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Russia Travel Guide

Russia is a beautiful, vast area and if you are interested in visiting the area then why not choose a cruise to take you there? It is a place where a lot of history has happened, there are many sights to see and you can be sure to take in a lot of the local, delicious food. This is something to consider when you are on a cruise and want to look into the ports where you are going to be stopping. It can be worth it to get more from the cruise and the area you are visiting. Russia is no exception to that. Find an affordable, comfortable cruise line that can bring you to many places in Russia. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Russia river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Apr 26, 2021ImperialShevchenkoRostov-on-DonSt. Petersburg20$7,100
Apr 27, 2021ImperialMS Tikhi DonRostov-on-DonMoscow19$6,400
May 03, 2021VikingViking HelgiSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,799
May 03, 2021ImperialMS RachmaninoffMoscowSt. Petersburg11$2,640
May 04, 2021VikingViking TruvorSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,799
May 05, 2021VikingViking IngvarSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,799
May 07, 2021VikingViking AkunSt. PetersburgMoscow13$6,099
May 08, 2021ImperialMS TchaikovskyMoscowSt. Petersburg10$2,600
May 11, 2021ScenicScenic TsarBerlinMoscow27$13,195
May 13, 2021ImperialMS RachmaninoffSt. PetersburgMoscow11$2,640
May 15, 2021VikingViking HelgiMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,799
May 15, 2021ImperialMS Tikhi DonMoscowSt. Petersburg11$3,700
May 15, 2021ImperialShevchenkoSt. PetersburgMoscow11$4,400
May 16, 2021VikingViking TruvorMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,799
May 16, 2021ImperialVolga SpiritMoscowSt. Petersburg11$2,500
May 17, 2021VikingViking IngvarMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,799
May 17, 2021ImperialMS TchaikovskySt. PetersburgMoscow10$2,600
May 19, 2021VikingViking AkunMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,799
May 20, 2021UniworldRiver VictoriaMoscowSt. Petersburg12$7,999
May 23, 2021ScenicScenic TsarSt. PetersburgMoscow15$7,395
May 23, 2021ImperialMS RachmaninoffMoscowSt. Petersburg11$2,640
May 25, 2021ImperialShevchenkoMoscowSt. Petersburg11$4,400
May 25, 2021ImperialMS Tikhi DonSt. PetersburgMoscow11$3,700
May 26, 2021ImperialMS TchaikovskyMoscowSt. Petersburg10$2,600
May 26, 2021ImperialVolga SpiritSt. PetersburgMoscow11$2,500
May 27, 2021VikingViking HelgiSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,999
May 28, 2021VikingViking TruvorSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,999
May 29, 2021VikingViking IngvarSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,999
May 31, 2021VikingViking AkunSt. PetersburgMoscow13$5,999
May 31, 2021UniworldRiver VictoriaSt. PetersburgMoscow12$6,999
Jun 02, 2021ImperialMS RachmaninoffSt. PetersburgMoscow11$2,640
Jun 04, 2021ImperialMS Tikhi DonMoscowSt. Petersburg11$3,700
Jun 04, 2021ImperialShevchenkoSt. PetersburgMoscow11$4,400
Jun 04, 2021ImperialMS TchaikovskySt. PetersburgMoscow10$2,600
Jun 05, 2021ImperialVolga SpiritMoscowSt. Petersburg11$2,500
Jun 06, 2021ScenicScenic TsarCopenhagenMoscow29$16,695
Jun 06, 2021ScenicScenic TsarMoscowBerlin27$13,495
Jun 08, 2021VikingViking HelgiMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,999
Jun 09, 2021VikingViking TruvorMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,999
Jun 10, 2021VikingViking IngvarMoscowSt. Petersburg13$5,999

Russia Travel Guide

Russia River Cruises Highlights

  • Enjoy the main capitals and the little villages when you take a planned-out cruise.
  • See St. Petersburg and Moscow while docked at a station.
  • Visit what is known as the "Golden Ring" of cities that provide smaller ports of interest and activities. 
  • Orthodox churches full of history and wonder are also usually a part of the trip.
  • Learn more about the country's history, language, and culture which is rich with information.
  • Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga are two of Europe's largest lakes and when you go on a Russia river cruise, you are able to cruise over both of them.
  • You will be able to take in many of the Versailles-themed views, architecture pieces, and more.
  • Beautiful flowers only found in this region can be seen along the waterways as you cruise down the river, so make sure to keep your eyes open to this.

