The small ship experts Emerald Cruises is celebrating the release of its 2022 Russian Waterways brochure with some very special offers; guests will be guaranteed savings of £500 per person on all its 2022 Russian departures when booked before 31 August 2021.
As much as sections of the international press would like you to believe otherwise, Russia is one of the best places in the world for a vacation. Following its successful hosting of the 2018 World Cup, millions of travellers are now eager to see the unfiltered version of the country, including its beautiful countryside, incredible foods and architecture and, of course, the warmth and friendliness of its people.
It is a vast and enigmatic country, and one of the best ways to experience its rich culture is via its waterways. Imagine sailing along Europe’s longest river, the Volga, between World Heritage-listed St. Petersburg and the country’s capital, Moscow, discovering authentic local experiences, history, and folklore. It’s one of those rare places that combine the beauty of multiple well-known holiday destinations into one.
What’s on offer from Emerald Cruises?
Emerald Cruises’ has an 11-day Imperial Charms of Russia river cruise that takes guests on an insightful journey to idyllic rural villages showcasing the traditions of ancient folk communities. It starts in St. Petersburg, and from here, guests can explore the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, the world-famous Hermitage Museum and Palace Embankment on a guided city tour.
As we mentioned, the food in Russia is diverse enough to satisfy all appetites. One of the not-to-be-missed experiences on the itinerary which will make you feel like a true local is the shashlik lunch (food on a skewer) in the picturesque village of Mandrogi before heading off for a tour of the small island of Kizhi.
Also included is a visit to the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake and a tour of one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia in Uglich. There will also be the opportunity to explore Moscow on a guided tour, as well as plenty of free time to get well-acquainted with Red Square.
Whilst there, guests will have the opportunity to marvel at the local crafts of matryoshka dolls, indulge in cultural specialities at the Vodka Museum and witness a reflection of imperial and Soviet past on the banks of the Moskva River. The prices for the 11-day journey start from £2,595 per person departing 3 September 2022.
A 12-day alternative of the above itinerary is also available for those with a little more time – offering the chance to visit the Imperial Capital of St. Petersburg. Guests can use this additional day to explore its incredible arts and culture with highlights including the famous Kirov ballet centre of the Mariinsky Theatre, the renowned Peter and Paul Cathedral and the historic Tavrichesky Palace.
With access to unrivalled cultural heritage and vast history memorialised in unique architecture and sights, discover the hidden gems of Russia with prices starting at £2,795 per person departing 13 September 2022.
For more information or to book, please visit www.emeraldcruises.co.uk.
Read more travel news, guides and reviews here.