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Imperial Waterways of Russia

12 Days from $6,499 per person

| Style: Boutique River Cruises | Pace: Leisurely

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. Perfect for adventurous travelers who wish to sail Russia’s great rivers and lakes, seeing world-class cities and timeless towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning architecture and legendary art as they go.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Moscow (Embark)

    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.

    Dining: Dinner
    Ship: River Victoria
  • Day 2: Moscow: Red Square

    If Russia is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” as Churchill famously said, then Moscow presents an intriguing starting point for cultural discovery. See the city’s most iconic sights (as well as some under-the-radar secrets) with a savvy local expert, both above ground and below. 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

    Moscow city tour
    It can be difficult to get a handle on this vibrant and sprawling capital, which amazes visitors with its stunning contrasts. A panoramic tour with a knowledgeable local guide will introduce you to the most famous sights: the Kremlin, Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Tverskaya Street, which are all close together in the heart of the historic city. Sparrow Hill, on the right bank of the Moscow River, gives you a fabulous view of the city below, as well as of the Moscow State University. A bit farther afield, you’ll see such landmarks as the New Maiden Convent, Bow Hill and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

    Step off your motorcoach for a short walking tour of Red Square, the historic heart of the nation; it has, over the centuries, been the site of national celebrations, coronations, executions, hand-to-hand battles and May Day parades glorifying Communist might. These days you are more likely to find huge rock concerts or large-scale fashion shows held on the square itself, but the mystique of the space remains intact, and any visitor can sense echoes of its tumultuous history.

    You’ll notice many restaurants in this busy neighborhood; choose one to experience a typical Moscow lunch with the locals—your knowledgeable guide will happily recommend venues, as well as dishes you should be sure to try.

    Tour of the metro and Arbat Street
    It may be the most famous subway system in the world because of its lavishly decorated 1950s stations, which have marble walls, chandeliers, mosaics paying tribute to Soviet icons and bronze fittings. The Moscow Metro has developed into a huge network since it was begun in 1935, with 11 lines and approximately 170 stations, and it’s growing all the time. Nine million people use it every day; it’s the fastest and easiest way to get around this sometimes chaotic city, whose traffic jams are just as terrible as any other major city. Let an expert show you how to use this system, so you will feel confident using it when you explore on your own. One of the handsomest stations, Arbatskaya, is convenient to Arbat Street, which is also on your itinerary today. First mentioned in Moscow’s records in the 15th century, Arbat Street is now a pedestrian shopping area lined with handsome buildings where many famous writers (including Tolstoy) once lived. Novelists, poets and dissidents frequented it during the Soviet era, and its cafés and bars remain popular. These days it’s a great place to watch street performers and shop for souvenirs.

    A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

    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.

    Dining: Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
    Ship: River Victoria
  • Day 3: Moscow

    Adventures await with a whole day in Moscow to explore on your own. 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.

    Dining: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Ship: River Victoria
  • Day 4: Cruising the Moscow Canal and Volga River, Uglich

    On today’s excursion to a beautiful Golden Ring city deep in the Russian countryside, you’ll encounter the scene of a centuries-old murder mystery that has become the stuff of legend. While cruising through the 80-mile 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

    Uglich walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood
    Green, blue and silver onion domes top colorful churches along the Volga, announcing that you have arrived in Uglich. Like other Golden Ring cities, it was founded in the Middle Ages and played a major role in regional trade and politics in the 16th century, but it is chiefly known for the death of Prince Dmitry, the 10-year-old son of Ivan the Terrible whose murder was blamed on Boris Godunov. Legend, history, art and mystery come together under the blue domes of the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, so named because it was built where the child’s body was found. Inside you’ll see magnificent frescoes dating from the 1700s and icons from the 17th and 18th centuries, painted by the finest imperial icon artists, and you’ll learn a little about Prince Dmitry, whose tale has been told in Russian fiction and opera for centuries.

    The ship docks within walking distance of the town, so you may browse through charming local shops and stroll along the promenade where vendors offer a great selection of souvenirs. You might want to take in Wonderful Assumption Church; with its three octagonal spires and onion domes, it is an outstanding example of 16th-century Russian Orthodox architecture.

