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Russia River Cruise: Moscow to St. Petersburg
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15 days

from $8,295 AUD

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Enjoy the insights of a National Geographic expert as you sail the Volga River from Moscow to St. Petersburg, exploring grand cities and palaces, medieval monasteries, timeless villages, and more.
  • In Moscow, take an in-depth tour of the Kremlin and Red Square, and learn about the history of Russian space exploration during a talk with a cosmonaut.
  • Explore charming riverside towns alongside a National Geographic photographer, capturing images of onion-domed churches, whimsical cottages, and bucolic landscapes.
  • Discover the architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburg including the country estates of Catherine and Peter the Great, and attend a Russian ballet performance.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way.

Itinerary

Sail the fabled waterways of Russia’s Volga River, delving into a fascinating history of tsars and nobles, revolutionaries, writers, and artists. Discover the country’s pulsing political heart in Moscow, where onion-domed cathedrals glitter amid Soviet-era monuments. Glide through the countryside, exploring the storybook towns of the Golden Ring, historic monasteries, and artisan villages. Cruise into Lake Onega to discover the centuries-old wooden structures of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Kizhi Pogost. Cap off your journey amid the opulent palaces and graceful canals of St. Petersburg, one of the most magnificent cities in the world. As we sail these storied waterways, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—and benefit from the insights provided by the National Geographic Expert and the National Geographic photographer who accompany us on the journey.

Day 1: Moscow, Russia

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Arrive in Moscow and transfer to our elegant ship, which awaits us on the Moscow River. Settle into your spacious cabin and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2: Moscow

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Once the center of power of the vast Soviet empire, Russian’s capital city is the political heart of the nation—an ever-evolving metropolis where remnants of the past intermingle with a vibrant, modern culture. Begin our day with a tour of some Moscow’s famed sights including the grand Cathedral of Christ the Saviour; Lomonosov Moscow State University; and the notorious Lubyanka prison, former headquarters of the KGB. Gain insight into contemporary life during a ride on the Moscow Metro, which carries millions of Muscovites each day, and tour some of its opulent stations. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then set out to explore world-renowned landmarks including Red Square—the site of public executions, parades, and protests—and the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral, crowned by colorful onion domes and spires.

Day 3: Moscow

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Explore the legendary Kremlin, a complex of cathedrals and palaces that was once the religious center of the Russian Orthodox Church and a former residence of the tsars. Today, this iconic fortress is the official residence of the president of the Russian Federation and a World Heritage site, along with Red Square. Venture inside its sprawling complex of towers, cathedrals, and palaces, which tell the story of Russian’s turbulent history over the centuries. Visit the Armoury Chamber, which houses a vast collection of imperial treasures including weaponry, jewelry, and royal vestments—including the gold coronation robes worn by Peter II. This evening, attend a Russian folk show featuring traditional costumes, music, and dance.

Day 4: Moscow

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Learn about Russian and Soviet achievements in space exploration at the Museum of Cosmonautics, and enjoy a specially arranged talk with a Russian cosmonaut. Later, return to our ship and enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon, choose to explore Russia’s diverse cultures and industries at the VDNKh All-Russia Exhibition Center, home to several museums, or go for a stroll and chat with locals in the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure—named after celebrated Russian author Maxim Gorky. Designed in the 1920s by avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov, this riverside park is one of the most popular outdoor spaces in Moscow.

Day 5: Moscow

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Today, we continue our exploration of Moscow with your choice of activities. Delve into Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery; or visit the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War, where you’ll have an opportunity to examine a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia from World War II. Alternatively, visit the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, which features contemporary exhibitions as well as a collection of Soviet-era photography, followed by a walk with our National Geographic photographer in the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

Day 6: Uglich

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Sail north on the Volga River to picturesque Uglich, part of the famed Golden Ring of historic towns. Believed to have been founded in the 10th century, Uglich is known for its small-town charm and quiet streets, presenting a dramatic contrast to the urban bustle of Moscow. This peaceful setting belies a darker history—the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible was murdered here in 1591, and the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood was constructed in his honor. Visit the crimson-colored church as well as the five-domed Transfiguration Cathedral. Later, enjoy free time to browse local shops, and perhaps stop in at the Museum of Myths and Superstitions of the Russian People, which houses an unusual collection of wax vampires, goblins, and other characters from Russian folk tales.

