Emerald Waterways has opened its books on the 2021 Russian river cruise season. Sailings will feature a newly chartered river-ship, the recently refurbished MS Nizhny Novgorod, built specifically to sail Russia’s waterways, including Europe’s longest river, the Volga. Featuring two itineraries, sailings onboard the MS Nizhny Novgorod begin in May 2021 and are available for booking now. Details and pricing are available in the line’s newly launched brochure available for download.
The 11-day ‘Imperial Charms of Russia’ river cruise allows guests to discover both traditional villages and vibrant cities as they sail from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Highlights include a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of St. Petersburg, a Shashlik lunch in the picturesque village of Mandrogi, a visit to the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, and a guided tour of Moscow exploring the iconic Kremlin Grounds. New for 2021, guests can choose the reverse 12-day itinerary for an extra day in St. Petersburg at the end if the sailing, which allows for a visit to Peterhof to take in its collection of gilded fountains and picturesque canals.
The MS Nizhny Novgorod, which was refurbished in 2019, offers a selection of on-board amenities including the Volga restaurant serving Russian-influenced dining, and the Panorama Bar offering stunning views of the passing scenery. Guests have the choice of three cabin styles – suite, double deluxe cabin and twin cabin – all equipped with large windows for enjoying the view at any time of the day.
Prices for the 11-day itinerary start at $6,695 CAD per person (based on the August 21, 2021 departure) and includes all on-board meals, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, all tipping and gratuities, shore excursions and exclusive events and experiences. Guests booking any 2021 departure of either Volga itinerary will receive free, round-trip flights to Russia. In lieu of flights, guests can opt to receive a discount of $2,200 CAD per couple on the cost of the sailing.