Bucket List Adventure on the High Seas
By: Kathy Witt

Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises is the maestro of the highly personal visitor experience in destinations that headline many travelers’ “someday” list, including Russia. On its Waterways of the Tsars itinerary, ride Moscow’s Metro, a “palace built under the ground” with museum-worthy bronze and marble sculptures, Byzantine-style murals and extravagant chandeliers.

Paint Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) on the fairytale island of Mandrogy. Extend exploration of the breathtaking Hermitage offsite at Staraya Derevnya, a state-of-the-art storage facility missed by most visitors that puts you behind-the-scenes to see an intricately designed field tent presented to Catherine the Great by a Turkish sultan, Romanov family furniture and more.

Toast your Russian host at her dining room table in the tiny town of Uglich with locally made vodka. For the less than 100 passengers, life aboard Viking cruise ships is elegant but relaxed, the experiences unforgettable. VikingRiverCruises.com