With Viking River Cruises, not only do you explore the highlights of Russia’s great cities but you also enjoy a river cruise through Russia’s heartland. Sail along the Volga, Svir and Neva Rivers and through Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga, stopping in charming “Golden Ring” area cities along the way.
Following the 1917 Revolution, the Soviets confiscated large apartments from Russian nobility and converted them into “Kommunalkas” to hold numerous families. While there are other housing options today, many Russians still choose and enjoy this way of life. Join us on our visit to a typical “Kommunalka” for a rare glimpse into a living part of the Soviet past.
Russia’s glorious Hermitage Museum—everyone is aware of its spectacular treasures and grand galleries, but did you know about the guardian cats that protect it? On duty for centuries to keep the Hermitage rodent free, these feisty felines are ever vigilant. Come with us as we explore the basement of the Hermitage to meet these tireless warriors.
Born out of Catherine the Great’s private art collection, The Hermitage is a stet monument to Russian history and culture. With Viking’s program “The Hermitage Behind Closed Doors” you are granted privileged access tours which provide a unique stet into the world’s greatest museum.
Viking’s Karine Hagen has spent most of her adult life living in Russia and remains captivated and entertained by the country and its culture. Come along as she shares her deep love and fascination for this charming country and its people.