Fodor’s Expert Review
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.Read More
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.