Day 7: Yaroslavl

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Yaroslavl’s history dates back to 1010, when it is believed to have been founded by Prince Yaroslav I. Sacked by the Tatars in the 13th century and by Ivan I Kalita a century later, the city eventually became a prosperous trading hub and industrial center. Explore its beautiful World Heritage–listed historic center, dotted with churches. Then visit the Yaroslavl Art Museum, housed in the former governor’s mansion and featuring exhibits on 18th- to 20th-century Russian artwork—including thousands of paintings, icons, and sculptures.

Day 8: Goritsy

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Disembark at the small town of Goritsy and drive through forested hills to Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery—one of the largest and best-preserved medieval monasteries in Russia. Founded in 1397, this religious center flourished under the patronage of the Russian tsars, including Ivan the Terrible. Explore the monastery’s vast lakeside complex containing numerous churches, and visit a museum housing a magnificent collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Later, if you wish, sample some local vodka—a spirit that has been integral to Russian culture for hundreds of years.

Day 9: Kizhi Island

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Continue north through the Volga-Baltic Waterway to Lake Onega—the second largest lake in Europe—in the Karelia republic. On Kizhi Island, visit Kizhi Pogost—a World Heritage site and an open-air museum that is home to dozens of historic wooden structures. Discover centuries-old churches, houses, and a windmill, as well as the island’s most impressive sight: the 18th-century Church of the Transfiguration. Adorned with 22 intricate cupolas, this architectural masterpiece—made entirely from wood—is one of the finest examples of traditional Russian carpentry.

Day 10: Mandrogi

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Spend the day exploring the charming, 18th-century village of Mandrogi, where Russian craftspeople continue age-old artisan traditions. Walk amid intricately-carved, whimsical cottages—reproductions of original structures that were destroyed during World War II. Visit an array of workshops to observe blacksmiths, weavers, and potters at work, as well as artists painting Matryoshka “nesting dolls.” Visit the local vodka museum, which houses thousands of varieties of Russia’s national drink, and enjoy an authentic shashlik barbecue.

Day 11: St. Petersburg

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With over a hundred miles of canals, picturesque bridges, and countless architectural gems, St. Petersburg is one of the most enchanting cities in the world. The historical and cultural heart of the nation, the city was conceived by Peter the Great as Russia’s “window on the West” and served as the county’s capital from 1712 until just after the revolution. Start your day with a tour of this dazzling metropolis and its historic district—a World Heritage site—followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then enjoy a guided visit to the world-famous State Hermitage Museum, home to a treasure trove of priceless art including works by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Picasso.

Day 12: St. Petersburg/Peterhof

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Today, we visit the site where Peter the Great built his grand country estate, Peterhof, on a ridge by the Gulf of Finland. Nearly all the estate’s palaces were left in ruins after World War II and have since been painstakingly restored. Explore the Imperial Bath House and the gilded fountains of the Lower Park, or be seduced by the extravagance of the Grand Peterhof Palace, which was designed to rival Versailles. Alternatively, explore both the Upper Garden and Lower Park of the estate, which unfold with lush greenery, beautiful statues, and the tsar’s mischievous “trick fountains.” This afternoon, return to St. Petersburg and choose to visit the golden-domed St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox church in the city, along with the famed Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood; or discover the riverside Yusupov Palace, where Grigori Rasputin was murdered in 1916.

Day 13: Pushkin/St. Petersburg

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Travel outside the city to Pushkin, site of the lavishly-adorned Catherine Palace—the country estate of Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, which was originally built in 1717. Embark on a guided tour of the estate, including the iconic Amber Room, clad in brilliant panels of amber. Enjoy a traditional Russian lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, take your seat inside the majestic Vladimir Palace and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before watching a splendid performance of Russian ballet.

Days 14-15: St. Petersburg

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Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the city's canals, gliding beneath some of its hundreds of elegant bridges, and gather for a farewell dinner on board. Depart the following morning.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven or slippery terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Choose from a variety of excursions, from short walking tours to options for extended walking tours.

Accommodations
This is a travel experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining, exceptional amenities.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and a National Geographic photographer will accompany the entire trip, and local experts will join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS
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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

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Launched in 2013, the Scenic Tsar offers an intimate atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art shipboard technology for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Spacious balconies and a variety of entertainment and dining venues provide guests with ample space to soak in the spectacular scenery of the Volga River.

