Sailing from Russia
Setting sail from St Petersburg
Lovely St Petersburg was Russia's imperial capital, and remains its most European-facing city. The undeniable highlight of any Baltic cruise, the 'Venice of the North' features so much to see and do, with its high art, lavish architecture, dramatic history and rich cultural traditions. Cruise along scenic canals, enjoy the long summer evenings of the 'White Nights', marvel at the spires and domes that dominate the skyline, or feast on the extraordinary wealth of treasures housed within the Hermitage, one of the world's great art galleries.
If you come by ship, you will find that arranging a private tour, especially if there is a group of you, is more cost-effective than the ship’s excursions, and a better experience too. We can arrange it for you.
Mandrogi is a reconstructed 19th century village that showcases Russian traditions, crafts and architectural styles. It’s an interesting place, if a little touristy, and there are some quirky museums, including the popular Museum of Russian Vodka, home to 2,800 varieties of this famous spirit.
Russia: Kizhi Island
Kizhi Island, at the northern end of Lake Onega, is home to the amazing open-air Museum of Architecture. The highlight of this ensemble of traditional wooden buildings is the magnificent Church of Transfiguration, crowned by 22 domes and built without using a single nail.
The picturesque little town of Goritsy sits on the river Sheksna between Moscow and St Petersburg. This sleepy part of Russia is home to some of the country’s most famous monasteries, including the fortified Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397 on the banks of Lake Siverskoye.
Said to have been founded on the spot where Prince Yaroslav of Kyiv wrestled and killed a bear, the town of Yaroslavl is best known for its many churches. The pretty historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gleams with clusters of golden onion domes.
Uglich is a real highlight of the Golden Ring, famous for its beautiful onion-domed churches. The city experienced its golden age under Ivan the Terrible, and it was here that the tsar’s 10-year-old son and heir, Prince Dmitry, was murdered in one of the most notorious episodes in Russian history.
Arriving in Moscow
Moscow is one of the world's most evocative capitals, a city that conjures up images of Cold War espionage, bombastic military parades, golden onion domed churches and hardy commuters trudging through three feet of snow. This is where Russia's power and wealth are concentrated, along with much of its history, and you'll need at least a few days here if you are to begin to do the city justice; Red Square, Lenin's Tomb, Gorky Park and the Bolshoi Theatre are just a few of the many highlights.
Moscow has the world’s finest metro system. Don’t try to deal with the traffic… Use it! Speedy, reliable and clean.
Your home from home
Scenic Tsar is one of the most luxurious river cruise vessels operating in Russia, accommodating just 112 guests in spacious and stylish surroundings.
What we love
When Scenic Tsar launched in 2013 she was the first new-build on Russia's waterways in over 25 years, and the emphasis on spacious accommodation and personal service is perfectly in keeping with the Scenic ethos.
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Relaxed and informal during the day, giving way to an elegant evening atmosphere.
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in St Petersburg
Centrally located and stylish, The Astoria is our choice.
Recommended tours in St Petersburg
Search the ship’s programme for tours with exclusive out-of-hours access for a magical experience.
Where to stay in Moscow
Our considered view is that the Four Seasons is the best bet at the moment.
Make the most of Moscow
A private tour is a great way to explore the city if your time is limited.