To this day, Russia remains one of the most intriguing countries in the world, with land as vast as it is beautiful.
With rich and riveting history dating back as far as 862 AD, the country has survived economic breakdown, war and political conflict. Today Russia remains a popular tourist destination, featuring 23 UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sites such as the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow and the historic site of Kizhi Pogost on Kizhi Island.
Cruising along the alluring Volga River is a relaxing way to explore Russia’s majestic waterways and see the beauty of this magnificent country.
In 2012, Scenic Tsar became the first new ship to be registered in Russia in 25 years. This boutique vessel offers a luxurious sanctuary, allowing you to travel in the ultimate comfort along the Volga from St. Petersburg towards Moscow.
This small ship accommodates just over one hundred guests, providing a sense of space and luxury on board. Each suite is elegantly appointed with the finest amenities and features full-sized balconies for you to unwind and enjoy the view. On board you’ll have access to Wi-Fi internet, delicious dining options, on board entertainment and a wellness area.
Once you have settled into your cabin, Scenic Tsar will cruise the Svir River up to the fascinating Kizhi Island, down through the Volga-Baltic Canal then on to the Volga River and Moscow Canal. Each day brings a new sense of adventure as the cruise includes a range of guided tours, museum visits, sightseeing activities and unique cultural experiences.
A visit to Russia is not complete without a stop in St. Petersburg where you will see the highlights of the city on a guided tour. Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of the extravagant Peterhof Grand Palace and take your time to explore the elegant gold gilded rooms featuring period artworks and furniture, extravagant chandeliers and even replica period costumes. Be sure to walk through the immaculate gardens in the Lower Park, also known as the ‘Russian Versailles’, which features one of the world’s largest fountain systems.
History buffs rejoice with a guided tour of the 19th century Yusupov Palace, learn about its history and the gruesome murder of Grigori Rasputin.
While exploring St. Petersburg make sure you try the authentic local cuisine including the humble yet delicious borscht soup, a delicious blini topped with smoked salmon and caviar or a hearty traditional beef stroganoff. In the afternoon it's time to hop on a cruise that weaves through the city’s canals and under some of the 400 bridges.
Treat yourself to a private Russian Ballet performance at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. Here you can admire the eclectic combination of architectural styles of the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg.
In Moscow you can visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where you’ll have the chance to meet a cosmonaut and learn the fascinating history of Russian space exploration. The museum houses original exhibits and models relating to space technology, astronomy, history and art.
You will also have the choice to visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian masterpieces or the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. Here you can see the museum’s extensive collection of Russian military artefacts from WWII.
Other tour highlights include a visit to the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island, vodka tasting, a city tour in Yaroslavl and a guided walking tour of part of the ‘Golden Ring’ cities, Uglich.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Russia. If a luxurious cruise sounds like your ideal way to travel, book a 5-star river cruise along the mighty Volga River with Scenic.