River cruise line Emerald Waterways has opened its books on the 2021 river cruise season in Russia. 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 on board the MS Nizhny Novgorod begin in May 2021 and are available for booking now.
Highlights of the 11-day Imperial Charms of Russia itinerary, sailing from St. Petersburg to Moscow, 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 Kremlin Grounds. New for 2021, guests can choose the reverse 12-day itinerary for an extra day in St. Petersburg at the end of the sailing, which allows for a visit to Peterhof to take in its collection of gilded fountains and picturesque canals.
The MS Nizhny Novgorod, refurbished in 2019, offers a selection of onboard amenities including the Volga restaurant serving Russian-influenced dining and the Panorama Bar offering 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.
Guests booking any 2021 departure of either Volga itinerary will receive free, roundtrip flights to Russia. In lieu of flights, guests can opt to receive a discount of $1,000 on the cost of the sailing. Additionally, guests paying in full within 14 days of booking will receive an early payment savings of $250 per person—offer expires Aug. 31, 2020.