Imperial Waterways of Russia (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrive at Pulkovo 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.

St. Petersburg, Russia

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. The brainchild of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was built on 42 islands on the Neva delta, in what was essentially a swamp. The tsar lavished on it all the might, ambition, and money at his disposal, importing the finest architects from Italy, the greatest decorative artists, and the most celebrated painters: The result is an extraordinarily beautiful city.; Featured Excursions: St. Petersburg city tour with canal cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood visit, Russian theatre ballet performance.

St. Petersburg, Russia

Spend your day in St. Petersburg at what many experts consider the finest art museum in the world, the legendary Hermitage, a former residence of the tsars that's now home to a massive and mind-boggling collection of priceless works of art.; Featured Excursions: Hermitage Museum.

St. Petersburg, Russia
Catherine Palace, Pushkin, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia

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. On your final day in St. Petersburg, you'll enjoy a guided tour through splendid Catherine Palace and Park. Once the summer residence of the tsars, it is a masterwork of Rococo architecture. Then, spend the rest of your day on your own exploring more of this beautiful city or join a tour to Peterhof Gardens—a treat for anyone interested in landscape design.; Featured Excursions: Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin.

Ladoga Lake, Russia
Mandrogi, Russia

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. A reconstructed village on the shore of the Svir River, Mandrogi illustrates the traditions and lifestyles of Russia's past. Other highlights today include a rustic shashlik picnic lunch onshore and a cruise on a pristine freshwater lake. Your ship cruises along the southern shores of Lake Ladoga, a vast freshwater inland sea that was once connected to the Baltic Sea. Islands dot the water while forested nature preserves and beaches line the shores. Relax and enjoy the scenery.; Featured Excursions: Mandrogi "Village Day" walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch ashore.

Kizhi, Russia

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 Excursions: Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

Goritsy, Russia
Kirillov, Russia
Goritsy, Russia

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. 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 Excursions: Intimate look at daily life in a Russian province.

Rybinsk Lake, Russia
Yaroslavl, Russia

Relax onboard 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. Arrive in Yaroslavl. 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 Kotorosl rivers. 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.; Featured Excursions: Yaroslavl city tour.

Uglich, Russia

Heading south 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 Excursions: Uglich walking discovery tour with Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood.

DAY 10
Moscow, Russia

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.

DAY 11
Moscow, Russia

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 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.

DAY 12
Moscow, Russia

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 Moscow's Sheremetyevo 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.

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About the Ship

What's Included


    • 12-night cruise in a beautifully appointed riverview stateroom or suite

    • All transfers on arrival and departure days

    • All meals onboard

    • 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 staterooms/suites; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station

    • 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

    • Captivating onboard local entertainment

    • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures on Russian civilization and history

Not Included

  • Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; premium spirits & premium wine (please refer to complimentary beverage program in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions), meals not detailed in the itinerary; Gratuities for programs in Russia, Egypt, India, China and Vietnam/Cambodia (please refer to Gratuities section in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions for details ); and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.

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