Imperial Russia with St. Petersburg

Experience Russia on an 18 day luxury river cruise from Stalingrad to St Petersburg. Enjoy guided tours, museum visits & traditional folklore performances.

18 Days
Stalingrad (Volgograd) to St Petersburg
From (GBP)
£ 4,830
Dates & Pricing

2022 Stalingrad (Volgograd) > St Petersburg

Unlock the mysteries of Russia

With a rich cultural history and an extraordinary military past, contemporary Russia is the confluence of centuries of influence
Many wonders of Russia will be revealed on this epic journey as you embark your cruise of these great waterways. To travel along the Volga River between the two great cities of Stalingrand and Moscow is a step back in time. However Russia offers up many additional suprises, with culinary delights, welcoming locals and spectacular scenery to enjoy.

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Stalingrad (Volgograd)

    Fly to Stalingrad from London Heathrow where you will be transferred to the Scenic Tsar boutique ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Stalingrad (Volgograd)

    Your day begins with a guided city tour, including a visit to a truly spectacular site, the Mamayev Hill WWII memorial, with ten monuments dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad. See the change of the guards and the Eternal Flame in the Hall of Warrior Glory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Stalingrad (Volgograd) > Saratov

    After a final flourish in Stalingrad, your ship sails out towards Saratov.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Saratov

    Discover the unique historic treasures of Saratov, including a visit to the Road to Space exposition, dedicated to Yuri Gagarin’s early years of studies here.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Samara

    Arrive in Samara, situated in the south-eastern part of Russia, at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers. Discover Samara on a guided city tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Ulyanovsk

    Ulyanovsk is known for its most famous citizen, Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Empire of Communists. During a guided coach tour, visit the Lenin memorial complex. Afterwards, visit Simbirsk Classic Gymnasium Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kazan

    Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, and visiting the Kazan Kremlin and the Tatar village of Tugan Avylym. Later, enjoy a traditional Tatar folklore performance. Be serenaded by the soulful tune of the songs and swept up in the beauty and splendour of the Tatar dances, representing joy and the tender sadness of folklore stories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nizhny Novgorod

    As you cruise the mighty Volga relax and enjoy the scenery while your boutique ship sails towards the historic city of Nizhny Novgorod.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Nizhny Novgorod

    Tour this historic city, which is also referenced as the unofficial third capital of Russia, founded in 1221.You’ll have the opportunity to visit Nizhny Novgorod’s Kremlin, discover Maxim Gorky’s Museum House, and take a cable car ride over the river for magnificent city views.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Plyos > Kostroma

    Enjoy a tour of Pylos, a town more than 800 years old, and learn about the rural life in Russia. Then, arrive in the historic city of Kostroma, part of the Golden Ring of Russia, and the cradle of the Romanovs.


    Take the opportunity to visit the Choreographic College of National Ballet and enjoy a musical concert in the Noble Assembly House.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Yaroslavl

    Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Uglich

    Join an exploration of Uglich, including a visit to the Church of St. Dmitry.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Moscow

    Relax on board as you sail towards Russia’s mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Moscow

    Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. See magnificent golden dome cathedrals and ancient palaces before a visit to the State Armory where you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes.


    Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Moscow > St. Petersburg

    After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end. Disembark your ship, and travel by the high-speed train to St. Petersburg, for your three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - St. Petersburg

    Start the day with a guided city tour before visiting the magnificent Hermitage. Later this evening, enjoy a dinner and the folk show at Nikolaevsky Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - St. Petersburg


    Explore Peterhof’s Upper and Lower Gardens, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - St. Petersburg

    After breakfast, transfer to St. Petersburg airport for your return flight to London Heathrow. 

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Included highlights
  • Luxury boutique small ship, Scenic Tsar, with up to 112 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites
  • 2 Scenic Enrich experiences including a meet & greet with a cosmonaut at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and a musical concert in the Noble Assembly House at the Choreographic College of National Ballet – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Personalise your trip with 2 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Five star service and on board dining at Crystal Dining
  • 45 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beer, wine and soft drink with on board meals
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert Program Directors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

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