Capacity: 112 guests in 56 outward-facing cabins
Registry: Russia
Overall Length: 670 feet

Public Areas: This intimate vessel is outfitted with four decks, including an open rooftop sun deck. A number of expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas and spacious balconies ensure an extraordinary sense of space. Guests have access to special onboard entertainment and a choice of elegant and casual dining options.

Meals: The ship offers many options for enjoying gourmet, locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main restaurant provides a variety of fresh, seasonal meal choices catering to all tastes and diets. Authentic Russian dishes accompany a wide selection of traditional European options. Two bars offer comfortable lounge seating surrounded by stunning views. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are also available with lunch and dinner. A casual café offers snacks and beverages all day.

Suites: Each spacious suite comes with a variety of amenities, including an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most cabins include private balconies, and select suites are outfitted with private lounge areas, panoramic windows, and outsized bathrooms.

Special Features: A wellness area offering massage treatments and a fully equipped salon. A National Geographic expert and photographer, as well as a wellness team accompany each voyage.

PRICES & DATES

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Trip PricesPer Person

Accommodations
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy
Standard Suite (E)
Double Occupancy
$12,355 AUD
Single Occupancy
$24,210 AUD
Balcony Suite (BA)
Double Occupancy
$15,250 AUD
Single Occupancy
$30,000 AUD
Balcony Suite (BB)
Double Occupancy
$15,350 AUD
Single Occupancy
$30,200 AUD
Balcony Suite (B)
Double Occupancy
$15,450 AUD
Single Occupancy
$30,400 AUD
Deluxe Balcony Suite (PA)
Double Occupancy
$15,650 AUD
Single Occupancy
$30,800 AUD
Deluxe Balcony Suite (P)
Double Occupancy
$15,850 AUD
Single Occupancy
$31,200 AUD
Royal Suite (R)
Double Occupancy
$17,450 AUD
Single Occupancy
$34,400 AUD
Panorama Suite (RS)
Double Occupancy
$17,850 AUD
Single Occupancy
$35,200 AUD

Deck Plans

Jewel Deck
Sapphire Deck
Diamond Deck

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation aboard a world-class ship operated by Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  • All meals, from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the final morning
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Beer, wine and soft drink served with on board lunches and dinners
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
Andrew Evans
Author
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Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host for National Geographic. He shares stories from around the globe on pixel, paper, and screen. Andrew has completed some 50 assignments for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and over 100 countries. He was the first person ever to live tweet his ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro and gained a worldwide following when he broadcast his 12,000-mile overland journey from National Geographic headquarters to Antarctica using public transportation. In 2017, he thru-hiked The Jordan Trail, reporting in real time as he walked 400 miles from Syria to Saudi Arabia. Andrew is a regular contributor to National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, BBC Travel, Outside, and The Chicago Tribune. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin. Andrew has received five Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Andrew’s television work highlights people and places around the world, including his tech-centered series “World’s Smartest Cities,” which still airs in more than 65 countries. A renowned influencer in the world of travel media, he calls for responsible and respectful storytelling that promotes local culture and environmental welfare. Andrew holds degrees from Brigham Young University and Oxford University. He lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Davide Monteleone
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Davide Monteleone is a photographer and visual journalist with extensive work related to Russia and post-Soviet countries. Born in Italy, he has lived in Moscow for long periods of time since 2001, and has published five books about the region (Dusha, Russian Soul – 2007; La Linea Inesistente – 2009; Red Thistle – 2012;Spasibo – 2013; The April Theses – 2017). Davide’s projects, which primarily focus on social and geopolitical issues, have earned him multiple awards and grants, including several World Press Photo prizes, the Aftermath Grant, European Publishers Award, and Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Monteleone regularly contributes to leading publications across the globe, and his work has been presented as installations, exhibitions, and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide, from the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and Saatchi Gallery in London to the MEP in Paris and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. During the occasion of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he went on assignment for National Geographic exploring the region’s deep-rooted culture and customs in cities and towns along the Volga River. Other stories cover a range of subjects, such as life in the remote Pamir mountains of Tajikistan and refugees along Greece’s northern border with Macedonia. Currently pursuing a masters in art and politics from the Goldsmiths University in London, Davide is also active as a curator and educator for numerous institutions and international workshops.

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