Imperial Waterways of Russia

Red Square, Moscow
14 Days from $5,399 per person

Discover the passion and grandeur of Russian history, art and culture. 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 tsars and 20th-century communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, oniondomed 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 eras.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

  3. Your panoramic tour showcases the best of Moscow: the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Enjoy a typical Russian lunch before visiting one of the most beautiful subways in the world, and then take stroll down Arbat Street, the longtime hangout of intellectuals and dissidents. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: During your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing may change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  4. The legendary Kremlin, a self-contained city with palaces, armories and cathedrals built within a medieval fortress, is the birthplace of Moscow. A huge triangle enclosed in red-brick walls, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest area in Moscow and one of the world’s most beautiful architectural treasures. Tour the Kremlin and Armory Museum with its priceless collection of tsarist treasures, including the coronation robes of the tsars and exquisitely crafted Fabergé eggs.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Spend your last day in Moscow at leisure.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Visit one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, Uglich, home of the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built in honor of the slain son of Ivan the Terrible.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Stroll through Yaroslavl’s UNESCO-designated city center with your local expert and step inside the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet, whose interior is covered in frescoes from the floor to the top of the domes.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. See one of the most beautiful monasteries in the country, the 14th-century St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery. You’ll also visit the House of Children’s Arts and Crafts, gaining a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Marvel at the all-wood Church of Transfiguration at the UNESCO-designated open-air museum.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. Be guided through the reconstructed 18th-century village of Mandrogi, home to talented artisans who bring Russia’s past vividly to life, and then enjoy a traditional shashlik picnic lunch.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. See imperial St. Petersburg via a panoramic tour and from the water. Stop to visit the iconic Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. In the evening, be treated to a ballet performed at Alexandrinsky Theatre. Note: If the theatre is closed to the public for a private function, the performance will be held at an alternative venue. Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change, depending on closures for holidays or unannounced government functions.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. Tour the splendid Catherine Palace and Park, a rococo masterpiece offering unrivaled luxury.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  13. Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace, and prepare to be amazed. Spend your last evening onboard at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  14. Disembark the ship and transfer to St. Peterburg Pulkovo airport for your flight home.


  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships


  • 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 or suite; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station


  • 12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the lovely River Victoria
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days


  • 1 country
  • 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
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
18 May 17 31 May 17 $5699$5399pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$5,399 pp
asterisk 30 May 17 12 Jun 17 $5999$5699pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$5,699 pp
11 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $5999$5699pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$5,699 pp
asterisk 23 Jun 17 6 Jul 17 $5999$5699pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$5,699 pp
5 Jul 17 18 Jul 17 $6099$5799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$5,799 pp
asterisk 17 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $6099$5799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$5,799 pp

*These departures operate in reverse.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 6am and 8pm and depart between 5am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Important Visa Information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your travel specialist at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.


Length: 423 ft / Width: 55 ft / Voltage: 220 volts and 110 volts in bathroom / Guests: 202 / Staff: 110

Suite: 10 (409 sq ft - 269 sq ft) / Staterooms: 91 (210 sq ft - 135 sq ft) / Rivers: Volga River

River Victoria’s elegant décor was thoughtfully designed to provide our guests with all the comforts of home during a grand tour of Russia’s imperial cities and timeless landscapes. From Moscow to St. Petersburg, travel in style and comfort as you follow in the footsteps of Peter the Great down the Volga, Neva, and Svir rivers, Russia’s most legendary and scenic waterways.

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Presidential Suite

Beautiful appointed riverview Presidential Suite (409 sq ft - 38 sq m) with a full balcony

Hotel bed draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, soft bathrobes, and slippers

Deluxe Suite

Beautiful appointed riverview Deluxe Suite (269 sq ft - 25 sq m) with a full balcony

Hotel bed draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, soft bathrobes, and slippers

Category 1-3

Beautiful appointed riverview stateroom (210 sq ft - 19.5 sq m) with full balcony

Hotel bed draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, soft bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites have hotel beds draped in fine linens and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

This well-designed ship features enticing public areas and quality amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 




  • U.S. citizens traveling to Russia must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Russia will need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit to learn more.

  • The currency in Russia is the Ruble. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Russia, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Russia. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Russia’s continental climate varies dramatically, with temperatures reaching the high 80s during summer heat waves and normally plummeting to single digits during winter months. We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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