A Russian Odyssey Aboard the MS Rossia

Experience more with so much included

  • Guided tours of Moscow, St Petersburg, Uglich and Yaroslavl
  • Walking tour through the Open-Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi
  • Visits to the Kremlin, the Hermitage Museum, Mandrogi and the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in Goritsy 
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (two lunches in local restaurants included), welcome cocktails and the Captain’s farewell dinner
  • Live entertainment every night including concerts presenting international favourites and traditional Russian music
  • On-board lecture on Russian history and other demonstrations including Russian cooking, language and handicrafts
  • Return scheduled flights from 4 regional airports
  • Attentive service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Selected departures up to September 2019 & May to August 2020

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At a Glance
11 nights on board the MS Rossia
Return flights & transfers
9 visits and tours
Full board
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Expert cruise director
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage


Russia, the world’s largest country, is a land of superlatives matched by its epic history, monumental architecture, incredible culture and sweeping landscapes of immense beauty. Perhaps the best way to cover the breadth of its myriad gems and feel the might of empires past is on a relaxing river cruise, where every turn reveals a fascinating new view.

Our 11-night cruise begins in Moscow, the enigmatic capital and a dazzling metropolis, with a glittering array of Unesco-listed monuments: the magnificent 70- acre Kremlin fortress and historic Red Square, with the strikingly colourful onion-domed cathedral of St Basil taking centre stage.

Beyond Moscow’s glitz and glamour, we discover another side to this intriguing country. The mighty ‘Mother Volga’, Europe’s longest river, entices us with a different landscape: swathes of ancient silver-birch forests, centuries-old churches and brightly painted timber houses in quintessential villages lost in time. We’ll visit the medieval Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the historic cities of Yaroslavl and Uglich on Russia’s famous Golden Ring.

Cruise the waters of the stunning River Svir, which flows between the rocky fissured shores and tranquil bays of Lake Onega to the wild marshlands of Lake Ladoga, two of Europe’s largest lakes. We call at the fairy-tale village of Mandrogi and also Kizhi Island to see the outstanding Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 shimmering domes – a wooden masterpiece built without a single nail!

Our final port of call is often described as Europe’s most beautiful city: St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, was designed to be a showpiece of the Empire, with majestic architecture and breathtaking vistas that have inspired artists and writers throughout the ages. Our cruise includes a visit to the world-renowned Hermitage, which features an exceptional collection of priceless artworks housed in some of the city’s finest buildings, including the Tsars’ beautiful Baroque-style Winter Palace.

Let our experienced tour managers and insightful guides lift the alluring veil of mystery over this fascinating country and its culture on a truly unforgettable cruise.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. Single cabins are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day, two lunches in local restaurants; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Please note that on-board Wi-Fi speeds may vary.

On reverse-order itineraries, arrival and departure points are the other way around.

Useful Information

Connecting Flights

Flights from Birmingham, Manchester, London Heathrow and Edinburgh will connect in a European airport on both outbound and inbound journeys.

Please contact us if you would like timings and/or further information on the connecting flights. All flight details will be listed in your booking confirmation. 

Fact File

  • Currency: Russian Ruble
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight time:  Approx. 3 hrs 35 mins to 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Language: Russian
  • Time zone: GMT+3 
  • Country: Russia


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Visas & Passports

All UK citizens must obtain a tourist visa to visit Russia.

In order to apply for a visa, applicants will require an invitation letter (also known as the ‘tourist voucher’) from the shipping company which will be sent to you, from Riviera Travel, approximately ten weeks prior to departure. Please do not apply for your visa before receiving this voucher from us.

Please ensure you have at least two empty pages in your passport, and that it is valid for a minimum of six months after the visa’s expiration.

Complete the application forms electronically at http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk and print and sign accordingly. All applications must then be made in person at the Application Centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh, where biometric data (fingerprints) will be collected. This is a simple five to ten-minute process. You will need one recent passport photo and the tourist vouchers from the shipping company. You will be required to leave your passport at the centre while your visa is processed.

Visa costs are from £63 plus a service charge of £38.40. with the option to return by post at a cost of £13.80. All payments made towards visa fees and service charges are non-refundable and do not guarantee the issuance of a visa should your application be declined.

Should you require additional help through an agency please contact us for a recommendation.

  • The granting of a visa is at the discretion of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London and its Consulates.
  • Please apply for your visa no more than six weeks prior to travel.
  • Your tourist vouchers will reach you approximately 10 weeks before departure.
  • All British Passport holders visiting Russia are required to have at least 6 months validity on their passports from the date the visa expires.
  • As requirements and prices may differ non UK passport holders should refer to: http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport Start ship location Transfer time End ship location Departure airport Transfer time
Moscow Domodedovo Airport Moscow 2 hrs St Petersburg St Petersburg Airport 45 mins
Moscow Sheremetyevo
1 hr 30 mins

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