Experience the detailed history and natural beauty of Russia with a fascinating river cruise. The cruise specialists, Vikings River Cruises have been taking travellers through this captivating country since 1997 and are eager to share their intricate knowledge of Russia. Their 13 day Waterways of the Czars cruise will take you along the country’s legendary rivers and into the heartland of Russia. From the famed big cities to enchanting riverside towns, a relaxing Vikings river cruise will introduce you to the real Russia.
Here are our top five destinations to enjoy on Viking’s Waterways of the Czars cruise.
Situated on the Moskva River, Moscow is the capital city of Russia and will be the first stop on your river cruise. On your arrival explore the Kremlin, a giant fortified city that overlooks many surrounding towers, cathedrals and palaces. Red Square is where you will find the colourful St Basil’s Cathedral or visit Russia’s most famous shopping mall, GUM. Discover one of the oldest and most famous museums in Moscow, the Kremlin Armoury or tour the pedestrian shopping street Arbat.
One of the oldest cities in Russia, Uglich is a provincial village perched on the banks of the Volga River. Considered one of the Golden Ring cities, Uglich is home to many historic churches and cathedrals. Be sure to visit the Church of St Dimitry on the Blood, the Uglich Kremlin and the Prince’s Palace. There are also a number of museums to explore including the intriguing Russian Central Museum of Hydro Energy.
Considered the second largest city in Central Russia, Yaroslavl features many architectural monuments including the Governor’s Palace and a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals. Visit the Church of St Elijah the Prophet, enjoy a stirring performance by an a capella choir before taking a guided walk through the covered food market where you will find a selection of handcrafted souvenirs.
At the northern end of Lake Onega, you will find Kizhi Island, home to one the largest open air museums in Russia. The Open Air Museum of Architecture is a unique historical complex, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum houses a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses, windmill and churches. The most famous building on the island is the magnificent three tiered Transfiguration Church, dating from 1714.
Often referred to as the Venice of the North, St Petersburg is a stunning destination that features many canals, bridges and astonishing architecture. The Hermitage Museum houses over 3 million pieces including priceless works by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. Other notable attractions include Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and the many shopping opportunities along Nevsky Prospekt. Be sure to take a tour of the impressive Catherine Palace.