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Moscow River Cruises

About Moscow

Named after the Moskva, the river it sits on, Russia’s iconic capital city has been within reach of those sailing the Volga since 1937 when the Moscow Canal was completed, linking the two rivers. This is certainly something which is an advantage for today’s river cruisers, allowing them to explore a number of Russia’s historic waterways on one river cruise. Moscow is today one of the world’s most expensive cities, thanks to its huge economic development and, of course, enduring popularity as a tourist destination. Of course, it wasn’t always that way and the city has been the scene of plague, invasion, battle and revolution over the course of its history. Napoleon’s 1812 invasion saw the city devastated and it again came under siege from German forces in 1941 during the Battle of Moscow, when it suffered both extensive casualties and damage. Political unrest continued throughout the ensuing Cold War but today, Moscow has emerged as one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations with a treasure-trove of history to explore.

Exploring Moscow

Red Square has long played a leading role in Moscow’s history and naturally, it’s the place where all tourists head and whichever cruise line you choose to sail with, you’ll no doubt have the opportunity to see it for yourself. It is indeed an impressive sight and a focal point for both the city’s historic and contemporary sides, with the Kremlin, Lenin’s tomb and St Basil’s Cathedral facing off against Russia’s largest department store.

The world-famous Kremlin is what many visitors come for and is a huge complex to explore. Its walls and towers are an architectural draw in themselves but within them, you’ll find churches, government buildings, palaces, monuments and cathedrals, each one of them an attraction in itself. Key sights are the Tsar’s Bell, Tsar’s Cannon and the Kremlin Armoury. The latter is more of a museum for some of the nation’s most splendid treasures, though the building earns its name for being the place where Royal weaponry was once held.

St Basil’s Cathedral is Moscow’s most recognisable landmark, with its distinctive multi-coloured onion-domed spires and grand architecture. Inside, it is a maze of beautiful and ornate rooms brimming with history and so big that you’ll not likely have to queue for long to get inside.

Trtyakov Gallery is the go-to destination for art-lovers, containing more than 150,000 works created by the country’s leading artistic visionaries throughout the centuries. However, to get a more expansive overview of Moscow’s history and escape some of the city's hustle-bustle, the Tsarytsino Open-air History and Architectural Museum is a great place to visit, set in beautiful park grounds and offering a fascinating look at the lives of the tsars. It’s very much a modern artistic interpretation in many ways but nevertheless paints an accurate historical picture.

Moscow tips

Though UK visitors to Moscow usually require a visa, you’ll be covered by your ship's visa, providing you stay with your excursion party. If looking to pick up a souvenir or grabbing a bite to eat, remember that credit cards are not accepted in many smaller stores. Azerbaijani cuisine is particularly recommended in Moscow, so a good choice if you want to sample something different.

Moscow Itineraries

St Petersburg

Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

35 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2020
12 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Waterways of the Tsars - Moscow To St. Petersburg

35 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2020
12 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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Moscow – St. Petersburg

11 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
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A Russian Odyssey

7 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Moscow, to St Petersburg
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St Petersburg To Moscow

1 sailing date May 2019
11 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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St Petersburg

Russian Waterways

1 sailing date May 2019
12 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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Mandrogi

The Imperial Charms of Russia

1 sailing date July 2019
11 Nights From St. Petersburg, to Moscow
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Yaroslavl

The Imperial Charms of Russia

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Moscow, to St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg – Moscow

9 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Yaroslavl

Imperial Russia - Stalingrad (Volgograd) to Moscow

1 sailing date October 2019
14 Nights From Stalingrad, to Russia , Moscow
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St Petersburg

Imperial Russia with St. Petersburg

1 sailing date October 2019
17 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to , Stalingrad
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Yaroslavl

Russian Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

1 sailing date September 2019
12 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
APT Cruising logo FROM £4839pp
Yaroslavl

Imperial Russia - Moscow to Stalingrad (Volgograd)

1 sailing date September 2019
14 Nights From Moscow, Russia to , Volgograd (Stalingrad)
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St Petersburg

Eternal Volga - Moscow to St. Petersburg

2 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
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Mandrogi

Imperial Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

3 sailing dates June 2019 to July 2019
11 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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St Petersburg

Jewels of Russia - St. Petersburg to Moscow

4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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St Petersburg

Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

3 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
11 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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