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.
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27 Days Berlin to Moscow
Operated By: Scenic
28 Days Moscow to Copenhagen
Operated By: APT
12 Days Kiev to Bucharest
Operated By: Viking
13 Days St. Petersburg to Moscow
Operated By: APT
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29 Days Copenhagen to Moscow
Operated By: Scenic
Must do experiences and highlights on a Russian river cruise
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
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
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
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
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.
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“APT St Petersburg to Moscow Russian river cruise”
Many great experiences on this tour of the palaces, churches, Kremlin and a lot of places of interest along the way. The ship is Russian and Russian crewed and whilst it was good and the staff were very friendly it was not to the standard experienced previously with the AmaWaterways ships that APT use on their European river cruises. Nor was there the flexibility of say just having a snack at meal time rather than formal dining for lunch and dinner. The entertainment was generally good however putting ...read more it on at 8.30 and 9.30 at night was getting a bit late for a lot of people. The local guides were excellent with a great command of English and knowledge.
“Baltic Charm and Treasures of Russia ”
Enjoyed the Baltics and Russia, the river cruise from Saint Petersburg to Russia was relaxing (not rushed). Particularly thought the local guides were very knowledgeable and quite entertaining. The accommodation on the MS Kronshtadt was compact but comfortable. The lunches and evening meals on the cruise were okay however the breakfasts were lacking (gave a rate of 2 out of 10). We were spoiled by the excellent breakfasts in the Baltics and Helsinki, they served freshly baked breads with selections ...read more of jams plus eggs however you wanted them etc. I think we had the same bread from day one to the end of the cruise, same for pastries, no juices only juice drinks, coffee not hot, forgot to turn the hot water urn on......I could go on. The staff in the dining areas spoke little English, however they were very obliging. I think we would try another operator instead of Travelmarvel, some of our fellow travellers who have used Travelmarvel in the past said that it was not their usual standard.
“Wonders of Scandinavia with Russian Waterways”
We enjoyed the Scandinavian tour more than the Russian cruise. It had more to see over the tour. St Petersburg and Moscow were great but in between was flat with lots of water. All the water was quite amazing really. The negatives: - The flights over were good but APT missed our pick up in Copenhagen. We waited from 7:30 to 11:30am at the airport pick up point before catching a cab. Thankfully the APT Tour Manager reimbursed our taxi fare. - Despite the cabin upgrade we had a cabin with two ...read more single mattresses together in a pretend double bed with an uncomfortable centre ridge that usually parted during the night. Not getting a good night’s sleep took some gloss off the cruise. - We were pleased to learn that as Lufthansa & Singapore Airlines are in Star Alliance our bags were booked straight through from Moscow to Brisbane. This made the 5 hr stopover in Frankfort very tedious – but thanks for trying anyway - We learned from other passengers that there was a nightly Captain’s Dinner held in the Ship’s rear lounge that was never generally advertised and to which Sophie and me were not invited. I thought this was outrageous – on the APT Amsterdam to Budapest Tour there was a similar Captains Dinner to which all were initially rostered for then accessed through an open booking register.
“Enjoyable Russia ”
St Petersburg is an amazing place, full of history, hustle and bustle but a total feel of safety. Cruising the waterway to Moscow was full of history with unbelievable architectural history. The lakes are like inland oceans, you can't see land either side of the cruise ship. The locks are amazing especially the one that takes 4 cruise ships at once. Moscow big attraction of the Red Square at night was so pretty and mesmerising, a lasting memory. Riding the huge network of underground trains ( ...read more the Metro) (over 200 stations) was an experience. Going to the Space Museum was a great highlight and a visit not to be missed. Our overall Russia experience was top notch and highly recommended. This was our 2nd tour with Travelmarvel, and we will do more with this company. Regarding the cruise ship MS Surikov, the cruise director, staff were lovely, food was enjoyable, however there were one or two things that were a surprise to us which I believe will be addressed in the future, but definitely wouldn't put us off travelling again on the Surikov.