Russia River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Those who are entering Russia through cruise ship do not have to have a visa or passport to enter, though it is recommended that you at least have some sort of ID.
  • Make sure to respect all of the local customs of the area, as those living here feel strongly about them.
  • June has something known as White Nights because of the almost endless hours of sunlight that they get. 
  • Bring cool clothing during the summer, especially if you are visiting the museums. They do not have air-conditioning in them.
  • Russia is safe to visit for the most part, but make sure to keep common-sense travel tips in mind.
  • Keep a phrasebook or translator handy, so you can speak with the locals and find what you need while you are there. 
  • Research how the weather is going to be before the trip, then dress and pack accordingly. 
  • Be money savvy, especially in Moscow because this can become pricey.

Russia River Cruises Things To Do

  • Hermitage
    Hermitage

    Located in St. Petersburg, this is generally one of the biggest and most known places to visit in the area. It is one of the world's largest art collections by far. With many popular artists that have their artwork showcased in this museum, you'll easily be able to look through the halls of what is available.  

    Best Time To Visit

    This attraction is ideal to see during the off-season because it is less packed inside. However, if the weather is chilly and not so ideal, then this would be a good time to visit the museum.  

     

    You Should Know

    The Hermitage was once the official home to Russian Tsars throughout the years. Very few people were allowed to come into this home in the past. The Hermitage is huge. It consists of 5 interconnected buildings and has over 3 million art pieces.

  • Pushkin Versailles-Styled Palace
    Pushkin Versailles-Styled Palace

    Catharine the Great was very big on decorating and having lavish palaces and places of interest built in the past. The Pushkin Palaces with Versailles-styled architecture are some of the most beautiful buildings you will ever see.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Visiting this and other palaces can be done throughout the year, whenever you are visiting. The gardens outside of the palaces are nice, so good weather can be ideal.  

     

    You Should Know

    This is not the only palace in Pushkin, there are a series of other palaces that were constructed. The palaces were based on Baroque-style architecture and art.  

  • Red Square
    Red Square

    Located in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square is a place of interest for so many. Inside the square, you can find the St. Basil's Cathedral, GUM Department Store, and Lenin's Tomb. All of these are open and ready for the general public to come and see once you walk through the Red Square.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Since the square is outside, you may want to visit when the weather is warmer and nicer. You can find that walking during this time is more pleasant and you can stop into all of the points of interest.   

     

    You Should Know

    The president of Russia lives right to the side of the Red Square. The Kremlin is to the other side of the square, so you can make an entire day of visiting these areas.  

  • Pushkin Gallery
    Pushkin Gallery

    The Pushkin Gallery is located in Moscow. With not just art inside, but other arts including music and dance, you will find that there is a lot for you to take in. You can go during the time when they are offering shows or other performances.   

    Best Time To Visit

    It is ideal to visit this area when the weather is mild, or even if it is raining since it is inside. You can walk through and not have to worry about the weather.   

     

    You Should Know

    The International Musical Festival Sviatoslav Richter's December nights is held in this museum and have been since 1981. They do charge for tickets to come in, RUB 200-400.  

  • Bolshoi Theatre
    Bolshoi Theatre

    The Bolshoi Theater is also located inside Moscow and it is one of the most visited places for those living and visiting the city. The theatre mainly does opera and ballet performances, but sometimes they have other shows that visitors can take part in, depending on what you want to see during that time.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Most of the shows are held at night, so if you want to visit during one of them then it is ideal to visit during one of the times when you're docked at port for the night.  

