Moscow, Russia

13D Imperial Waterways of Russia

From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, 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. 

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 and uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals and elegant architecture from a wide variety of epochs.

Destination Climax
Catherine Palace, Pushkin, Russia


Your panoramic city tour includes the most remarkable city sights, such as Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, and impressive Tverskaya Street. Following lunch downtown, take a tour of Moscow's famous metro system, which boasts palatial décor, before visiting Arbat Street, longtime hangout for intellectuals and dissidents. Enjoy some free time on your own; shuttle-bus service will be provided between the ship and city center. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Kizhi Island, Russia

Cruising the Moscow Canal and Volga River, Uglich

Cruise the Moscow Canal before arriving in Uglich. Visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built to honor the slain son of Ivan the Terrible, and spend some free time browsing the local markets.

Red Square, Moscow

Yarolslavl - Cruising Lake Rybinsk

Yaroslavl, the "Heart of the Golden Ring" is considered one of Russia's most beautiful cities. Visit the town's exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet and delight in a tasting of the local produce at the farmers' market.

Goritsy (Kirillov) - Cruising Lake Onega

Gain a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world. Watch school children perform dances or sketches for you at the House of Children's Arts and Crafts, or stop by the Wood Restoration Center to see demonstrations of traditional woodworking methods. Then stroll the grounds of 14th-century St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery.

Kizhi Island - Cruising the Svir River

Sail to Kizhi Island, whose famous open-air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the awe-inspiring Transfiguration Church, which was constructed entirely of wood without the use of a single nail.

Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Island

Mandrogi - Cruising Lake Ladoga

Visit the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, home to craftspeople who bring Russia's past vibrantly to life, and cap off the afternoon with a traditional shashlik picnic.

St. Petersburg

Enjoy both a panoramic city tour and a walking tour of enchanting St. Petersburg, taking in all of the majestic sights, such as Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace and Palace Square, the Church of the Resurrection, and St. Issac's, followed by a cruise along the city's luminous canals. During the evening, be treated to a spectacular Russian ballet at the Alexandrinsky Theatre.