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Explore Russia & Ukraine

Though close neighbours who enjoy a long, shared and at times tumultuous history, travellers who choose a river or ocean cruise in Russia or Ukraine will be rewarded with rich, unique and varied culture, cuisine, history and art.

Viking River Cruises began life in Russia more than 20 years ago, and today we are considered the Russia river cruise expert, with our wealth of experience and the most modern fleet sailing these waterways of the tsars. Destinations such as St Petersburg are also accessible on Baltic Sea ocean cruise itineraries. Whether you choose a river or ocean cruise, you can expect to spend longer in port with Viking - allowing plenty of time to explore the treasures of Russia and Ukraine.


Russia & Ukraine MapFrom the swirling onion domes and stout towers of Moscow’s Red Square to the majestic Peterhof Palace and priceless arts of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia is full of cultural, historic and artistic marvels. Take the scenic route with a river cruise along the Volga River and her tributaries - known as the 'Queen of Rivers' - to discover the real Russia and her idyllic countryside.

Meanwhile Europe's best kept secret - Ukraine - offers a wonderful travel experience, where colourful folk traditions, hearty cuisine and rich culture are brought to life. A voyage with Viking along the Dnieper River and its maze of whisper-thin tributaries follows ancient trade routes from Kiev to the Black Sea.

Whether you choose to explore Russia or Ukraine, your voyage with Viking is designed to be destination focused and culturally enriching – it’s why we’ve become known as ‘The Thinking Person’s Cruise. Our bespoke itineraries allow you to immerse yourself in the unique history and culture of each destination on a deeper level, offering a window into Russia and Ukraine's rhythms of local life, their it’s working world and taking you behind closed doors with our signature Privileged Access.

On this page, you'll find inspiration about the most incredible sights, experiences and cuisines that tell the story of Russia and Ukraine, as well as information to help you plan your Viking river or ocean cruise adventure. Explore all the possibilities today.


  • rca 2014 Winner - Recommend Reader's Choice Award

    Cruising Ukraine

    Acclaimed Australian travel writer Catherine Marshall of Traveller discovers the joys of cruising Ukraine's rivers, a spectacular yet little-visited European country.

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    Russia By River

    Sally MacMillan discovers a wealth of history, mystery and surprise awaits in the world's largest country.

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    From Russia with Love

    A cruise along the waterways of the tsars is a journey into the heart and soul of this enormous country, as David Short discovers.

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