruises website!