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2019 Russian River Cruising


Welcome We invite you to join Emerald Waterways as we discover the remarkable charms of Russia on this insightful 12-day itinerary, which follows a captivating route between St Petersburg and Moscow. This journey of discovery uncovers a wealth of authentic local experiences and hidden wonders as history and folklore play out beautifully on the Volga, Russia’s proud waterway. Grand in scale, St Petersburg embodies Russia’s imperial might. The city is full of architectural highlights, including the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the Kazan, and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. A visit to the Hermitage Museum, the former Winter Palace of the Tsars, offers yet more cultural immersion in the captivating ‘Venice of the North’. Travelling east, you will visit the village of Mandrogi on the banks of Lake Ladoga. The landscape here is dotted with ‘izba’ houses, and you can admire the many local handicrafts which tell of the region’s rich folklore. Moscow, Russia’s inimitable capital, boasts some of Europe’s most significant heritage sights, reflecting 800 years of turbulent history. Walk the flagstones of Red Square, marvelling at St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the unfathomable Kremlin. Or, visit the State Armoury to understand the military might of this proud country. Your ship for this outstanding journey, the MS Rossia, is a traditional Russian river cruise ship. On-board you will enjoy comfortable furnishings and generous inclusions, such as meals, drinks with lunch and dinner, plus complimentary tea and coffee is available at all times. Air-conditioning and LCD TVs can be found in all cabins, along with free Wi-Fi. To celebrate the launch of our 2019 Russia river cruise, we are offering you the chance to enjoy generous savings of £1,000 per couple. Simply call our friendly cruise experts on 0808 271 7424 to secure your place on-board this very special itinerary.

EmeraldEXPLORER Loyalty Scheme

Travel. It leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Battuta


New for 2019, upon returning from your first river cruise, you will automatically become a member of our EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club, entitling you to exclusive benefits, including savings on future cruises, advance notice of new itineraries, and much more. For every subsequent cruise you take with us, you will earn extra points. Visit for more details. We look forward to exploring the magnificent charms of Russia with you.

David Winterton Emerald Waterways

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Contents Exceptional EmeraldVALUE

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The MS Rossia


The heart of Russia

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The Imperial Charms of Russia

12 - 15

St. Petersburg

The Kremlin, Moscow


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Church of Transfiguration & Intercession, Kizhi

Lions of the Bank Bridge, St. Petersburg

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Exceptional EmeraldVALUE Emerald Waterways has become synonymous with exceptional quality and superb value. Our expert cruise planners carefully plan every aspect of your journey from start to finish, to ensure you have the best experience possible. We pride ourselves on including the essentials for a seamless cruising experience, providing the perfect balance of time on-board and onshore as you explore this enigmatic country. Authentic Russian-inspired European cuisine is included in the price you pay, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. This will awaken your senses to authentic Russian living and, because we source our ingredients locally, you can be sure it's fresh and in season. Such inclusions bring to life the Russia you’ve always imagined. Not forgetting, we've taken care of all transport, taxes and tipping, so all you have to worry about is which majestic destination is next on your itinerary.

Included excursions in every port

The Kremlin, Moscow

The colour and vibrancy of this enormous country should not be understated and our wonderful selection of included excursions will ensure you’re taken to the very heart of some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. With an included excursion at every point of call, you can look forward to guided city tours, visits to picturesque villages, typifying rural Russia, as well as magnificent UNESCO certified sites and world-famous museums. Each one of these unique highlights exist as part of our collection of included excursions, with our special EmeraldPLUS experiences sure to live long in the memory. Look out for our EmeraldPLUS icon whilst enjoying the itinerary, because it’s these extra touches that make an Emerald Waterways river cruise stand out from the crowd. In Moscow, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Russia’s accomplishments in space exploration during a visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics, You’ll also be taken on an exclusive tour of the State Armoury, part of the Grand Kremlin Palace complex, home to a collection of precious items preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and patriarch’s vestry. Feel inspired by your days ashore as our local guides impart their knowledge and our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE elevates your river cruise into something truly extraordinary.

Monument of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg


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Traditional Russian cuisine

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The MS Rossia river ship

Deck and cabin plans Length 125m Breadth 16.7m Draught 2.8m Passenger capacity: 224 guests

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The traditional and authentic MS Rossia was built to sail the iconic waters of Russia. Spread out over four decks, your river ship provides the perfect vessel from which to see this fascinating country in all its glory.

