Russia River Cruises

River cruise along Russia's waterways to discover the traditions of the Russian countryside, explore Russia’s famed wooden architecture, and marvel at the icons of Moscow’s Red Square. Witness power and history at the Kremlin, enjoy classic Russian ballet at the Hermitage in St Petersburg and marvel at the prowess of Russian performers at the Russian circus. This rich culture will delight as will its scenic waterways.

Popular Russia River Cruises

15 Days Moscow to St. Petersburg
Operated By: Scenic
16 Days Helsinki to Moscow
Operated By: APT
12 Days St. Petersburg to Moscow
Operated By: Uniworld River Cruises
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Must do experiences and highlights on a Russian river cruise

Open Air Museum, Khizi
Open Air Museum, Khizi
Explore village life and remarkable Russian wooden architecture like the Preobranzhenskaya Church, at this World Heritage-listed open air museum on Khizi Island.
Ballet at the Hermitage
Ballet at the Hermitage
Take your seat in the curved pews of the intimate and ornate Hermitage Theatre in St Petersburg to enjoy a private classical Russian ballet performance.
Fine Art in Yaroslavl
Fine Art in Yaroslavl
Explore the ancient city of Yaroslavl and visit the Fine Art Museum where you will see collections of the city's historic icons, Russian avant-garde paintings.
The Red Square
The Red Square
Feel awe as you marvel at the iconic highlights that flank the Red Square – the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the colourful St Basil’s Cathedral and for world class shopping, the GUM Department Store. Welcome to Moscow!
Visit The Kremlin
Visit The Kremlin
No visit to Moscow is complete without exploring behind the walls of the Kremlin, the centre of Russian politics and the Orthodox Church. Explore the church museums to witness Russian history and politics come to life.

Russia River Cruise Brochures

28 Russia river cruises sourced from 8 Operator brochures

Recent Russia River Cruise Reviews

What our clients are saying about their journeys through Russia

“River Cruise in Russia ”
Dianne & Hugh - QLD, Australia Sep 2019
We have completed many coach tours and independent travel in Europe and the United States. Viking's Waterways of the Tsars was our first River Cruise - so it was a new country as well as a new travel style! There were 192 passengers on our trip, the majority from US and many seasoned cruisers! We had selected the "cheaper" window style cabin rather that a verandah cabin - it was quite spacious, provided plenty of storage and accommodated adequate river views when underway. We spent most of our on more

“Russian waterways ”
John & Annette - QLD, Australia Sep 2019
Congratulations to the APT team and local guides who showed us around Russia- St Petersburg to Moscow. All tours and on board information sessions were informative and interesting. The food on board the ship was of a high standard with drinks included with meals. Unfortunately to our surprise we had to pay for all other beverages outside dining times.

“Russian Surprise”
Ian & Barbara - SA , Australia Aug 2019
The booking procedure was seamless from selecting our holiday to the receipt of our travel documents. The airfares were organised by Viking Cruises as part of the package we chose. The major problem being the inability to pick our own seats on the plane. The Waterways to the Tsars tour was well thought out and provided an extensive look into the past and present life of the Russian people. The local guides provided well thought out information, although we became a little tired of the Romanovs more

“Fascinating trip from Moscow to Berlin via St Petersburg and the Baltic States”
Lorraine & Roger - NSW, Australia Jul 2019
We booked this trip because it offered something a bit different from our usual European holidays, and we were not disappointed. The tour operator, Scenic, were excellent. Our trip started in Moscow, where we were met at the airport and driven to our cruise ship, the Scenic Tsar. This is a smaller ship than some others, only taking a maximum of 96 guests, which meant people mixed well and we met some lovely friends. Three tour directors looked after all our excursions, as well as offering some fun more