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The 2022 Imperial Charms Of Russia

From £2,489pp

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Save up to £1,000*

Included Drinks, FREE Wi-Fi & Gratuities*

Sail aboard the refurbished MS Nizhny Novgorod*

Expert-led Shore Excursions Included*

Cruise Overview

  • Duration 10 nights
  • Departs 23 Jul 2022
  • Sails from St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Ship MS Nizhny Novgorod
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1816249
  • Voyage code ‍ERRC

Your Itinerary

Fly from London to St. Petersburg, Russia Sat 23 Jul 2022

(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)

St Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia Sat 23 Jul 2022

St Petersburg

Upon arrival transfer to the port & embark MS Nizhny Novgorod, for your 11 night cruise (D)

St Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia Sun 24 Jul 2022

St Petersburg

Enjoy an included full-day tour of the city, including the Summer Garden, Palace Embankment and the Winter Palace. Your tour will include a visit to the world famous Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world. After lunch, visit the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, as well as the Peter and Paul Fortress, the first structure built in St. Petersburg (B,L,D)

St Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia Mon 25 Jul 2022

St Petersburg

Today is yours to enjoy as you please; you may choose to continue exploring the historic city of St. Petersburg or simply relax on board. Tonight, your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine (B,L,D)


Mandrogi, Russia Tue 26 Jul 2022


Located on the River Svir, the picturesque village of Mandrogi is a village of tradition and folklore renowned for homemade vodka, horse-drawn carriages and unique craftwork. Enjoy an included Shashlik lunch, admire the “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames, or visit the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of one of Russia’s most famous exports (B,L,D)

Kizhi, Russia Wed 27 Jul 2022

Cruise Europe’s second-largest lake, Lake Onega, and arrive at the small island of Kizhi. Enjoy an included walking tour× of the Open-Air Museum of Architecture, housing a collection of restored 18th-century Russian wooden buildings, including the UNESCO-listed Church of Transfiguration, which was built without a single nail (B,L,D)

Goritsy, Russia

Goritsy, Russia Thu 28 Jul 2022

Goritsy, Russia

Set in the rolling countryside, picturesque Goritsy is a typical Russian village. Enjoy an included tour to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, by Cyril, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons, which were loved by Ivan the Terrible (B,L,D)


Yaroslavl, Russia Fri 29 Jul 2022


Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your included tour× will stop at the 17th century Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, as well as an inside visit to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and an interactive tour to former Governor’s House (B,L,D)

Uglich, Russia

Uglich, Russia Sat 30 Jul 2022

Uglich, Russia

Your day starts with a visit to Uglich, one of most beloved towns in Old Russia, which is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. Throughout its 1000 year history, the town has been used by various Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. During your included walking tour you will get to see the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. Your walk will also include a stop at the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible was murdered. This evening your Captain will host a farewell dinner (B,L,D)


Moscow, Russia Sun 31 Jul 2022


On the banks of the Moskva River, the capital of Russia is an exciting city of contrasts. The city’s architecture reflects its 860-year-old history, offering many reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past. Enjoy an included city tour including the sights of KGB, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, a visit to the famous GUM department store, and some free time at the Red square, the founding site of the city. The evening is yours to explore independently or opt to enjoy a carefully planned optional tour. (B,L,D)


Moscow, Russia Mon 01 Aug 2022


This morning, enjoy an included tour to the UNESCO-listed Kremlin Grounds. Inextricably linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the Kremlin is the former seat of the Russian Government. Appreciate the majestic Cathedral Square, the Palace of Congresses, Senate square and the residence of the President of the Russian Federation. This afternoon, explore more of Moscow independently or opt to do one of many optional tours (B,L,D)


Moscow, Russia Tue 02 Aug 2022


After breakfast, disembark the ship (B).

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London Tue 02 Aug 2022

(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)

Arrive in London Tue 02 Aug 2022

What's included *

  • Savings of £1,000
  • 10 nights river cruising on board MS Nizhny Novgorod including:
  • Two drinks INCLUDED with lunch & dinner on board
  • All on board meals
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • All gratuities included
  • Shore excursions included
  • FREE Wi-Fi on board
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Coffee station on board
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers
  • Return scheduled flights from London (regional & premium class flights may be available on request)
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 30th November 2021 and receive a John Lewis Gift Card worth up to £75

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The Ship - MS Nizhny Novgorod

  • Occupancy204
  • Length410 ft (124.97 m)
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Welcome aboard MS Nizhny Novgorod, Emerald Waterways newly acquired river ship dedicated to the waters of Russia. Refurbished during 2019, MS Nizhny Novgorod is a comfortable and traditional ship with a friendly on board atmosphere. With a super selection of amenities, including two restaurants, two relaxed bar areas and a solarium and sauna, she is the perfect base from which to explore the remarkable charms of Russia.

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  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Emerald Cruises

Does Emerald Waterways have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. With Emerald, guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure up until 31 December 2022. This policy is applicable across all Emerald’s European and Southeast Asia river cruises.

Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply.

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard an Emerald cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Guests sailing on a 2021 departure will also be required to take a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to departing the UK. 

Last updated: 22.06.21

* Terms & Conditions

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Booking conditions of Emerald Cruises and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Free drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Drinks are only included with lunch and dinner and a limit of two per person applies. Savings is based on two adults sharing. Please note that MS Nizhny Novgorod is not an Emerald Star-Ship and is a specially chartered ship therefore certain features such as E-bikes are not available on board. MS Nizhny Novgorod was re-furbished in 2019. Regional and premium flights will incur supplementary costs, may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. Shore excursions are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Wi-Fi cannot be guaranteed as is subject to T&Cs. The itineraries are a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Emerald Cruises cannot guarantee the cruises will operate unaltered from the itineraries included.Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. Tours are subject to change and availability and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Early bird savings are based on two people sharing a cabin. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. E&OE.

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