The best value Russian river cruise on sale in the UK, with 26 meals and a full programme of excursions included
For centuries, the rivers, canals and lakes of northwest Russia provided the tsars with a serene and luxurious means of travel between the imperial powerhouses of Moscow and St Petersburg. It is still the most relaxing way to experience two of the world’s greatest cities - Moscow, with its imposing icons and colourful cathedrals, and St Petersburg, with its palaces and museums brimming with priceless treasures. This superb value cruise includes extended stays in both and, en route, a glimpse into Russia’s timeless rural life, revealing perhaps a few of the secrets of a country famously described by Winston Churchill as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.
We arrive in Yaroslavl, known as the ‘Russian Florence’, founded nearly half a century before Moscow in 1010. On our city tour, we visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with 17th century frescoes, and the 12th century Transfiguration Monastery, with murals depicting St John’s apocalyptic visions.