     

    You Should Know

    The shows each cost a different amount, and you can purchase tickets in advance to make sure you have one. The theatre was built in 1821 and is still standing and fully functional to this day.  

  • Church of St. Elijah the Prophet
    Church of St. Elijah the Prophet

    This church not only has beautiful architecture inside and out, but it comes with a story behind it. This is why many people enjoy visiting. You can learn more about the history and folklore that brings a lot of residents and visitors inside just to see and feel the magic within.  

    Best Time To Visit

    When the outside is chilly and raining, you can go inside the church for warmth and to take in the sights, sounds, and everything else that comes with it.  

     

    You Should Know

    White with green onion domes and topped with gold crosses, the colors of the church make it stand out more. The church is a 14th-century church, so it holds a lot of history.  

  • Yaroslavl
    Yaroslavl

    A significant Golden Ring city, it is worth visiting to see all of the attractions hidden within the circle. It is also the biggest city you will visit while on a river cruise through Russia. There are also a handful of streets full of cafes and shops that are made just for pedestrians, so you don't have to worry about traffic.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to come to Yaroslavl is when the weather is warm, and the sun is out. You will be doing a lot of walking, so the weather should be comfortable to do so in.  

     

    You Should Know

    Check out the embankment to the side of the city, this is where locals go to eat lunch and use the greenery as a park. This area is also home to many gorgeous, older churches.  

  • Moscow Kremlin
    Moscow Kremlin

    The fortified complex located in the middle of Moscow is another large attraction that has many amenities and activities to do inside it. There are shops, cafes, restaurants, and more within the square. To the east is the Red Square and it overlooks the Moskva River to the south of the wall.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Since the Kremlin is outside, and you have to walk from place to place, then you want to visit this area during the warmer months. This can prove to be a great time for you to visit.   

     

    You Should Know

    Wear comfortable shoes because the Kremlin does mean you will be doing a decent amount of walking. You should consider visiting the Red Square on the same day that you visit the Kremlin because they are right next to each other.  

Russia River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

There is definitely no right or wrong time to take a Russia river cruise, but if you are looking for a specific time to visit, then you want to consider the different times throughout the year. One thing to keep in mind is that Russia has a shorter river cruise season than some of the other places. The season starts early in May and then ends in October.

June, July, and August are the most popular and warmest months to visit. Keep this in mind when planning a trip. If you choose other months, it might be a bit chillier, but there will be less crowds and the cost of the trip may be more affordable since this is more of an ‘off-season'.

Russia River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Russia River Cruise?

A Russia river cruise brings you through a series of places around Russia. From St. Petersburg to Moscow, and through some of the largest European rivers and lakes; you will be able to see a lot both on the ship and off of it. The cruises generally last between 10 to 15 days, and they provide many points of interest within those days. You can look into each of them to find the one that provides you with the many things you want to do, as well as activities and extras provided on the ship. 

What’s Included on a Russia River Cruise?

Russia River Cruises, like almost all cruises are all-inclusive. You will find that lodging, meals, and activities are all included in the price. You can enjoy extra excursions, alcohol, and a number of other items for extra charges while there. There are even packages you can add onto the cost of the cruise. 

What’s the Best River Cruise for a Russia River Cruise?

While there is no right or wrong answer, the best Russia river cruise to take can be the one that offers you the benefits that you want. Each one comes with different amenities and activities, length of time on the water, and various stops along the way. Some of the more popular, recommended Russia river cruise boats are Viking River Cruises, Scenic Russia River Cruises, and Uniworld Boutique Russia River Cruises. However, these cruise lines all have somewhat identical itineraries, so it makes sure to look into how they spend their time off the ship.

How Much Does a Russia River Cruise Cost?

You can travel from 8 to 12 days while on a Russian River Cruise. You will be able to choose the length of stay, but keep in mind, that you will want to consider your budget. The longer the cruise, the more it is going to cost. The prices range from $3,999 to $6,999 depending on many factors. The type of room and extras are also important. 

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