Introducing our Russian Waterway cruises
Our river cruises showcase Russia's sprawling natural beauty - landscapes full of ancient settlements and landmarks - on journeys which stretch from the capital to St Petersburg. The city of St Petersburg was originally a 17th century fortress at the mouth of the Neva, but was built up into a thriving sea-port by Peter the Great in the 18th century. The city played a crucial role in the October Revolution of 1917 and today the glories of both its imperial and revolutionary past can seen on almost every street. Our luxury river cruise, 'Imperial Waterways of Russia', ends in St Petersburg, treating passengers to tours around the city's extravagant streets - taking in Palace Square, Admiralty Tower and St Isaac's Cathedral. The holiday includes a trip to one of the jewels of St Petersburg, the magnificent Hermitage Museum, home of the Winter Palace and nearly three million individual pieces of art by some of the great European masters including Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. The city is a popular stop on cruises around the nations of the Baltic Sea. On our dedicated cruises, 'St Petersburg & Baltic Capitals' and 'Splendours of the Baltic', passengers visit destinations in Germany, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark - with a stop in St Petersburg and opportunities to explore the city's captivating museums and palaces.