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Imperial Waterways of Russia

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Red Square, Moscow
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
13 Days from $5,499 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. Arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. Glamorous, grand, gorgeous and sometimes maddening, Moscow is Russia’s principal city. Founded in 1156, it was the capital of the medieval nation. Moscow lost its status as capital to St. Petersburg under Peter the Great, but it never lost its significance to Russia, and it has reestablished its dominance over the nation’s culture, politics and economy during the past century.

    Featured Excursions:
    Moscow city tour
    Tour of the metro and Arbat Street

    Note: Throughout your visit to Moscow, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  3. For many of us, the Kremlin evokes images of power and grandeur, mystery and secrecy. And as you’ll discover, it is all those things and much more. Fabergé eggs? Imperial jewels? Palaces and armories and cathedrals, oh my. You’ll see them all on today’s excursion.

    Featured Excursion:
    Kremlin and Armory Museum visit

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Spend the day in Moscow exploring on your own. Return to yesterday’s favorite sites or discover new treasures in this world-class city. You could visit the Pushkin Literary Museum to learn more about Russia’s most famous poet or tour one of the houses in which Leo Tolstoy lived. Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll along Kuznetsky Most, which for centuries has hosted Moscow’s most fashionable shops. Shuttles will run from the ship to the city center for your convenience.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. While cruising through the 80-mile (128-kilometer) Moscow Canal, you’ll get your first glimpse of rural Russia on your way to Uglich. The canal links the Moskva with the Volga, and its banks near Moscow are lined with bucolic recreation areas that locals enjoy in the summer months. Heading north on the Volga, you’ll come to one of the loveliest cities of the Golden Ring, as the group of towns that played significant roles in Russian history are known. As you approach the delightful and picturesque town of Uglich in the afternoon, be prepared for a panorama of magnificent architectural monuments.

    Featured Excursion:
    Uglich walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Credit for Yaroslavl’s well-designed, UNESCO-protected city center goes to none other than Catherine the Great, who was even more than a mighty Russian ruler—she was a forward-thinking urban planner as well. Visit an Orthodox church and a lively market, then kick back aboard a scenic lake cruise.

    Featured Excursion:
    Yaroslavl city tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Beyond Russia’s major cities lies a completely different world—the fabled land of Mother Russia, celebrated for centuries in art, songs and great works of literature. Explore two rural villages today for an authentic and unforgettable glimpse of everyday life in a Russian provence.

    Featured Excursion:
    Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province

    Note: Goritsy and Kirillov are located in a rather remote part of Russia, and while Uniworld always endeavors to provide the finest transportation, you may find that motorcoaches in this area do not meet our usual standards.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. To approach the wooden Church of Transfiguration from the water, with its multitude of shingled onion domes and unmistakable silhouette, can be, well, a transformative experience. Step ashore for an up-close view of this incredible church—built without a single nail—and explore the island’s famous open-air museum and its 89 traditional wooden structures.

    Featured Excursion:
    Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Travel back in time to the 19th century at a reconstructed Russian village populated by talented artisans who make handmade items using old-world materials and techniques. Other highlights today include a rustic shashlik picnic lunch onshore and a cruise on a pristine freshwater lake.

    Featured Excursion:
    Mandrogi “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. With its grand Italian architectures and austere Nordic setting, St. Petersburg is a city of canals, palaces and cathedrals that presents a glorious juxtaposition of East and West. See the sights by land as well as water, then experience an art form that is quintessentially Russian—an evening at the ballet.

    Featured Excursions:
    St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood visit
    Russian theatre ballet performance

    Note: Throughout your visit to St. Petersburg, the order of sightseeing is subject to change. Venues may be closed unexpectedly for unannounced government functions, holidays or religious observances, necessitating changes in our program.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. Cross the threshold of the summer residence of the tsars—the lavishly decorated Catherine Palace—where you’ll see opulent staterooms and the near mythic Amber Room, meticulously restored to its former glory. Dine on traditional Russian fare at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own.

    Featured Excursion:
    Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. Your final day in St. Petersburg finds you with an appropriately imperial excursion: a guided tour through the world-famous Hermitage Museum. It is the crown jewel of the city and is located in the former home of the tsars, the Winter Palace.

    Featured Excursion:
    Hermitage Museum

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  13. You have sampled culinary delights, explored history and experienced the best of life along the Volga River. Now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Pulkovo International Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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

Taste

  • 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

Travel

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

Explore

  • 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

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization and history
  • Itinerary in reverse
Cruise Start Date CATEGORY 5 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 1 SUITE Availability Price
11 May 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
Moscow to St. Petersburg
Itinerary in reverse
23 May 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
St. Petersburg to Moscow
4 Jun 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
Moscow to St. Petersburg
Itinerary in reverse
16 Jun 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
St. Petersburg to Moscow
28 Jun 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
Moscow to St. Petersburg
Itinerary in reverse
10 Jul 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
St. Petersburg to Moscow
22 Jul 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
Moscow to St. Petersburg
Itinerary in reverse
3 Aug 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
St. Petersburg to Moscow
15 Aug 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
Moscow to St. Petersburg
Itinerary in reverse
27 Aug 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,899pp $7,199pp $7,499pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Victoria
St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Itinerary in reverse : This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

 

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. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Port Charges are an additional $240 per person.

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

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 cruise.

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.

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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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Staterooms

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. 

Lounge

Spa

Restaurant

  • 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 travel.state.gov 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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