Russia Cruise Holidays

From the historic cities to the vast provinces, it’s an incredibly diverse place with a strong attitude, sincere people and a unique culture all of its own. Most cruises to St Petersburg stay overnight, allowing you extra time to see the sights and to take advantage of the city’s famous ‘white nights’, in which from May to July, the sun barely sets behind the horizon.

Russia Cruise Holiday Highlights

Known as the Venice of the North, St Petersburg has a distinctly Italian flavour, with plazas and canals dotted with Italianate mansions. It’s known for its fascinating history and opulent architecture, and a visit to the Hermitage Museum ticks both of those boxes. The museum houses more than three million works of art and world culture artefacts, from Egyptian antiquities to Renaissance works.  Outside the major cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, the surrounding countryside is sprawling and remote. Unsurprisingly, ecotourism is big here, with much flora and fauna to discover throughout the land.

Reasons to visit Russia on a cruise holiday

City Life

Trips to Russia are a delicious feast for the senses – the unique art and culture here is unrivalled. Alongside the stately heritage is a thriving contemporary art and music scene that keeps the cities humming 24 hours a day. Here east meets west, the old melds with the new, and the past seamlessly mingles with the present.

Iconic sights

One of St Petersburg’s most iconic sights is Tserkovʹ Spasa na Krovi, or the ‘Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood’. It’s one of the most ornate and colourful churches in the world, with five intricate domes, several thousand square feet of mosaics and classic Russian Orthodox artwork. You’ll also find the world-famous Hermitage Museum here, featuring pieces by Renoir, Raphael, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and even Van Gogh.

Shore Experiences

Evening and overnight calls give you more time to explore your favourite destinations and see them in a whole new light. Explore one of the largest and oldest museums in the world after hours, followed by a classical concert from the full symphonic orchestra of the Hermitage Academy of Music. Russia and ballet go hand in hand, so where better to see Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic Swan Lake, one of the most popular ballets of all time.