    Dining: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Ship: River Victoria
  • Day 5: Yaroslavl, cruising Lake Rybinsk

    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. Often called the “Russian Florence” and considered one of Russia’s most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring, Yaroslavl stretches for miles along the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosi rivers.

    Featured Excursion:
    Yaroslavl city tour

    Yaroslavl city tour
    Stroll through Yaroslavl’s UNESCO World Heritage–designated city center, which reflects both its late-medieval roots and, with its wide, tree-lined streets and attractive parks, the urban planning ordered by Catherine the Great. Step inside the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet, a masterpiece of Orthodox architecture whose interior is covered in frescoes, from the floor to the top of the domes high overhead. Along with religious imagery you’ll see scenes of daily life—peasants harvesting hay, weddings, animals—that give you a sense of how ordinary people lived in this area during the 17th century, when the paintings were made. At the outdoor market, where you’ll find locals shopping for fruits and vegetables, you can taste some of the excellent local cheeses or purchase a bottle of Russian vodka.

    Then, relax on board the ship as you travel across Lake Rybinsk, formed in 1941 between the upper Volga River and its tributaries. At the time of its construction, it was the largest man-made body of water on earth. Stroll through Yaroslavl’s UNESCO World Heritage–designated city center, which reflects both its late-medieval roots and, with its wide, tree-lined streets and attractive parks, the urban planning ordered by Catherine the Great. Step inside the exquisite Church of Elijah the Prophet, a masterpiece of Orthodox architecture whose interior is covered in frescoes, from the floor to the top of the domes high overhead. Along with religious imagery you’ll see scenes of daily life—peasants harvesting hay, weddings, animals—that give you a sense of how ordinary people lived in this area during the 17th century, when the paintings were made. At the outdoor market, where you’ll find locals shopping for fruits and vegetables, you can taste some of the excellent local cheeses or purchase a bottle of Russian vodka.

    Dining: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Ship: River Victoria
  • Day 6: Goritsy (Kirillov), cruising Lake Onega

    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 province. Two tiny villages are your destination today. Goritsy, a farming settlement on the Sheksna River, and Kirillov, which may be small but has extraordinary churches linked to the tsars.

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

    Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province
    Travel a short distance to the banks of Lake Siverskoye, where one of the most beautiful monasteries in the country, St. Cyril, has stood fast against the ravages of war and politics for 600 years. Sturdy fortress walls that kept out Polish and Lithuanian invaders—but not the Bolshevik revolution—enclose a complex of 11 churches. Though the monastery was disbanded in the 1920s, monks have returned, so part of the complex is now a museum and part is an active monastery. Within the monastery’s museum you will find some exceptional icons depicting the history of St. Cyril.

    You’ll also tour the small community nearby and gain a unique perspective on everyday life in this part of the world.

    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.

    Later, relax on board as your ship cruises through the second-largest lake in Europe. Fed by 58 rivers, Lake Onega has 1,369 islands and is bordered by the Republic of Karelia on the west, north and east, and by Leningrad Oblast and Vologda Oblast on the south. A great inland sea that creates its own weather, just as the Great Lakes in the United States do, its shores are lined with birch forests. You may think this wild and beautiful country is uninhabitable—and indeed it has few inhabitants—but people have lived along these shores for thousands of years, as petroglyphs carved into the granite on the eastern shore attest.

    Dining: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Ship: River Victoria

Price Includes

Dining

  • All meals included onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

Accommodations

  • 11-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the lovely River Victoria

Excursions

  • 9 days of excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Village Day” program
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

Experiences

  • 1 country: Russia
  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization and history

Dates and Prices

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25 Jul 19 $7,499 pp
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Saint Petersburg to Moscow
  • Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 
  • All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $270 per person.
  • Complimentary beverages on board including wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water.
  • AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive $100 Member Benefit Discount on all Uniworld River Cruises booked through Grand European Travel plus receive a free travel gift.
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