Cruising beautiful Russia

Russia is a vast and endlessly fascinating wonderland just waiting to be explored, and there’s simply no better way to traverse those great distances than in the all-inclusive splendour offered by the Scenic Tsar - a boutique luxury vessel unique to the Scenic fleet.

This is your opportunity to travel the great Volga River in a manner befitting the tsars of old.

Discover the wonders

From grand Moscow, along the wide sandy banks of the Volga, to magnificent St. Petersburg, a journey through Russia offers variety and splendour on a scale you won’t encounter anywhere else. In this vast and impressive land, no two destinations are ever alike, and you’ll find that your experience can change utterly in the space of a moment.

Not only will you be escorted to all the must-see landmarks, you’ll also get to see many hidden gems, not accessible to other travellers. Shake hands with a cosmonaut, watch as ballerinas display their time-honoured art, tour the royal gardens of the palace of Catherine the Great, and view the towering spires of the Kremlin. And when you’re not out and about absorbing the marvels of the region, you can look forward to being ensconced in the luxury of a truly unique floating hotel, with world-class dining, arranged on-board events, and facilities that are quite simply in another class.

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All-inclusive luxury, in every sense

When we say all-inclusive, that’s exactly what we mean.

Not only can you look forward to inclusions you wouldn’t enjoy elsewhere, you can anticipate a level of luxury not available on other cruise ships in the region. For one thing, your cabins are truly spacious, and 93% of them have their own full-size balconies. Hailed as the first new ship to be registered in Russia in 25 years, the Scenic Tsar caters to those looking for a more intimate cruise experience.

Here are the many included benefits you’ll enjoy: 

  • Scenic FreeChoice - Select your own tours and decide on your own experiences, according to your tastes, interests and preferred pace.
  • Scenic Enrich - Enjoy handcrafted moments available only to Scenic guests, with experiences that you’ll look back on fondly for years to come, from lavish private shows in sumptuous surrounds to wonderful family meals with gracious local hosts.
  • Scenic Sundowners - Enjoy exclusive cocktail events overlooking Russia’s most spectacular settings - a wonderful way to end a fulfilling day of discovery in the company of friends.
  • Local and international  delicacies, as well as wine, beer and soft drinks (included with on board lunch and dinner)

The Imperial Wonders Of Russia

The 15 Day Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise will take you along the mighty Volga and charming Svir rivers, past timeless rural villages and impressive, bustling metropolises. A host of treasures awaits you, and you’ll find no better platform to enjoy it all from the luxurious Scenic Tsar.

Floating on beautiful Lake Onega cannot prepare you for the dazzling site of the Kizhi Island’s Church of the Transfiguration. Visit the citadel upon the shore at the Gold Ring city of Uglich. Let the bold architecture of St Petersburg wash over you as you walk its canals at sunset. And be mesmerised by the sheer scale and grandeur of Moscow’s greatest landmarks.

The vast expanse of land that surrounds me goes on for as far as the eye can see, but I know this is just the start of my journey and what waits beyond the horizon is the biggest thrill of all.
Jeffrey, 59
Destination: Volga River, Russia
N 57°61’ , E 39°85’

A Magical Day On Board

Waking in your spacious suite on board the Scenic Tsar, you step out onto your personal balcony to see the first rays of light strike St Petersburg.

For the moment you have the entire spectacular setting to yourself. Slowly, the city starts stirring, and you get to witness peerless St. Petersburg come to life. After a fine breakfast, you step ashore.This morning’s adventure takes you through the architectural marvel that is Catherine’s Palace, where you’ll get to wander the elaborate gardens and enjoy the marvellous landscaping first hand.

Later, you’ll join up with your new Scenic companions for a special lunch, arranged exclusively for you.The event is a Scenic Enrich experience, a specially moment, handcrafted for your benefit.You’ll be seated in the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant and, as you savour traditional Russian cuisine, you’ll get to enjoy home-grown wine, produced by the owner himself.

Discovering countless treasures

Both joyful and dramatic, full of shadow and light, Russia has always been a land of contrasts. You’ll soon learn to expect the unexpected when travelling through this vast and intriguing land. From fearless Russian circus performers in Moscow to the great silence that enshrouds the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery in Goritsy, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to discover its wonderful paradoxes for yourself.