13 Nights | Imperial Waterways of Russia
DISCOVER THE GRANDEUR OF RUSSIA AND ITS BELOVED VOLGA RIVER.
The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures, and spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory and splendor.
Explore the dichotomy of Moscow—rich with monuments to both 15th-century czars and 20th-century Communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the extravagant Moscow Metro system. See some of Russia’s vast and beautiful countryside as well as its delightful small towns, where locals still engage in traditional crafts. Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, which are known for their white-stone churches and gorgeous monasteries. Be amazed by Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. And uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals, and elegant architecture from a wide variety of epochs.
Everything you can imagine when you think of Russia—gilded icons, rich traditions, incredible architecture, world-class museums, Fabergé eggs, the ballet, and, yes, vodka—are part of this amazing adventure.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Adventurous travelers who wish to sail Russia’s great rivers and lakes, seeing world-class cities and timeless towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning architecture, and legendary art as they go.
YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the lovely River Victoria
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Complimentary soft drinks during lunch onboard; complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner onboard; mineral water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
10 days of excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Village Day” program
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio–headset system on all excursions
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization and history
Note: Cruising in Russia is a wonderful experience, but while the River Victoria is a friendly and comfortable Russian-style ship, its amenities may differ from those of a Uniworld company-owned ship.
You will visit the following 6 places:
Yaroslavl is a city and the administrative center of Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located 250 kilometers (160 mi) northeast of Moscow. The historic part of the city, a World Heritage Site, is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. It is one of the Golden Ring cities, a group of historic cities northeast of Moscow that has played an important role in Russian history.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject (a federal city) of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In Russian literature, informal documents and discourse, the word "Saint" is usually omitted, leaving "Petersburg". The city is often described as the most Westernized city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over one million. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks, and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg. Talking of churches, Church of the Savior on the Blood is said to be the most beautiful church in St. Petersburg. Built of beautiful mosaic and stonework, the church gives you an indication of how ancient Russia looked like. The church is built at an equally historic spot. This is where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in the year 1881.
Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world. A global city, Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world. Its population, as of 1 January 2010, is 10,563,038. For many, the sight of the Kremlin complex in the centre of the city is still loaded with symbolism and history. It was the capital of the former Soviet Union and signs of its previous life are very visible even now. Yet, there's more to Russia and its capital than just memories of the USSR.