Sailing from Russia
Setting sail from Volgograd
Russia: Saratov, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Kazan, Nizhni Novgorod
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.
Always carry your passport with you, and the number of your embassy – threaten to use it if you fall out with the police over anything!
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
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.