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A fantastic selection of modern amenities encourage you to truly settle into your home away from home, including a restaurant serving Russian-influenced European fine-dining, the Tsar Bar, where you can relax with your favourite tipples with panoramic views of the unfolding scenery, a library and a wellness centre, offering a range of sumptuous treatments. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and relax in your spacious cabin, complete with hotel-style bed, television, Wi-Fi and refrigerator, as your outside-facing window frames the beautiful scenery passing by.









































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MS Rossia


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The heart of Russia The world’s largest country, home to the longest river in Europe, eleven time zones and an incredible combination of desert, forest and arctic tundra. Venture into the cities and you’ll experience some of the most beautiful architecture on the planet, a nod to their imperial past.

Moscow There are very few European cities whose history is quite as prevalent in the present day as Moscow. Architecture as colourful as its past, Red Square is where you’ll discover the nine chapels of UNESCO World Heritage-listed St. Basil’s Cathedral, a poignant reminder of Ivan the Terrible’s infamous reign, as well as the authoratitive Kremlin. The capital also remembers its communist history, through monuments honouring heroes of battles fought by the Soviets and various eateries and bars which seek to keep that signature style alive. Marvel at the iconic architecture unveiled at every turn, as spectacular golden onion domes add a finishing touch to remarkable red-brick

Blessed are the curious, for they will have adventures. Lovelle Drachman

The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood


St. Petersburg Situated on the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and Neva River, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of St. Petersburg promises much in the way of beauty. Whether it’s the picturesque canals as they weave themselves through the city, adorned by wonderful Baroque bridges, or the Imperial grandeur of the imposing Baroque-style Hermitage Museum, within the Winter Palace. While in the ‘cultural capital’, take time to wander precious courtyards and excellently kept gardens, in-between a choice of unique attractions, like the Faberge Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Yusopov Palace, where Rasputin was killed, all of which have contributed to its global recognition as a hub of culture. Once described as looking much like a striking painting, this vibrant and confident city must be seen to be believed.

The Volga

Statues in front of St Basil Cathedral, Moscow


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Transfiguration Church, Kizhi

Over 2,000 miles long, the Volga flows from the Valdai Hills through central Russia, before emptying into the Caspian Sea. Divided into three geographical parts, the upper, middle and lower Volga, this important river has long been a transportation route through the country, as well as being a great source for hydroelectric power. Economically and historically symbolic, its beauty is truly breath-taking, with its lush green banks radiating tranquillity, something best enjoyed from the sun deck of the MS Rossia river ship.

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12-Day The Imperial Charms of Russia River Cruise

12-Day The Imperial Charms of Russia river cruise from £2,495pp From the boulevards of big cities, to the ancient folk communities of Mandrogi, Goritsy, and Yaroslavl, we’ll introduce you to Imperial grandeur, Russian military history and the country’s accomplishments within space exploration. Travelling onboard the authentic MS Rossia, you’ll visit Uglich, navigate Lake Lagoda and conclude in UNESCO World Heritage-listed St. Petersburg.

Day 1 Arrival St. Petersburg Day 2 St. Petersburg Day 3 St. Petersburg Day 4 St. Petersburg Day 5 Mandrogi Day 6 Kizhi



River cruise Map is a guide only

Day 7 Goritsy Day 8 Yaroslavl Day 9 Uglich Day 10 Moscow Day 11 Moscow Day 12 Depart Moscow


1 St Petersburg 2 Red Square, Moscow 3 Church of The Transfiguration, Kizhi Island

Our cruise planners have hand-crafted a superb itinerary for you. Here, they highlight just one of their favourite ‘Must-do’s’. “During the included EmeraldPLUS excursion to the impressive State Armoury in Moscow, be sure to see the collection of Royal Carriages. They are a highlight amongst the countless wonderful artefacts, which include jewellery, weapons, clothing and crowns, with some items dating back as far as the early 1300’s. A wonderful experience, not to be missed.”


Day 1 Arrive St. Petersburg

Day 4 St. Petersburg

Return economy flights from London Heathrow are included in the price of your holiday.

Today is at your leisure to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg, or simply choose to relax on-board your ship, MS Rossia.

Founded by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’, the historic centre, threaded with canals and dotted with Baroque bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritagelisted site. You will be met at the airport to be transferred to your ship, MS Rossia. A warm welcome awaits from your on-board crew. Tonight, enjoy dinner on-board with your fellow travellers. Included meal: Dinner.

