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Partnered with the Russian Orthodox Cruise Company, the largest ship operator in Russia, U.S.-based Imperial River Cruises meander in the waterways of Russia and Ukraine. Its most popular routes are Moscow–St. Petersburg; the Golden Ring cities; the Volga and Dnieper rivers;

the Black Sea and Kiev; and Odessa, which includes Yalta, Sevastopol, and Tulcea (Romania). Land tours include the Kremlin, the Hermitage, Catherine's Palace, and Petergoff. Eighteen vessels make their way to UNESCO World Heritage sites, famous monasteries, historic capitals, and rural villages on the banks of spectacular water routes.

Imperial is a member of reputable industry organizations, meeting strict operational, safety, and administrative standards. In recent years the cruise line has handled many corporate travel excursions for American, Canadian, Australian, and European business executives. The company’s vast experience enables it to offer land tours in all price categories, from budget to VIP.

For 15 years, Imperial has also provided tours and services specifically for music lovers, orchestras, choirs, and other music organizations, from scholastic to professional. Each spring, culturally savvy passengers can cruise along Russian waters from Volgograd to Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra and have the opportunity to meet and dine with celebrated Russian musicians. Listen to superb classical performances in some of the most beautiful concert halls and on board. The newer ships Fidelio, Rachmaninoff, Litvinov, and Dostoyevsky are popular, offering casual style with modern amenities equivalent to a two- to three-star hotel.

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Is This Line Right For You?

Choose This Line If

  • You’ve always dreamt of visiting imperial Russian cities and mysterious Kizhi and Solovki Islands.
  • You can travel between April and September, the only cruising periods available.
  • You’re a culture or music buff. Special themed cruises include the classical music journey with the award-winning Russian National Orchestra.

Don't Choose This Line If

  • You don't prefer a formal atmosphere. Luxury cabins, haute cuisine, and formal wear are required.
  • You don’t have at least 11 to 12 days, the minimum duration for most itineraries.
  • You need special meals. Chefs cannot accommodate any dietary requirements.

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