CroisiEurope's Rostropovitch

French river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, is offering UK groups cruises on the Volga in Russia for the first time.

The cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg will take in locations along the way including Uglich, Goritsy, Kizhi and Mandrogi.

Highlights of the eight day cruise include a guided tour of Moscow, taking in the Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Lubyanka; and a visit to the Mandrogi Vodka Museum where groups will be invited to try some of the 2,500 different vodkas on display.

The cruise will also include a tour of St Petersburg that will take in the Nevsky Project, St Isaac Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral and the State Hermitage Museum.

On-board entertainment, such as presentations of Russian crafts and folk wear, a classical music concert, as well as classes in Russian language, painting Russian nesting dolls, Russian songs, Russian dancing and cooking authentic Russian food, are also available as part of the Volga cruise.

Despite this being the first time CroisiEurope has offered the Volga Cruise to the UK market, the river cruise operator has plenty of experience in organising cruises to the destination and is said to carry close to 5,000 guests each year on the Volga.

The first departure date for the cruise on the Rostropovitch is 6th May. Further departure dates for 2017 are scheduled on 20th May, 15th July, 29th July, 26th August and 23rd September.

The 106-guest Rostropovitch features a restaurant, three bars including an outside bar, a music lounge, gift shop and a sun deck.

The cost of the cruise includes all on board meals as well as some drinks, on board activities, all visits and excursions, port fees and gratuities.

For more information call 020-8328 1281 or visit