Day 2 St. Petersburg After breakfast, your guided bus tour will take you along the Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. You will pass the Gostiny Dvor (St. Petersburg’s largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great. You will also see the sights of the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Kazan and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. This evening, your captain will host a welcome reception before dinner. Included excursion: Guided bus tour of St. Petersburg Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 St. Petersburg Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Said to rival the Louvre in Paris, it is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II. Included excursion: Visit to the Hermitage Museum Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5 Mandrogi Today, you will visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the river Svir, part of the Valaam Islands an archipelago in the northern part of Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many opportunities for you to admire traditional Russian handicrafts, such as pottery and the famous matryioshka dolls. You will also have free time to enjoy some of Mandrogi’s other attractions, such as the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different types of one of Russia’s most famous exports. Included excursion: Visit to Mandrogi Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 Kizhi Today, as you cruise, you will have chance to admire the tranquil waters of Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. Once you arrive at the small island of Kizhi, you can enjoy a walking tour through the Open-Air Museum of Architecture which houses a collection of restored 18th-century Russian wooden buildings, including the breath-taking Church of the Transfiguration. Built in 1714, the structure of the Church was built without a single nail. Included excursion: Visit the Open-Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7 Goritsy Today we arrive in Goritsy, a typical Russian village set in stunning countryside. Your included excursion takes you from your ship to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in

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1397, by Cyril, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons which were loved by Ivan the Terrible. Included excursion: Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8 Yaroslavl Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your walking tour will take you through the historic centre, a World Heritage-listed site, which is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. Visit the 17th century Church of St. Ilya the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture. You will also have chance to wander the grounds of the 12th century Savior-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the oldest along the Volga. Included excursion: Tour to Yaroslavl Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9 Uglich Your day starts with a visit to Uglich, one of most beloved towns in Old Russia, which is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. Throughout its 1000-year history, the town has been used by various monarchs, including Ivan the Terrible, as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. During your walking tour, you will visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. You will also visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered. This evening, your captain will host a delicious farewell dinner on-board. Included excursion: Visit to Uglich Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

3 View of the Peterhof Grand Palace, St Petersburg 4 St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg




Day 10 Moscow Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860-year-old history with many reminders of both its Imperial and Soviet past. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is the financial and political centre of Russia with a population of around 13 million inhabitants. Enjoy a city tour during which you’ll have the chance to see many of Moscow’s highlights, including the Red Square, where you can see the brightly coloured St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum and the State Historical Museum.

It's all included in the price

Included Excursions

Return flights from London Heathrow

 Guided coach tour of St. Petersburg

11 nights accommodation on-board MS Rossia

 Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director throughout your cruise

 Visit to Mandrogi

32 meals including 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners

 Tour to the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island  Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

2 drinks per guest with lunch and dinner on-board

Tour to Yaroslavl

During the afternoon, your included EmeraldPLUS activity takes you to the famous Museum of Cosmonautics.

Complimentary tea and coffee available on-board at all times

Visit to Uglich

EmeraldPLUS Visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics

9 shore excursions

Visit to the grounds of the Kremlin

Included excursion: Guided tour of Moscow

2 EmeraldPLUS activities

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In cabin Wi-Fi Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin

Day 11 Moscow

Airport transfers to and from your ship

 Visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics

Port taxes and charges

 Visit to the State Armoury

Today, we have one of the biggest highlights of your tour, a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. For many people, the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia, the Kremlin is the seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. During a stroll around the Kremlin Grounds you will see the majestic Cathedral Square which still retains its original form. Then, as an EmeraldPLUS activity, you will have a tour of the State Armoury, which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts. EmeraldPLUS Visit to the State Armoury Included excursion: Visit to the Kremlin Grounds

 Guided tour of Moscow

EmeraldPLUS activities & experiences

All tipping and gratuities

12 Day - Imperial Charms of Russia RiverCruise- ERRC 2019 Departure Dates

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15* May

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Day 12 Depart Moscow

17, 28* Jun





After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

31 Jul

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11* Aug

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Included meals: Breakfast.

02* Sep

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5 Kremlin in Moscow

*This departures operate a reverse itinerary Please Note: All prices are per person, based on a twin share

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Terms and Conditions: Prices shown are correct at the time of going to print (February 2018) with all prices per person based on a twin-share. Please call for single supplements. The ÂŁ500 per person saving is valid for new bookings made between 20th February 2018 and 31st December 2018. Flights may not be a direct service and are subject to availability and may incur a supplement. The deposit required at the time of booking is ÂŁ750 per person with full payment required within 90 days of departure. Please note, MS Rossia is not an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and facilities and inclusions differ from those of our European Star-Ship Fleet. We recommend you seek independent advice regarding visas and vaccinations. Our offers are not combinable and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. For full terms and conditions visit E&OE.

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Emerald Waterways 2019 Russia  

We invite you to join Emerald Waterways as we discover the remarkable charms of Russia on this insightful 12-day itinerary, which follows a...

Emerald Waterways 2019 Russia  

We invite you to join Emerald Waterways as we discover the remarkable charms of Russia on this insightful 12-day itinerary, which follows a...