APT has announced the return of its Luxury river cruise programme in Russia, with two new departures scheduled for August 2018.

The 13-day Russian Waterways itinerary will traverse the network of rivers and lakes that joins Moscow with St Petersburg, allowing guests to discover lavish city palaces, country towns and Soviet era remnants alike.

Travel agents are invited to pre-register clients to be the first to receive details of the new cruises, which will be available to book soon.

Commenting on the new programme, the company's head of sales and commercial, Angela Waite, said British travellers are intrigued by the idea of visiting Russia and strong sales for the operator’s Premium cruises to the region were a good indication that interest in the new luxury departures was likely to be high. She said: “Russia is an exciting prospect for river cruisers looking for new and exciting destinations to explore. With stunning scenery, fascinating history, and the comfort and convenience of returning to the river each night, we’ve experienced increased demand for our Russia cruises.

"Our new luxury cruises will join our already popular premium product in Russia, allowing agents to offer their clients a choice of styles and departures with the added peace of mind that they’ll be travelling with an experienced and trusted operator to the region.”

The Russian Waterways itinerary is priced from £4,695 per person twin share and includes ten nights on the newly renovated 182-passenger MS Excellence Katharina and two nights’ land accommodation in St Petersburg and Moscow.

The cruise commences in St Petersburg, where guests visit Catherine Palace, attend a ballet concert at the Hermitage Theatre and experience an APT Signature Experience of a before hours tour of the State Hermitage Museum, including a chance to attend the exclusive Hermitage Peacock Clock ceremony.

From St Petersburg, guests cruise the Neva River to Lake Ladoga before moving onto the Svir River. Docking in the village of Svirstroy, they visit a local family for traditional pastries and a glimpse into everyday Russian life.

On Lake Onega, the cruise visits Kizhi Island, home to the World Heritage-listed 18th century Transfiguration Church, before setting sail on the Volga River bound for Moscow, where guests visit Red Square, the colourful St Basil’s Cathedral, ride the famous Russian Metro and take a WWII bunker tour which includes a performance from a military choir.

The itinerary departs August 29, 2018, and also runs in reverse on August 19, 2018 and includes flights, sightseeing, meals and drinks, transfers and tipping, a cruise director, local guides and private transfers.

For further information email agentclub@aptouring.co.uk, call 0800-046 3002 or see aptouring.co.uk

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